Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

Eat well even if you're tight on time with our collection of healthy slow cooker recipes. Simple to put together before work, these inspired quick-prep recipes feature a bounty of nutritious vegetables, fruits, beans, and whole grains while remaining hands-off for busy cooks.

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    Spicy Turkey Lasagna

    For your next lasagna, trade ground beef for lean ground turkey -- you'll be amazed at its comforting quality and you'll save on fat and calories. This healthful slow cooker recipe showcases classic Italian flavors like oregano, mozzarella, Parmesan, and a chunky tomato pasta sauce.

     

     

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    Corn Chowder

    Chowder doesn't have to be fattening to be delicious. This comforting slow cooker soup incorporates reduced-sodium chicken broth, milk, and white wine instead of heavy cream to keep it under 300 calories.

     

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    Turkey, Parsnip, and Tomatillo Tostadas

    Make Taco Night a little healthier by piling corn tortillas with a spicy slow-cooked mixture of veggies and lean turkey breast, then letting family members choose their favorite Mexican toppers.

     

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    Lentil- and Rice-Stuffed Peppers

    Tender lentils and brown rice make these delicious slow-cooked peppers extra satisfying -- and give them a hefty dose of fiber, too! And since they're seasoned with mustard, brown sugar, and zingy apple cider vinegar, this is one vegetarian main that doesn't skimp on flavor. 

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    Make Ridiculously Tender Chicken

    This delish, fork-tender chicken cooks up in the convenience of your slow cooker -- leaving you ample time to whip up a crunchy cucumber side! We'll show you how easy this meal really is.

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    Beef-Vegetable Ragout

    No need for a knife -- this fork-tender beef practically falls apart after simmering in the slow cooker with reduced-sodium broth and cremini mushrooms. Brighten the dish with a last-minute addition of snap peas, cherry tomatoes, and multigrain noodles.

     

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    Sauerkraut and Pork Shoulder Roast

    Our 230-calorie take on the traditional reuben sandwich features juicy slow-cooked pork roast dripping with the bold flavors of sauerkraut and Dijon mustard. Serve with red onion slices on toasted French bread for a seriously indulgent dinner.

     

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    Cuban Pork and Black Bean Melts

    Black beans boost fiber and bulk up these irresistible slow cooker sandwiches. Punch up the personality of these pork melts by topping them with crunchy red onions pickled in red wine vinegar.

     

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    Brazilian Black Bean Stew

    Orange juice, orange zest, and jalapenos provide bright flavor and a bit of kick to rich, savory beans and shredded ham hocks. Ladle this yummy slow cooker stew into bowls of rice for a healthy meal that'll knock your family's socks off.

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    Mediterranean Beef with Pasta

    Penne pasta, an abundance of veggies, and a bit of Italian seasoning give this healthy slow cooker beef dish its Mediterranean flair. Top it with snipped basil, garlic, and a little Parmesan for extra flavor -- and just a smattering of calories!

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    Secret to Juicy Slow Cooker Pork

    Tender, juicy slow-cooked pork isn't hard to achieve! We'll show you how to choose the right type of meat, plus how to season your pork. 

     

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    Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas

    For a healthy twist on gyros, stuff whole wheat pita pockets with spiced slow-cooked ground lamb, fiber-rich chickpeas, and crunchy cucumber. Crumbled feta cheese and Kalamata olives give this healthy lunch recipe an extra dose of Mediterranean flavor.

     

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    Sweet Corn Risotto with Basil and Bacon

    Create restaurant-quality risotto in an hour with simple ingredients and your trusty slow cooker. Crisp, crumbled bacon complements this dish's buttery-smooth texture.

     

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    Greek Oregano Chicken with Spinach, Orzo, and Grape Tomatoes

    This delicious slow cooker meal is packed with healthy veggies and lean chicken, making it a smart choice for busy days. Even better? Creating the lemony pasta-and-veggie side dish is as easy as removing the chicken from the cooker and stirring in some cooked orzo!

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    Stuffed Artichokes with Spicy Italian Sausage and Red Sweet Pepper

    Did you know one artichoke offers 5 grams of dietary fiber? Stuff this healthy veggie with Italian sausage, sweet peppers, and red onion for a showstopping slow-cooked dinner that requires just 30 minutes of prep. 

     

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    Chinese Congee with Ginger and Chicken

    Go global with the bold international flavors of slow-cooked congee. This classic Chinese comfort food features a creamy rice broth, tender chunks of chicken, and fresh garnishes like green onions, chopped peanuts, hot sauce, and fresh basil leaves.

     

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    Learn How! Slow Cooker Chicken

    Chicken + slow cooker = tender, juicy perfection. Learn how to get the fullest flavor from your chicken, plus the best cuts of chicken to use for your recipes.

     

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    Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meat Loaf

    Tuck tomatoes, zucchini, and roasted peppers into meat loaf to boost the flavor and add nutrients. Keep this classic comfort food extra healthy by choosing better-for-you-items in the grocery store, such as whole wheat bread crumbs and reduced-sugar ketchup.

     

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    Apricot Chipotle Pork Ribs

    Bottled chili sauce, chipotle peppers, and apricot preserves prove a finger-licking combination of sweet and spicy in this easy slow cooker ribs recipe. These saucy 5-ingredient ribs make a healthy option for tailgates and potlucks.

     

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    Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans

    Lighten up a hearty Sunday dinner with our all-in-one honey-rosemary roast lamb. Beautiful gold potatoes, green beans, and red onion simmer alongside meat in the slow cooker for a delish, wholesome dinner.

     

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    Lamb and Black Bean Quesadillas

    Quesadillas are a kid-friendly classic, but our unexpected slow cooker version is all grown up. Stuffed with fresh mango, Anaheim chile peppers, and lamb, this sweet-and-spicy finger food gets an extra burst of flavor from jalapeno pepper jelly.

     

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    Teriyaki Pork with Asian Slaw

    Starved for time? Skip the Chinese takeout and opt for this calorie-conscious masterpiece. Simmered in a ginger-soy sauce, sesame pork joins a vitamin-packed Asian slaw to brighten your healthful diet. 

     

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    Chicken Osso Buco

    Replace veal with velvety-tender chicken for a healthy take on this traditional Italian recipe. White wine sauce and a vegetable medley transform this dinner into an elegant affair.

     

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    Weeknight Honey-Orange Chicken with Butternut Squash

    Now here's an orange chicken recipe you can feel good about! Nutrient-dense quinoa provides a smart base for saucy chicken accompanied by sweet, high-fiber chunks of butternut squash. It all clocks in at 317 calories -- and it's a hands-off slow cooker meal. Score!

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    Maple-Mustard-Sauced Turkey Thighs

    Less is more with these five-ingredient turkey thighs. A mouthwatering brown mustard and maple syrup sauce -- that simmers to perfection in your slow cooker! -- coats this succulent dish of poultry and tiny new potatoes.

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    Philippine Chicken Adobo with Smashed Sweet Potatoes

    Sweet potatoes are an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Slow-cook them alongside chicken thighs and drumsticks in this tangy, spiced recipe traditional to the Philippines.

     

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    Classic French Dip

    Divide juicy garlic-seasoned beef brisket, onion slices, and peppers among whole grain baguettes for a slow-cooker family favorite. Bonus: It's low in fat and cholesterol!

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    Chicken and Portobellos with Mustard Cream

    Sumptuous ingredients, including portobello mushroom caps, dry white wine, Dijon mustard, and fresh rosemary sprigs, make this chicken dish a sophisticated favorite. And because it's just 209 calories, you don't have to worry about overindulging.

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    Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

    Chicken is our all-time favorite blank canvas for dinner. Healthy chicken recipes check all the boxes: affordable, low in fat, and high in protein. The only thing that could make the MVP better is if it cooked itself. Enter the slow cooker! We have plenty of healthy slow cooker recipes, including soups, stews, rice, and pasta dishes that practically prepare themselves.
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