25 Healthy (Easy!) Slow Cooker Recipes to Help You Stay on Track in 2016
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25 Healthy (Easy!) Slow Cooker Recipes to Help You Stay on Track in 2016

Preparing meals just for yourself can seem like a ton of work, but there’s always one kitchen gadget you can lean on when you want your meal to be as easy as ordering takeout or hitting up the nearest drive-thru, but way healthier: the slow cooker. When you’re looking for a fuss-free way to stick to those healthy eating New Year’s resolutions, turn to that kitchen staple and these tasty Crock-Pot recipes. With prep as easy as toss in and step away for the day, eating healthy just became the easiest thing you’ve ever done.

1. Black Bean Soup: Packed with protein and naturally vegan and gluten-free, this soup can do no wrong. Garnish with thick slices of avocado, a dollop of sour cream, crushed tortilla chips — or all three. No matter how you serve it, it’s so yummy that you won’t believe it’s actually good for you. (via Gimme Some Oven)

2. Beef + Broccoli: Satisfy your Chinese food cravings with this slow cooker version. Requiring just 10 minutes of prep time, you’ll be able to get everything ready before work in the morning and come home to a nutritious meal. (via Cooking Classy)

3. Smoked Bacon Veggie Soup: Snuggle up with a bowl of this hearty soup on a frigid winter day and you’ll warm up from the inside out. The flavor of the smokey bacon helps balance out the Brussels spouts and mushrooms and makes the whole thing feel super indulgent. (via Cotter Crunch)

4. Stuffed Peppers: Not only are these stuffed peppers healthy, but they’re also completely customizable. You can switch out the ground beef for turkey (or leave it out altogether) and choose between white rice, brown rice, and even quinoa for an extra punch of protein in the filling. Make as many peppers as will fit in your slow cooker to prep lunch for the rest of the week. (via Damn Delicious)

5. Sweet Potato and Cauliflower Soup: Combine cauliflower, sweet potatoes, vegetable broth, and a touch of cream cheese for extra creaminess. Five hours later you’ll be devouring bowl after bowl of this scrumptious soup. The leftovers are also freezer-friendly and will be there anytime you need it for the next three months. (via Peas and Crayons)

6. Healthier Beef Stew: Make your favorite beef stew recipe healthier by adding more in-season veggies like parsnips and turnips and by using low-sodium broth. Quickly brown the stew meat in a skillet before dumping it in your slow cooker for an extra layer of flavor you won’t want to miss. (via Primavera Kitchen)

7. White Chicken Chili: Sticking to your healthy eating resolution will be a breeze with meals as good as this one. An hour before dinner, shred the chicken and then distract yourself for the next 60 minutes while it keeps cooking. Top with crushed tortilla chips and fresh cilantro. (via Simply Whisked)

8. Honey Garlic Chicken and Veggies: This is the easiest meal you’ll make all year long. There’s almost no prep work involved (besides chopping the potatoes), so you can just throw in all the ingredients and forget about it for the next eight hours. Remove the chicken right before it’s time to eat and broil for a quick three minutes to get the skin nice and crispy. (via Damn Delicious)

9. Baby Bella Chicken: Once you taste this moist chicken and mushrooms, you’d never guess there are only three ingredients involved. Eating healthy just got a whole lot easier. (via Homemaking Hacks)

10. Orange Chicken: Skip the heavy takeout and recreate one of your favorite meals at home with a healthy twist. Whip up a quick orange sauce and pour it over two boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Serve over your choice of rice. (via Show Me the Yummy)

11. Whole Chicken: Making a whole roast chicken in your slow cooker will give you enough tender, fall-off-the-bone meat to feed you like a queen for the week. Place your seasoned chicken on a bed of veggies, like onions, celery, and carrots, and let it cook for the next six hours. If you prefer crispier skin, carefully remove the chicken from you slow cooker and broil for a few minutes. (via The Little Kitchen)

12. Turkey and Quinoa Tortilla Soup: This is a great recipe for using up leftover turkey or rotisserie chicken, if that’s what’s hanging out in your fridge. Full of black beans, corn, and zesty diced tomatoes, this tortilla soup will take care of all your taco Tuesday cravings. (via Smile Sandwich)

13. Italian Chili: Spice up your usual chili recipe with hot Italian turkey sausage and whole wheat pasta. There is a bit of prep work for this one, like browning the sausage and the veggies, but all your hard work will be worth it once you taste the intense flavors swimming around in this chili. (via Amy Bites)

14. Teriyaki Chicken, Quinoa, and Veggies: Make this super filling teriyaki meal where tender chicken and soft quinoa carries that incredible sweet sauce in every morsel. (via Chelsea’s Messy Apron)

15. Coconut Quinoa Curry: There’s a double dose of protein from chickpeas and quinoa in this recipe. It all simmers in a bath of sweet tomatoes and coconut milk for a recipe that’s simply too delish for words. (via Simply Quinoa)

16. Crock Pot Low Carb Lasagna: Pile your plate high with layers upon layers of zucchini and eggplant slices substituting lasagna noodles. Bell peppers and onions make up this hearty sauce and low-fat cottage cheese is used adding extra depth to each piece. (via Well Plated)

17. Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup: You’re going to be in ecstasy after one spoonful of this chicken broth-based soup with tender beans, soft vegetables, and smoky andouille sausage. Is anybody else thinking about NOLA? (via Damn Delicious)

18. Tuscan Chicken: Ditch the cream and get into this naked Tuscan chicken cooked with fire-roasted tomatoes and earthy mushrooms. Fresh basil is absolutely the way to go with this recipe (and all others). (via Crème de la Crumb)

19. Spaghetti Squash and Meatballs: Who knew that you didn’t need to roast spaghetti squash in the oven? Just cut it in half, dig out the seeds, and place it in your slow cooker with your favorite tomato sauce. Needless to say, Italian night just got a whole lot lighter. (via All Day I Dream About Food)

20. Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken: A sure way to stop ordering takeout is to make this recipe at home. The key is to coat the chicken chunks with cornstarch so that it can brown and dump it all in the sauce with veggies for an unbelievable home order. (via The Recipe Critic)

21. Lentil and Vegetable Soup: If you’ve ever been sick you know that it has super powers. Add the warming sensation to the extraordinary ability of a tablespoon to make everything right in the world then you know you’ve found a soup that’s a keeper. (via Sweet Phi )

22. Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potato: Seriously, is there anything that homemade buffalo chicken dip can’t make taste even better? This soft and semi-sweet sweet potato is no different. (via The Real Food Dietitians)

23. Sweet Soy Sauce Shredded Chicken Breast: When you’re looking for a no-fail recipe with minimal effort, grab a couple of chicken breasts and throw it in your slow cooker with soy sauce, white, vinegar, ginger, and sriracha for some heat. (via Recipe Tin Eats )

24. Chicken, Kale, and Sweet Potato Stew: There’s always time to reset with a stew (or soup). This hearty recipe leaves you full all day. (via Real Food Whole Life )

25. Honey Sriracha Chicken: There’s just something about that sweet and spicy combo. When it’s slathered over tender and slow-cooked pieces of chicken and paired with fluffy quinoa, we can hardly contain ourselves. (via Show Me the Yummy)

What’s your favorite healthy slow cooker dish? Snap a pic and tag us on Instagram so we can see what you’re cookin’ up. 

(Additional reporting by Yasmein James)