11 easy, healthy slow-cooker recipes
Get inspired to create healthy, nutritious meals in your slow cooker with our recipe ideas, from pepper and date tagine, to stuffed peppers and black bean chilli
Looking for healthy slow cooker recipes? Want to use your slow cooker to make well-balanced, nutritious meals? Try our recipes below, then check out even more of our favourite slow-cooker recipes.
Slow cooking is a convenient and often healthier way to cook, as you can load the slow cooker with lots of protein, vegetables and good carbohydrates. It's a much lighter alternative to a ready-meal, and one that's typically lower in calories. It can also be easier on your digestion due to the longer cooking time – this makes food softer to eat and eases the work of the digestive system.
We've also got more healthy comfort food recipes and healthy one-pot recipes to try.
Easy healthy slow cooker recipes
Pepper, date and harissa tagine
This tagine makes a feature of meltingly soft peppers, but you could add any summery veg to the base sauce – chunks of squash or courgette work well, or switch it up according to what's in season.
Healthy slow cooker chicken curry
This slow-cooked, gluten-free curry is healthier than your everyday chicken curry, but doesn’t compromise on big, punchy flavours: expect cumin, coriander and chilli.
Brisket chilli is a joy to eat. We’ve upped the veg and beans in this simple slow cooker dish and avoided guacamole and soured cream to make a hearty bowl that's a little bit healthier.
Slow-cooker cashew and potato curry
A creamy, aromatic Sri Lankan curry, made simply in a slow cooker. This recipe doesn't require any fancy ingredients, and is also suitable for vegans.
Chickpeas with dates, turmeric, cinnamon and almonds
Check out our easy chickpea stew packed with dates, crunchy almonds and vibrant turmeric. Slow cooking chickpeas with a heady selection of spices really ramps up the flavour in this frugal dish. Try to get hold of the extra-large chickpeas in jars for a superior texture.
Slow cooker prawn and chorizo paella
This slow cooker version of paella is packed with protein and given an Italian twist with the addition of orzo or fregola instead of rice.
Oxtail with orange, Sichuan peppercorns and star anise
Check out our meltingly tender and nutrient-rich oxtail made in the slow cooker with Sichuan peppercorns, aromatic orange and star anise. Served with fibre-rich pak choi, it's the perfect weekend recipe.
Groundnut chicken stew
Check out our version of this creamy chicken stew with peanut butter, all cooked in the slow cooker. Groundnut stew is a typically West African dish. Serve it alongside extra sliced red chillies for another kick of spicy flavour.
Black bean slow cooker chilli
Check out our easy slow cooker chilli with fibre-rich black beans and fiery chipotle chilli paste. This is a hearty veggie recipe that the whole family will love.
Moroccan-style stuffed peppers
Peppers are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. After roasting, their sweet flavour and soft texture pairs beautifully with chickpeas and rose harissa.
Warm aubergine, pomegranate and onion salad
Achieve squishy, soft aubergines without slaving over a griddle or risking tong burns over an open flame – you'll want to make this salad again and again.
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