Healthy Crock Pot Recipes
Add spices: It’s important to be aggressive with seasonings in a slow cooker, which can mute flavors during the long cooking time. Look for bold, aromatic spices like the garlic, curry powder, cumin, and turmeric that flavor our Slow Cooker Coconut Pork Curry. Thanks to the tenderizing effect of the Crock-Pot, the spices will penetrate even tough cuts of meat. We follow the same principle with vegetarian dishes like our Indian-Spiced Red Lentil Soup. In this recipe, a mix of cinnamon, cumin, and coriander add dimension and warmth to an earthy pot of lentils and Swiss chard. If you have time, grind fresh spices in a mortar and pestle so that they release their flavor as the dish cooks.
Brine: The luscious stews of Southern Europe and North Africa are proof that nothing adds punch to a long-simmered dish like a little brine. Heart-healthy olives are a good choice because they maintain their shape during cooking; you can try them in our sweet-and-savory Moroccan Chicken with Apricots, Olives, and Almonds. Small, salty capers are another way to add pops of flavor. We scatter them throughout our rustic Chicken Cacciatore with tomatoes and linguine.
Put the soup on: Everyone is talking about the health benefits of homemade broth. Get in on the action by making classics like chicken soup in your Crock-Pot. Use bone-in cuts of meat for the most benefits and best flavor.
Skip the oil: Slow cooker dishes are self-saucing, which means you don’t have to rely on oil to make them moist. Take our Crock-Pot version on the Cuban stew Ropa Vieja. It calls for zero oil while our more traditional stovetop recipe calls for over 1/4 cup.
Finishing Touches: After your dish has finished cooking in the Crock-Pot, use a handful of freshly chopped herbs or a squeeze of citrus to brighten its flavors without using extra salt. For spicy dishes, try adding a dollop of cooling yogurt.
Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Linguine and Caper Berries
Adding tart caper berries to a cacciatore go a long way toward brightening the flavors.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Turkey Soup
If you don't have a turkey carcass you can substitute 2 1/2 pounds of fresh turkey legs in this soupGO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken with Apricots, Olives and Almonds
This flavorful chicken dish is slow cooked in Moroccan spices for an authentic tasting dish.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Thai-Inspired Chicken Stew
The Thai accents in this fragrant chicken stew come from creamy coconut milk, fresh ginger, salty fish sauce and lime.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
This Cuban stew, featuring shredded flank steak, tomatoes and olives, can be made up to two days in advance.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Ginger-Beef Noodle Soup
This gingery soup features meaty shiitake mushrooms, shredded beef chuck and chewy Japanese udon noodles.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Coconut Pork Curry
Grace Parisi cooks pork shoulder with bold ingredients like fresh ginger, garlic, curry powder, cumin and turmeric. The flavors intensify and penetrate the meat after four hours in the slow cooker.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup
If you prefer your pasta al dente, add it after the chicken has cooked.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
Use water in this soup instead of stock for a hearty vegan dinner.GO TO RECIPE
Slow Cooker Indian-Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Swiss Chard
In this soup, fresh turmeric pairs up with cinnamon, cumin, and coriander to spice up red lentils and wilted Swiss chard. It's power-packed full of flavor and warmth and also subtlety sweet. To serve, add a dollop of yogurt for a bright, creamy, and cooling topping.GO TO RECIPE