These 30+ Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes are the best way to get ready for the work week – just dump everything in the crockpot and you're set!
Healthy Crockpot Recipes
Whether you're dumping everything in the crockpot to cook while you're at work or you're just looking for ways to more efficiently plan ahead for the week, a slow cooker will make your weekly meal prep a breeze! I rounded up some of my favourite healthy crockpot recipes that will make your life so much easier.
Pretty much all you have to do for these dump dinners is add all the ingredients to the pot, turn on the slow cooker and wait for it to do its magic. You can even sometimes freeze all the prepped ingredients in a Ziploc bag, which is great for batch prepping.
Looking for crockpot meals you can make in the summer? Here are 20+ summer slow cooker recipes you're going to love!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, cooking in a slow cooker is very healthy – as long as the recipe you're making is healthy!
The crockpot is perfect for cooking raw meat as long as it's not frozen. Sometimes recipes will call for browning meat in a pan first before cooking as that adds extra flavour.
This depends on your model and what you're cooking, so you'll have to read your manual to know for sure. Most slow cookers are designed to be left on for 8 to 12 hours max.
Slow cookers are great for meal prep, because you can make a big batch of something in the crockpot then set it and forget it. You can get lots done and be hands-off while the meal cooks all day.
There are lots of great models out there, but I like using this 6 quart crockpot.
Crockpot Chicken and Turkey Recipes
These poultry slow cooker recipes are amazing! Make everything from a comforting chicken noodle soup to a healthy turkey chili.
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Slow Cooker Beef and Pork Recipes
The slow cooker makes meat so tender – it's hard not to use it all the time! Try an easy crockpot lasagna or make a big batch of meatballs.
Crockpot Vegetarian Recipes
If want to incorporate more vegetarian meals in your diet, look no further! You can make everything from a flavourful stew to a classic mac and cheese in the slow cooker.
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Meal Prep Tools
- A crock pot (in case you still need one!).
- If you're making some freeze ahead recipes, get this Ziploc bag holder.
- Slow cooker liners are awesome for helping you avoid a huge mess.
- Tongs come in handy when you're removing meat to shred.
- Don't forget meal prep containers to store everything – these are 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.
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30+ Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Meal Prep
- Cooking spray
- 1 lb extra-lean ground beef
- 1 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper
- 2 (650mL) jars tomato sauce (I used Classico's sweet basil marinara sauce)
- 1 lb lasagna noodles (can use either oven ready or normal) uncooked
- 1 (475g) tub ricotta cheese
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese
- 1/2 cup water
- Chopped fresh basil or parsley, for garnish
- In a large frying pan, brown the ground beef over med-high heat. When beef is almost cooked through, add onions, garlic, salt & pepper and 1 jar of tomato sauce, then stir to combine.
- Spray slow cooker with cooking spray, then layer in a bit of meat sauce. Add the uncooked lasagna noodles (you may need to break some into pieces to make them fit), then add some ricotta and mozzarella cheese, and more of the meat sauce. All layers should be about 1 inch thick. Repeat until the slow cooker is full – usually 3 layers total.
- Pour the other jar of tomato sauce overtop of lasagna, then add mozzarella cheese to the top. Pour water in on the sides. Cook on high for 3 hours, or on low for 6 hours.
- Garnish lasagna with basil and/or parsley, then serve and enjoy!