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COPD-Friendly Crock Pot Meals

10 Jun 2016
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COPD-Friendly Crock Pot Meals

When you have Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), cooking meals can become tiring. Try these COPD-Friendly Crock Pot Meals to cut down on the time you spend cooking.

Learning to Cook with Lung Disease

Learning how and what to cook with lung disease can be a difficult change in lifestyle. Standing in the kitchen can leave one out of breath, so using a slow cooker or crockpot is a great way to minimize—or even eliminate—time spent standing in front of a stove. Not only does this allow you to prepare a meal and rest, but larger portions of food can be prepared at once, allowing storage of leftovers in the freezer and relieving you of the chore of cooking for a few days. Here are a few recipes you may want to try.

Stuffed Peppers

Save leftovers in the freezer another day, or cut in half for smaller portions.

1 lb – uncooked ground beef or turkey
3 – bell peppers
1 – egg
½ tsp – salt
½ cup – oatmeal
¼ tsp – pepper
½ tsp – garlic powder
¼ tsp – crushed red pepper
½ cup – spaghetti sauce of choice

1. Wash peppers. Cut off the tops and remove seeds and membranes. If you plan to cut the peppers in half, do so now.
2. Mix all ingredients except for bell peppers and spaghetti sauce in a bowl.
3. Stuff peppers with filling and place in crock pot.
4. Add sauce.
5. Cook on high for 1 hour, then turn to low for 7 more hours.

(Recipe from Do More with Oxygen)

Skinny Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese


3 cups of 1% milk

4 egg whites

1 tbsp. of cornstarch

8 ounces of 2% sharp cheddar cheese (approx. 2 cups grated)

4 cups of dry, whole wheat penne pasta


  1. Whisk together the milk, egg whites and cornstarch in slow cooker. Whisk well.
  2. Stir in the grated cheese and pasta noodles.
  3. Cook on low for 1.5 to 2 hours.

Note: Stir every 15 minutes after the first hour.

(Recipe from Skinny Ms.)

Split Pea Soup

COPD-Friendly Crock Pot Meals

This soup is slightly different than the classic in its lack of ham, which contains a lot of fat, nitrates and sodium, any of which can worsen symptoms.

2 – minced carrots
1 – rib of celery, minced
1 ½ – medium yellow onion, minced
½ lb – dry split peas
3 ½ cups – reduced sodium chicken broth
1 tbsp – minced garlic
2 – bay leaves
½ tsp – ground black pepper
¼ tsp – ground cloves
¼ tsp – red pepper flakes

1. Chop onion, celery, carrots and garlic. If you have a food processor you can do these all at once.
2. Place ingredients into crock pot, and turn on low.
3. Cook 7–8 hours, or until the vegetables are no longer crisp.

(Recipe from Do More with Oxygen)

 Turkey Breast

This easy recipe can leave you with plenty of leftovers useful for sandwiches, salads, wraps and soups.


1 – turkey breast (6–6 ½ lb)
1 tsp – rosemary
2 tsp – cooking oil
1 tsp – granulated onion powder

Directions: If turkey is frozen, completely thaw it in your refrigerator before cooking. This may take 24 hours or more, so plan accordingly.

  1. Rinse turkey, and pat dry.
    2. Brush cooking oil over turkey.
    3. Sprinkle with onion powder and rosemary.
    4. Place breast, meaty side up, in crock pot.
    5. Cover. Cook on low for 7–8 hours.
    6. To ensure doneness, use a meat thermometer. Inserted into thickest portion of turkey, it must read at least 165°F.
    7. When done, remove turkey from crock pot. Let stand 10 minutes.
    8. Slice, and enjoy.

(Recipe from Do More with Oxygen)

Many people with lung disease are having an easier time in the kitchen after choosing stem cell therapy for pulmonary conditions. 82 percent of the Lung Institute’s patients report an increase in their quality of life and greater ability to get back to the things they love, such as cooking. If you or a loved one would like to learn more about stem cell therapy, contact us at (800) 729-3065.

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