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The 50 Best Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

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The 50 Best
Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

Tasty, fresh, and easy to make!

Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, Inc.

Avon, Massachusetts

Contents

Introduction

Cranberry-Ginger Meatballs

Easy Party Snack Mix

Baba Ganoush

Shrimp and Artichoke Dip

Fig and Ginger Spread

Mushroom Barley Soup

Thai Chicken Rice Soup

Leek, Potato, and Carrot Potage

French Onion Soup

Texas Firehouse Chili

Rouladen

Mongolian Beef

Beef and Guinness Stew

Pot Roast with Red Wine

Skinny French Dip Beef

Pork Chops with Apples and Onions

Smoky Mango Pulled Pork

Italian Pork Loin

Chinese Hot Pot

Slow-Cooked Char Siu

Turkey Mole

Orange Chicken

Beer-Braised Chicken

Moroccan Chicken

Mango Duck Breast

Wild Mushroom Risotto

Zucchini Ragout

Autumn Vegetable Stew

Eggplant Caponata

Chickpea Curry

Sweet and Sour Tofu

White Bean Cassoulet

Palak Tofu

Green Chile and Hominy Stew

Hoppin' John

Classic Baked Beans

Red Beans and Rice

Potatoes Paprikash

Stewed Tomatoes

Ginger-Glazed Sweet Potatoes

Southern-Style Grits

Spinach and Canadian Bacon Casserole

Hearty Multigrain Cereal

Breakfast Burrito Filling

Quinoa with Fruit

Coconut Rice Pudding

Slow-Cooked Pineapple

Chocolate Bread Pudding

Vanilla Poached Pears

Summer Berry Slump

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Introduction

Believe it or not, it's easy to make a healthy meal in the slow cooker. Making simple ingredient substitutions and choosing recipes that are high on flavor, fruits, fiber, vegetables, and lean protein instead of fat are the keys to healthy slow-cooking success.

Healthy eating means choosing foods for optimal health. Recipes that use whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, and fiber-rich legumes go a long way toward promoting a healthy autoimmune system and digestive tract. The trick is to use foods that are high in flavor but not fat. Using fruits, vegetables, and spices to flavor a meal instead of rich sauces is a step in the right direction. Fresh ingredients like onions, garlic, fennel, celery, carrots, apples, pears, and mangoes add lots of flavor, are low in calories, and are high in fiber.

Eating healthily doesn't mean giving up entirely on old favorites, just learning how to prepare them in a new, more wholesome way. There is no reason to use high-sodium and calorific condensed soups when fat-free evaporated milk adds creaminess without the fat. Spices add richness and robust flavor while adding virtually no calories. Very lean cuts of meat will become tender after cooking for hours. Making biscuit and dumpling toppings from scratch saves calories, and these recipes are just as easy as using a mix.

We've collected 50 of the best recipes to try in your slow cooker. Some recipes are “slimmed-down” versions of old favorites while others are fresh new ways to consume healthful foods with little effort. Even if you're not a vegetarian, try one of the vegan or vegetarian dishes. You may find a new favorite! The recipes are all so full-flavored that you won't miss the extra fat and calories found in most other slow cooker dishes. Here you'll find everything from hearty breakfasts and easy suppers to elegant appetizers and good-enough-for-company dishes to show off at your next party.

Cranberry-Ginger Meatballs

Serve this easy appetizer at your next holiday party straight from the slow cooker.

Serves 12

Ingredients

28 ounces frozen, precooked turkey meatballs (about 24 meatballs)

1
⁄
4
cup chili sauce

3 cups whole-berry cranberry sauce

1
1
⁄
2
tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon ginger preserves

  1. Defrost the meatballs according to package instructions. Mix together the chili sauce, cranberry sauce, sugar, and preserves in a large bowl.

  2. Pour half of the sauce into the bottom of a 4-quart oval slow cooker. Place the meatballs on top. Pour the remaining sauce over the meatballs. Cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2.

Per Serving
Calories:
120
Fat:
4 g
Protein:
14 g
Sodium:
250 mg
Fiber:
0 g
Carbohydrates:
8 g

Simple Homemade Turkey Meatballs

In a small bowl, combine 1 pound ground turkey,
1
⁄
2
cup breadcrumbs,
1
⁄
2
teaspoon salt and pepper,
1
⁄
8
teaspoon nutmeg, and 1 minced shallot. Form into 1
1
⁄
2
" balls. Broil for 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Easy Party Snack Mix

Making a snack mix with whole-grain cereal is a breeze in the slow cooker. Unlike the oven method, there is virtually no risk of burning and little attention or hands-on time is needed.

Serves 20

Ingredients

2 tablespoons melted butter

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon dill weed

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1
1
⁄
2
cups crispy corn cereal squares

1
1
⁄
2
cups crispy wheat cereal squares

1
1
⁄
2
cups crispy rice cereal squares

1 cup pretzel wheels

1 cup roasted peanuts or almonds

  1. Pour the butter, spices, and Worcestershire sauce into the bottom of a 6-quart slow cooker. Stir. Add the cereal, pretzels, and nuts. Cook uncovered on low for 2–3 hours, stirring every 30 minutes.

  2. Pour onto a baking sheet and allow to cool. Store in an airtight container.

Per Serving
Calories:
100
Fat:
5 g
Protein:
3 g
Sodium:
150 mg
Fiber:
5 g
Carbohydrates:
11 g

Snack Mix Variations

Mexican:
Substitute 1 teaspoon each cayenne pepper, ground chipotle, hot New Mexico chili powder, and oregano for the thyme, dill weed, and Worcestershire sauce.
Japanese:
substitute wasabi peas for the peanuts, and 1 teaspoon each sesame seeds, soy sauce, ground ginger, and white pepper for the paprika, thyme, dill weed, and Worcestershire sauce.

Baba Ganoush

Serve this with pita and fresh vegetables.

Serves 12

Ingredients

1 1-pound eggplant

2 tablespoons tahini

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 cloves garlic

  1. Pierce the eggplant with a fork. Cook on high in a 4-quart slow cooker for 2 hours.

  2. Allow to cool. Peel off the skin. Slice it in half and remove the seeds. Discard the skin and seeds.

  3. Place the pulp in a food processor and add the remaining ingredients. Pulse until smooth.

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