These 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!
Why are slow cookers good for meal prepping?
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, a slow cooker will make your weekly meal prep a breeze!
You can create dump dinners that have you do all the prep ahead of time. You can even sometimes freeze all the prepped ingredients together which makes it easy to batch prep a few recipes in an afternoon. When it comes to cooking these dump dinners, all you have to do is dump in the ingredients, turn on the slow cooker and wait for it to do its magic.
Pro tip: keep an eye on the serving sizes. Slow cookers recipes sometimes make more than 4 servings, allowing you to have plenty of leftovers to freeze and reheat on busy nights.
What kind of recipes can you make with slow cookers?
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?
In this round up, you'll find everything from soups and stews to rice dishes, curries, chicken and vegetarian options.
Watch how to make some of these recipes on YouTube!
This Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala cooks all day on low so you can enjoy a tasty curry after a long day without all the legwork!
This is the easiest ever Crockpot Lasagna Recipe – it cooks hands-off all day and is super easy to assemble. Plus, it freezes well!
This Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup is a super easy way to cook everyone's fave comfort food from scratch, and the chicken is so juicy and tender!
This Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff is made in the slow cooker with sour cream and stewing beef – it's a delicious classic!
This Slow Cooker Turkey Chili is the most healthy, flavourful chili you'll ever make! It's filled with beans, veggies and ground turkey, then loaded up with toppings.
Crockpot Salsa Chicken comes together SO easily – you can use it to make tacos, burritos bowls, salads and more – plus you can freeze it!
Crockpot Chicken and Rice is so easy to make in your slow cooker – no soup can is required! Just add frozen veggies, sour cream and cheese.
This One Pot Lasagna Soup is can be made in a slow cooker and is freezer-friendly– it's comfort in a bowl!
These Crock Pot Baked Potatoes are WAY easier to make than oven baked – load them up with bacon, cheese, sour cream and chives for a full meal!
These Crockpot Swedish Meatballs are made lighter using half the heavy cream and extra-lean ground beef meatballs made from scratch.
This Crock Pot Chicken Teriyaki is made with just FIVE ingredients and cooks on low all day in the slow cooker so it's perfect for hands-off meal prep!
These Crockpot Chicken Fajitas are so perfect for meal prep! Dump in 5 ingredients, then cook for 8 hours – this is the easiest recipe ever!
Crockpot Breakfast Casserole with hash browns, bacon, eggs and veggies is a make-ahead breakfast option for meal prep or holidays.
This Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Lentil Chili is a healthy, vegetarian spin on comfort food that's perfect for chilly weather! Dump everything in your crockpot and let the flavours mingle!
The secret to the Creamiest Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese is evaporated milk – it's ultra creamy and velvety, and cooks on low in one pot!
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!
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!
Meal prep tools
- 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 free bacon!
More slow cooker recipes
Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes
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- Follow the instructions of the recipe of choice linked to above.