35 Healthy Dishes You Can Make in Your Slow Cooker

Your slow cooker can make eating healthy easier than ever. The proof is in these genius soups, chicken dinners and more.

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

" The house smelled wonderful while this was cooking. Like others, I added some sausage to the recipe. The flavor was even better the second day."

-Indiana Debbie

Ratatouille With Chickpeas

"Wow, this was delicious! I didn't have zucchini so used yellow squash and it turned out great!"


Apple & Sauerkraut Kielbasa

"Great dinner on a cold wet Saturday! I doubled the recipe, added small new potatoes cut in half. Very easy and tasty!"


Pork Tenderloin

"Oh, wow! This is one of the best pork loins we've tried — so moist and full of flavor."

-Newly Mrs. Johnson

Chicken Fajitas

"Easy, yummy, healthy — my kind of dish! I made it even easier by prepping everything the night before and tossing it in a freezer bag."


Savory Bean & Spinach Soup

"This was very good. Even my 8-year-old ate two bowls."


Easy Chicken Dinner

"I have made this recipe for years. It is so good! With the leftover chicken and stock, you can make homemade chicken noodle soup."

-Audrey M

Split Pea Soup

"I loved it! It's a wonderfully simple, economical dish."

-Chef Treenie

Easy Turkey Chili

"This is a super easy supper served with cornbread and oatmeal cookies for dessert."


Slow-Cooker Thyme-Roasted Beets

“I love beets and this was an excellent way to prepare them. I used the parsley option with the thyme, which suited us perfectly.”


French Country Chicken

"Really wonderful flavor! The chicken was moist and tender with a wonderful mix of spices."

-Spencer #2

Beef Vegetable Soup

"Nice soup. I used some leftover roast so it came together very quickly."


Stuffed Cabbage Soup

"This was SO good, I couldn't stop eating it! I used less liquid so it was more like a thick hearty stew, and I absolutely loved it like that."


Lentil and Sausage Soup

"Just chop up the veggies and toss everything in the crockpot! Can't beat it, for a good convenient meal."

-Chef Treenie

Mediterranean Chicken

"What a great fall dish that makes the house smell great."


Ham & Potatoes Au Grautin

"This recipe is simply amazing! Very filling and yummy."


Sweet and Sour Curry Chicken

"Very good on a busy day! I only had 2 bell peppers, so I added one zucchini — very good!"


Chicken Casablanca

"Very good dinner — I cooked it on low all day and added the beans and cilantro after I came home from work."


Black Bean Soup

"This was awesome! I added shredded chicken to the recipe, and it was fantastic!"


Ham & Cauliflower Chowder

"Awesome recipe! The only thing I did differently was I added a teaspoon of liquid smoke for some extra flavor."


Slow-Cooker Chicken Taco Meat

“This recipe was simple and incredibly delicious. As mentioned before, just start in the morning and when you get home you have perfectly cooked and seasoned chicken.”


Granny's Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Chili

“Amazing recipe that provides a whole lot of delicious, healthy comfort food for not a lot of money — and easy ingredients that are generally kept on-hand, to boot!"


Kittencal's Juicy Slow-Cooker Turkey Breast

“Gravy made from the liquid was wonderful! The family ate almost all of this 6.5 pound turkey.”

-Nathans Nana

Slow-Cooker Chicken Vindaloo

"By Indian cooking standards, this recipe delivers an authentic taste. Both myself and my Indian wife were quite pleased with the results, although by personal preference I'd recommend a couple of changes: cut down the vinegar, add a little brown sugar and add some salt. This one's a winner in our household!"


Easy Slow-Cooker Salsa Chicken

“The chicken was so moist it fell apart. I packed it for husband to take to work for lunch. He ended up calling me at my job just to say how good it was and how everyone who had a taste loved it!”


Slow-Cooker Curry

"Delicious and dead easy to make. I gave samples to three people at work and they each wanted the recipe, which is always a good sign.”


Instant Pot or Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas

"Amazing recipe! I made this in the instant pot and it was some of the best carnitas we've ever had."


Slow-Cooker Moroccan Chicken, Chickpea & Apricot Tagine

"This was so good that I paid myself twenty dollars plus a tip for this entree and asked to see the dessert menu.”


Ratatouille in the Slow-Cooker

“This recipe is so versatile; you can do so much with it, and it is delicious!"


Slow-Cooker Fat-Free Refried Beans

“Super recipe! I cook lots of beans and I'm always looking for something new and a little different. I've never cooked beans with cilantro before and I'm not sure why. Its a marriage made in heaven. These smelled amazing while cooking.”

-Lucky in Bayview

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

“I usually find that my cooking tastes amateur but this is a good recipe. I would serve this to company any day with total confidence.”


Lentil & Veggie Soup

"We really enjoyed this healthy soup! Perfect on a cool day with some whole grain bread from the bakery."


Steel Cut Oatmeal for the Slow Cooker

“Good proportions. I use just water, no butter or even salt. I usually make it plain so can add whatever I want after it is done.” 

-Maisy O.

Fiesta Chicken With Barley & Brown Rice

"I grabbed this recipe because I was interested in something with whole grains, and it was pretty good. I would recommend sautéing the onions and garlic first, since I don't like the flavor of the onion when you just dump it raw into the crockpot.”


Slow-Cooker Pho

This is a low-effort recipe for a traditional Vietnamese soup broth. You can serve it with rice noodles, as per tradition, but it’s excellent without them if you are on a low-carb diet.