Slow cooker, how do we love thee? Let us count the ways:
For the time-crunched: set-it-and-forget-it recipes abound, allowing you to start your dinner in the morning and free up time to hit the gym after work or get in a quick run before the sun sets (not to mention enjoy a leisurely hot shower afterwards). Bonus: quick and easy cleanup!
For the frugal: slow cooking is a great way to maximize the flavor and tenderize the texture of less expensive, tougher cuts of meat. It also uses less energy than firing up the oven.
For the culinarily challenged: the majority of slow cooker recipes involve simply adding ingredients to the slow cooker and turning it on (tip: every time you take off the lid to peek, you’re releasing heat and will need to add some cooking time. Hands off!).
For the health-minded: home cooked is almost always the healthiest option! No need to add extra fats to slow cooked meals; the moisture is sealed in. And since slow cooking helps meaty flavors to permeate the entire dish, you can opt to use less meat, loading up on the veggies instead.
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Ready to embrace the slow cooker love, or looking for new ways to spice up your relationship with your trusty Crock Pot? We’ve rounded up 38 healthy recipes from our FitFluential Ambassadors, from soups to sides, desserts to main dishes, with some vegetarian and clean eating options.
Give them a try— and let us know your favorite recipes in the comments!
1. Crock Pot Baked Potatoes with Smashed Chili Beans | Side of Sneakers
2. Slow Cooker Lasagna | Southern Living Yankee
3. Crock-Pot Tomato BBQ Short Ribs | Organically Mo
4. Cranberry Apricot Pork Tenderloin | We Can Begin to Feed
5. Slow Cooker Turkey Taco Meat | Nutritious Eats
6. Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs | Nutritious Eats
7. Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken | Organically Mo
8. Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken | Organically Mo
9. Slow Cooker Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto | Cara’s Cravings
10. Slow Cooker Honey Turkey Breast with Butternut Squash | Healthy Helper
11. Crock Pot Chicken ChickPea Curry | Sensual Appeal
12. Sweet n Spicy Vegetarian Curry | Sensual Appeal
13. Healthy Crock Pot Orange Chicken | Ari’s Menu
14. Turkey Meatball Subs | Well of Health
15. Slow Cooked Applesauce | A Gutsy Girl
16. Crock Pot Roasted Vegetable Sauce | The Lean Green Bean
17. Crock Pot Vegetarian Black Beans | Mommy Run Fast
18. Crock Pot Apple Crisp | It’s a Harleyyy Life
19. Apple Cinnamon Pumpkin Crock Pot Steel Cut Oats | The Lean Green Bean
20. Slow Cooked Vanilla Spiced Steel Cut Oats | Treats with a Twist
21. Slow Cooked Overnight Oats | CSW Fit Yoga
22. Bean and Spinach Crock Pot Soup | Miss Zippy
23. Vegetarian Tortilla Soup | MCM Mama Runs
24. Vegetarian Split Pea Soup | Mommy Runs Fast
25. Black Bean Quinoa Chili | Fit Foodie Finds
26. Black Eyed Pea Crock Pot Soup | Apples and Arteries
27. Homemade Turkey Broth Mulligatawnski | We Can Begin to Feed
28. Curried Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Stew | We Can Begin to Feed
29. Crock Pot White Chicken Chili | Tina Reale
30. BBQ Lentil Stew | Cotter Crunch
31. Faux-Pho Udon Noodle Soup | Better with Veggies
32. Black Eyed Pea and Cabbage Soup | Healthy Helper Blog
33. Crock Pot Two Bean Veggie Chili | Happy Fit Mama
34. Turkey White Bean Pumpkin Chili | Gigi Eat Celebrities
35. Clean Eating White Bean Chicken Chili | Run to the Finish
38. Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup | Well of Health