This roundup of 50 healthy slow cooker recipes from around the web is perfect for your weeknights. Some of these recipes are also vegetarian, gluten-free, low-carb, low-fat, warm, filling, and of course, very satisfying!! I hope you enjoy these healthy and tasty recipes!
For busy weeknights, the slow cooker is a lifesaver. Before you leave for work for the day, you can toss your ingredients into the slow cooker and set it on low for 7 hours and have your dinner ready once you’re home. It’s so convenient to use the slow cooker since you’re able to leave it unattended. Set it and forget it is pretty much its tagline!
I often use mine and adore the fact that I can make delicious, healthy, and good food with a simple method. I use it a lot, especially from October to March, because here in Canada, the winter is pretty cold. So comfort food from my slow cooker is what my family and I really need. What I like most about this slow cooker is that it shifts to the warm setting automatically once the cooking time is complete. Also, the stoneware and lids are dishwasher-safe, making it very easy to clean.
So, How Does a Slow Cooker Work?
Slow cookers work similar to a Dutch oven on the stove top. However, instead of having a flame under the pot, the slow cooker works by trapping heat that it’s producing on the bottom and slowly cooking food over a long period of time.
With this slow and low method of cooking, tougher cuts of meat cook up wonderfully in the slow cooker as it helps tenderize them so the meat will practically melt in your mouth.
Tips for Using a Slow Cooker
Because of how the slow cooker works, my go-to tip for using a slow cooker is to not open the lid while it’s cooking. It might be tempting to take a sniff or taste test but when you open the lid, the heat leaves and the slow cooker needs to take the time to build up that heat again.
Also, make sure you follow the recipes as stated. If you add ingredients like wine, double check the measurement. As you don’t get much evaporation and you can’t cook out the wine like you do on the stovetop, it can be overpowering if you add more than the recipe states!
Another tip would be avoid adding in dairy too early into your recipes. If the recipe calls for dairy, make sure to add it in at the end to avoid it being curdled from being cooked on low heat for a long period of time.
What Slow Cooker I Use
The picture below shows my slow cooker. I love it and have never had any problems with it. It even came with a little dipper warmer. Check out the listing on Amazon. It has a 4.5-star rating from over 400 reviews.
What Size Slow Cooker Should I Use?
Slow cookers come in a variety of sizes. You can find them as small as 2 qt or as large as 10 qt. What size you’d like really depends on how much food you plan on making! If you like to make enough to have leftovers for the week, I’d suggest getting anything from a 6qt to 10qt.
What To Serve With These Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
Since most of these healthy slow cooker recipes are main dishes, here are some delicious side dishes you might want to make to go with them: Arugula Blackberry Salad, Brussels Sprouts Bacon Salad, Easy Broccoli Salad Recipe, Easy Coleslaw Recipe, Autumn Beet Orange Salad Recipe, Warm Quinoa Brussels Sprouts Salad, Clementine Arugula Salad Recipe, Cranberry Apple Quinoa Salad.
50 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
From Primavera Kitchen
Easy Whole30 Pumpkin Chili Recipe (Slow cooker instructions in the post. Pictured below.)
Instant Pot Keto Chili (Slow Cooker Instructions in the post. Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Chicken and Sweet Potato (Pictured Below)
Easy Slow Cooker Carnitas Recipe (Pictured Below)
Homemade Meat Sauce Recipe (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Chicken Chili Recipe (Pictured Below)
Healthy Slow Cooker Red Wine Beef Stew (Pictured Below)
From Around the Web
Slow Cooker Cheesy Enchilada Quinoa Bake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron (Pictured down below)
Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos from 40 Aprons
Slow Cooker Asian Short Ribs from Cook Nourish Bliss (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Stuffed Pepper Soup from Cook Nourish Bliss
Beef Daube Provencal in the Slow Cooker from Spicy Southern Kitchen (Picture Below)
Slow Cooker Corn & Red Pepper Chowder from Oh My Veggies
Slow Cooker Indian-Spiced Chickpeas and Potatoes from Oh My Veggies (Picture Below)
4-ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken from Running to the Kitchen
Best Ever Slow Cooker Baked Beans from Making Thyme for Health (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Hoisin Chicken from Cookin’ Canuck
Healthy Slow Cooker Spaghetti and Meatballs from Cookin’ Canuck (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Quinoa, White Bean, and Kale Soup from Chelsea’s Messy Apron (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Skinny Parmesan Spinach Dip from The Cookie Rookie
Slow Cooker Tex Mex Soup from This Gal Cooks (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Veggie Lasagna from Hip2Save
Slow Cooker Beef Fajitas from Diethood
Slow Cooker Sesame Garlic Chicken from Cooking Ala Mel (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Quinoa and Vegetables Recipe from Moms with Crockpots
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from Damn Delicious (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken from Gimme Some Oven
Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew Encore from TasteFood Blog
Slow Cooker Barbacoa from Gimme Some Oven (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup from Eat Good 4 Life
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken from Eat Good 4 Life (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken Caprese from Well Plated
Slow Cooker Jamaican Jerk Chicken from Garden in the Kitchen.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Pulled Pork Tacos from Well Plated (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup Recipe from Add a Pinch
Slow Cooker Salsa Pork from Taste and Tell Blog
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup from Cooking Classy (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup from The Roasted Root
Cider-Chai Slow Cooker Pulled Pork from The Roasted Root (Pictured Below)
Slow Cooker Roasted Chicken from Eat Good 4 Life
Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa from Creme de la Crumb (Pictured Below)
Light Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken and Rice Bowls from Julie’s Eats and Treats
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce from Damn Delicious (Pictured Below)
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