Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes: Soup, Chili, Breakfast & More

Mar 18 2016
Do you have too many healthy slow-cooker recipes? Oh, right, that's not a thing. Feast your eyes -- and your mouths, several hours later -- on these crazy-easy, super-delicious creations. Each one has under 300 calories per serving!

Slow-Cooker Veggie-Noodle Soup

1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 56 calories, 0.5g total fat (0g sat fat), 701mg sodium, 10g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 3g protein -- SmartPoints® value 0*

This standout soup is the ultimate snack, starter, or side dish... So insanely filling! Five kinds of veggies + plenty of seasonings + flavorful chicken broth = perfection. (Feel free to use veggie broth for a vegetarian-friendly spin.) Don't own a veggie spiralizer? Just use a basic peeler.

Greek Shredded Chicken

1/6th of recipe (about 3/4 cup): 193 calories, 6g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 362mg sodium, 6g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 27.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

One of the amazing things about shredded-chicken dishes like this -- aside from low calorie counts -- is the versatility. Scoop some into a whole-wheat pita, wrap it up in lettuce leaves, top off a salad, make an open-faced chicken melt with light bread... The possibilities are endless! And, of course, it's great all on its own.

Pork Tenderloin Green Chili

1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 253 calories, 2g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 817mg sodium, 35g carbs, 9g fiber, 6g sugars, 22g protein -- SmartPoints® value 5*

The tomatillos (courtesy of easy-to-find salsa verde) and chiles aren't the only green foods boosting the hue of this flavorful pork chili. The slow-simmered dish has pureed kale cooked in, but you'd never know from the taste of it. One bite and you'll be hooked. And check out all the fiber and protein... Wow!

Mama Shelley's Slow-Cooker Chicken

1/4th of recipe (about 1 3/4 cups): 270 calories, 4g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 663mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 12g sugars, 35.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 3*

Not only is this dish an easy-to-cook creation you can make in a Crock-Pot, but it also has only five main ingredients. You might even have two in your pantry already -- balsamic vinegar and canned stewed tomatoes are staples at Hungryland. Just pick up some chicken, green beans, and spinach. Too simple!

Slow-Cooker Breakfast Casserole

1/6th of recipe: 203 calories, 5.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 597mg sodium, 15g carbs, 3g fiber, 3g sugars, 21.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 4*

Whether you need to feed a crowd first thing in the a.m. or just want to cook a big batch of breakfast for the week, you'll be a fan of this recipe. That is, if you like eggs, potatoes, sausage, veggies, and cheese. And sleeping in.

Slow-Cooker Cranberry Pulled Pork

1/6th of recipe (about 2/3 cup): 234 calories, 4.5g total fat (1.5g sat fat), 287mg sodium, 23g carbs, 2g fiber, 17g sugars, 23g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

Fresh cranberries can be hard to find after the holidays, but there's no reason not to enjoy this dried fruit all year long. Especially since it's soooo good cooked up in this sweet-n-savory pork dish -- amazingly delicious, and only five main ingredients.

Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

1/5th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 255 calories, 5.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 549mg sodium, 39g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 13.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 6*

Fun fact: Butternut squash tastes amazing in mac 'n cheese. Something about the sweet squashy flavor melds perfectly with a creamy cheese sauce. And since we use high-fiber pasta boosted with cauliflower, you're not just chowing on empty carbs. That's what we call balance! This recipe will become a new favorite.

Slow-Cooker Scalloped Peaches

1/8th of recipe (about 2/3 cup): 104 calories, 3g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 82mg sodium, 20.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 17.5g sugars, 1.5g protein -- SmartPoints® value 2*

Let's wrap it up with dessert, shall we? This slow-cooker dish is essentially gooey peach pie filling. And unlike the fruit pie itself, it's low in calories and no hassle to whip up. The person who coined the term "win-win" would probably agree that this dessert is the perfect definition.

Hungry for More?

And don't miss our 2014 slow-cooker classics or our 2015 roundup. And for our very latest slow-cooker standouts, check out Chapter 5 of Hungry Girl Clean & Hungry: Slow-Cooker Soups, Stews & More. (Click here for recipe names, photos, and more!)

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