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23 Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes

You'll never believe the fresh and colorful recipes that can come from your trusty slow cooker. Use seasonal produce to create well-rounded meals with fewer than 400 calories per serving. With the ease of using this time-saving appliance, these will become your favorite slow cooker recipes.


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    • Chicken Bratwurst with Broccoli Slaw Salad

      Hands-off slow cooker bratwursts soak up mouthwatering flavor from a low-maintenance garlic-cider braise. We've lightened the potluck classic with chicken bratwurst, reduced-calorie whole grain buns, and crisp broccoli slaw.

    • Greek Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo, and Grape Tomatoes

      For an all-in-one nutritious dinner, pair slow-cooked chicken with orzo pasta and vitamin-loaded veggies. The easy dinner recipe packs a whopping 54 grams of protein per serving, guaranteeing you'll stay full until your next meal.

    • Braised Chickpeas with Midsummer Vegetables

      Give fiber-rich garbanzo beans an overnight rosemary-garlic marinade before braising with fresh sweet corn, cherry tomatoes, carrots, and new potatoes in the slow cooker. Before serving, add spinach and zucchini for a serious showcase of summer veggies.

    • Orange Chicken Salad with Feta Crumbles

      Juicy bone-in chicken breasts benefit from your slow cooker's hassle-free heat. Simmer the lean poultry with an orange juice marinade, then combine it with crisp salad greens, fresh veggies, and crumbly feta cheese.

    • How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken

      Lean chicken adds a ton of protein to slow cooker recipes. Watch this short video for tips on how to get perfectly cooked chicken in your slow cooker.

    • Sweet Corn Risotto with Basil and Bacon

      Give fresh sweet corn life off the cob in this savory slow cooker risotto recipe. Crisp bacon and fresh basil leaves make the gluten-free rich dish undeniable.

    • Lemony White Bean and Carrot Spinach Salad

      Up your fiber intake with the Great Northern beans featured in this slow cooker salad recipe. The creative combination of lemon-drizzled avocado, feta, carrots, and pistachios not only provides irresistible texture but tons of nutritious vitamins and minerals.

    • Garbanzo Bean-Veggie Pitas with Creamy Avocado Dressing

      Tuck garlicky garbanzo beans into warm pita bread rounds and top with a bright display of fresh garden veggies. For a rich guacamole-style spread, whirl together fat-free Greek yogurt with avocado.

    • Farmer's Market Vegetable Soup

      Great soup takes time, but it doesn't have to take yours. This hands-off slow cooker side dish soup incorporates six bright vegetables in a fennel- and sage-flavored broth. Serve with crusty garlic toast.

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      Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage

      Dietary fiber is essential for a healthy diet, and the red sweet pepper, artichoke, and red onion featured in this slow cooker recipe each contribute to your daily requirement. Hot Italian sausage and reduced-fat Parmesan cheese make the stuffed vegetables totally indulgent.

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      Maple-Mustard Sauced Turkey Thighs

      Five ingredients are all you need for a fresh and flavorful weeknight dinner. These calorie-conscious turkey thighs get spicy-sweet flavor from a brown mustard-maple syrup blend. Complete the low-maintenance meal with a leafy green salad.

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      Zen Edamame Pilaf

      Show some whole grain love to your next family dinner with this hearty slow cooker side dish. Packed with wheat berries, barley, and wild rice, the nutty and nutritious recipe gets toothsome texture from sweet soybeans and red sweet pepper.

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      Sausage and Sweet Pepper Hash

      Chunky chicken sausage, red-skin potatoes, sweet peppers, and onion stay moist in this slow cooker breakfast recipe thanks to reduced-sodium chicken broth. Add the healthy hash to sunny-side-up eggs with cracked black pepper for a lip-smacking start to your morning.

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      Primavera Chicken Vegetable Soup

      Gluten-free and totally gorgeous, this twist on chicken soup takes just 15 minutes of prep before bubbling away in your slow cooker. The spring-style soup features classic stew veggies plus asparagus spears and peas.

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      Vietnamese Pork

      Crisp, fresh veggies accompany slow-cooked pork in this Asian-style wrap that's bursting with flavor. Jalapeno peppers, lime juice, and garlic add zing, and pickled carrots lend a sweet-and-sour taste.

    • How to Make Pork in a Slow Cooker
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      Secrets to Succulent Slow Cooker Pork

      Watch as we show you how to use your slow cooker to create a delectable pork dinner. With tips on how to season, select, and sauce your pork, there's no way you can go wrong!

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      Brazilian Black Bean Stew

      This hearty pork, beef, and bean stew -- an adaptation of feijoada -- gets much of its flavor from fresh jalapeno peppers, garlic, and orange zest. We call for dried black beans instead of canned to keep sodium in check.

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      Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

      Create a healthier version of a takeout favorite at home with this slow cooker recipe. A mixture of green onions, carrots, and juicy chicken is served on crisp butterhead lettuce for an easy weeknight dinner or party appetizer.

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      Mediterranean Kale and Cannellini Stew with Farro

      A medley of fresh vegetables goes into this hearty, slow-cooked stew, including carrots, celery, and chopped kale. Snipped fresh basil and crumbled feta cheese create a tangy topping.

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      Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

      You can see the freshness in these Caribbean-inspired wraps before you taste it -- chopped mango, red sweet pepper, and lettuce add bright color and fresh flavor to slow-cooked pork rubbed with jerk seasoning. Lime-infused mayo adds just the right amount of tangy sweetness.

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      Mediterranean Beef with Pasta

      Make the most of nutrient-rich summer veggies with this healthy European-style pasta dish. Basil gremolata -- a sauce of Parmesan cheese, fresh basil, and minced garlic -- adds bright flavor to slow-cooked beef, carrots, zucchini, and summer squash.

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      Chili Verde

      Fresh tomatillos, husk-wrapped fruits that originated in Mexico, lend a bright, lemony flavor to this meaty soup. Add a dollop of fat-free Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to the soup for added protein.

      Slow Cooker Recipe Tip: When a recipe calls for shredded lime peel along with lime juice, grate the peel first before juicing the lime.

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      Slow-Cooked Beef Fajitas

      Colorful sweet peppers and onions are slow-cooked with beef flank steak for a no-fuss fajita recipe. Top with your favorite garnishes, such as cheese, sour cream, and fresh cilantro.

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      Ratatouille with Parmesan Toast

      This traditional French dish is loaded with fresh vegetables including eggplant, peppers, and summer squash. Our slow cooker version adds protein-rich beans and a sprinkling of fresh basil on top.

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      Cuban Chicken

      Sweet pepper, jalapeno pepper, and onion add fresh flavor to Cuban-spiced chicken in the slow cooker. Brown rice, tortillas, and lime wedges round out the tasty main dish.

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      Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

      Chicken is one of our favorite healthy foods because it's lean, it complements a variety of flavors, and it's simple to prepare. Make your healthy chicken recipe even easier by preparing it in a slow cooker. We have plenty of healthy slow cooker recipes, including soups, stews, rice, and pasta dishes, all prepared with delicious, warm chicken.
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