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7 Healthy Crock Pot Recipes You’ll Want To Make All Season Long

November 12, 2023
Courtesy of Well Plated

When the temperatures drop, it seems as though everything else picks up pace. The chill of autumn brings with it the hustle to meet end-of-year deadlines, the anticipation of the holiday season, school functions, sports, and more. With competing priorities and busy family schedules, pulling off a healthy dinner every night is no small feat. Enter the unsung hero of fall: the humble slow cooker. This time of year, they become an indispensable resource, offering delicious homemade meals with the convenience of (mostly) hands-off cooking. Here are some of our favorite healthy Crock-Pot recipes you’ll want to make all season long.

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1. Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

Courtesy of Cookie & Kate

Kick off the cooler season with a true fall classic: a cozy bowl of delicious chili. No meat? No problem. This slow-cooked vegetarian chili features a hearty blend of vegetables, tomatoes, and beans along with a rich medley of spices that’ll keep you warm and satisfied.

Try the recipe at Cookie and Kate.

2. Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken

Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken

Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

For a healthy Crock-Pot recipe that’s as easy to make as it is to enjoy, try the Crock-Pot Salsa Chicken from Gimme Some Oven. This simple, flavorful recipe can be the starting point for countless meals, from tacos to salads to sandwiches to rice bowls. Full of flavor and versatility, this one will surely be a crowd-pleaser.

Try the recipe at Gimme Some Oven.

3. Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Discover the soothing flavors of a classic dish reimagined with this dairy-free chicken pot pie soup. This slow-cooker wonder transforms cauliflower and potatoes into a sumptuous creamy base for the soup’s tender chunks of chicken and vibrant mix of vegetables. It’s a gluten-free and Paleo-friendly take on comfort food that’s as nourishing as it is delicious.

Try the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

4. Detox Crock-Pot Lentil Soup

Detox Crock-Pot Lentil Soup

Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

This deliciously “detoxifying” recipe comes together over about six hours in the Crock-Pot, melding a healthy and delicious base of onions, potatoes, squash, carrots, lentils, and herbs. For a creamy texture, pulse in the blender before serving with a slice of crusty bread and Parmesan cheese.

Try the recipe at Pinch of Yum.

5. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Courtesy of Well Plated

Chicken pieces are browned to perfection, locking in delicious flavor before being slow-cooked alongside a sauce blend of tomatoes, bell peppers, and mushrooms in this Italian-inspired Chicken Cacciatore. Serve with pasta, rice, or polenta.

Try the recipe at Well Plated.

6. Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Courtesy of Ambitious Kitchen

Take your taste buds on a trip with Ambitious Kitchen’s healthy Chicken Tikka masala. This delicious dish is a lighter version of the classic, featuring light coconut milk instead of heavy cream. The spicy and sweet flavors meld together over hours for a bold aromatic dish that’s bursting with flavor. Serve with naan, pita bread, or rice.

Try the recipe at Ambitious Kitchen.

7. Crock-Pot Pepper Steak

Crock-Pot Pepper Steak

Courtesy of Well Plated

Who needs greasy takeout when you can make the healthy version at home? In this slow-cooked version of the Chinese American takeout classic, steak pieces are dusted in seasonings, browned to enhance flavor, then slow-cooked with onions, bell peppers, and a sweet and tangy sauce that thickens into a luscious gravy. Top with scallions and serve with your favorite rice.

Try the recipe at Well Plated.

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