This is a list of the most popular healthy crock pot recipes since starting my blog until now! There is a big variety from soup, oats, roast, complete meals, and even bread. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at how good and easy they are.
Why do I love my slow cooker so much?
Versatile - I absolutely love to cook with my crockpots. Yes, I wrote that correctly. I have more than one. You can make a lot of different kinds of dishes beyond the typical roasts and soups. I've discovered that you can adapt almost any recipe to be made in a crockpot if you want to.
Set-It and Forget-It - I really like that I can make my dinner in the morning or early afternoon even, put it in the slow cooker and come back when it's time to eat and dinner is ready. I love that because dinner time always seems to be my most hectic time of day. Especially if you have children who are home from school or if you work, you're getting home and need a meal in a hurry. If it's already made that can make your evening so much less stressful.
Freezer Meal Prep - I prepare a lot of our family's meals ahead of time in a big batch in the slow cooker, eat them for one meal then freeze the rest in individual freezer containers to pull out whenever we don't feel like cooking (which is often). You can learn more about this method here.
Ready-To-Go Meal Prep - I've been known to make a meal in the crockpot in the evening, put it in the refrigerator overnight, and then take it out in the morning and turn it on so It will be ready that evening. I usually try to wait to turn it on if I have the time and never turn it on ahead of time or I'm afraid it would crack.
Overnight Meal Prep - I even have crockpot recipes for breakfast that can be made the night before, cooked overnight, and ready to eat when you wake up. This is a Basic, 4-Ingredient Healthy Overnight Oats Recipe then there are variations for overnight oats that you can find links to on that page.
Great for All Diets - I literally can't think of a diet that can't benefit from using the slow cooker. I have recipes on my website for Paleo, Whole30, Gluten-Free, Clean Eating, Whole-Food, Plant-Based, Vegan, Vegetarian and probably some others and all of them work.
Budget-Friendly - I save so much money on my monthly food bill when I'm good about making large batches of food in my slow cooker. It's easy to stretch more expensive ingredients, like meat, and have healthier lower-cost ingredients.
These recipes are the very most popular on social media and consistently receive 5-star reviews. These are a good place to start if you haven't already tried them. The roast is a classic with slow-cooker beef roast, potatoes, and carrots. I also love the white bean soup with chicken or turkey.
These are the best beef recipes (other than any listed above) and are a good source of protein.
Try the teriyaki chicken, which has chicken, garlic, onion, and peppers in a healthy, flavorful sauce, or try the fajitas, which are basically chicken tacos with onion and peppers inside a soft flour tortilla and topped with a twist of lime juice - but sometimes we like to just make the chicken and turn them into tacos with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, and salsa instead.
I think the slow cooker is the best way to cook pork and it makes a wonderful comfort food with plenty of flavor and it generally costs less than a lot of other proteins. It is definitely a good option for a healthy dinner.
Misc Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
These are some recipes you may not generally think you can cook in a slow cooker - like bread and oatmeal. But they work great!
Absolutely. I do it all the time. It takes maybe an hour longer to cook is all - but most of the time I could care less since it's not any more work!
Dairy - any dairy but butter or heavy cream will curdle. It will taste fine but not look very appetizing.
Rice - it is too easy to under or overcook
Pasta - same thing as rice. If I want to add rice or pasta to the rest of my dish, I just cook it separately and add it as I'm eating it. It is much better for leftovers and/or the freezer that way anyway.
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or tenders - they are just too easy to overcook and then they get dried out and tasteless. Chicken thighs are what you want to use.
Delicate vegetables - Many vegetables get overcooked. However, you can overcome this by adding them in the last hour or two of cooking or cook them separately and add them at the last minute.
Yes. You need to be careful, such as making sure it's not too old, you don't have a towel over the cord, etc. but it's perfectly fine to do. I get nervous about doing it because I want to be able to check on my food every so often and not overcook it but for something like a large roast that I know will just get super tender overnight, I just go for it.
Low and slow - since the food cooks slowly over a long period of time, it keeps the moisture in the food so you don't need to add a lot of unhealthy ingredients, like fats and extra salt.
Flavor - It also tends to make the food more flavorful so you are more likely to eat a healthier option that tastes better than a quick option, which is usually not as healthy.
Veggies - it's so easy to throw a few extra veggies in your dish and by the time they are cooked, they aren't even recognizable to most children. And even if they are, they are nice and soft and small and they will usually eat them.
Check out this wide selection of healthy crockpot recipes from my blog.
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- Pick out a few to try today!