Healthy Crock Pot Recipes Needed

Updated on August 22, 2009
T.K. asks from Fort Collins, CO
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I am a VERY busy mom of 4 VERY active girls. I am also a member of weight watchers and am looking for some tasty crock pot recipes that are reasonable in point value. OR, just some yummy family faves would work too, I can tweak them as I need to.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

I have a good and easy one! You put chicken, spaghetti sauce, and provolone cheese in the crock pot. Serve over spaghetti noodles! It's so yummy!!!

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answers from Provo on

I'm a big fan of the crock pot... it's just so much easier so days! I ran across this blog a couple months back, If you scroll down and look to the left side she has all her recipes in groups. For example if you are looking to use up some chicken, click on "chicken" and all of her recipes that include chicken pop up! I did Weight Watchers too and had success, but had to stop 5 months ago when I found out I was pregnant again. Good Luck!

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answers from Provo on

I also try to do weight watchers. Here are some I like. They may look boring, but they actually turn out pretty good.

Hearty Split Pea Soup

1 pkg. (16 ounces) dried split peas
2 cups diced fully cooked lean ham
1 cup diced carrots
1 medium onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
5 cups boiling water
1 cup hot milk

In a slow cooker, layer the first nine ingredients in order listed (do not stir). Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir in milk. Dicscard bay leaves before serving. Yeild: 9 servings.

Italian Chili

1  pound extra lean ground beef
1/2  pound bulk Italian sausage, rinsed after cooking (should remove a lot of fat)
1  cup chopped onion
1  cup chopped green sweet pepper
3  cloves garlic, minced
1  28-ounce can Italian-style tomatoes, cut up
1  15-ounce can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed and drained
1  15-ounce can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1  cup water
3  tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2  to 3 tablespoons chili powder
2  teaspoons dried basil, crushed
2  teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
1/2  teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce (optional)
1/4  teaspoon salt
Hot cooked rice
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)
Dairy sour cream (optional)

1. In a large skillet, cook ground beef, sausage, onion, green pepper, and garlic until meat is brown and vegetables are tender; drain. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart electric crockery cooker, combine the meat mixture, undrained tomatoes, chickpeas, beans, water, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, basil, oregano, bottled hot pepper sauce (if desired), and salt.

2. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or cook on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. Serve over hot cooked rice. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and sour cream. Makes 6 to 8 servings.

Crock Pot Navy Bean Soup (good and cheap!)

1 pound dried navy beans (or 3-4 cans drained and rinsed white beans)
2 cans chicken broth -- (I usually have to use more)
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 cup red wine -- (optional--can skip)
1 onion, chopped
1 teaspoon paprika
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 pinch crushed red pepper (optional)

Soak your beans overnight, rinse and drain well.

In a crock-pot, combine the soaked beans and the rest of the ingredients.
Add water to cover (by an inch).

Cook on low for 4 to 8 hours or until beans are tender. Crock-pots vary
greatly in cooking times, depending on brands, age of the appliance, brand
and size.

Crock Bean Soup with Kale (I LOVE this one)

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 onions -- chopped
1 carrot -- chopped
3 cloves garlic -- pressed
1 bunch kale -- trimmed and sliced
1 pound dried cannellini beans -- soaked overnight (or use white
1/4 cup tomato sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 quart chicken broth or vegetable broth
Salt and pepper to taste

In a skillet, heat olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions,
carrot and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent. Add kale
and cook till wilted, about 3 minutes.

In a crock-pot, place your soaked beans, add red pepper flakes,
the contents of the skillet and cover with broth (if you need more liquid,
add either more broth or water till contents are covered by 1/8”).

Cook on high 8 hours or until beans are tender. Once beans are tender, add the
tomato sauce and salt and pepper to taste.

Slow Cooker Bean & Barley Soup

1 cup dried multibean mix or Great Northern beans, picked over and rinsed
6 cups water
1 (14-ounce) can whole tomatoes, with juice
3 cloves garlic, smashed
2 ribs celery, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
1/2 medium onion, chopped
1/2 cup pearl barley
1 bay leaf
1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
2 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms, optional
3 cups cleaned baby spinach leaves (about 3 ounces)
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
Extra-virgin olive oil

Put beans, water, tomatoes and their juices, garlic, celery, carrots, onion, barley, bay leaf, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, herb blend, pepper, and porcini mushrooms (if using) in a slow cooker; cover and cook on LOW until the beans are quite tender and the soup is thick, about 8 hours.
Stir in the spinach, cheese, and vinegar, cover, and let the soup cook until the spinach wilts, about 5 minutes. Taste and season with salt and black pepper, to taste.
Ladle the soup into warmed bowls and drizzle each serving with olive oil.

Crock Pot Stuffed Bell Peppers

1 1/2 10-oz. packages frozen whole kernel corn
1 1/2 16-oz. cans red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 1/2 28-oz. cans diced tomatoes
1/3 cup onion, chopped
2 cups brown rice, cooked
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetarian Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper to taste
3 cups low fat Cheddar cheese, shredded and divided
6 medium green bell peppers, tops removed and seeded and de-ribbed

Combine all ingredients except 1/3 cup of cheese and green bell peppers.
Stuff peppers to the top. Place in a crock pot (place 3 peppers in bottom and 3 on top, if necessary). Cover; cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
Sprinkle with 1/3 cup cheese during the last 30 minutes.

Crock Pot Mixed Beans and Turkey Ham

1 cup dry beans - mixed, your choice, presoaked (see above for instructions)
3/4 cup carrots -- diced
3/4 cup celery -- diced
3/4 cup onion -- chopped
1 1/2 cups turkey ham -- chopped
2 cans chicken broth -- or veggie broth
1 1/2 tablespoons parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
salt and pepper, to taste-- after beans are cooked

Cook beans on high for four hours in crock pot (or until beans are tender). Add remaining ingredients and cook 2-3 more hours until done. Add more water as needed.

Try those on for size! Good luck.

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answers from Pueblo on

We cook a big ham a few times a year, eat a good dinner and vaccuum package the rest in 1 lb. portions. We also save the ham bone.

2 cups northern or navy beans, soaked overnight (or quick soaked)

1 lb. ham - cut into bite sized pieces
3 carrots - cut into 1 inch pieces
3 celery sticks - sliced
1 turnip - sliced
1 zucchini
1 tsp Italian spice mix
64 oz LOW SODIUM chicken broth (is very salty b/c of ham)

Put everything but zucchini in crock pot for 10 hours on low, or 3 hours on high an 4 on low. Add zucchini for the last hour.

Take 1 cup of soup out and mix with 1 cup milk in a blender. Return to crock pot and mix well.

Serve with tossed salad and crusty bread. Yum!

My sil makes chicken in the crock pot for shredded chicken tacos. She puts a little water in the bottom and cooks her bone in chicken pieces on low all day. Smells great too!

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answers from Denver on Search for crock pot recipes and they pop up. What's so nice is people give reviews and tips about the recipes. Great site!

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answers from Denver on

Hi T.,

I'm a picky crockpot gal, and therefore only have a few that I think are worth it. Here is our family's very favorite - and it freezes great, too:
BBQ Chicken – in the Crockpot

In Crockpot, mix:

½ bottle bbq sauce (we love jack Daniel’s #1 original)
½ C Italian dressing
¼ C brown sugar
2 T Worcestershire sauce
½ to 1 yellow onion, cut up

Then add:

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours

About a half hour before serving, remove chicken and shred. Return to the Crockpot with the other half of the bbq sauce. Yum!

I use this for bbq chicken sandwiches, a twist on nachos, and quesadillas with red onion and shredded cheese.

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answers from Salt Lake City on

Have you seen "Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker"? It has lots of low-fat recipes, since they do not all revolve aroudn a can of cream of something soup. One of our favorites is a Southwestern bean stew with cornbread on top. If you wanted meat, you coudl always add it. Best wishes!



answers from Salt Lake City on

Have you tried the "Fix it and forget it lightly"" cook book? I got it for my wedding and have found it usefull. I do not follow the recipes exactly, but it at least gives me ideas of what to make healthy.



answers from Denver on

WOW! thanks for all the great suggestions, Mama's! I'm excited to try these out. Time to pull out the ole' crock pot! Maybe winter won't be so bad, after all. :-)



answers from Boise on

Check out the cookbook Fix it and Forget it Lightly. It is a crock pot recipe book and it is healthy and gives you all the can pick it up at Walmart for around 15.00 or maybe get it at or for cheaper.



answers from Denver on

I too am a member of WW and would love to know if you get any good recipes. Please pass them along if you find time. Thanks!



answers from Boise on


I just got an email from my mom last week with a TON of crock pot recipes. I haven't tried any out yet, but I'd be happy to forward you the email. Just message me with your email address and I'll send it to you. In fact, any of you ladies that read this, I'd be happy to forward it to you too. It has them all broken up into "meat" categories and you can just click on the one you want to look at.



answers from Salt Lake City on

Anything you would do in the oven can be done in the crockpot. One of my favorites is a stew that has Stew Meat, Potatos, Carrots, Celery and onions with a can of tomato soup, a can of cream of celery soup and 1 bay leaf. All that needs to be done is to put the meat on the bottom and top that with the vegetables. pour the soups on top and let it cook for 6-8 hours on low. Very Yummy.



answers from Denver on

My mother used to be on weight watchers and she said her favorite meal was chicken breasts with her favorite salsa in the crock pot. I tried it and it was very easy.



answers from Denver on

I find all my recipes in the Crock Pot Moms group on GREAT site and it has some GREAT moms on there just like on here.

Make it a GREAT weekend!




answers from Denver on

Hrm..I would say if your looking for something healthy and lowfat on a diet or on calories, cheese, fatty meats and sour creams arnt what you are really looking for :) I'm sure you can find a bunch of Veggie soup recipies. I know that will get tireing but you can throw in noodles or different broths or even some meat chunks or spices to make variations. I'm sure theres a ton on the internet when you search. Good luck!



answers from Salt Lake City on

here is one I just did
pork roast in the crock pot (I put it in from frozen the night before on low)
in the am added some BBQ sauce, maybe 1/4 jar just for a little flavor
we had it with rice and veggies at dinner.
a few nights later I added enchilada seasoning and some water and shredded the rest of the pork
we then had it on corn tortillas with cheese, tomatoes, sour cream. so it made 2 meals which was awesome. I had 3 teenagers and a 3 yr old here for both meals so it was perfect, I know the boys also had a sandwich with the meat on it one day in between.
the enchilada flavor with that hint of BBQ was REALLY great.

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