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Pepper, date and harissa tagine in a serving bowl

11 easy, healthy slow-cooker recipes

Published: August 8, 2022 at 10:25 am
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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.

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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.

Pepper, date and harissa tagine in a serving bowl

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.

Two bowls of chicken curry with a white linen napkin and wooden-handled cutlery

Healthy 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.

A plate of beef brisket with rice and lime wedges

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.

Sri Lankan cashew and potato curry served in bowls

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.

Vegan Chickpea Stew Recipe with Almonds

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.

Sardinian prawn and chorizo paella

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.

Oxtail Recipe with Orange and Szechuan Peppercorns

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.

African Peanut Stew with Chicken

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.

Chipotle Black Bean Chilli Recipe

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.

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Moroccan stuffed peppers

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.

Warm aubergine, pomegranate and onion salad

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