We all know that slow cookers are like kitchen ninjas: they sit there quietly, producing everything from soups to dessert without a fuss. Did you know that they can also be the secret weapon to weight loss?
Here are 19 healthy and healthy crock pot dishes that will keep you full while being kind to your waistline. The great thing about this list is that it shows just how much a slow cooker can do: you’ll find vegetarian and vegan dishes alongside classics like pot roast, and a few surprises, like breakfast and dessert. They’re all incredibly delicious!
It’s super easy to make a healthy version of this take-out staple, as long as you use lean chicken. Pineapple, rice wine vinegar, and a few other seasonings will give it the flavor you’re looking for.
Hearty, healthy vegetables are the foundation of this dish (potato, cauliflower, and bell pepper make a good combo). To transform them into a curry, just use coconut milk along with a little red curry paste.
Lentils (dal) are tasty and filling thanks to plenty of fiber. Add the lentils along with spices like ginger, turmeric, and coriander for authentic Indian flavor. If South Asian isn’t your thing, you can flavor your lentils with almost anything else.
Peel the eggplant, and let it stew in the slow cooker until it’s creamy. Add tomatoes, garlic, and whatever other flavors you like! You can serve it over noodles, or break with tradition and have it with polenta for a gluten-free option.
Dice a few apples and toss them together with oats and cinnamon. Add water and set your slow cooker on low overnight. A delicious breakfast will be waiting for you in the morning!
We couldn’t resist putting at least one vegetable soup on this list! Use your favorites, like sweet potatoes, corn, and green beans along with broth. Add pearled barley for a fiber-rich, low calorie, and tasty alternative to rice or noodles.
Set the whole squash in your slow cooker for easy prep. Once it’s ready, use spices like garlic and cayenne pepper instead of cream and butter for a flavorful but healthy version of this classic.
That’s right — you can make a healthy pot roast! Just use a lean chuck roast and trim off any excess fat you see. Put it in the crock pot with some red wine, mushrooms, and peas, and voila!
This one’s a regular in my home. Pop the whole spaghetti squash in the slow cooker, then scoop out the seeds when it’s softened. The “noodles” separate easily and are a surprisingly filling, healthy alternative to pasta.
This is another healthy slow cooker dish to take you by surprise. The secret? Use pureed butternut squash instead of extra cheese.
Fill your slow cooker with healthy vegetables like onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, and tomatoes. Add some beans and spices and you’ve got delicious, no-fat comfort food.
Beans are another crock pot staple that shouldn’t be overlooked. You can put it together from dried beans you already have at home (and no, you don’t have to use 16 varieties), or you can buy a mix. Cook them in some broth, and you’ll have a fiber-rich meal to keep you satisfied.
Use a pre-packaged jambalaya mix along with sausage, bell pepper, tomatoes, and lean chicken to make this dish super-easy.
Risotto is thought of as a rice dish, but barley works just as well — and adds lots of fiber and flavor. Just add some mushrooms, carrots, and broth, and let it go in the crock pot!
Use lean cuts of chicken along with diced fresh cranberry and apricots for a bright, fresh taste.
Let apples and parsnips stew in your slow cooker together with broth and onion, then puree. If you’ve never tried parsnips, they’re seriously good!
You might not think “fish” and “slow cooker,” but you’ve got to try this, too! Just wrap cuts of salmon in foil together with slices of lemon for a flavorful and seriously healthy protein.
Use lean chicken breasts and put them in the crock pot with some broth. Shred with two forks when the dish is done. You can eat it by itself, or add it to salads and other meals.
All you’ve got to do is pop the apples in along with some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Ok, so the apples aren’t really “baked,” but your house will still smell like a fresh-baked pie!