healthy winter crockpot recipes

8 Healthy Winter Crockpot Recipes to Try This Season

During these chillier months, nothing beats a piping hot homemade meal – especially when the cooking requires minimal effort, like with a crockpot! Not only is cooking with a crockpot as easy as simply throwing in your ingredients and letting it get to work, but it’s also a healthier alternative to faster methods of cooking, such as pan frying. So pull out your crockpot and get ready for some of the most delicious healthy winter crockpot recipes we could find!

1. Quinoa Veggie Soup

This irresistible soup is loaded with wholesome veggies and nutrient-rich quinoa and great Northern beans for a hearty meal that will stand up to even the chilliest winter days! In this you’ll find kale, tomatoes, onions, and carrots – plus, it’s vegan! 

Find the full recipe at: Orchids and Sweet Tea

2. Chicken & Kale Tortilla Soup

This isn’t your average chicken tortilla soup! Because it’s made from scratch using healthy ingredients, it’s packed with flavor but none of the bad stuff that comes with chicken tortilla soup from a can! It’s got mouthwatering spices like garlic, smoked paprika, chili powder and ground cumin that allow for you to use less salt. If you like your soups creamier, the recipe calls for Greek yogurt (which is full of protein and good fats!) at the end in place of heavy cream. This soup is sure to become a staple in your dinner routine!

Find the full recipe at: Fit Foodie Finds

3. Everyday Pulled Chicken

Though it’s not technically a full dish in itself, we had to include this simple crockpot pulled chicken recipe because of the possibilities it could become! It’s impossibly easy to make and can last up to a week in the fridge, which means you can use it for any meal that might call for some extra protein. Healthy options include adding to salads (on a Greek or Mediterranean would be delicious!), mixing into soups, as the base of tacos, making chicken salad – the list is endless.

Find the full recipe at: Fit Mitten Kitchen

4. Thai Chili Chicken Soup

This Thai soup is packed with fresh flavor that will have you coming back for seconds! Using coconut milk for creaminess and curry paste, fresh ginger and lime for flavor, it’s got a unique and delicious kick. It’s also very easily adaptable, so if you want to change up the veggies – like adding leeks, carrots, potatoes, or whatever is in season – you can do that too! You can even make it vegetarian if you omit the chicken!

Find the full recipe at: Foodie Crush

5. Chicken Tikka Masala

If you haven’t yet experienced the deliciousness of Tikka Masala, it’s a popular Indian dish made of curry-spiced chicken in a creamy tomato-based sauce, often eaten with rice or naan bread. The original recipe typically calls for heavy cream and butter, but this healthy version is made creamy with coconut milk! The warming spices and bold flavor remain, without any of the heavy fats. This would make a perfect weeknight dinner! 

Find the full recipe at: Ambitious Kitchen

6. Sweet Potato Black Bean Pumpkin Chili

This chili is the definition of hearty, full of healthy fiber, and packed with flavor. The best part is, you wouldn’t even know it’s vegan! Most of the ingredients you probably already have in your pantry – it calls for basics such as onions, crushed tomatoes, sweet potatoes, black beans, canned pumpkin, and vegetable stock. The real game changer with this recipe is the spice mix, so if you have a well-stocked spice cabinet, you’re ready to make this flavorful chili! Because it comes together in just 4 hours, it’s an ideal recipe for hosting friends or family.

Find the full recipe at: Fit Mitten Kitchen

7. Honey Lime Ginger Pork Chops

This is one of the best healthy winter crockpot recipes out there. Cooking pork in a crockpot is an incredible way to prepare it, especially when marinating in flavors like garlic, ginger, honey, lime and soy. The acidity of the lime helps keep the pork tender as it cooks, so it truly melts in your mouth! One tip for this recipe is to pan-sear the outside – this adds a deliciously crisp crust that seals in flavor for the ultimate experience.

Find the full recipe at: The Recipe Critic

8. Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder

Is there anything more warming than a classic bowl of creamy corn chowder? The smooth, rich flavor with the bite of sweetness from the corn is hard to beat! This recipe calls for frozen carrots, peas and corn (meaning less chopping!) but if you’d prefer them fresh, that works great too. It’s also dairy-free! 

Find the full recipe at: Miss Allie’s Kitchen

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