17 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Make Your Life Easier

17 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Make Your Life Easier

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Photo Credit: Cavan Images – Getty Images

Sometimes it’s fun to spend the night cooking a great meal at home. But most of the time, we don’t want to spend hours cooking, let alone dinner. Besides, we need that precious time for other things like exercising (or watching Netflix).

Luckily, there are plenty of delicious and healthy dinner recipes that are perfect for ending the day. And some of them can be cooked in a slow cooker. You just need to add the ingredients in the morning or the night before and let the little machine work its magic.

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Get yours and get to work with these 17 delicious dinner recipes without wasting time:

17 healthy meals in a slow cooker

1. Moroccan meatballs

Mix the sauce ingredients with the rolls in the slow cooker and let the machine do its thing. The end result is a protein- and veg-rich dinner that’s also great as leftovers from lunch.

Per serving: 334 calories, 15g fat (4.5g fat), 18g carbs, 8g sugar, 997mg sodium, 6g fiber, 36g protein.

Get the recipe on Skinny Taste.

2. Chicken stew with tomatoes and rosemary

Photo Credit: Skinny Taste

Photo Credit: Skinny Taste

If you like meat that falls off the bone (and who doesn’t?), this healthy chicken recipe is perfect for you. Serve with whole grain pasta, boiled whole grains, or spaghetti squash to complete your meal.

Per serving: 221 calories, 7.5g fat (2g sat), 6g carbs, 3g sugar, 362mg sodium, 1.5g fiber, 29.5g protein.

Get the recipe on Skinny Taste.

3. Pumpkin Pie with Oatmeal

Multicookers aren’t just for meaty meals – they also make great oatmeal, saving you time in the morning. This version is perfect for fall and would be perfect for home PSL.

Per serving: 242 calories, 10g fat (0g saturated), 45g carbs, 12g sugar, 229mg sodium, 8g fiber, 8g protein.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

4. Black beans, quinoa, chicken, slow cooker chili

Packed with a variety of flavors and textures, this hearty chili is enough for a week-long snack. Using chicken instead of ground beef reduces saturated fat, which is definitely a benefit.

Per serving: 320 calories, 7.6g fat (1.6g sat), 41.8g carbs, 9.2g sugar, 566mg sodium, 10.8g fiber, 31.5g protein.

Get the recipe in the ambitious kitchen.

5. Chicken Tikka Masala

Just because you want to order takeout doesn’t mean you have to spend money on food delivery. Plan ahead and cook this easy chicken tikka masala, then freeze any remaining individual servings when you feel like it.

Per serving: 278 calories, 9.2g fat (3.8g sat), 22g carbs, 9.5g sugar, 366mg sodium, 3.9g fiber, 26.2g protein.

Get the recipe from the ambitious kitchen.

6. Sweet Potato and Chickpea Tagine Slow Cooked

Photo Credit: Amuse Your Bouche

Photo Credit: Amuse Your Bouche

Vegetarian or not, this lean meal will delight you on a cold fall day. A hearty blend of sweet potatoes, chickpeas, vegetables and spices to soothe and energize.

Per serving: 177 calories, 2.6g fat (0.3g sat), 33.3g carbs, 11.6g sugar. 66 mg sodium, 10.9 g fiber, 7.9 g protein

7. Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Photo Credit: Amuse Your Bouche

Photo Credit: Amuse Your Bouche

If the idea of ​​rice and mushroom soup is reminiscent of frozen brown porridge from the school cafeteria, let this delicious homemade version change your mind! Mushrooms and rice are a very tasty combination, even without meat.

Per serving: 345 calories, 3.2g fat (1.6g sat), 61.5g carbs, 9.4g sugar, 483mg sodium, 7.2g fiber, 17.1g protein.

8. Paleo Pumpkin Spice Blend

The next time you’re hitting the road, take a bag of this lightweight, grain-free trail mix with you. It has a lot of flavor from pumpkin spice, a bit of sweetness from coconut sugar and dried cranberries, and lots of healthy fats from various nuts.

Per serving: 129 calories, 9.1 g fat (3 g saturated), 12.5 g carbohydrates, 9.5 g sugar, 2.5 mg sodium, 1.3 g fiber, 2.2 g protein.

Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch.

9. Autumn Quinoa Pilaf with Wild Rice

Photo credit: Cotter Crunch

Photo credit: Cotter Crunch

This fiber-rich pilaf is great as a light, meatless main course (add tofu or baked chickpeas for extra protein and firmness) or as a side dish. Pilaf is great straight out of the slow cooker, but adding feta, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries and herbs after it’s all done really takes it to the next level.

Per serving: 236 calories, 8.3g fat (3g saturated), 32.3g carbs, 3.4g sugar, 292mg sodium, 4.2g fiber, 9.2g protein.

Get the recipe from Cotter Crunch.

10. Braised beef

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Photo Credit: Well Covered

Stewed beef may not be what comes to mind when you think of healthy recipes, but the combination of protein, potatoes, and tons of vegetables makes for a truly balanced dish. Oh, and it’s delicious.

Per serving: 321 calories, 10g fat (2g sat), 24g carbs, 4g sugar, 359mg sodium, 4g fiber, 30g protein.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

11. Risotto with pumpkin and goat cheese

This risotto is made with whole grain brown rice and lots of pumpkin, so it will definitely cover your carb needs. You can add some protein by tossing a soft-boiled egg on top or serving it as a side dish with fried chicken.

Per serving: 195 calories, 7g fat (3g sat), 26g carbs, 3g sugar, 412mg sodium, 3g fiber, 7g protein.

Get the recipe from Well Plated.

12. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato

This sweet potato is decadent enough. If you choose the right hot sauce and make your own ranch dressing, they also meet Whole30’s requirements.

Per serving: 320 calories, 13g fat (8g saturated), 25g carbs, 9g sugar, 500mg sodium, 3g fiber, 24g protein.

Get a prescription from Real Food nutritionists.

13. Philadelphia Chicken Tacos

This streamlined version of a classic definitely deserves a place at your next football party. Made with chicken instead of beef, with lots of peppers and onions and a relatively light cheese content, they are delicious without weighing you down.

Per serving: 420 calories, 14g fat (3g saturated), 27g carbs, 2g sugar, 363mg sodium, 3g fiber, 40g protein.

Get the recipe from Nutrition In The Kitch.

14. Minestrone soup

Photo Credit: Skinny Taste

Photo Credit: Skinny Taste

This restaurant classic is a hearty blend of vegetables and pasta in a rich, flavorful broth.

Per serving: 190 calories, 3g fat (0g saturated), 32g carbs, 4g sugar, 483mg sodium, 8g fiber, 9g protein.

Get the recipe on Skinny Taste.

15. Moroccan stew of pumpkin, chickpeas and lentils

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Photo Credit: Ambitious Kitchen

Braising is perhaps what the slow cooker does best. For a cozier result, serve a plate of this fiber-rich treat with fresh naan.

Per serving: 431 calories, 6g fat (3g sat), 78g carbs, 11g sugar, 524mg sodium, 28g fiber, 27.5g protein.

Get the recipe from the ambitious kitchen.

16. Fajita Chicken Soup

Photo credit: Eating bird food

Photo credit: Eating bird food

Don’t want to break your pot and utensils to make fajitas? This easy soup has all the flavors you love without the mess.

Per serving: 322 calories, 14g fat (1g sat), 20g carbs, 6g sugar, 487mg sodium, 5g fiber, 33g protein.

Get the recipe from Eating Bird Food.

17. Carrot and Parsnip Puree with Rosemary

Photo credit: Cotter Crunch

Photo credit: Cotter Crunch

This slow cooker mashed carrot and parsnip puree is a great nutrient-rich substitute for mashed potatoes.

Per serving: 245 calories, 14g fat (7g sat), 29g carbs, 9g sugar, 213mg sodium, 7g fiber, 3g protein.

Get the Kotter Crunch recipe.