Healthy Winter Crockpot & Slow Cooker Recipes

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

Staff Picks

Slow-Cooker Chicken & White Bean Stew

Rating: 4.2 stars 12
This load-and-go slow-cooker chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti and a salad.

Pork Zuppa

This rich Italian soup, made with ground pork and potatoes, is sure to satisfy everyone who tries it. Using a slow cooker makes this recipe easy to execute.

Slow-Cooker Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.86 stars 9
The spice blend in this healthy beef stew recipe--cinnamon, allspice and cloves--may conjure images of apple pie, but the combo is a great fit in savory applications too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole-wheat egg noodles.

Slow-Cooker Balsamic Short Ribs

Rating: 4.6 stars 7
Now here's a healthy beef short ribs slow-cooker recipe you can serve to company--even on a holiday. Serve with mashed celeriac or mashed potatoes, steamed green beans and a bold Italian red wine that has a touch of sweetness (think amarone or brunello).

Slow-Cooker Beef Stew

Rating: 4.75 stars 5
Load the crock pot and go with this stew recipe that's prepped in the morning and simmers all day so you'll come home to a Sunday-worthy dinner (and your house smelling downright heavenly). Tender beef, melt-in-your-mouth potatoes and carrots in a rich broth--this could be the best and easiest beef stew you've ever made.

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

Rating: 5 stars 1
This hearty jambalaya is bursting with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, and shrimp. It takes just 25 minutes to prep in the morning and then your slow cooker will work its magic and deliver a tasty meal at the end of the day.

Slow-Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna

Rating: 3.89 stars 26
Sure, the slow cooker's great for stews and soups, but it also happens to make a mean lasagna! In this ingenious slow-cooker recipe, all you have to do is chop your veggies, then layer the ingredients (raw) into the crockpot. Serve with: Garlic bread and a green salad.

Slow-Cooker Arroz con Pollo (Chicken & Rice)

Rating: 5 stars 2
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.

Nonna's Spaghetti & Meatballs

Rating: 4.4 stars 7
The meatballs and sauce are cooked in the slow cooker for this traditional Italian spaghetti and meatballs recipe. You could also serve the meatballs over creamy polenta or on a sandwich with melted provolone.

Slow-Cooker Beef-Barley Soup with Red Wine & Pesto

Rating: 5 stars 1
Hearty, thick, rich--this is just how a winter soup should be. The meat and carrots become tender yet retain their texture, and the kale offers freshness. Garnish each serving of this slow-cooker beef and barley soup with additional pesto and fresh basil and oregano sprigs, if desired.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Polenta

Rating: 4.17 stars 7
This rustic stew cooks all day in the slow cooker so you can come home to a comforting, hot dinner. Not a fan of polenta? Try this healthy chicken dinner over pasta instead.

White Chicken Chili

Rating: 5 stars 1
A bowl of this healthy white chicken chili packs a whopping 22 grams of protein in each serving and is appropriate for a diabetes-friendly diet. Consider topping this white chili with Greek yogurt instead of sour cream to reduce calorie and fat content while still getting a creamy texture.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Southwestern Three-Bean & Barley Soup
Amp up the Southwestern flair in this bean & barley soup with an extra squeeze of lime and sprinkle of cilantro.
Slow-Cooker Hot Cider
This hot toddy stays warm and party-ready in your crock pot all night long.
Winter Minestrone
Rating: 5 stars
2

This version of the Italian classic vegetable and bean soup is made in the slow cooker and mixes in flavorful sausage and squash. Use any variety of winter squash.