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40+ Healthy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes

by Jeanette on March 5, 2014 · 18 Comments
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Freshen up your slow cooker repertoire and try some of these Healthy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes. No fuss meals that just cook on their own.

40+ Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes
I know some of you may be wondering why I’m posting a bunch of Healthy Slow Cooker Dinner Recipes when it’s almost Spring. Well, to be honest, I wish it really was almost Spring, but here in the Northeast and many parts of the country, we are still buried in snow! I cannot wait for all the snow to melt. As I write this post, I still have a four foot high bank of snow right outside my front door and my backyard is covered with a blanket of snow that doesn’t look like it’s going to melt anytime soon.

This has been one long and tough winter for many folks, and it seems the season for comfort foods just keeps extending itself. So, for all of you who are still “chillin’ out” (sorry, I just couldn’t help myself), and need some healthy slow cooker inspiration, check these recipes out.

Although it seems hard to believe Spring will be here anytime soon, I know it must be around the corner. Meanwhile, I’m still cooking up cozy comfort food in my kitchen.

Note: For those of you who are gluten-free, I’ve made notes next to recipes to adapt them to be gluten-free. Serve with gluten-free bread, pasta, and tortillas to meet your needs.

 Slow Cooker Stews and Soups

Crockpot Jamaican Chicken Stew Dinner © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Crockpot Jamaican Spiced Chicken Stew
Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage Chicken Cassoulet
Slow Cooker Adobo Chicken
Asian Chicken Stew
Slow Cooker Mahogany Chicken Legs, Karen’s Kitchen Stories (use gluten-free soy sauce)
Easy Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan, Mom On Time Out
Honey Garlic Ginger Chicken, Running To The Kitchen
Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Fajitas, Shockingly Delicious
Slow Cooker Country Captain with Hatch Chilies, Shockingly Delicious
Crockpot West African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew (vegan), Seasonal and Savory
Slow Cooker Thai Peanut Chicken, Emily Bites
Slow Cooker Chicken with Corn and Poblanos, Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Slow Cooker Shrimp Creole, Yours and Mine are Ours (use gluten-free worcestershire sauce)
Vegetarian Two Bean Stew, Cooking With Books

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili © Jeanette's Healthy Living
A Healthier Crock Pot Cincinnati Chili
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies
Slow Cooker Black Bean Turkey Chili
Crockpot Chicken and Bean Chili
Easy Crockpot Lentil Chili (vegan)
Mexican Style Chili, Snappy Gourmet
Texas Style Chili (paleo), The Tomato Tart
Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili, Cook Like A Champion
25+ Healthy Chicken and Turkey Chili Recipes

Slow Cooker Pasta Sauces

Healthier Crockpot Meat Sauce © Jeanette's Healthy Living
Crockpot Turkey Bolognese Sauce
A Healthier Crockpot Meat Lovers Pasta Sauce
Crockpot Marinara Sauce Moms Way, A Cedar Spoon (use gluten-free bouillon cube or leave out)
Crockpot Veggie Lasagna, Weelicious (use gluten-free lasagna noodles)
Super Easy Crockpot Spaghetti Sauce, A Year of Slow Cooking
Not Your Mother’s Meatballs, A Year of Slow Cooking
Slow Cooker Veggie-Full Spaghetti, Mom On Time Out
Slow Cooker Lentil Bolognese, Holy Cow Vegan (vegan)

Slow Cooker Sandwiches, Wraps and Bowls

Crock Pot Pulled Chicken Stuffed in Sweet Potato © Jeanette's Healthy Living

Slow Cooker Chicken Carnitas (serve in Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowl)
Slow Cooker Chipotle Style Black Beans (serve in Chipotle Style Chicken Burrito Bowl)
Crockpot Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Hoisin Chicken and Slaw Sandwiches, The Perfect Pantry (use gluten-free hoisin sauce)
Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Avocado Salsa, Kalyn’s Kitchen
Apple Cider Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Cupcakes and Kale
Four Ingredient Pulled Chicken, Running To The Kitchen
Shredded Mexican Chicken, 52 Kitchen Adventures
Slow Cooker Greek “Taco” Meat with Avocado Feta Dip, Farm Fresh Feasts (use gluten-free bouillon cube or leave out)
Chili Chicken Tacos, Donuts, Dresses and Dirt

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  1. As I write this, I’m looking at the blanket of snow that’s been frozen on my lawn for the past month or more. No, it’s not Spring in the Northeast yet! Thanks for including one of my recipes in this great colletion.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Lydia – it has definitely been a long cold winter. Can’t believe it’s still in the 20′s! Hoping things will warm up soon.

  2. In Utah we’re having spring with a sense of impending doom; we’ve had so much warm weather that you can count on it that winter will come back with a fury. My condolences on the winter that won’t end. Thanks for including me with all these great recipes!

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Kalyn – so glad your winter has been milder than here – can’t believe it’s March and it is still so cold and so much snow still!

  3. Great round-up! Even though I can come up w/ lots of recipe ideas on my own, I’ve never attempted my own slow cooker recipes, so this is great to have! Hope you thaw out soon. After last week’s big rain storm, we are basking in the sun today. Sending sunshine and springtime your way!

  4. I am always looking for new slow cooker meals and love this round-up. Looking forward to Spring here as well – it’s snowing here again too. Hope you and your family are coping okay through the renovations in this weather.

    • Jeanette Jeanette says:

      Thanks Kelly! Yes, can’t wait until it warms up! Thanks for the well wishes on the renovations – haven’t started yet, and I have to be honest, I’m not looking forward to all the work that is to come, but I know it is just a short time period and will be over soon enough.

  5. Jeanette,
    Even as I’m gathering eggshells to boost the calcium in the raised beds where I hope to plant tomatoes, I’m not so sure winter will ever leave. My slow cooker rarely makes it back down to the basement where it lives because I keep wanting warming foods. This is a tremendous resource–thanks for including my Greek Chicken Tacos!

  6. Such a great roundup!! I really don’t use my slow cooker enough but with all this healthy inspiration, I will definitely start more often!

  7. Thanks for sharing my slow cooker recipe! What a great round-up. I make a lot of slow cooker meals so I will be keeping this for later!

  8. Love a good slow cooker recipe and these looks tasty! I am off to explore them!

  9. Slow cookers are the bomb! Thanks so much for including me :) Pinned!

  10. What an awesome bunch of slow cooker recipes. Yum! Thanks for including me : )

  11. Slow cooker recipes are not only winter food. They are great in the summer when you don’t want to turn on the oven. Wrap taco ingredients in lettuce, put that BBQ meat on a salad. Pasta is eaten year round here! So much cheaper than running the oven when it is 90 plus degrees outside.

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