5 Healthy Meals to Make in Your Slow Cooker

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chicken-cacciatore

Slow cookers aren’t just for party appetizers like spinach artichoke dip and salsa con queso, or rib-sticking meals like carnitas and beef short ribs. They’re also a wonderful mechanism for healthy weeknight meals. Did you know you can play set-it-and-forget-it with dishes like chicken cacciatore and honey-ginger pork? Keep reading to see some of our favorite healthy weeknight meals made in a slow cooker.

 

Honey-Ginger Pork with Braised Kale

Honey-Ginger Pork with Braised Kale

 

This simple braise brings an array of sweet, salty, bitter and spicy flavors. Serve over soba (Japanese buckwheat) noodles and top with a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds for a square meal.

Braised Chickpeas with SpinachBraised Chickpeas with Spinach

 

Little-known fact: Slow cookers are ideal for cooking garbanzo beans. Serve them with a spinach salad to make simple vegetarian meal or a hearty side dish. 

Chicken CacciatoreChicken Cacciatore

 

This version of the rustic Italian dish is full of meaty mushrooms and tomatoes. Serve it with crusty bread or over freshly cooked pasta, or, to make it even healthier, swap out the 2 tablespoons of butter for olive oil instead.

Winter Vegetable StewWinter Vegetable Stew

 

Know what’s better than vegetable soup? A winter vegetable stew. This recipe calls for a sautéing in a slow cooker insert; if your slow cooker doesn’t have an insert that can be placed on the stovetop, you can start the stew in a Dutch oven and then transfer the contents of the pot to your slow cooker.

 

Five-Spice Chicken Soup

Five-Spice Chicken Soup

 

This Southeast Asian–inspired chicken soup is topped with crunchy bean sprouts and fresh herbs just before serving. 

 

 

 

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