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73 Best Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

It’s getting nippy outside, and nothing tastes and smells better on a cold day than something that’s been simmering to perfection in the slow cooker. Unfortunately, not all slow cooker recipes are made with ingredients that are as good for the body as they are for the taste buds. We’ve saved you the time and effort of searching for nutritious slow cooker options that don’t sacrifice taste.  You can take comfort in the following list of 73 delicious and healthy slow cooker recipes. They’re the perfect choice for warming up your insides on a cold day, and they’re as good for the body as they are for the soul!

Here are 73 of the Best Slow Cooker Recipes on the web:

** Denotes Vegetarian-Friendly Options

Crock Pot Banana Bread Quinoa Photo: The Realistic Nutritionist

**1. Banana Bread Quinoa (The Realistic Nutritionist). This recipe will let you enjoy all of the comforts of banana bread with the added nutritional benefits of the ancient grain, quinoa.

**2.  Pumpkin Custard Oatmeal (Skinny Ms.). Satisfy the scale and your sweet tooth with this slightly indulgent morning treat created especially for Fall weather.

**3. Almond Cherry Coconut Granola (Coconut and Lime). A great alternative to store-bought cereal, this granola can be stored in an airtight container and enjoyed for several days.

**4. DIY Yogurt (Creative Green Living). Make your own yogurt, the easy way, with this slow cooker version.

**5. Easy Slow Cooker Oatmeal (Shape Magazine).  This hearty oatmeal makes a great breakfast any day of the week.

**6. Cranberry Coffee Cake (Shape Magazine). This moist coffee cake, made without refined sugars, makes a great companion for your morning cup of joe.


Slow Cooker Turkey Breast Photo: Skinny Ms.

7. Skinny Slow Cooker Turkey Breast (Skinny Ms.). You don’t need to wait until Thanksgiving Day to enjoy this moist and tasty turkey breast recipe.

8. Korean Beef Rib Tacos with Asian Slaw (Carpe Season). Add some international flair to your slow cooker with this recipe, which is full of authentic Asian flavors.

9. Provencal Chicken and Beans (Spark People). With plenty of veggies and white beans, this chicken dish is a meal all in itself.

10. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches (That’s so Michelle). This buffalo chicken is so tender and juicy that it pulls apart easily with a fork.

Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto Photo: Fit Magazine.

11.  Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto(Cara’s Cravings). There’s no need to be intimidated by barley or risotto with this savory no-fail recipe.

12.  Spicy Barbecued Chicken (Skinny Ms.).  Now you can enjoy barbecued chicken year around with this clean eating version.

13. Salsa Chicken (Spark People) (use low-fat sour cream, or leave it out altogether). Another simple recipe that can be used in tacos or eaten by itself.

14. Pulled Pork with Carmelized Onions (Eating Well). This barbecued, smoky pulled pork can be used with whole-wheat rolls to make amazing sandwiches.

15.Marinara Chicken and Vegetables (Spark People). This classically Italian dish packs in extra veggies and offer a lower sodium amount than traditional recipes.

16. Lemon Chicken (Skinny Ms.).  We love this slow cooker recipe because it is packed with flavor, and it is so easy to prepare.

**17. Vegetarian Chili Ole! (Taste of Home). Dump the ingredients into your slow cooker before you leave for work in the morning and come home to this rich and spicy meal!

**18. Thyme-Scented White Bean Cassoulet (Cooking Light). This vegetarian-friendly dish includes meatless Italian sausage, loads of healthy veggies, and butter-tossed breadcrumbs.

19. Char Siu Pork Roast (Cooking Light). Char Siu, the Chinese version of barbecued meat, is made healthy and easy in this slow cooker recipe.

20. Cajun Shrimp and Rice (Fitness Magazine). Add some spice to your life with this kickin’ slow cooker recipe.

Flank Steak Fajitas

Photo: 100 Days of Real Food

21. Flank Steak Fajitas (100 Days of Real Food). This flavorful flank steak is especially great for entertaining.

22. The Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot (100 Days of Real Food). Keep your chicken extra moist and flavorful with this slow cooker recipe.

23. Ham and White Beans (Plain Chicken). This comfort food dish is a great way to use up leftover holiday ham.

24. Thai Pork with Peanut Sauce (Prep Ahead and Dine In). Tired of traditional slow cooker recipes? Try this tasty Thai dish instead.

25. Apple Cider Pork Roast (Get Crocked). This mouth-watering pork chop recipe tastes just like the roast that grandma used to make.

26. Cilantro Lime Chicken (Pip and Ebby). Another juicy, tender chicken recipe with classic Mexican flavors.

**27. Pesto Lasagna with Spinach and Mushrooms (Health Magazine). This vegetarian lasagna has tons of flavor.

28. Tuscan Chicken and Beans (Red Tricycle). Try serving up this tasty chicken dish with brown rice or whole-wheat pasta for a complete meal.

29. Pineapple Chicken (Moms with Crock Pots). So sweet and tangy, and made with just five ingredients! Serve over brown rice.

30. Skinny Chicken Enchiladas (Pinch of Yum). These enchiladas might be called “skinny,” but they definitely don’t skimp on flavor.

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

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31. Enchiladas (Skinny Ms.). This recipe is one of our most popular, with over 1.4k shares and 25k pins.

32. Balsamic Roast Beef (Add a Pinch). The robust flavors in this roast beef are sure to make it a family favorite.

33. Shrimp Jambalaya (American Heart Association). Check out the American Heart Association’s healthy spin on a classic dish.

34. Italian Stallion Crockpot Chicken (He and She Eat Clean). Add some sliced veggies, a little extra marinara, and some healthy pasta, and this dish becomes your new go-to Italian dish.

35. Ginger Cranberry Pork Roast (Mama and Baby Love).  This 6-ingredient recipe includes only fresh, whole foods.

36. Pot Roast in the Crock Pot ({The} Spunky Runner). A traditional favorite is made even more tender and savory in the slow cooker.

37. Clean Eating Coconut Almond Cranberry Chicken (The Gracious Pantry). Even the toughest critics should enjoy this fruity, light chicken recipe.

38. Clean Eating Crock Pot Orange Chicken (Mummy Deals). No need to order Chinese takeout with this clean-eating recipe made easily in the slow cooker.

39. Turkey Pad Thai (Save Green Being Green). Another good reason to throw out the Chinese takeout menu and get out the slow cooker instead.

40. Turkey Lasagna (Busy But Healthy). This slow cooker lasagna is so healthy, and it’s easy to prep/assemble because there’s no browning the meat beforehand!

41. Clean Eating Chicken Tacos (Mummy Deals). Make delicious Mexican shredded chicken with easy-to-find pantry staples.

42. Clean Eating Italian Style Meatballs (The Gracious Pantry).  An easy and healthy meatball recipe made delicious.

Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Sweet Potatoes

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**43. Quinoa and Vegetables (Moms with Crock Pots). This healthy side dish can also double as a vegan or vegetarian entrée.

**44.  Garlic Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes (365 Days of Slow Cooking). All of the creamy goodness of mashed potatoes made with extra-healthy cauliflower.

**45. Crock Pot Baked Potatoes (Skip to My Lou). Try “baking” your potatoes in the slow cooker instead for a more moist texture.

**46. Savory Sweet Potatoes (Skinny Ms.). This sweet and spicy side dish was once a secret family recipe.  Now, we are happy to be sharing it with you. Enjoy!

Soups and Stews

Sweet Potato and Apple Soup

Photo: 100 Days of Real Food

47.  Easy Chicken Stew (Easy But Healthy). Vegetarians can easily swap in tofu for the chicken in this quick and tasty soup.

**48. Tortellini Tuscan Stew (Good Housekeeping). The slow cooker makes this veggie-filled stew easy to prepare.

**49. Sweet Potato and Apple Soup (100 Days of Real Food). This sweet and savory soup is made extra-special with brown, buttered sage sprinkled on top before serving.

50. Chicken Tortilla Soup ( This soup tastes better than anything you can get at a restaurant – and it’s healthy, too!

Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup

**51. Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup (365 Days of Slow Cooking). Delicious and so easy to make.

**52. Black Bean Soup with Toasted Cumin Seed Crème Fraiche (Smitten Kitchen).  Throw together black beans with chipotle, peppers, onions, and a healthy dose of cumin, and you have an unbelievably good soup.

53. Turkey Chili (Healthy Tasty Cheap). Stretch this turkey chili recipe into two meals by making nachos with the leftovers!

54. Hearty and Healthy Slow Cooker Soup (Beyond the Screen Door). This veggie-and-protein-packed soup is a keeper!

**55. Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup (Skinny Ms.). Just a pinch (1/8 teaspoon) of one surprising seasoning gives this soup an unbeatable taste.

**56. Tomato Basil Soup (Moms with Crock Pots). So simple to make, you won’t reach for the canned version ever again.

57. Hearty Chicken Stew with Butternut Squash and Quinoa (Cookin’ Canuk). This is the triumvirate of good soups – it smells, tastes and looks fantastic.

58. Soy Ginger Soup (Better Homes and Gardens). A light, flavorful soup that’s perfect for lunch or as an appetizer.

**59. Farmer’s Market Vegetable Soup ( This vegetarian and vegan friendly recipe includes less commonly used veggies like rutabaga, parsnips and leeks. (without garlic bread)

**60.  Savory Superfood Soup (Skinny Ms.). This comforting soup is loaded with SUPERFOODS, spices, and all things good.

61. Chicken Noodle Soup (Eating Clean and Allergy Free). A classic made allergen-free and just for the slow cooker.

**62. Savory Bean and Spinach Soup (Fitness Magazine). A comforting soup with healthy brown rice, black beans, and spinach or kale.


Photo: Skinny


**63. Slow Cooker Fudge (Skinny Ms.). This fudge recipe proves that delicious doesn’t have to be unhealthy.

**64. Brown Rice Pudding (Skinny Ms.).  This family favorite is deliciously creamy, subtly sweet, and contains only natural sugars.

**65. Banana Foster (Skinny Ms.). Originating in New Orleans around 1951, this classic dessert is just as tasty as the original, but this lighter version has only 110 calories per serving.

**66. Maple Walnuts (Busy But Healthy). Candied walnuts have never been healthier or yummier than these. They’re made with pure maple syrup!

**67. Clean Eating Crock Pot Brownies (Mummy Deals). Enjoy this dessert favorite with the benefits of completely clean ingredients.


Slow Cooker Apple Butter

Photo: Skinny Ms.

**68. Cranberry Sauce (Skinny Ms.). This classic recipe may become your new holiday staple.

**69. Sugar Free Strawberry Chia Jam (Stacy Makes Cents). Not only is this jam tasty, but it’s also sugar free and made with one of nature’s most perfect foods– chia seeds!

**70. Pizza Sauce (Stacy Makes Cents). Don’t settle for pizza sauce from a jar when making it yourself is a cinch.

**71. Homemade Applesauce (Creative Green Living). Making your own applesauce is even better when it’s cooked low and slow.

**72. Cinnamon Vanilla Applesauce (He and She Eat Clean). Another applesauce recipe, revved up with cinnamon and vanilla extract.

**73. Apple Butter (Skinny Ms.).  This apple butter recipe uses only a small amount of unrefined sugar and can be eliminated altogether if preferred.

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