Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
Spicy Turkey Lasagna
This luscious lasagna showcases classic Italian flavors like oregano, mozzarella, Parmesan, and a chunky tomato pasta sauce. Plus, by trading ground beef for lean ground turkey, you'll save on fat and calories—but still get all the flavor you expect from your best slow cooker recipes.
Here, we call on a few of our favorite ways to keep our slow cooker recipes on the slim side: We use milk instead of cream and we thicken the soup with cornstarch mixed with wine (rather than using butter mixed with flour). A wee bit of indulgence comes by way of bacon—but everything in moderation, right?
Dijon Beef Stew
Many French stews are based on long-simmering meats, making them perfect slow cooker recipes. Here, whole onions, thyme, and tarragon add quintessential French elegance to this slow cooker beef stew.
Easy Kale, Beef, and White Bean Stew
You can always count on kale to add great color and a windfall of nutrients to easy slow cooker recipes. This recipe lets you take in the superfood’s healthy dose of fiber and vitamins A, C, and K, all in a robustly flavored slow cooker beef stew.
Lentil- and Rice-Stuffed Peppers
Tender lentils and brown rice make good choices for healthy slow cooker recipes. They benefit from the long simmering time, and also pack some major fiber. Enjoy the dynamite duo in these meatless-yet-hearty stuffed peppers flavored with brown sugar, mustard, garlic, and apple cider vinegar.
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.
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 one of the most indulgent healthy slow cooker recipes around.
Burgundy Beef Stew
We love what wine does for one of our best slow cooker recipes: It intensifies the other flavors without adding a drop of fat. If you’re looking to boost the fiber with this and other slow cooker meals, serve with whole grain pasta.
Mediterranean Beef with Pasta
Penne pasta, an abundance of veggies, and a bit of Italian seasoning give this slow cooker beef stew its Mediterranean flair. Top it with snipped basil, garlic, and a little Parmesan for extra flavor—and just a smattering of extra calories.
Chipotle Coffee Pot Roast
Using deeply flavored zero-fat ingredients—like the espresso powder here—helps intensify the flavors in healthy slow cooker recipes. Also, nonfat evaporated milk keeps the creamy polenta in line with your aim to eat well.
Greek Sloppy Joe Pitas
Lamb might not be top of mind when looking for healthy slow cooker recipes, but in this case, it should! This healthy twist on gyros stars spiced ground lamb and fiber-rich chickpeas stuffed into whole wheat pita pockets with a few crunchy cucumbers. Crumbled feta cheese and Kalamata olives add an extra dose of Mediterranean flavor.
Sweet Corn Risotto with Basil and Bacon
Many slow cooker recipes require extended cooking times—and of course, that fix-and-forget angle is why we love them. But if your day got away from you, it's good to know you can still slow-cook your way to this creamy risotto in less than 2 hours. Serve with a spinach and mushroom salad to add a crunchy and colorful angle to dinner.
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!
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.
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.
Chinese Congee with Ginger and Chicken
Rice isn’t always an ideal ingredient for long-simmered slow cooker recipes, but in this case it comes out exactly the way it should. That’s because the rice in a Chinese congee cooks long enough to break down into a thick, gratifying porridge. Consider this recipe a comforting chicken-and-rice soup, Chinese-style!
Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meat Loaf
Smart shopping and a little know-how can transform all-time-favorite recipes (like meat loaf!) into healthful slow cooker recipes. Here, we use lean ground beef and reduced-sodium, reduced-fat, and reduced-sugar ingredients to get the recipe off to a healthy start. Our clever way with foil strips helps you lift the meat loaf from the cooker, leaving extra fat behind.
Caribbean Pork Chili
This slow cooker chili recipe keeps the sodium in check by using no-salt-added products. And with such a great mix of spices, who needs the extra salt? Mango may seem a bit of an outlier in this recipe, but it provides a sweet and mild counterpoint to all the bold flavors going on here.
Honey-Rosemary Roast Lamb with Potatoes and Green Beans
If you’re looking for slow cooker meals for your Sunday dinner table, give this one a go! The lamb leg roast cooks alongside richly colored gold potatoes and sprightly green beans for an irresistibly easy, tasty, and wholesome all-in-one slow cooker meal.
Slow Cooker Coq au Vin
The secret to keeping chicken slow cooker recipes healthy is to skin the chicken. And the secret to making skinned chicken taste good is to brown it. Doing so requires an extra step, but it brings richer flavors to this classic French stew.
Teriyaki Pork with Asian Slaw
Starved for time? Skip the Chinese takeout and opt for this calorie-conscious masterpiece instead. Simmered in a ginger-soy sauce, sesame pork joins a vitamin-packed Asian slaw for one of our freshest and brightest healthy slow cooker recipes to date.
Chicken Osso Buco
Osso bucco generally stars veal shanks, but here we use tender chicken for a healthy take on the classic. To add more fiber to this and other Italian-inspired slow cooker recipes, serve with super-satisfying whole grain pasta.
Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya
Because it doesn’t benefit from long, slow cooking, shrimp doesn’t often appear in slow cooker recipes. Yet we couldn’t resist adding it to our spicy jambalaya. Adding the shrimp at the very last minute retains its flavor and color.
Maple-Mustard-Sauced Turkey Thighs
Less is more with these five-ingredient turkey thighs. A mouthwatering brown mustard and maple syrup sauce simmers to perfection in your slow cooker and coats this succulent dish of poultry and tiny new potatoes.
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.
Classic French Dip
Beef brisket is another great choice for slow cooker recipes—it benefits from some major cooking time to become soft and luscious. Carve the garlic-seasoned beef into thick, tender ribbons, and tuck them into whole grain buns alongside the slow-braised onions and sweet peppers for a savory sandwich.
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.
Beef chuck—from the shoulder of the animal—is one of the best cuts you can use for beef slow cooker recipes. The longer you cook it, the richer and more boldly flavored it becomes. Try it in this recipe for one of the meatiest slow cooker chili you’ve ever tasted.
Hearty Vegetable Beef Stew
Reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup adds a light, creamy appeal to this slow cooker beef stew. Carrots, potatoes, and onions bring traditional stew ingredients, while green beans offer a fresh touch to the finish.
Slow Cooker Indian Chicken Stew
The secret to chicken slow cooker recipes is to use chicken thighs—they can withstand the long simmering times. In this recipe, we also like the way adding spinach at the last minute brings brightness and color to the stew.
This slow cooker chili stars tomatillos, which look like small green tomatoes. While they have a pleasantly acidic flavor angle (like tomatoes), they also bring subtle herb, lemon, and apple notes. Cilantro, chile peppers, and spinach also add bright flavors to the recipe.
Cuban Arroz con Pollo
The best slow cooker recipes for chicken star bold flavors alongside the mellow meat. This Latin American stew features an abundance of herbs and spices, plus the liveliness of green olives.
Beer Chili Deluxe
If you’re on the hunt for healthy slow cooker chili recipes that serve a houseful, here’s one to consider—it serves 10. You’ll love the way prespiced ingredients, including chili beans in chili gravy and Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, layer in the crowd-pleasing flavors.
Old-Fashioned Beef Stew
It's hard to believe that something as immensely gratifying as this slow cooker beef stew can actually be low in fat and calories. We'll show you how it's done in this quick video. Or just skip right to the recipe—and be prepared to make room for it on your list of favorite healthy slow cooker recipes.
French Chicken Stew
We're fans of slow cooker recipes that showcase French-inspired flavors. Here's another great choice: With olives, herbes de Provence, and a bright tomato sauce, it stars classic South-of-France ingredients. To boost the fiber in this slow cooker meal, serve with a kale salad.