Get Healthy with These Scrumptious Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cooker meals can be fantastically easy, comforting and cheap - but healthy? That depends. f you're in love with your slow cooker (and who isn't?) and want to mix better-for-you recipes into your repertoire, check these out

Slow Cooker Black Bean Ragout on Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Slow-Cooker Black Bean Ragout on Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Eats Well with Others

Who says slow cookers are just for meaty concoctions and decadent soups? Joanne from Eats Well with Others shows how simple it is to whip up a delicious vegetarian meal of black beans infused with tomato, lime and spices — the perfect topping for roasted sweet potatoes. Swoon.

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Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Kielbasa

Crock Pot Lentil Soup with Kielbasa

Very Culinary

This thick lentil soup is dotted with bits of salty kielbasa. We love how the sausage is used in moderation to give this soup big flavor without tacking on big calories.

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Crock Pot Falafel with Pumpkin Hummus

Crock Pot Falafel with Pumpkin Hummus

Kitchen Tested

If you love falafel, then these genius slow-cooker falafel balls are for you. Easy to make and deliciously spiced, the fluffy spheres go beautifully with pumpkin hummus and loaves of pita.

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Crock Pot Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Crock Pot Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Jeanette’s Healthy Living

Simmer layers of chicken, onions and a special barbecue-like sauce together in the slow cooker, and boom — you end up with irresistibly tender pulled chicken. But you don’t have to pile it on a big fat roll; Jeannette, the namesake behind Jeannette’s Healthy Living, suggests trying it on a sweet potato instead.

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Slow Cooker Thai Chicken

Slow-Cooker Thai Chicken

The Law Student’s Wife

If you’ve been too intimidated to try a Thai recipe in your slow cooker, now’s your chance. The Law Student’s Wife manages to pack massive flavor into this spicy, fragrant coconut-milk-spiked chicken dish, while also making it quick and easy to toss together. Then it slow cooks to absolute perfection.

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Crock Pot Mushroom Barley Stoup

Crock Pot Mushroom Barley Stoup

Busy in Brooklyn

Thicker than a soup but not quite a stew — so no, “stoup” is not a typo — this warming dish gets its flavor from short ribs, mushrooms and sweet veggies like carrots and parsnips. This is the kind of meal that’s packed with bone-sticking goodness — and plenty of nutrients too.

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Slow Cooker Sweet Balsamic Pork

Slow Cooker Sweet Balsamic Pork

I Heart Eating

Tender pork loin — trimmed of fat — is served with a sweet, salty, sour balsamic glaze in this recipe that's ideal for dinner parties or a weeknight treat.

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Crock Pot Mexican Chicken

Crock Pot Mexican Chicken

I Heart Eating

Slow cook chicken breasts with beans, corn, cilantro, garlic and other flavor-packed ingredients until it’s so tender it falls apart in luscious shreds. Then pile it onto a tortilla, or better yet, cut the carbs and make a burrito bowl instead.

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Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

Crispy Slow-Cooker Carnitas

Gimme Some Oven

Carnitas don't have to be complicated. Ali from Gimme Some Oven makes them crazy-easy by letting the slow cooker do much of the work. Then, to get the pork nice and crispy, you just stick it under the broiler for a few minutes.

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Slow Cooker Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Slow-Cooker Chickpea Stew with Balsamic Caramelized Onions

Cookin' Canuck

This Mediterranean-inspired stew gets its earthy, sweet and savory flavors from chickpeas simmered with balsamic onions, tomatoes and kalamata olives. It’s made for spooning over rice, but it's a great side dish on its own too.

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