Top 10 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

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With the Instant Pot’s surge to popularity, it’s safe to say that the crock pot isn’t the hottest appliance on the market anymore. That doesn’t mean that using the slow cooker is getting old, though. Healthy slow cooker recipes are more popular than ever, thanks to the crock pot’s set-it-and-forget-it cooking method. You see, the slow cooker works hard to make your life easy. It may not make meals as fast as our electric pressure-cooker friend, but fast doesn’t always mean easy.

With a slow cooker, you can just dump your ingredients into the bowl, push a button, and move on with your life. You don’t need to decide how much cook-time you’ll need in advance, and you don’t have to wait for the pressure to come up and down. With a click of a button, off you go: run errands, go to work, or get some sleep! A healthy, ready-to-eat meal will be waiting for you whenever you’re ready.

We wanted to celebrate our favorite cooking appliance with these healthy slow cooker recipes. This is one of our most popular collections on SkinnyMs, so we updated it with a few newer, tastier recipes. Don’t worry – we left some of your standby favorites, too!

1. Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Risotto

You might think that risotto is hard to make, but think again. Risotto in the slow cooker is not only easy, but it also makes the perfect family meal. Sneak that extra serving of vegetables into your diet by smothering it in cheese! This recipe is sure to be winner, even with the kiddos at the table.

2. Slow Cooker Vegan Gumbo Recipe

The only thing that’s better than a plant-based version of a classic favorite? One that can be made in the slow cooker, of course! This vegan gumbo recipe is so rich and full-flavored, you won’t hardly believe it’s meatless.

3. Turkey Stroganoff

This recipe that is both versatile and easy to prepare, which we love at SkinnyMs.. Our version of skinny stroganoff calls for healthier ingredients than traditional recipes without compromising flavor.

4. Slow Cooker Banana Pecan French Toast

Treat yourself to something special for weekend brunch – without too much added effort, either! You can toss the ingredients in the slow cooker on Saturday night and wake up to a ready made breakfast Sunday morning. It’s rich and it’s decadent, but it’s also guilt-free. That makes it one of our favorite healthy slow cooker recipes.

5. Slow Cooker Fudge

This Classic Fudge recipe is proof that delicious doesn’t have to be unhealthy. Our recipe for Classic Fudge is made with super foods like, dark chocolate and coconut milk. Super foods are considered especially nutritious or otherwise beneficial to health and well-being.

6. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

While this recipe is a little higher in calories and fat than our normal low calorie dishes, it is a whole food recipe. The focus of our recipes is using whole foods that your body actually recognizes nutritionally.

7. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

This is one of those healthy slow cooker recipes you’ll make again and again. It simply couldn’t be easier to make – layer your ingredients, turn on the crock pot, and wait for the best enchiladas of your life. It’s low in calories and Weight Watchers Smart Points without skimping on flavor.

8. Fried Chicken

Nothing compares to the taste of mom’s fried chicken, but we just can’t have all the fat. Here’s our Skinny version that won’t wreck havoc on your waist size and tastes yummy at the same time.

9. Easy Tomato and Basil Slow Cooker Stew

This quick and easy tomato and basil slow cooker stew is one of the most popular recipes on the site. Filled with chunky vegetables and flavorful broth, this stew is perfectly warming and comforting. Don’t reserve it just for cold winter days, either – it tastes great gazpacho-style when served chilled!

10. Balsamic Chicken

With classic Italian flavor, this meal is actually lite yet filling at the same time. This has quickly become one of the most requested recipes.

Get access to all of our delicious Slow Cooker recipes here! If you still want more, don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, or Pinterest.

26 Comments on "Top 10 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes"

  1. Pingback: Slow Cooking Enchiladas | Skinny Ms.

  2. Cherry Fullam  July 26, 2012

    you guys are making me hungry…and apparently i need this cookbook. lol

  3. Vicki_Mc  July 26, 2012

    they all look so good!

  4. Ilovebeaches  July 26, 2012

    I just got a slow cooker and ready to try some new recipes!

  5. Colleen_911  July 26, 2012

    I'm always looking for new slow cooker recipes for my family that aren't my mama's recipes with cream and tons of calories!  I've tried the balsamic chicken and it's delish!!  The slow cooker is not just for winter…it's perfect for the summer so I'm not heating up the kitchen, and your lighter recipes are perfect for bikini season.  THANKS so much!!

  6. Cherry Fullam  July 26, 2012

    you guys are making me hungry…and apparently i need this cookbook. lol

  7. Vicki_Mc  July 26, 2012

    they all look so good!

  8. Lookather Love  September 8, 2012

    My hubby only cleans the plate when I make a slow cooker meal. I asked him why is that and he simply stated "because your slow cooker meals taste better than what you cook on the stove." LOL! So yeah, I find myself using the slow cooker very frequently(LOL!) Great recipes. I will definitely be trying them all.

  9. Casey Stuhlman  February 17, 2013

    Hands down – the slow cooking enchiladas! So yummy!

  10. Andrea Witmer  February 17, 2013

    Enchiladas are so good!

  11. Phyllis Hoke Tilley  February 17, 2013

    Enchiladas are great! and my husband loves them too!

  12. Ashley Stabile  February 17, 2013

    My FAVORITE is the slow cooker fudge! Our whole family loves it <3.

  13. Amanda  February 17, 2013

    I use the slow cooker ALOT! Yes, they all look good, but we are a spaghetti family. So yummy!

  14. Stephanie  February 17, 2013

    Coconut Milk in fudge…so genius

  15. Marilyn J. Bond  April 4, 2013

    We can also try the Chinese dimsum that are found in most marts. They cook nicely via pressure or steam cooker. You get a dimsum dinner for that.

  16. Patricia  October 2, 2013

    Awesome ideas

  17. Lisa Stockwell  October 2, 2013

    I just love your recipes. Thank you for making my life healthier and cooking good foods so easy

  18. Paula  October 18, 2013

    Would love to see some low sodium recipes for those of us on a restricted diet

    • Skinny Ms.  October 18, 2013

      Paula, Most all of our recipes are salt to taste.

  19. lisamary1  February 7, 2014

    Hi, I have just signed up and saved a recipe, but I can't find the box with the recipe in,

    • GaleCompton  February 8, 2014

      Hmmmmm….not sure what's going on. Did you find it yet? Let me know if you continue to have issues and I'll send it to our tech person. 🙂

  20. Stacey  June 17, 2014

    I make the Balsamic chicken on a weekly basis. So yummy!

  21. Sara_Rakhbari  November 1, 2014

    But if you make it in mulicooker instead of slow cooker, the result will be same but you spend much less time. Recently I've bought Redmond multicooker and now I'm making great vary of food – fast and easy. Also it can steam and bake.

  22. Audrey  November 28, 2016

    Hi! I’m so excited to try try your recipes!

    • Gale Compton  November 28, 2016

      Audrey, We’re excited you found our recipes. 🙂


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