Fresh Slow Cooker Recipes

Ratatouille with Parmesan Toast
These fresh, colorful, and low-cal dishes are about to become your new favorite slow cooker recipes. Featuring ripe and flavorful seasonal produce, each of these healthy dinner recipes contains fewer than 400 calories per serving.

Spring Lamb and Fava Bean Soup

Tender lamb, mushrooms, and rich bone broth add savory depth to this easy-peasy slow cooker stew. We brightened things up with colorful carrots and shelled peas, plus a fresh topper of parsley, lemon zest, and garlic.

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 this potluck classic with chicken bratwurst, reduced-calorie whole grain buns, and crisp broccoli slaw.


Cholula Pork Tenderloin with Corn Salsa

No one will believe this spicy, meltingly tender pork dish served with creamy-crunchy avocado-corn salsa adds up to a mere 191 calories per serving. Round plates out with a fresh salad for a hearty, healthy meal.


Slow-Cooked Beef Pozole

This convenient twist on the traditional Mexican stew, featuring hominy, potatoes, flank steak, and poblano peppers, simmers to spicy-savory perfection in your slow cooker. Crumble a little queso fresco over each bowl and add a squeeze of lime, if you like. (We like!)

Wonderfully seasoned chicken breast is cut-with-a-fork tender when you make it in the slow cooker. See our recipe in action, including a homemade Greek yogurt sauce.

Winner-Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Seasoned and slow-cooked chicken breasts pair beautifully with a creamy cucumber sauce and fresh cucumber salad. Watch to see how it's done!

Two-Pea Soup

Dry split peas and frozen green peas join forces to create a ridiculously vivid and flavorful concoction -- extra flavor courtesy of smoked pork hocks, onions, carrots, and herbs. Its super-easy slow cooker prep and vitamin-rich nutritional profile are just bonuses.

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. This easy dinner recipe packs a whopping 54 grams of protein per serving, guaranteeing you'll stay full until your next meal.


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.

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.


Combining chicken and the slow cooker? Perfection! Pick the right cut of meat to ensure you get the fullest flavor during this low and slow cooking technique.

How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken

Watch and learn how to make tender, perfectly cooked chicken in your slow cooker. It's easier than you think!

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 this gluten-free rich dish irresistible.


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.


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.


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 these stuffed vegetables totally indulgent.


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 this low-maintenance meal with a leafy green salad.


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, this nutty and nutritious recipe gets toothsome texture from sweet soybeans and red sweet pepper.


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 this healthy hash to sunny-side-up eggs with cracked black pepper for a lip-smacking start to your morning.


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.

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. This spring-style soup features classic stew veggies, plus asparagus spears and peas.


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.

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.


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, while pickled carrots lend a sweet-and-sour taste.

Make a flavorful pulled-pork sandwich with the help of your slow cooker. The secret is selecting the right types of meat (we help with beef and chicken options, too), plus seasoning the meat and adding homemade or store-bought sauce at the right time in the process.

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!


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 are flavor-packed toppers.

Jerk Pork Wraps with Lime Mayo

You can see the freshness in these Caribbean-inspired wraps before you take a bite! 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.

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.

Slow-Cooked Beef Fajitas

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

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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