10 Easy, Healthy Crockpot Recipes To Warm Your Belly (& Trim Your Waistline)

 

Written by: Liz Brown - Oct. 30, 2019

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Once the temperature drops, our diets often follow suit. In fact, studies show that people tend to eat more calories throughout the colder months than they do in the warmer months—and it’s easy to see why! Cold weather makes you want to snuggle up in a warm blanket next to a fireplace with some good ‘ol comfort food. And what better comfort food than a slow cooker recipe, right? Mm-mm good! 😋 Eating a crockpot meal feels like your tummy is getting a nice, warm hug and your taste buds are enjoying some acoustic music at a coffee shop! Every bite is magical and you savor every single moment of it! You might even help yourself to another serving because, well, you deserve it!

Unfortunately, the blissful combination of cold weather and comfort food makes sticking to your health and fitness goals incredibly challenging. You’re less likely to exercise and more likely to overeat. But, if you’re a health-conscious gal, you might be searching for a few healthy crockpot recipes that don’t come with a side of guilt. Thankfully, I have ten easy, healthy crockpot recipes that will warm your belly without adding inches to your waistline! These yummy slow cooker recipes are ones you can make over and over again and never get bored with. 

The beauty of healthy slow cooker recipes is their versatility! You can easily swap out ingredients, take out what you don’t want, or add whatever you do want. There are no rules! This assortment of recipes has a little something for everyone, too. There are some easy, healthy slow cooker recipes with chicken, some with salmon, some with beef, and there are even a few vegetarian and vegan options.

Slow Cooker Conversions


Have you ever tried to make a slow cooker recipe before (without reading the instructions beforehand), got everything prepped and ready to go, only to find out that the cooking time is like, 8 hours, and you only have 4 hours until your in-laws arrive? Yeah, talk about stressful! 😰 If you ever find yourself in a time crunch, use this handy-dandy slow cooker time conversion chart! Most crockpots come with two temperature settings: high and low. If you need to speed up or slow down the cooking time, you’ll need to make a few conversions. Similarly, you might even feel inspired to turn one of your dutch oven, or traditional recipes into a healthy crockpot recipe. If that’s the case, you’ll want to use the oven or stovetop recipe conversion chart.

slow cooker conversion chart

10 Easy, Healthy Crockpot Recipes

1. Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken & Rice

healthy crockpot recipes lemon chicken and rice

This easy, healthy crockpot recipe is a fan favorite even your kids will enjoy! Not only that, but it’s perfect for meal prepping. Spending a casual 20 minutes on a Sunday evening to prep your slow cooker recipe can give you an entire week’s worth of lunches!

Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hrs 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil 
  • 3-4 medium chicken breasts (skinless and boneless or bone-in chicken thighs)
  • 1 ½ cup long-grain brown rice
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil 
  • 1 tsp dried oregano 
  • 1 tsp dried parsley flakes 
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • ¼ tsp salt and black pepper 
  • ½ tsp lemon zest 
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice 
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 cloves garlic, whole and browned
  • 1/2  lemon 
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter

Instructions

  1. Sear chicken: Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides. 
  2. Place a large skillet over high heat, add oil and once its hot add the chicken and brown it on both sides for about 5 minutes.
  3. Slow cook: Add the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot, stir to combine and place the chicken on top.
  4. Cook on high for 2.5 to 3 hours. Check on the rice after 2.5 hours, and if it needs more time, stir and continue to cook.

2. Healthy White Chicken Chili

easy healthy slow cooker recipes white chicken chili

This is the ultimate set it and forget it healthy crockpot recipe! Don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself!

Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 hours
Total time: 5 hrs 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 ¼ lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken stock
  • 2 cans reduced-sodium white beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans diced green chiles, 4.5-ounce cans
  • 3 garlic cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small yellow onion, finely diced
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Fresh lime wedges
  • Optional toppings: diced jalapeno, sliced avocado, non-fat sour cream or plain Greek yogurt, shredded cheese, crushed tortilla chips

Instructions

  1. Place chicken in the bottom of a 6-quart or larger slow cooker. Top with the chicken broth, white beans, green chiles, garlic, onion, cumin, oregano, salt, Super Youth, and cayenne. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 4 hours, until the chicken is cooked through.
  3. Remove the chicken breasts to a plate. Once cool enough to handle, shred by pulling the chicken apart using two forks.
  4. Return chicken to the crockpot along with the cilantro. Portion into bowls and top with a squeeze of fresh lime juice. Add any other desired toppings and enjoy.

3. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

healthy crockpot recipes stuffed peppers

I absolutely love stuffed bell peppers. But, a lot of people don’t realize that you can actually cook these conveniently in your crockpot! These little peppers are not only delicious but super healthy too!

Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hrs 15 min

Ingredients

  • 4 large bell peppers, any color
  • 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 14.5 oz can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup Minute Rice Premium
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • 3 tsp chili powder
  • ½ tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp dried cilantro
  • ½ cup water + ½ cup water in a slow cooker
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheese blend

Instructions

  1. Wash peppers, cut off the tops and remove the ribs and seeds.
  2. In a bowl, mix together beans, tomatoes, rice, Super Youth collagen, seasonings, and ½ cup water until well combined.
  3. Stuff the mixture into peppers until they are filled to the top.
  4. Add the other ½ cup water to the bottom of a slow cooker.
  5. Carefully place peppers into a slow cooker, filling side up
  6. Top evenly with cheese
  7. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 until peppers are tender and rice is cooked.

4. Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

slow cooker vegetable soup

Need a delicious way to get all your veggies for the day? This slow cooker vegetable soup has a whopping seven veggies in it, all packed with a ton of micronutrients! If you’re looking for yummier ways to get your greens, this recipe will certainly do the trick! You’ll also love Skinny Greens superfood powder! It’s a delicious green apple-flavored green juice powder that contains 34 powerful superfoods in every serving. Simply mix it with water and, voila!

Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hrs 10 min

Ingredients

  • 1 lb white potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 1-½ cups yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (28-ounce), undrained
  • 1 can sliced okra (14.5-ounce), drained
  • 1 can sliced carrots (14.5-ounce), drained
  • 1 can green lima beans (8.5-ounce), drained
  • 1 can corn (15.25-ounce), drained
  • 1 can green beans (14.25-ounce), drained
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • 1 tbsp fresh garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper or to taste
  • 1 container vegetable broth (32-ounce)
  • Optional toppings: Chopped fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir well to combine. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours, or until potatoes are tender. Discard bay leaves before serving. Garnish with chopped fresh parsley, if desired.

5. Slow Cooker Steak Fajita Lettuce Wraps

slow cooker steak fajita wraps

Calling all fajita lovers! This low-carb slow cooker fajita recipe is perfect for taco Tuesday. It’s quick, easy, and super healthy! I recommend ditching the tortilla for some bibb lettuce. This way you and enjoy the incredible flavors of a fajita without carb overload!

Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hrs 10 min

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs beef, sliced
  • 1–2 bell peppers, sliced
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 15 ounces salsa or diced tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp fajita seasoning
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • 1 head bibb lettuce
  • Optional topping: Fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the slow cooker. Stir to mix well.
  2. Cook high 2-3 hours or on low 4-6.
  3. Serve on slices of bibb lettuce. 

6. Slow Cooker Lentil Soup

slow cooker lentil soup

This easy, healthy crockpot recipe can easily be made vegan. I added Super Youth collagen peptides for the incredible health and beauty benefits, but you can eliminate it if you prefer to go vegan.

Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hrs 5 min

Ingredients

  • 1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz can)
  • 1 bag dry lentils (16 oz bag)
  • 2 large carrots, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored (eliminate if preferred vegan)
  • 1 large sweet potato, peeled and diced
  • 8 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • Salt and pepper, to taste 

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in the slow cooker, except for the spinach. Cook on low for 6-7 hours. Add spinach 10 minutes before cooking time is complete.

7. Slow Cooker Salmon

slow cooker salmon

Protein lovers rejoice! Did you know you can cook and entire salmon fillet in a slow cooker? Yes! Now you can enjoy a simple, high-protein dinner without having to stand over the stove!

Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hrs 10 min

Ingredients

  • 1-2 lb skin-on salmon fillet
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into rounds
  • 1 ½ cup low-sodium vegetable broth
  • Juice from ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped dill, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Line slow cooker with a large piece of parchment paper. Add a layer of lemon slices to the bottom of the slow cooker, then lay salmon on top.
  2. Season salmon generously with salt and pepper. Add broth and lemon juice to slow cooker. Liquid should come about halfway up your filet. Top salmon with more lemons and cook on low for 2 hours, or until opaque and flaky.
  3. Serve with your favorite vegetables, salad, or brown rice. 

8. Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

slow cooker beef and broccoli

Who doesn’t love a good bowl of beef and broccoli? It’s a great low-carb lunch or dinner option that’s packed with flavor!

Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Total time: 2 hrs 15 min

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ lbs flank steak, cut across the grain into thin slices
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • ¼ cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • ¼ cup oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • 2 tsp chili-garlic paste, Sriracha, or ½ tsp red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced (about 2 large cloves)
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 5 cups broccoli florets
  • Optional toppings: Chopped green onions, sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Coat a larger slow cooker with nonstick spray. Place the beef in the bottom.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, honey, rice vinegar, Super Youth collagen, chili-garlic paste, and garlic. Pour over the beef, then stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 1.5 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together ¼ cup water and cornstarch. Stir into the slow cooker with the beef and sauce, then place the broccoli on top. Cover, turn heat to high and cook another 30-minutes until the broccoli is tender. Serve warm over rice, sprinkled with green onions and sesame seeds as desired.

9. Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

slow cooker balsamic chicken

Another dump and go slow cooker recipe the whole family will love! Delicious Italian balsamic chicken.

Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 hours
Total time: 6 hrs 10 min

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ lbs boneless, skinless chicken brеаѕtѕ 
  • 2 tsp Itаlіаn ѕеаѕоnіng 
  • 2 scoops Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • ½ tsp gаrlіс powder 
  • ½ tsp salt 
  • ¼ tsp black pepper 
  • 1 mеdіum оnіоn, thinly ѕlісеd 
  • 1 can diced tоmаtоеѕ (14.5 oz), drained 
  • ½ сuр bаlѕаmіс vіnеgаr 
  • ½ сuр lоw-ѕоdіum chicken broth

Instructions

  1. Combine Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a small bowl and sprinkle over chicken breasts. Place chicken breasts in the insert of the slow cooker.
  2. Top chicken with onion slices and diced tomatoes. 
  3. Mix Super Youth collagen with balsamic vinegar and chicken broth until the collagen is mixed thoroughly. Pour over chicken.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  5. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped fresh parsley.

10. Slow Cooker Cauliflower Soup

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I don’t think cauliflower gets as much love in the kitchen as I think it deserves. This creamy and healthy slow cooker recipe is super easy to make! What really makes this recipe shine is the crunchy chickpea topping! Yummy!

Serves: 4 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Total time: 3 hrs 5 min

  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 1 medium white onion, diced
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 3 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 scoop Super Youth collagen, unflavored
  • 1-2 cups water
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 can chickpeas (15 oz), drained and patted dry
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Add cauliflower, onion, and cashews to slow cooker. 
  2. In a small bowl, mix the Super Youth collagen with the broth until the collagen is fully mixed and then add to the slow cooker. (For a vegan option, skip this step entirely and add the broth by itself)
  3. Submerge the cauliflower and cashews under the broth as much as possible, then cover and cook until cauliflower is tender (high for 3 to 4 hours or low for 6 to 8)
  4. When cauliflower is tender, puree the mixture until smooth using either a handheld immersion blender or by carefully transferring to a countertop blender.
  5. Stir in 1 to 2 cups water, until you reach a thick, soupy consistency (it will differ depending on the size of your cauliflower). 
  6. About 30 minutes before you’re ready to serve, toss chickpeas with oil, spices, and salt and spread onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Place them into a preheated 400-degree oven and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until crispy.
  7. Serve and season with salt and crispy chickpeas.
 

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