Convenience, flavor, and healthy ingredients — it’s impossible for the three to co-exist, right? Wrong. It’s possible in a Crock Pot!
A slow cooker is a beautiful thing. Just give it a few hours, and it’ll tease out flavors, blend seasonings, and tenderize the most stubborn or cheap cuts of meat. Ahead is a collection of easy
and healthy Crock Pot recipes that might just become your new favorites. From vegan lasagnas and beef and broccoli, to butternut squash soup and steak fajitas, we’ve got your dinner covered.
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This tasty fajitas recipe might yield a bit of excess liquid. You can prevent a sloppy mess by draining the tomatoes, serving the chicken with a slotted spoon, and maybe enjoying the last bit of chicken over a bed of rice.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Whether you enjoy it as a snack or as a full-on meal, you can’t go wrong with this buffalo chicken dip that pairs chicken with protein-packed Greek yogurt and two kinds of low-fat cheese. If you have some pita bread on hand, cut them into triangles and bake them in the oven for five minutes at 425°F for quick dipping pita chips.
Recipe: Healthy Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
If you worship at the church of sweet and savory, then I don’t need to tell you why combining sugar, soy sauce, and beef broth is a foolproof recipe for irresistible taste. Sirloin and broccoli make this a meal, but let’s be real — essentially any protein or vegetable would pair well with this sauce.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
I’m a huge fan of dairy, but I have to admit that this vegan butternut squash mac is absolute creamy perfection. You don’t have to look far down the ingredients list to see what the literal secret sauce is: a teaspoon of mustard (along with some nutritional yeast and cashews).
Recipe: Slow Cooker Vegan Butternut Squash Mac | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Tired of overnight oats or toast for breakfast? Try this breakfast casserole, which combines eggs with all the best vegetables, including sweet potatoes and mushrooms. It’s a hit with vegetarians and omnivores alike!
Recipe: Veggie Breakfast Casserole | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Crock Pots were basically made for recipes like this one. Cooking the chicken thighs over an extended period of time draws out the flavor, helps tenderize the meat and infuses everything with a rich blend of garlic and balsamic.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Trying to cook a creamy soup on the stovetop can be a tedious process for anyone who doesn’t have the time to monitor a pot. This butternut squash soup recipe lets the Crock Pot do the work for you (after 30 minutes of roasting), and results in a velvety soup you’ll want to savor.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Some of the best vegan recipes in the world aren’t simply “meat-free” versions of their omnivorous counterparts, but completely reimagined iterations. That’s the case with this vegan bolognese, which uses the textural power of shredded carrots, eggplant chunks, and cauliflower florets to give both depth of flavor and satisfying chewiness.
Recipe: Vegan Bolognese healthyslowcooking.com
Crock pots are great at cooking white meat, but
excellent at cooking red meat until it’s buttery soft and juicy. Try it with this steak fajitas recipe, which you can enjoy on corn or flour tortillas, or just a scoop of rice.
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Steak Fajitas | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
The homemade tortilla bowl is perfect for this soup, but if you don’t have the oil — or the pain tolerance for deep-frying a large tortilla into a bowl — then you can also just crush up a bunch of tortilla chips into your bowl of soup, or bake a tortilla in between two bowls in the oven.
Recipe: Chicken Tortilla Bowl Soup | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
To get that finger-licking, sticky texture, try adding just a pinch of cornstarch to thicken up your sauce. Garnish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds and sliced green onions, and you have yourself a restaurant-worthy meal!
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Mild, nutty, and creamy, white beans are a versatile ingredient that do a great job of integrating seamlessly with other flavors. Here, the result is a rich chili with a slightly sweet, mildly spicy burn.
Recipe: Spicy White Bean Chili | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Look, Crock Pots aren’t exclusive to lunch or dinner recipes — they’re great for breakfast, too. Take this oatmeal recipe: If you follow it right, you’ll get the world’s creamiest bowl of old-fashioned homemade oats. Top them with a handful of apple slices, and you’re pretty much guaranteed the perfect day.
Recipe: Apple Cinnamon Steel-cut Oatmeal | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Everyone knows that the best chilis take time for all the flavors to blend together (otherwise you’d just be eating bean soup). Save this slow cooker recipe for a chill afternoon when you can dump all the ingredients in and spend the rest of the day fantasizing about your upcoming dinner.
Recipe: Protein Packed Chili | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
On days you need a boost of vitamins (or simply want to clean out the wilting vegetables in your fridge,
ahem), try out this recipe, which combines a ton of sliced vegetables — including squash, celery, tomatoes, zucchini, and onion — into a light soup you can polish off with a piece of crusty bread.
Recipe: Hearty Veggie Soup | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Craving Chinese-American food? Try out this recipe, which slow-cooks a blissfully sticky honey soy chicken in less than three hours — basically how long it would’ve taken you to choose your order and wait for your delivery to arrive, anyway.
Recipe: Freezer Prep Honey Soy Chicken | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
If you’re like me and are always craving some variation of fajitas, then you’ll love this freezer-friendly recipe that you can make in bulk. When you’re getting closer to dinner time, just pour the contents into your Crock Pot and cook it on high for three hours or on low for six.
Recipe: Chicken Fajitas | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
This simple slow cooker recipe is so basic, yet so flavorful, that you’ll start feeling like your Crock Pot is a magic cauldron. Just throw in some chicken thighs, herbs, lemon, and garlic, and voilà — you have the centerpiece to a dinner your family will inhale before you even have a chance to sit down.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
Stuffed peppers are only as good as the ingredients they’re actually stuffed with. You could be eating this cheesy rice, corn, and bean combo out of your friend’s discarded ramen cup, and it would still be irresistible. The peppers do elevate the whole eating experience, though. 😉
Recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
While the Western world is still catching on to the culinary wonders of jackfruit, it’s actually been a popular ingredient in South Asian cuisine for a long time. For those of you not in the know, jackfruit is an actual fruit that, when cooked, has a texture resembling that of pulled pork. It’s also mild enough that it’ll absorb the flavors of the other ingredients it’s cooked with — producing a wildly rich and tasty dish, just like these carnitas.
Recipe: Slow Cooker Jackfruit Carnitas | Shop This Recipe tasty.co
One head of cauliflower + cream + potatoes = a velvety soup that you could only make happen with the help of your Crock Pot. Top with bacon bits, cheddar, green onion, or even some fried onion for an added crunch.
Recipe: Creamy Cauliflower Soup 365daysofcrockpot.com
They’re crunchy, they’re green, and they’re versatile. Whatever the reason, there’s something about green beans that makes them my favorite vegetable. Try them out a lá this Greek green beans recipe and maybe you’ll join the fan club.
Recipe: Greek Green Beans 365daysofcrockpot.com
Where has this vegan lasagna recipe been all my life?! The secret is in the pumpkin tofu ricotta, made with tofu, sundried tomatoes, nutritional yeast, and a whole lotta pumpkin. Don’t be mad if you finish it before putting the lasagna together.
Recipe: Pumpkin Lasagna healthyslowcooking.com