Slim-Down Suppers: Healthy Slow-Cooker Meals


By: , – Cindy Heller, Family Circle
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Slow cookers are time-saving superstars -- and an easy way to cut fat and calories. These six meals will put your family on the fast track to good nutrition.

This filling, low-cal chili is the perfect antidote to overindulgent holiday eating.

Chicken and Corn Chili
Makes: 5 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Slow-cook: 4 hours on LOW
Get the recipe here

Slow Cooker Creamy Italian Chicken
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Slow-cook: 4 hours on HIGH; 8 hours on LOW
Get the recipe here

Easy Lemony Garlic Chicken Breasts
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Slow-cook: 3 hours on HIGH; 6 hours on LOW
Get the recipe here

Slow Cooker Pork with Greens and Beans
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Slow-cook: 4 hours on HIGH; 8 hours on LOW
Get the recipe here

Split Pean and Ham Soup
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Slow-cook: 4 hours on HIGH
Get the recipe here

Vegetable Curry
Makes: 8 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Slow-cook: 5 1/2 hours on LOW
Get the recipe here

What is your favorite slow cooker recipe?


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  • 20
    Thanks for the tip about clicking on continue.. :D - 1/30/2014   6:25:58 PM
  • 19
    I got the signup page--but at the top right is a link for "Continue to Your Destination." Click that and you can go on to the rest of the recipes without signing up. It's not a big deal. - 2/28/2013   6:41:11 PM
  • 18
    Does anyone use the crockpot liners? A man whose wife was ill told me about the liners and I think they are great. - 10/29/2011   2:54:42 AM
  • 17
    Slow Cooker Chicken Salsa is one of my favorites and then a roast beef with potatoes and carrots is another. - 10/12/2011   7:03:24 PM
  • 16
    Interesting that some of us, including myself - when we looked at the recipes - the link for summer slow cooker recipes - when I clicked on the BBQ pork - it wanted me to sign up for their newsletter - my email has over 450 emails - I don't have time and don't need my box filled any more. - 9/25/2011   12:32:51 PM
  • 15
    My fave is SP's Crockpot Salsa Chicken. We have it often! - 9/23/2011   9:05:46 PM
  • 14
    Crock pots/slow cookers are one of the healthiest ways to cook. Since frying, grilling, bbq, etc, all contribute to cancer and other serious problems, the slow cooker is by far my favorite way to go. - 9/23/2011   2:01:44 PM
  • 13
    The links took me straight to the recipe, no sign up needed. - 9/23/2011   12:27:32 PM
  • 12
    Very disappointing on the stews and soup link. In order to get the recipe, you have to create an account on family circle and I have no interest in doing this.

    I agree 100% to STOP taking us to other places where we have to create an account!! - 9/22/2011   12:45:06 PM
  • 11
    The Chicken and Corn Chili sounds great ... I am going to "crock a pot" this week end to take for lunch next week. - 9/22/2011   12:32:20 PM
  • 10
    It didn't require me to setup an account. The recipe is below------------------------------

    Chicken and Corn Chili
    PrintRated : 12345 by 19 people Rate and Comment Makes: 6 servings Prep: 10 mins
    Slow Cook: 6 hrs (low) or 4 hours (high)
    Nutrition Facts

    Servings Per Recipe 6


    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 287
    Fat, total(gm)3
    Saturated fat(gm)1
    Dietary Fiber, total(gm)9


    Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

    1 large onion, chopped
    1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
    2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
    1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
    1 jalapeno chile, seeded and chopped
    1 3/4 teaspoons ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    3/4 teaspoon salt
    1 14 1/2 ounce can diced tomatoes with jalapenos, drained
    1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
    2 15 ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
    2 tablespoons stone-ground cornmeal
    Shredded Monterey Jack cheese
    1. In a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker, combine onion, chicken, low-sodium broth, green pepper, jalapeno, 1-1/2 teaspoons of the cumin, 1/4 teaspoon of the cayenne and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6 hours.

    2. Remove the chicken to a cutting board and allow to cool slightly. Shred the chicken and return it to the slow cooker with remaining 1/4 teaspoon each of the cumin and cayenne, and the tomatoes, corn and beans. Gently mash some of the beans against the side of the bowl to thicken the chili. Stir in the cornmeal and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let sit a few minutes to soften the cornmeal. Serve sprinkled with a little of the Monterey Jack cheese.

    - 9/21/2011   7:21:48 PM
  • 9
    Unfortunately, I wanted to look at the vegetarian slow cooker recipes, & since this is a link to Family Circle, I could only look at pictures & not get the recipe without setting up an account. - 9/21/2011   4:46:57 PM
  • 8
    Am I the only one required to sign up for a Family Circle account to see the recipe? Dear Sparkpeople, PLEASE stop making us go to other vendors sites under the guise of "blogs." Really, I get this is free but be more forthcoming about what's advertising and what's content. - 9/21/2011   4:41:22 PM
  • 7
    My favourite slow cooker recipe is for a thai-inspired red lentil curry with coconut milk, potatoes, carrots, tomatos, onions, dried fruit and tons of ginger, spinach and cilantro. Dry red lentils are mega-cheap and don't need to be pre-soaked overnight, so this is quick to throw together in the morning and go, and keeps well for a few days. I shared the recipe on SparkRecipes if anyone wants to check it out:

    (boo no HTML!) - 9/21/2011   12:56:42 PM
    This looks good I think I will give it a try!
    Thanks... - 9/21/2011   8:53:07 AM
  • 5
    I am going to try this chili! Thanks! - 9/21/2011   7:56:58 AM
    Looks good. I'm going to try it - 9/21/2011   12:23:28 AM
  • 3
    I make a Spark People recipe with roast in my slow cooker. - 9/20/2011   11:50:55 PM
  • 2
    When you click on the link, the site it brings you to has the nutritional information. It says per serving Calories 287. If you are wondering the portion size, then I would just experiment with a scale. Try to portion it out ahead of time so that you don't make the recipe and eat half, ya know. I have too many incidents like that under my belt. - 9/20/2011   9:21:23 PM
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    When it says 6 servings, what does that add to, as in per serving? Anyone know? - 9/20/2011   8:49:45 PM

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