Slow cookers are often associated with
hearty soups, heavy mac and cheeses, and boozy beverages, but their use doesn't end there. These low-fat, low-sugar dishes incorporate lots of vegetables, lean proteins, and tons of fiber, without sacrificing flavor. It's not hard to eat healthy, especially when the slow cooker does all the work for you.
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This lean chili is low in maintenance and high in flavor. Get the recipe
Key ingredients: Turkey Quinoa Beer Black beans Sweet potatoes
Several hours in the slow cooker transforms dried split peas into a thick, naturally creamy soup. It's like magic. Recipe
Key ingredients: Green split peas Carrots Celery Ham Broth Courtesy of Damn Delicious
Slow-cooking makes the vegetables super tender, and that garlic sauce penetrates the chicken all the way to the bone. Recipe
Key ingredients: Chicken thighs Potatoes Carrots Green beans Garlic
Beef broth is all the rage now, but Vietnamese pho has been around forever. Learn how to DIY
Key ingredients: Beef bones Steak Rice noodles Fresh herbs Chiles Spices Courtesy of a Pinch of Yum
This stick-to-your-ribs stew won't clog your arteries. Get the recipe
Key ingredients: Lentils Red curry paste Garam masala Tomato puree Coconut milk
However long it takes to pour a gallon of milk into a slow cooker is the prep time required to make your own yogurt. Learn how
Key ingredients: Courtesy of Two Peas and Their Pod
This cream-less butternut soup recipe comes with a bonus recipe for maple-roasted chickpeas, which give the soup a toothsome crunch. Recipes
Key ingredients: Butternut squash Carrots Apples Broth Cinnamon Courtesy of Against All Grain
Applesauce is so much better made from scratch.
This recipe uses fresh Honeycrisps and zero refined sugar.
Key ingredients: Apples Honey Lemon juice Cinnamon
Toss stuff into the slow cooker before bed and wake up to the aroma of hot oatmeal. This healthier
recipe adds protein-rich quinoa, too.
Key ingredients: Steel-cut oats Quinoa Milk Brown sugar
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Perry Santanachote is Thrillist's recipes editor but eats healthy when no one is looking. Follow her at @perrysant.