Slow-Cooker & Crockpot Special Diet Recipes

Find healthy, delicious slow-cooker and Crockpot recipes for those who follow a special diet, including diabetic, paleo, vegan and vegetarian slow-cooker recipes. Healther recipes from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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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 Mediterranean Chicken & Chickpea Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars
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This set-it-and-forget-it slow-cooker recipe simmers away all day so you come home to a warm and healthy dinner the whole family will love. Using bone-in chicken is the key to making rich soup without adding broth.

Slow-Cooker Turkey Chili with Butternut Squash

Rating: 4 stars
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This slow-cooker turkey and butternut squash chili is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy. The sweetness of the butternut squash tames the kick from cayenne, making this easy crock-pot chili just right for kids and adults alike. For those who prefer a spicier chili, just pass hot sauce at the table.

No-Peel Slow-Cooker Marinara Sauce

Rating: 4 stars
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Store-bought pasta sauce just can't compare to homemade marinara--and the slow cooker makes marinara from scratch much easier. This fresh tomato recipe was developed to preserve the summer bounty from your garden or farmers' market; it freezes well for up to 6 months so you can pull out pasta or pizza sauce anytime. Keeping the skins on makes it even easier, plus they contain pectin, which helps thicken the sauce.
By Anonymous

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 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.

Mulligatawny Soup

Rating: 3.67 stars
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This is a soup with a long history (references to it in English go back to 1784) that can now be conveniently made in a modern appliance. Although it's technically an English soup, its origins are decidedly Indian. (The name loosely means "pepper water" in the Tamil language of Southern India.) The sweetness of apple and coconut milk counterbalances the garlic, ginger, curry and cayenne.

Slow-Cooker Vegetable Minestrone Soup

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.

Chile-Spiced Shredded Beef with Cheesy Polenta

Let your slow cooker do the heavy lifting to make a Sunday dinner that yields leftovers for another night. Tuck the rest of the spiced beef and your favorite fixings into corn tortillas or spoon over baked sweet potatoes.
By Hilary Meyer

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 Potato Soup Four Ways

Be sure to use waxy potatoes, such as red or Yukon Gold, in this crockpot potato soup recipe. The result will be creamier than if you use starchy varieties like russets. Load your bowl up like a classic baked potato or see Tip (below) for more ways to mix it up.

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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

19 Diabetes-Friendly Slow-Cooker Dinners You'll Want to Make This Fall
These simple fix-and-forget slow-cooker recipes will make your fall dinners beyond easy.
20 Diabetes-Friendly Slow-Cooker Dinners You'll Want to Make Forever
These cozy dinners have something to offer everyone at the table—from hearty stews to comforting braised beef and veggies, you're sure to find something delicious for dinner tonight. Each of these recipes follows our parameters for a diabetes-friendly meal, focusing on complex carbs like whole grains and aiming for a heart-healthy level of sodium and saturated fat.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Marsala

Rating: 4 stars
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This slow-cooker chicken Marsala recipe gets its full flavor from plenty of mushrooms and fragrant shallots. Whole-wheat pasta soaks up the rich sauce. Round it out with a simple green salad for a comforting healthy dinner.