These 15 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Meal Prep are the best way to get ready for the work week – just dump everything in the crock pot!
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My roommate is an absolute genius when it comes to meal prep. She gets all her ingredients out, dumps everything in the slow cooker, and she's got lunches ready for the week while she gets other errands done throughout the day. No tending to a complicated recipe, and very minimal clean up. Or you know, some time to get some R&R and recover after a crazy weekend.
I never really used to use the slow cooker until recently – it just seemed like one of those appliances you used to make stews and chili with and that's about it. You know, like boring old people food LOL. Oh boy was I ever wrong! Little did I know you could get so creative with it, or how perfect it was for getting your meals ready for the week. Chicken gets so tender, and it's basically the perfect appliance for taco meat. And did I mention you can make a mean butter chicken in the slow cooker too?
Here are some of my favourite tools for slow cooker meal prep:
- Crock pot (in case you still need one LOL!)
- Ziploc bag holder (in case you're making some freeze ahead recipes)
- Slow cooker liners are awesome for helping you avoid a huge mess
- Tongs (they come in handy when you're removing chicken to shred, for instance)
- Of course your meal prep containers to store everything – and they're microwave-friendly for reheating food
- A Rice Cooker will help cut down on time if you're looking for grains to pair with whatever meat you've cooked in your slow cooker
- Speaking of meat, I order my grass-fed beef and poultry from Butcher Box – and for a limited time you can get two free ribeyes and bacon!
Whether you're dumping everything in the crock pot to cook while you're at work all day or you're just looking to more efficiently plan ahead for the week, these delicious slow cooker recipes (everything from tasty curries to meatballs and quinoa casseroles) will make your weekly meal prep a breeze!
This African Peanut Stew is a delicious vegetarian option that tastes like a curry with a hint of nuttiness – it's the perfect thing to throw in your slow cooker all day! Stir in the spinach at the end of and add a side of basmati rice and you're good to go!
Now who doesn't love a tasty chili? They are absolutely perfect to have cooking in the slow cooker, and will save you after a long and busy day. And most chilis make great freezer meals to boot!
This Slow Cooker Tuscan Sausage soup uses turkey sausage for a lighter dinner and is perfect served with a bit of fresh sliced bread. It's super low in calories and high in fibre, plus you get a full serving of veggies as well!
This Mexican Quinoa Casserole is a high-protein vegetarian option for your weekly meal prep, and comes together with mostly pantry staples! A no-brainer slow cooker meal!
Yes, you can get your nachos started in the slow cooker! This Asian chicken is slow cooked all day so you're left with delicious, tender meat to top your nachos with. Add a bit of freshly chopped cabbage and tortilla chips and you're good to go – plus you can save the chicken for other meals!
This Slow Cooker Jambalaya is the perfect dinner idea – have it cooking in the slow cooker all day and come home to a delicious hot meal!
Who doesn't like lemon chicken? This version is made easy in the slow cooker so that all you have to do is add a couple sides and you've got a whole dinner ready in no time!
These Teriyaki Meatballs are the perfect freezer meal! You can use them in other types of meal prep for your weekly lunches, or you can pair them with a couple sides for a dinner that cooks while you're at work!
Forget boring old chicken tacos! Switch it up and try out these slow cooker pork tacos – the green goddess dressing can be made while everything's cooking in the crock pot too!
This chicken curry is such a delicious comfort food option for chilly nights, and it's freezer-friendly! Make it in the crock pot on a Sunday, cook up some rice or quinoa to serve on the side and enjoy all week long!
This Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore can be served with pasta, rice or just a bunch of veggies for a delicious spin on Italian comfort food!
Slow Cooker Turkey Quinoa Chili via Nutritionist Eats
Looking to switch up your chili game? Add some quinoa and lower calorie ground turkey for a healthier twist on chili – no tending to the stovetop required!
This Slow Cooker Butter Chicken is a must-try – forget takeout! A delicious blend of spices and some other pantry staples make this Indian food favourite an amazing dinner idea!
Never heard of tostadas? You don't know what you're missing!!! Made with an easy salsa verde and slow cooked for delicious, juicy chicken, these tostadas are a tastier, crunchier version of a taco! And made in the slow cooker too!
Get ready for another delicious vegetarian curry recipe made in the crock pot! This one comes together with seasonal butternut squash, red lentils and some spices from your pantry for a delicious last minute dinner!
Chili meet tacos! This Crockpot taco soup is an amazing way to enjoy Mexican food in comfort food form!
Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
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