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 SoupEven 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 SauceEggplant 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 CurryTraditional 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 RiceThis 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
Beef Brisket with BeerFor 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 TurkeySlowly 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 StewRound out this simple, dump-and-stir stew with a piece of low-fat cheese toast for the perfect cold-weather pairing.
Slow-Cooker Orange ChickenLet the slow-cooker work its magic as the rich flavors of chicken, vegetables, and oranges meld together in just 3 hours.
Vegetable-Beef SoupBring 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.
Seafood GumboCut 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.