By Lauren Paige
On those days when you’re trying to get something healthy, but still cozy on the table, just remember you’re just a timer away. From a saucy sesame chicken to a restorative soup, these healthy slow cooker recipes are the inspiration we all need right now.
With a soothing, flavor-packed broth made in the slow cooker, this vegetarian soup is the one to reach for when you need something restorative. Make a big batch and enjoy over the course of the week — or put some in the freezer as a gift to future you. Soba noodles help make it hearty, but a big handful of spinach makes it even more nourishing.
It’s takeout, made easy with this crockpot sesame chicken dish. Throw all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and have dinner ready in no time. Served with brown rice and steamed broccoli, it’s a quick and clean do over on everyone’s favorite delivery.
3. Low-Carb Lasagna from Well Plated
Lasagna has never been easier or faster than with this slow cooker recipe. This cheesy veggie-packed Italian specialty relies on big planks of eggplant for the base and tastes just as good as classic lasagna, minus the noodles. It’s so good even Garfield would approve.
4. Lentil Sloppy Joes from Simply Quinoa
A plant-based twist on a comfort classic, these are loved by vegetarians and meat eaters alike! This dish of hearty lentils cooked in a spicy, tangy sauce is packed with a ton of flavor, fiber and protein. It becomes ultra satisfying when tucked into your favorite bun.
5. Chicken Ropa Vieja from Budget Bytes
Chicken Ropa Vieja is chicken slowly stewed with tomatoes, peppers, onions, and spices. It packs up great, which means it’s perfect for meal prep. It’s great with a big bowl of brown rice, or wrapped up in a grain-free tortilla.