Sometimes the last thing you want to do is whip up a nutrient-packed, healthy meal after a long day. The solution: healthy crockpot recipes (jam-packed with vegetables, whole grains, protein, and fiber) that can be made with barely any effort.
We love these seven healthy crockpot recipes for a nourishing breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert. Simply add all the ingredients to a crockpot, set it, and go about your day.
1. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa
This vegetarian slow cooker enchilada quinoa recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod is filled with hearty ingredients like protein-rich quinoa, fiber-filled black beans, tomatoes, corn, spices, and more. Simply add all the ingredients to a slow cooker, cook for six hours, cover with cheese to melt, and serve. We love this cheesy, gooey enchilada quinoa recipe with fresh cilantro and avocado on top.
2. Lentil and Vegetable Crockpot Soup
Made with brown lentils and pigeon pea lentils, this lentil and vegetable crockpot is soup is packed with vitamins and minerals. Lentils are a supreme source of folate, fiber, molybdenum, copper, phosphorus, and B vitamins, and are considered to be protective against heart disease. The addition of Herbs de Provence, rosemary, thyme, marjoram, Swiss chard, and other vegetables boost the flavor and nutrition of this easy crockpot soup even more.
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3. Steel Cut Apple and Cinnamon Crockpot Oats
Wake up to warm and cozy oats with this steel cut apple and cinnamon crockpot oatmeal recipe. Combine hearty steel cut oats with almond milk, cinnamon and nutmeg, diced apple, maple syrup, and coconut oil and let cook overnight. In the morning, enjoy warm bowls of slow-cooked oatmeal with nut butter and berries on top. Here's more on the health benefits of oatmeal how to make perfect oatmeal every time.
4. Homemade Bone Broth
Grab pasture-raised bones, herbs, fresh vegetables, and a slow cooker: making homemade bone broth is as easy as can be. Simply add bones and other ingredients to a crockpot, cover with water, add a splash of apple cider vinegar, and cook for eight to ten hours. Bone broth is a rich source of collagen, protein, healthy fat, minerals, and gelatin and is associated with gut and skin health. This broth can be added to other recipes or can be sipped on its own.
5. Slow Cooker Rice Pudding with Cherries and Almonds
Make this cozy classic in a slow cooker for ease (and all the good kitchen smells) in just four hours. This slow cooker rice pudding is made with Arborio rice, dried cherries, ground almonds, lemon zest, eggs, and organic sugar and milk. Swap out the milk with a nondairy option, if you’d prefer, and top with homemade fresh whipped cream.
6. Slow Cooker Turmeric Chicken No-Noodle Soup
This warming cup of chicken soup from Real Food Whole Life is packed with turmeric, carrots, celery, and onion for tons of flavor and nutrients. Turmeric, the golden shining star of this soup, is rich in curcumin, a compound that acts as a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Curcumin is absorbed best when partnered with black pepper, which means to sprinkle the spice liberally on each bowl of soup.
7. Slow Cooker Paleo Beef Chili
Not only is this beef chili by Cotter Crunch Paleo-friendly, it is Whole30 compliant, packed with flavor, and so easy to prepare, too. Grass-fed beef is combined with bell pepper, onion, sweet potato, tomatoes, and a plethora of warming spices to make a super hearty dinner, while you’re at work or on the go. Garnish each bowl of chili with cilantro, avocado, and diced onion for bright, fresh flavors in every single bite.
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