10 Simple Slow-Cooker Recipes

Food, Meal Prep + Plans

By: Chris Freytag, CPT // March 15, 2023


The slow cooker is my absolute favorite kitchen appliance. The simple set-it-and-forget-it capability makes meals come together in a flash and has been liberating people from hectic dinner hours for decades.  And there’s something so comforting about coming home to slow-cooked healthy meals.

The technology has been around since the 1940s but the excitement began in the 70s when the brand “Crock Pot” debuted in the marketplace. We’ve come a long way, baby, but the slow cooker is still a staple in millions of American’s kitchens.  You can make all kinds of healthy meals in your slow cooker and we’ve got lots of easy and tasty slow cooker recipes for you below.

No more stressful grocery store visits on the way home from work or standing in front of the stove for hours on end; the slow cooker wants to cook healthy, delicious meals for you! 

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    What’s The Difference Between A Crock-Pot & Slow Cooker?

    First, let’s get a few things straight: Crock-Pots heat from both the bottom and sides, and slow cookers heat from just the bottom. Crock-Pots typically have a low, high, and warm setting vs. most slow cookers that have a range of 5 heat settings. Remember slow cookers come in all shapes and sizes. Most slow cookers now have a removable crock so it is much easier to wash, some have timers, and many even stir as they cook!

    My rule of thumb with any of these recipes is if my device settings don’t match the one used in the recipe, I go slow and low. I also always brown any large cuts of meat before adding them to my slow cooker. From breakfast to buffalo wings, the slow cooker guarantees you a few extra hours of time and a delicious meal, does it get better than that? These are some of my favorite no-fuss healthy and delicious recipes, so get cookin’!

    Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

    Crock-Pot Chicken Salsa Tacos

    This four ingredient healthy crock-pot chicken taco recipe is simple and superb! This gluten-free recipe is so easy and yummy it will become one of your all time fav’s. You can even cook the chicken in your favorite salsa for a richer flavor. We love to top these tasty tacos with fresh avocado, cilantro, pico

    Bowl of slow cooker chicken chickpea chili with jalapeño, sour cream and cracker garnish

    Slow Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken Chickpea Chili

    Skip the take-out and enjoy a healthier meal at home with this tasty slow cooker recipe for General Tso’s chicken that is sweet, sticky and a little spicy. You can easily make this dish paleo and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy the tasty goodness of this meal.

    A big black bowl of slow cooker chicken curry with cilantro garnish

    Slow Cooker Coconut Chicken Curry

    Spice up dinner with this slow-cooker chicken curry recipe! An amazing Indian meal that is low-fat and full of delicious curry flavor, Try this healthy dish with a side of spiced coconut rice or rice noodles.

    Slow Cooker Pork Recipes

    Chipotle Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Tacos

    This healthy slow cooker chipotle pork tenderloin tacos with cranberries and apples will change your Taco Tuesday forever! This gluten-free recipe is a little sweet and a lot sassy! The apple noodles add a nice crunch and pair well with the cranberries for a festive flavor. This easy recipe takes 15 minutes to prep and

    Healthy Pulled Pork Sandwiches (In The Slow Cooker!)

    Healthy Pulled Pork Sandwiches (Slow Cooker Recipe)

    We love these healthy pulled pork sandwiches made in the slow cooker. This recipe is so easy and the pork comes out tender and juicy every time! These BBQ sandwiches are filled with protein, and so delicious I started making twice the amount! You are just 4 steps away from a delicious meal everyone will

    Slow Cooker Vegetarian Recipes

    3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Creamy Salsa Dip

    This super easy 3 ingredient slow cooker creamy salsa dip is the perfect vegetarian recipe to kick off your next party or game day celebration. You have got to try this super simple appetizer with some blue corn chips, or black bean tortilla chips for a delicious healthier snack that is sure to satisfy!

    Slow Cooker Quinoa Energy Bars

    This simple slow cooker recipe for quinoa energy bars is a snap to throw together, and the slow cooker does all the work! This tasty gluten-free recipe has 6 grams of protein and 4.3 grams of fiber per serving making it a delicious and healthy post-workout snack or healthy breakfast and is kid approved.

    A bowl of hearty vegetarian winter minestrone

    Winter Minestrone

    This winter minestrone is cozy, hearty and healthy all in one. A vegetarian soup packed with flavor and nutrients, this is one you’ll want to make on repeat.

    Slow Cooker Beef Recipes

    Slow Braised Beef with Carrot Mash

    This slow-braised beef with carrot mash and olives is the modernized version of your grandma’s pot roast and man, it’s a welcome upgrade. The roast is packed with flavors from the garlic, leeks, thyme and olives, and the carrot mash makes the perfect healthy side.

    A white bowl of healthy beef stew with vegetables

    Healthy Crockpot Beef Stew

    There’s few things more comforting than a bowl of beef stew at the end of a long day. This slow cooker recipe is made with extra vegetables for both a healthy and cozy meal.

    Hopefully these healthy dishes will make your life easier and allow you to do something for yourself like hit a yoga class, get a pedicure or maybe enjoy a glass of wine while your slow cooker takes care of dinner! Check out more time saving healthy meals here.

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