30 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes (2024)

Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

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These slimmed-down slow-cooker recipes use leaner meats and lots of veggies to pack in flavor and cut back the calories. An emphasis is put on whole grains and plenty of produce, leading to more filling and fiber-rich dishes that will keep you going for hours. Next time you need an easy and healthy meal, simply plug in your slow cooker.

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Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken and Black Bean Soup

Tex-Mex Chicken and Black Bean Soup

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Credit: Jennifer Causey

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This filling and flavorful soup is ideal for a chilly evening. Freeze leftover chipotle chiles and adobe sauce in a flattened Ziploc bag for future use.

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Slow Cooker Korean Pork Lettuce Wraps

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Credit: Photography: Greg Dupree; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen.

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This dish is great for a casual get-together or a weeknight meal (with leftovers). The seasoning paste is modeled after Korean ssamjang--a concentrated, salty, slightly spicy concoction. Unlike traditional versions, though, ours is made with grocery store ingredients for ease and convenience.

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Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup

Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup

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Even with a bacon topping, this Indian-inspired soup boasts over 10 grams of fiber and less than 500 milligrams of sodium.

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Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

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White meat can dry out after a long haul in the slow cooker, so we opt for bone-in thighs to guarantee optimal flavor and succulence. Make prep easier with pre-peeled garlic, and pretty-up the platter with lemon slices and thyme sprigs.

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Peasant Stew

Peasant Stew

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Credit: Karry Hosford

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Round out this simple, dump-and-stir stew with a piece of low-fat cheese toast for the perfect cold-weather pairing.

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots

Slow Cooker Pork Chops with Mushrooms and Carrots

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Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

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A full-plate dinner simmers to saucy, savory perfection in the slow cooker. To end up with super-succulent pork, don't overcook the chops in the pan before adding to the slow cooker. Just a couple of minutes per side will be enough to achieve nice color.

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Slow-Cooker Tuscan White Bean and Lentil Soup

Tuscan White Bean and Lentil Soup

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Credit: Jennifer Causey

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Pantry staples like dried lentils and canned beans make up the bulk of this soup and boost the fiber to cover more than half your daily goal.

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Mediterranean Roast Turkey

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Slowly cooking a lean turkey breast in a medley of Mediterranean ingredients like kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and Greek seasoning, yields a tender, juicy, and flavorful supper.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

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Credit: Brian Woodco*ck; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

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This slow-cooker chicken chili is a great addition to your cool weather weeknight meal rotation. Calling for a mixture of beans and hominy, this recipe boasts bold, rich flavor, something that can often be dulled in a slow cooker. Processing some of the beans in a food processor thickens the soup.

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Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

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Credit: Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

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Traditional Indian ingredients like curry powder and coconut milk flavor this simple slow cooker vegetarian curry. The addition of chickpeas, potato, bell pepper, and green beans add more than 10 grams of fiber per serving.

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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

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Credit: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Amy Stone

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You'll be wowed by the way lean flank steak transforms into tender, succulent shreds as it slowly simmers in the aromatic sauce. Served over rice (preferably brown), this homey Cuban dish makes for an exceptionally hearty and wholesome weeknight meal.

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Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice

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This well-balanced meal is loaded with fiber from the beans, antioxidants from the veggies, and protein from the lean sausage. Increase the heat by using 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground red pepper

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Slow Cooker Thai Beef Curry

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Here, we start with big flavor from a good amount of curry paste and fish sauce, and we finish with fresh touches of cilantro and lime juice that amplify the taste of everything. Serve over a bed of brown rice or brown rice noodles to catch all the sauce.

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Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Stew

Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Stew

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Credit: Jennifer Causey

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Look for bags of cubed butternut squash in the produce section to save you the trouble of peeling and dicing a whole squash. Find Castelvetrano olives either jarred in the olive and pickle section or fresh at most specialty market antipasti bars. If you can't find them, use any green olive you like.

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Beef Brisket with Beer

Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket with Beer

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Credit: Randy Mayor

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For an entrée under 200 calories and with only 5 grams of fat, make sure to trim the brisket before cooking. Onions, parsnips, balsamic vinegar, and light beer, flavor the meat without adding extra fat.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice

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Credit: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

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This savory fall stew is filled with tender cubes of pumpkin, shredded chicken, and nutty wild rice in a creamy sauce. When choosing a pumpkin, look for a sugar or cheese pumpkin. Field pumpkins, which are larger in size, have watery, stringy flesh and are best used for decoration. Or substitute a butternut squash.

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Slow Cooker Eggs in Purgatory

EC: Slow Cooker Eggs in Purgatory

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We're not entirely certain about the history of this classic recipe's name, but perhaps it has something to do with the spicy kick of the sauce. Our version is a shakshuka-like dish in which fiery harissa paste and heady spices slowly infuse a rich tomato sauce where eggs gently poach

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Slow Cooker Creamy Lentil Soup

Slow Cooker Creamy Lentil Soup

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Credit: Greg DuPree

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Simple flavors and a rustic touch will make this soup an instant home-cooked favorite, especially on chilly, wintry days. Inexpensive dried lentils make up the bulk of the soup, helping fill in your fiber gaps and keep you full longer. Chickpeas are the secret ingredient to achieve supreme creaminess.

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Herb and Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

Herb and Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

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You can set up this recipe in less than fifteen minutes, turn on the slow cooker, and go. Come back in four hours, and your supper will be ready.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Posole

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Think of posole as chili's brothier, lighter cousin, a Mexican version of chicken soup. Posole is also a name for the hominy, or rehydrated dried corn, that goes in the dish.

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Slow Cooker Beef Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles

Slow Cooker Beef Lettuce Wraps with Quick Pickles

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The low, even heat of the slow cooker helps flavor powerhouses like miso, sesame oil, and soy sauce impart tenderizing moisture, umami depth, and savory personality to common pot roast.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

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While the chicken becomes fall-apart tender, briny capers, crushed red pepper, and garlic infuse the tomatoes for a robust marinara sauce.

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Slow-Cooker Spanish-Style Chickpeas

Slow-Cooker Spanish-Style Chickpeas

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Credit: Iain Bagwell

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This protein-packed slow cooker recipe is a healthy dish you'll make again and again. For an added dose of heat, top the flavorful dish with sliced fresh jalapeños.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Verde

Slow Cooker Chicken Verde

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It's not hard to make your own salsa verde, with fresher flavor and much less sodium than jarred versions: Simply blacken tomatillos, chiles, and onions; then blend.

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Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches

Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches

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Slow-Cooked BBQ Fennel, Onion, and Pork Sandwiches are a nod to low-and-slow Southern barbecue--using just a little bit of pork shoulder. And just like traditional pulled pork, the meltingly tender vegetables and pork are piled high on toasted buns, slathered with a Greek yogurt mixture, and topped with shredded cabbage.

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Chicken and Chickpea Tagine

Chicken and Chickpea Tagine

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Credit: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

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Hearty canned chickpeas hold up beautifully in the slow cooker, where they're combined with fragrant spices and just a little stock. Since the chicken cooks on top of the chickpea mixture and is not submerged in liquid, it can cook longer without suffering texturally.

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Vegetable-Beef Soup

Vegetable-Beef Soup

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Bring ordinary vegetable soup up a notch by adding lean top round steak to the mix. Let the mixture cook all day to blend the flavors for a flavorful, fiber-filled main-dish soup.

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Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken with Potatoes

Orange Chicken with Potatoes

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Let the slow-cooker work its magic as the rich flavors of chicken, vegetables, and oranges meld together in just 3 hours.

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Seafood Gumbo

Slow-Cooker Recipe: Seafood Gumbo

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Cut back on prep time by using convenience items like canned tomatoes, frozen crabmeat, and frozen okra. To shave off even more time, buy prec-hopped onions and bell peppers. Because there's no high-fat roux, this shortcut gumbo has less than half the fat of a traditional gumbo.

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Whole-Wheat Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce

Whole-Wheat Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce

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Eggplant gives this slow-cooked tomato sauce a hearty and meaty texture as well as a boost of nutrients. Serve the tomato sauce over whole wheat noodles and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

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