Need some quick and easy dinner ideas for those nights when there is just no time to prepare anything, much less something nutritious and healthy? Try these healthy crock pot recipes that you can freeze ahead and then cook while you are at work or school. If you are looking for the best slow cooker recipes to make and prep ahead of time, want an awesome but easy dinner idea for your little party this weekend or you are just wanting to try your hand at some new healthy crockpot recipes to make before work, then we have 37 mouthwatering recipe ideas for you to check out. Whether you are looking for vegetarian or gluten-free or a hearty home-cooked Southern-style recipe, we have healthy versions of all your favorite slow cooker dishes.
Cooking in a crock pot is no excuse not to make healthy food, and these awesome recipe ideas prove it. With so many ideas to make and freeze ahead, you can work on meal prep over the weekend, and never have to really cook during the week. Simply take one of these out of the freezer before work, place it in the crockpot, and come home to have an incredible home-cooked meal waiting for you. Break out the slow cooker this weekend so you can try one or more of these healthy crockpot recipes.
Healthy Crock Pot Recipes and Slow Cooker Ideas
1. Slow Cooker Chili Mac
Nothing beats a hearty bowl on chili on a cold winter evening, especially after a long day of work. Nothing except possibly macaroni and cheese, anyway. Since I love both of those comfort foods, imagine how thrilled I was to find this chili mac recipe for the crock pot. An easy to make in a slow cooker recipe idea for busy days, you are going to love this one. My kids tried it last time they were home from college and all have requested I share the recipe with them. All you need is a simple list of ingredients, you may even already have them on hand.
2. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Wow. I never knew you could make tacos in a crock pot. This slow cooker taco recipe is not only doable, it tastes amazing. Forget thinking that tacos are only for the weekends or nights where you have lots of prep time. Make these prep ahead tacos and enjoy a Mexican style dinner any night you wish. If you are looking for healthy crock pot recipes, this taco version is on the money.
3. Freezer To Slow Cooker Italian Wedding Soup
This healthy crockpot recipes tastes nothing like what I think when it comes to healthy meals. A hearty soup made with meatballs and vegetables, this crockpot meal freezes well and is one of my husband’s favorite things to take to work. Easy to make ahead, you can have this one waiting for you when you come home. Freezer to slow cooker recipe make cooking simple.
4. Crock Pot Salsa Beef
For a flavorful, spicy crockpot dish you can make and freeze ahead, then add to a crock pot when you are ready to cook it, this beed crockpot recipe is sure to be a family favorite. With simple ingredients and easy preparation, this meal is sure to be requested again and again.
5. Slow Cooker Chicken, Sweet Potato, and Kale Stew
Not all chicken crock pot recipes are created equally. Sometimes, when you cook chicken in a slow cooker, it ends up dried out and overdone. The key to making moist, delicious chicken in a crockpot seems to be adding the right amount of broth and vegetables to keep the meat juicy. This recipe for chicken, sweet potato and kale stew certianly fits the bill when it comes to winning chicken recipes for the crockpot. I make this dish at least twice a month, and at our annual office potluck party we have every Christmas, people would complain if I did not show up without it. Last year, I went ahead and madce two batches, and did not have a single bite left at the end of the party.
6. Slow Cooker Creamy Portobella Chicken
I’ve personally been playing around with some minimalist slow cooker dinner recipe ideas. This slow cooker recipe has only three ingredients and is perfect for adding your own flair to with spices and extra flavorings. The possibilities are endless. Dinner does not get any less complex than this one, my friends. Hope you love the simplicity and few ingredients. This was the first time using Portobello mushrooms (Baby Bellas in this case) in my slow cooker, but it sure won’t be the last. I just love them cooked almost any way, but they really add a lot to this very simple recipe. With only three ingredients, plus some salt and pepper, this is a no fuss simple dinner idea. If you are a mushroom lover, you will adore this quick fix! You just need 1 Pint of Baby Bellas (or equivalent in sliced portabella mushrooms), 1.5 – 2lbs Boneless Chicken Tenderloins or Sliced Chicken Breast, 1 Can of Cream of Chicken Soup, and Salt & Pepper to Taste. This is a simple dish and just delicious!
7. Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup
This split pea soup had its start on the stove but I let my slow cooker do all the work while I busied myself with errands and chores last weekend. In just two hours I had a hearty, tasty soup that ended up lasting us a few days, only getting better each time I reheated it. This soup is completely meat free but feel free to use a meat stock and/or a ham bone but I promise you that you won’t need either. My husband announced a day or two ago that he has cleared a cabinet in the kitchen of long-unused items and offered the space for the small items without a home. Instead of jumping at the chance to fill it with random items, I committed to re-arranging all the other drawers and cabinets to see how we can optimize our space. I’m already sure of one thing: some things will have to go but my slow cooker will always have a place with me.
9. Slow Cooker Garlic Parmesan Chicken And Potatoes
Crisp-tender chicken thighs cooked low and slow right alongside some baby red potatoes before they’re tossed in freshly grated Parmesan. Now. Two things here. I know some of you only like white meat. Sure, chicken breast can be substituted but I found that bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are best here, especially with that initial sear to really let the flavors seep in and caramelize. Also, if you are using massively-large red potatoes, you can cut them into quarters or even eighths. Most importantly. Please use freshly grated Parmesan cheese. And don’t skimp!!! You know the drill. The more the better.