Craving comfort food without all the hustle and bustle? For a fuss-free and flavorful meal requiring next to no effort, get to know your slow cooker! From savory chicken and pork dishes to lasagna and stuffed peppers, the sky’s the limit when it comes to Crock-Pot potential. Escape the cold with one of these delicious, healthy slow cooker dinners, all for less than 380 calories.
1. Slow Cooker Fajita Soup | Eating Bird Food
This recipe has all the goodness of classic Mexican fajitas without the sautéing step. Rather than chicken breasts, it calls for boneless, skinless chicken thighs for extra fat and flavor. Looking for some extra heat? Try using hot salsa. Top with cubed avocado, cilantro and a wedge of lime. Recipe makes 4 servings. Nutrition calculated with reduced-sodium broth.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 322; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 795mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 5g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 33g
2. Crock-Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps | Skinnytaste
For all the goodness of wings without the added fat, whip up these easy, crave-worthy buffalo chicken wraps! Try them in lettuce cups or over baked tortilla chips with olives, jalapenos, tomatoes and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese for a play on nachos. Serve with celery and light blue cheese. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1/2 cup chicken plus veggies each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 148; Total Fat: 5g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Sodium: 879mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 25g
3. Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew | Cook Smarts
Fill your home with the sinfully good aroma of this simple, budget-friendly Irish stew featuring tender beef, potatoes, peas and carrots. As an added bonus, this homey dish is packed with iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. Recipe makes 4 servings at 2 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 363; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 9mg; Sodium: 582mg; Carbohydrate: 35g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 27g
4. Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken | The Healthy Maven
Drumsticks are making a comeback with this unique jerk chicken recipe; and trust us—the smell alone makes this recipe more than worth the wait! The drumsticks slow cook for 4 hours for extra tenderness before crisping up in the oven, making a great party appetizer or main dish. Serve with brown rice and beans or a tossed salad. Recipe makes 5 servings at 2 drumsticks each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 253; Total Fat: 12g; Saturated Fat: 6g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 184mg; Sodium: 376mg; Carbohydrate: 6g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 4g; Protein: 34g
5. Crock-Pot Tofu Vegetable Curry | Hummusapien
Slow cooking tofu gives it plenty of time to absorb all the rich flavors of the warm curry and creamy coconut milk in this gluten-free, vegan-friendly curry. Serve over a bed of brown rice or quinoa. Recipe makes 4 to 5 servings. Nutrition calculated with 1/2 tsp salt.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 292; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 9g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: omg; Sodium: 718mg; Carbohydrate: 27g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 14g; Protein: 15g
6. Quinoa Black Bean Crock-Pot Stuffed Peppers | Pinch of Yum
Make Meatless Monday dinner even more delightful with these easy, customizable stuffed peppers, with minimal chopping and no precooking required. For a meat-lovers variation, try substituting the refried beans for a pound of uncooked lean sausage. Serve with guacamole and baked tortilla chips. Heat up your Crock-Pots, and get cooking! Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 375; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 30mg; Sodium: 880mg; Carbohydrate: 48g; Dietary Fiber: 12g; Sugar: 6g; Protein: 19g
7. The Easiest Slow Cooker Beef, Barley & Vegetable Soup | Cook Smarts
Gather your ingredients, hit the start button, and head off to work knowing you’ll have a delicious and filling soup waiting for you when you get home. Complete with earthy thyme, bay leaves and tomato paste, this hearty slow cooker soup answers all your winter cravings. Recipe makes 6 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 343; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 33mg; Sodium: 472mg; Carbohydrate: 50g; Dietary Fiber: 9g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 18g
8. Easy Crock-Pot Chicken & Black Bean Taco Salad | Skinnytaste
Salad in a slow cooker? You heard us correctly! Black beans and chicken breasts are simmered in the Crock-Pot with taco seasoning and salsa to make a satisfying salad topper. This Mexican-inspired meal is packed with flavor, protein and fiber, all for under 300 calories. We promise you won’t miss the tortillas! Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 290; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 69mg; Sodium: 521mg; Carbohydrate: 20g; Dietary Fiber: 8g; Sugar: 1g; Protein: 34g
9. Vegetable Chickpea Curry | Cooking Light
Warming Indian spices, chickpeas, simmered veggies and creamy coconut milk come together in this simple, aromatic curry. For an extra kick, try subbing poblano peppers for green bell peppers. Serve over quick-cooking whole grain couscous or a bed of spinach. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 1/3 cups vegetable mixture plus 1 lemon wedge each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 276; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 623mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 11g; Sugar: 8g; Protein: 11g
10. Hearty Beef Stroganoff | Clean Eating Magazine
Creamy beef stroganoff may not be the first meal that comes to mind when you think of health food; but this cleaner version of the classic requires no butter and about half of the sour cream than traditional stroganoff. We promise that this lighter recipe will tantalize your taste buds and your waistline. Serve over whole grain noodles or brown rice. Recipe makes 6 servings at 1 cup each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 302; Total Fat: 18g; Saturated Fat: 7g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 91mg; Sodium: 305mg; Carbohydrate: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 26g