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12 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes To Keep You Warm This Winter

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US Editorial Team Lead
Updated: 25 November 2016
After a long day of work on a cold day, few things feel better than coming back to a warm home-cooked meal. Slow cookers, which you can plug in and allow to simmer at a low temperature throughout the day, are perfect for creating delicious comfort food dishes without slaving over the stove all day. Here are some healthy recipes that will allow you to indulge in slow cooker meals, sans a side of guilt.

Ginger Curry Lentil Soup by Fountain Avenue Kitchen

With sweet potatoes, jalapeño, and ginger, this soup recipe is bursting with flavor. It’s also meatless, nutrient-rich, and low-calorie if done right.

Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodle Bowl by The Skinny Fork

Spaghetti squash is a great noodle substitute. You can cut the gluten, while also enjoying a spin on a classic Thai dish.

Chipotle Black Bean and Quinoa Stew by Tasty Yummies

This recipe is both vegan and gluten-free. The stew is hearty and, thanks to the chili powder, has quite a bit of bite.

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©Leigh Anne Meeks/Shutterstock

Cauliflower Couscous by Well +Good

Couscous is considered a healthy grain, but substituting it with cauliflower is just as good. Well + Good’s cauliflower couscous pairs perfectly with chicken.

Green Curry Chicken by Eat, Live, Run

This low-sodium dinner option is essentially an entire meal in one pot. Chicken, squash, and green beans make for a delicious, well-balanced treat.

Split Pea Soup by Family Fresh Meals

Hearty split pea soup is one of my personal autumn and winter favorites. And this recipe from Family Fresh Meals swaps out pork for yummy turkey bacon.

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Photo courtesy of thebittenword.com/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Butternut Squash Coconut Chili by The Fig Tree

This vegan treat puts a spin on traditional chili, removing the meat and adding veggies and coconut for a burst of flavor. It’s the perfect meal for a cold winter day.

Paleo Chicken Soup by My Natural Family

Paleo diets cut grains and dairy, swapping them out for pasture-raised and grass-fed meat and veggies. This recipe for chicken soup is both gluten and dairy-free.

Pumpkin Overnight Oats by Well Plated

This is healthy, easy to make, and perfect for fall. Unlike the other items on our list, it’s not quite savory. But if you have a sweet tooth, this is probably the recipe for you.

Chicken Fajitas by Cooking Classy

Honestly, who doesn’t love fajitas? This recipe is packed with flavor, plus it’s easy on the calories.

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Photo courtesy of Serita V./Flickr/CC BY 2.0

Sweet Potato Soup by Veggie Primer

This vegetarian option contains sweet potatoes, spinach, and sliced almonds. It’s also low-sodium so it’s nutrient-packed and guilt-free.

Yogurt by Macheesmo

Okay, I’ll admit — this one’s a bit of a stretch (it’s not a recipe I’ll be trying). But if you’re adventurous and DIY is your thing, this recipe for slow cooker yogurt is probably super appealing.