Easy and Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

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Twenty minutes is all you need to prep a fabulous and healthy slow cooker dinner. Including tender brisket, chili, pulled pork, and casserole, each healthy recipe is under 400 calories and so quick to make.

Pasta with Beef-Fennel Ragu

You don't have to monitor this pasta sauce while it cooks on the stove -- when you make it in your slow cooker, it can simmer all day without your attention. Add the noodles in 20 minutes before serving for the best tender texture.

Orange Chicken Salad with Feta Crumbles

Mediterranean food is known for its fresh yet savory flavors, and this gorgeous chicken salad is no exception. It's soaked in thyme-infused OJ and garlic, and it offers plenty of protein (33 grams!) while keeping calories and carbs low.

Salsa Verde Beef Taco Salad

Taco night just got much, much easier. Instead of the stove top, let your slow cooker do the work of cooking beef, pinto beans, salsa verde, and corn together. When the mix is taco-ready, serve over lettuce with your favorite toppers.

Cumin-Red Pepper French Dips with Apples

If you've never put apple slices on your French dip sandwich before, now is the time to try it. The crunch of fresh green apple slices is the only topper you need for beef roast that has spent the day simmering.

Spicy Spring Picnic Pork

Not including buns and toppers, you only need four ingredients to make the meat for these picnic-ready sandwiches. But they don't have to be limited to just the springtime -- serve them any time of the year if you want to be reminded of picnic season.

Chinese Congee with Ginger and Chicken

Fresh ginger, green onions, and peanuts pump up the flavor of this quick-to-prep congee, a type of rice porridge. Though it's usually served as a side, we added slow-cooked chicken thighs to make it a meal.

Texas Beef with Butternut Squash

High in vitamin A and golden in color, butternut squash is the perfect addition to any beef dinner, but especially this slow cooker meal. Pair the rustic veggie with fire-roasted tomatoes and polenta for a fun Southern take.

 

BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

These fuss-free sandwiches are full of barbecue flavor -- no grill required! Top the pulled pork with freshly sliced onions, peppers, and other veggies to add tasty, low-calorie crunch to this healthy slow cooker recipe.

Greek Chicken with Cucumber Salad

Try this hip duo in your slow cooker -- it's easy-peasy and totally yummy.

Slow Cooker Corn Chowder

Can you say comfort food? Our creamy, veggie-packed corn chowder is just what you need after a long day. Even with bits of crispy bacon, each bowlful has just 290 calories.

Sauerkraut and Pork Shoulder Roast

That's right -- pour in that icy bottle of beer. This playful pork take on the classic reuben sandwich is slow-cooked and dripping in tangy Dijon-beer goodness. Serve between two slices of hearty bread or as an open-face sandwich to keep calories low.

 

Beer Brisket Sandwiches

Slow cooking brisket is a great way to get juicy, tender meat. Marinate yours in beer and spicy chili sauce for backyard-barbecue flavor any time of year.

Mushroom Risotto with Peas

Even veggie haters will love this pea-studded risotto. Thanks to your slow cooker, this is the easiest risotto you'll ever make.

 

Poached Salmon with Swiss Chard

Vitamin-loaded Swiss chard and heart-healthy salmon are a dream team for healthy eaters. Dressed up in a tangy honey-Dijon vinaigrette, this low-calorie dinner just tastes indulgent.

Curried Couscous with Vegetables

For a healthy slow cooker main dish, throw a mixture of grains, veggies, fruits, and spices into your slow cooker. Jalapeno peppers add savory-sweet flavor with a bit of zing, while almonds offer subtle crunch.

Easy Indian Stew

Freshly grated ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and curry combine for a classically spiced Indian stew that's high in flavor but low in sodium and calories. Packed with yellow split peas, the vegetarian soup also has a whopping 23 grams of protein.

Fruited Pork Chops

Slow cooker recipes don't get any easier than this! With just six ingredients and 15 minutes of prep time, this fruit-topped pork chop dish will become a new weeknight favorite.

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

The sodium content in this slow cooker jambalaya is less than 500 milligrams per serving thanks to reduced-sodium and no-salt-added canned ingredients. Homemade Cajun seasoning adds spicy sweetness to the chicken and shrimp in this classic Southern dish.

Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans

Mouthwatering slow-cooked lamb gets sweet thanks to fresh rosemary and a drizzle of honey. Cook potatoes and green beans alongside the lamb for a one-dish healthy dinner.

Classic French Dips

Juicy garlic-seasoned beef brisket, onion slices, and peppers fill whole grain baguettes for a simple family favorite. Bonus: Our easy slow cooker version is low in both fat and cholesterol.

Sesame-Ginger Turkey Wraps

Store-bought broccoli slaw adds a healthy crunch to these easy slow cooker turkey wraps. If you're not feeding a crowd, refrigerate or freeze the leftover turkey for another meal.

Slow Cooker Chocolate Chili with Three Beans

Bittersweet chocolate lends a smooth flavor to this dish and balances the spiciness from chili powder and chipotle pepper. A trio of beans boosts fiber to 8 grams per serving.

Red Bean, Chicken, and Sweet Potato Stew

Aromatic Cajun seasoning (a combo of salt, oregano, paprika, cayenne, and black pepper) adds mild heat to this hearty slow cooker stew. The peanut butter base balances the spice with a pleasantly nutty flavor.

Spicy Chipotle Chicken Lentil Stew

This so-easy slow cooker stew gets its smoky flavor from chipotle peppers in adobo sauce. Tame the heat with a dollop of fat-free yogurt and a few slices of avocado.

Garam Masala Chicken Stew with Peas and Potatoes

Garam masala -- a fragrant blend of Indian spices -- adds layers of sweet and spicy to this slow cooker stew. Each serving has fewer than 250 calories, but the chicken and potato combo makes it a satisfying main dish.

White Bean and Cumin Chili

With a variety of cold-weather veggies, beans, herbs, and spices, this zesty chili recipe is rich and flavorful. Toasted cumin seeds make a delicious garnish.

Pot Roast with Fruit and Chipotle Sauce

Use your slow cooker for this pot roast to ensure the meat will be melt-in-your-mouth tender. Mixed fruit and chipotle peppers add bold flavor to the 15-minute-prep dinner.

Herbed Apricot Pork Loin Roast

Upgrade your weeknight dinner with this tender, succulent pork roast drizzled in a golden herbed fruit sauce. This easy slow cooker recipe is great for indulging on special occasions, too -- but it stays low in calories, fat, and sodium.

Vegetable Casserole

Casseroles can go in the slow cooker, too! The layers of beans, polenta, and cheese that form the base of this dish cook deliciously in a slow cooker. Add fresh spinach, radicchio, and tomatoes before serving for a nutrition boost.

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