Healthy Slow Cooker Meals

These slimmed-down slow-cooker recipes use leaner meats and lots of veggies to pack in flavor and cut back the calories.

  • Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup
    Oxmoor House

    Curried Lentil-Tomato Soup

    Even with a bacon topping, this Indian-inspired soup boasts over 10 grams of fiber and less than 500 milligrams of sodium.
  • Whole-Wheat Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Whole-Wheat Penne with Eggplant-Tomato Sauce

    Eggplant gives this slow-cooked tomato sauce a hearty and meaty texture as well as a boost of nutrients. Serve the tomato sauce over whole wheat noodles and top with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  • Vegetable and Chickpea Curry
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Vegetable and Chickpea Curry

    Traditional Indian ingredients like curry powder and coconut milk flavor this simple slow cooker vegetarian curry. The addition of chickpeas, potato, bell pepper, and green beans add more than 10 grams of fiber per serving.
  • Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice
    Photo: Howard Lee Puckett; Styling: Sissy Lamerton

    Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice

    This well-balanced meal is loaded with fiber from the beans, antioxidants from the veggies, and protein from the lean sausage. Increase the heat by using 1 to 11/2 teaspoons of ground red pepper
  • Slow-Cooker Beef Brisket with Beer
    Randy Mayor

    Beef Brisket with Beer

    For an entrée under 200 calories and with only 5 grams of fat, make sure to trim the brisket before cooking. Onions, parsnips, balsamic vinegar, and light beer, flavor the meat without adding extra fat.
  • Mediterranean Roast Turkey
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Mediterranean Roast Turkey

    Slowly cooking a lean turkey breast in a medley of Mediterranean ingredients like kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes, and Greek seasoning, yields a tender, juicy, and flavorful supper.
  • Peasant Stew
    Karry Hosford

    Peasant Stew

    Round out this simple, dump-and-stir stew with a piece of low-fat cheese toast for the perfect cold-weather pairing.
  • Orange Chicken with Potatoes
    Photo: Anson Smart

    Slow-Cooker Orange Chicken

    Let the slow-cooker work its magic as the rich flavors of chicken, vegetables, and oranges meld together in just 3 hours.
  • Vegetable-Beef Soup
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Vegetable-Beef Soup

    Bring ordinary vegetable soup up a notch by adding lean top round steak to the mix. Let the mixture cook all day to blend the flavors for a flavorful, fiber-filled main-dish soup.
  • Slow-Cooker Recipe: Seafood Gumbo
    Susie Cushner

    Slow-Cooker Recipe: Seafood Gumbo

    Cut back on prep time by using convenience items like canned tomatoes, frozen crabmeat, and frozen okra. To shave off even more time, buy prechopped onions and bell peppers. Because there's no high-fat roux, this shortcut gumbo has less than half the fat of a traditional gumbo.
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