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 Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips

Rating: 4.86 stars
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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 Chicken & White Bean Stew

Rating: 4.2 stars
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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.

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.

Slow-Cooked Ranch Chicken and Vegetables

Rating: 4.17 stars
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This creamy, veggie-packed chicken dinner comes together easily in your slow-cooker-and makes enough for another night's casserole (see associated recipe)!

Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

Rating: 5 stars
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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 Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Skip the roasting in this butternut squash soup recipe and let your slow cooker do the work instead. Just load up all the ingredients into the crock pot, set it and forget it for an easy, healthy dinner or packable lunches.

Chicken & Cornmeal Dumplings

Rating: 3.33 stars
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This version of chicken and dumplings provides plenty of vegetables with 5 grams of fiber per serving. Dumplings are made with 1 part flour and 1 part cornmeal to make them standout from a traditional flour dumpling. This hearty dinner option is the perfect comfort meal.

Italian Pork with Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Rating: 5 stars
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This simple Italian-inspired recipe combines pork shoulder with aromatic fennel. As the pork cooks, its juices drip down to flavor the sweet potatoes that are nestled in the bottom of the slow cooker. Serve with steamed green beans for a complete meal.

Pork & Green Chile Stew

Rating: 5 stars
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Let your slow cooker work--while you're at work!--and come home to a delicious bowl of hearty stew for dinner. Full of potatoes, hominy, green chiles, and chunks of pork sirloin, this filling stew recipe takes just 25 minutes to prepare in the morning.

Kale, Wild Rice & Chicken Stew

Chicken thighs get perfectly tender in just a few hours in the slow cooker. Plus, cooking everything together low and slow infuses all the flavors together for complexity in every bite.
By Devon O'Brien

Layered Brisket Dinner with Tangy Mustard Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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Perfectly seasoned red potatoes and baby carrots accompany this filling brisket dish.

Slow-Cooker Chuck Roast with Potatoes & Carrots

This slow-cooker chuck roast is winter comfort food at its finest. A bright, slightly sweet sauce balances the rich and tender braised beef. You can substitute multi-colored baby potatoes (halved) for the Yukon variety and fresh fennel fronds for the parsley, if desired.
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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.

Fork-Tender Pot Roast

For a meal that's ready when you get home after a long day, try this flavorful and hearty pot roast.