Have you noticed that many crock pot recipes use canned condensed soups, purchased soup and salad dressing mixes, and big chunks of meat? All of those ingredients make delicious recipes, of course, but having a good selection of healthy crock pot recipes that are low sodium, nutrient dense, and low fat will make you a better cook.
There are things you can do to update regular slow cooker recipes, of course.
Try refrigerating canned broths before using them. The fat will congeal in a layer on top of the broth so it can be removed before you add the broth to the slow cooker. Look for low sodium and low fat ingredients. Trim fat and skin from meats before cooking. Try vegetarian recipes once a week. Add lots of veggies to any crockpot recipe. And any recipe that uses a lot of fresh vegetables will be healthier than one with canned this and that.
Healthy Crockpot Recipes
- Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Vegetables
This delicious one dish crockpot recipe combines a pork sirloin roast with lots of vegetables, seasoned with allspice and apple butter.
- Crockpot Barley Casserole
I love barley! It's chewy and nutty and so good for you. This delicious and healthy crockpot recipe can be served as a vegetarian main dish or a side dish.
- Crockpot Easy Beef Stew
This simple recipe uses just five ingredients, yet it's healthy and tastes so good.
- Slow Cooker Fajita Stew
This easy and healthy crockpot beef stew is high in protein and vitamin C. Use your own Homemade Fajita Seasoning Mix if you'd like.
- Southwest Crockpot Steak and Beans
Cooking flank steak in your crockpot makes most tender, juicy, and flavorful meat. Make sure that you cut the meat against the grain for best results.
- Crockpot Chicken and Apples
Tart apples, apple juice, curry powder, and garlic add flavor to this fabulous easy recipe.
- Crockpot BBQ Beef Sandwiches
Beer, cider vinegar, ketchup, and tomato paste form a rich sauce for tender shredded beef in this easy crockpot sandwich recipe.
- Healthy Crockpot Beef Stew
Green beans and red wine add flavor and color to this simple stew.
- Crockpot Black Bean Chili
Vegetable broth, lots of seasonings including oregano, thyme, and cumin, green chiles, and black beans make this hot soup unique.
- Crockpot Chicken Cacciatore
Cacciatore means hunter in Italian. A thick tomato sauce coats tender chicken in this easy recipe.
- Crockpot Chicken Chowder
Carrots, onion, garlic, and potato make this rich and healthy hot chowder taste so good.
- Crock Pot Chicken Curry
Curry is usually a blend of spices; in this recipe, use purchased curry powder to add flavor and color to a melange of vegetables and chicken.
- Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Veggies
This creamy and rich-tasting entree is actually low in fat and very high in Vitamin A and potassium.
- Slow Cooker Italian Sausage and Peppers
This colorful recipe is fabulous served with some fettuccine or linguine cooked al dente.
- Crockpot Moroccan Lentil Stew
Lentils, potatoes, and squash simmer with tomatoes and onions in this hearty meatless stew.
- Crockpot Roast Beef Dinner
This crockpot Roast Beef dinner recipe is tender and delicious, and it's a meal in one pot. You can make your own Beau Monde Spice Mix if you can't find it in the grocery store.
- Slow Cooker Orange Roast Pork
Frozen orange juice concentrate is the secret ingredient to provide sweetness and lots of flavor in this easy five ingredient crockpot recipe
- Crockpot Mexican Flank Steak
If you've never tried baby corn on the cob or tomatillos, buy some for this colorful and flavorful recipe.
- Crockpot Three Bean Cassoulet
Another vegetarian main dish! Three kinds of legumes make this casserole rich and hearty.
- Crockpot Turkey Breast
Try a turkey breast when it's not Thanksgiving! You'll have a fabulous meal, and cooked turkey for great sandwiches all week.
- Crockpot Turkey Meatloaf
This low fat meatloaf starts with ground turkey. Be sure to buy mixed dark and white meat ground turkey for best results.
- Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili
I love black beans; they're meaty and tender with a wonderful nutty taste. They're great in this meatless chili seasoned with cumin, onions, and garlic.
- Crockpot White Beans and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
This delicious and creamy low fat crockpot recipe has flavors of the south of France