With fall in full swing, it’s time to dust off your secret weeknight weapon: the slow cooker. The dream is to dump ingredients in the morning, and come home to a cozy dinner as soon as you walk through the door. Traditional recipes focus on beefy stews and starches. But you can definitely keep slow cooking in the realm of healthy, so long as you shop for lean meats, swap in beans and lentils, and chop and drop colorful veggies.
Check out these easy and saucy slow cooker recipes, shared by healthy eating bloggers who love comfort and convenience.
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Slow Cooker Beef Bourguignon
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Bouef bourguignon is the hearty beef stew to rule them all. Jam lots of fall veggies in there, from button mushrooms to sweet and petite onions.
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Slow Cooker Spaghetti Bolognese
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There’s pasta sauce, and then there’s pasta sauce. Slow simmer your bolognese all day, and bump it up with lots of veggies. Serve it over zoodles for a low-carb option, or try half linguine, half zucchini.
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Slow Cooker Carnitas
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Pork shoulder is a succulent cut. Simply trim the fat before cooking, and top it off with a pineapple salsa, to keep your tacos fresh.
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Slow Cooker Moroccan Lamb Shanks
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Lamb shanks are affordable and incredibly flavorful. Slow cooked, they become fall-off-the-bone tender. This recipe pairs lamb with Moroccan spices and chickpeas, balancing red meat with plant protein.
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Crockpot BBQ Chicken
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Slow cooker chicken can be just as pull-apart succulent as the classic pulled pork recipe. Mound it on a whole-wheat bun with lightly dressed slaw.
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Healthy Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken
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Craving curry? This better-than-takeout tikka is saucy, spicy, and comforting, even without the cream.
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Crockpot Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Soup
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Chicken soup is always satisfying, but these enchilada-style bowls, filled with gentle green chiles, will warm your stomach and your soul. Use low-fat Greek yogurt instead of cream cheese for a healthy swap.
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Slow Cooker Three-Bean Chili
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No meat? No problem! This veggie chili, featuring three types of beans, is the ultimate comfort food of vegetarians.
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The Best Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup
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When the holidays start to rev up, this blogger makes weeknights less hectic with a humble crock of lentils. She simmers them with wholesome butternut squash and kale, and seasons it all with plenty of herbs and aromatics.
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Banana Slow Cooker Overnight Oats
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Slow cookers do more than dinner! Take your overnight oats to the next level with chewy steel-cut grains, and wake up to a warm bowl in the morning. Inspired by banana bread, this version packs in the fruit and nuts.
Hungry for more? Get inspired with these delicious roundups and recipes.
- Healthy Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken with Artichokes & Olives
- Healthy Recipe: Pumpkin Steel-Cut Oats
- A Slow Cooker Plan for Busy Weeknights
- 10 Quick & Easy Lunch Boxes
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.