Easy Slow-Cooker & Crockpot Recipes

Find healthy, delicious easy slow-cooker and crockpot recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

Rating: 4 stars
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Make a big batch of low-calorie veggie-packed soup with ease in this load-and-go crock pot recipe. After simmering away in the slow cooker, portion it into individual serving containers and store in the fridge or freezer for fast, healthy lunches or an easy, satisfying snack. This weight-loss vegetable soup fills you up without a lot of calories, plus it's an easy way to eat more vegetables.

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Stew

Rating: 4.75 stars
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This Mediterranean stew is a healthy dinner chock-full of vegetables and hearty chickpeas. A drizzle of olive oil to finish carries the flavors of this easy vegan crock-pot stew. Swap out the chickpeas for white beans for a different twist, or try collards or spinach in place of the kale. Any way you vary it, this stew is sure to go into heavy rotation when you are looking for healthy crock-pot recipes.

Slow-Cooker Mushroom Soup with Sherry

Rating: 4.21 stars
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This comforting and creamy slow-cooker soup is loaded with earthy, umami flavor from the mushrooms and soy sauce.  Puréeing only some of the slow-cooker mushroom soup gives the dish complex texture and eye appeal. Garnish with additional black pepper and chopped fresh thyme, if desired.

Slow-Cooker Barbecue Brisket Sliders

Serve these slow-cooker brisket sliders when company's coming--perhaps to watch the big game--for an easy, crowd-pleasing dish. The crisp, tangy coleslaw is the perfect pairing for the tender, rich brisket. Serve with chips, crudités and cold beer to round out the meal.

Slow-Cooker Shrimp Posole Tacos

Rating: 5 stars
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Literally translated, "posole" means "hominy." Traditional posole dishes are soups or stews made with hominy along with pork, chicken or seafood. In these slow-cooker shrimp tacos, the hominy, cumin, oregano and shrimp render classic posole flavors that are amplified by the addition of typical posole toppings: cabbage, radishes, cilantro and lime. Toast the corn tortillas for extra crunch, if desired (see Tip).

Easy Slow-Cooker Shrimp Boil

Tender red potatoes, corn, shrimp, smoky sausage and flavorful Old Bay seasoning give this slow-cooker shrimp boil the classic flavors you love. Because it's all made in the slow cooker, pulling this meal together is a breeze. It's perfect for a party--just serve with lemon wedges, cocktail sauce, bay leaves and ice-cold beer. If you can't find turkey andouille, use chicken andouille instead.

Mediterranean Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This slow-cooker chicken noodle soup fits nicely into the Mediterranean diet thanks to plenty of vegetables, lean chicken breast and whole-wheat pasta. Pair it with a salad and toasted whole-grain bread for an easy, healthy dinner.

Slow-Cooker Lemon-Pepper Chicken Thighs with Broccolini

What if you could have tender, slow-cooker chicken thighs and crisp Broccolini to feed four with 10 minutes of hands-on time and eight common ingredients? Now, you can, and here's the recipe to prove it. Garnish with fresh oregano leaves and additional kosher salt and black pepper, if desired.

Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Chicken & Orzo

Rating: 4.18 stars
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Perk up basic chicken breast and whole-wheat orzo with the vibrant flavors of the Mediterranean, like lemon and olives. This load-and-go recipe makes a complete and satisfying meal; just add a green salad.

Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Pozole

Rating: 5 stars
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This healthy vegetarian take on the Mexican stew pozole gets tons of flavor from poblano peppers, ancho chile powder and dried herbs and spices, while cannellini beans provide substance, protein and fiber. Chewy hominy--corn that has been treated with lime to remove the tough hull and germ--is integral to the stew. Look for it in cans in the Latin section of your supermarket. Serve the stew with shredded cabbage, radishes, fresh cilantro and sour cream.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Rating: 5 stars
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A winter classic, this crock pot version of minestrone is heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta, keeping carbs in check while providing plenty of flavor.

Slow-Cooker Chile-Rubbed Pork with Corn & Black Beans

With minimal hands-on prep and only a couple hours in the slow cooker, you end up with incredibly flavorful, spice-rubbed pork and a bean-and-corn side dish, which easily converts to a next-day salsa. We promise this isn't like any slow-cooker pork tenderloin you've ever had.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Our 25 Best Crock Pot Recipes That Make Getting Dinner on the Table 10x Easier

Your crockpot is a life- and time-saver when trying to feed your family a healthy meal. You can simply toss all your ingredients into your slow-cooker before leaving for the day and come home to a comforting dinner that's ready to eat. Check out our best crock pot recipes below for dozens of easy and nourishing ways to feed your family this year.

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars
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This one-pot chicken dinner, inspired by the traditional dish of Spain and Latin America, comes together easily in the crock pot. The instant brown rice is added near the end, to keep it from overcooking.