Eating healthy can be a tough task to hold on to. But, if you want to lose weight and feel better, you must change some of the food you eat. The perfect solution for doing this is to change the way you cook. Sometimes, making a meal can take time, get tricky or you can burn yourself while preparing it. Does it really need to be that hard? Absolutely not!

With the good quality slow cooker, you can prepare a variety of meals.

Are you looking for some easy recipes to try out and make tasty lunch, dinner or dessert? If your answer is yes, then you need to check out these five healthy slow cooker recipes for weight loss. They are nutritious, light and very delicious; a perfect combination for your diet. With these easy tricks and tips for slow cooking, you will make these meals like a chef.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Spring Vegetable Quinoa

  • This is a light but hearty meal.
  • 8 servings
  • Serving Size – one cup; Total Fat – 8g; Saturated Fat – 2g; Trans Fat – 0g; Calories – 333; Cholesterol – 48mg; Sodium – 989mg; Carbohydrates – 39g; Fiber – 6g; Sugar – 8g; Protein – 26g;

Ingredients:

  • 300g quinoa
  • 1 lb skinless, boneless chicken breasts (cut them into cubes)
  • 1,5l chicken broth (low-sodium)
  • 5 cloves garlic, ground fine
  • 1/2 onion, sliced small
  • 50g celery, diced small
  • 100g shredded carrots
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • pepper and salt to taste
  • 6 teaspoon prepared spinach and basil pesto
  • 300g fresh peas
  • juice of 1 whole lemon
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 300g fresh green beans, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bunch asparagus, sliced into bite-sized pieces
  • Grated Parmesan, Pecorino or Asiago, cheese for topping

Preparation:


Place the chicken in a cooker along with the rinsed quinoa, garlic, 500ml chicken broth, celery, onion, basil, carrots, and thyme. Season this combination with the pepper and salt. After you mix it well, cover it, then cook on low heat for 3 and a half hour, or until the quinoa is tender and chicken is not pink. When the chicken and quinoa are cooked, it should be very sticky and thick. Put the remaining of the chicken broth and mix it until the mixture resembles a casserole or a creamy risotto.

Blend the spinach and basil pesto, lemon juice, and peace, and cover it to let heat through.

Heat the olive oil and add the green beans and asparagus. Cook them for 5 minutes, or until they are tender. Add this to slow cooker and stir to combine. Serve it warm with the grated cheese on top of it.

chicken and spring vegetable quinoa

Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Soup

  • This is very healthy and nutritious soup. It includes chicken breasts, black beans, corn, lime juice, and tomatoes. The best part is, it has a little piece of calories and salt of most Tex-Mex meals.
  • We added depth to it, like poblano peppers, cilantro, and tomatillos instead of removing the flavors to cut fat. You will surely enjoy this healthy soup.
  • 4 servings; Serving Size – one cup; Total Fat: – 5g; Saturated Fat – 2g; Trans Fat – 0g; Calories – 275 Cholesterol – 35mg; Sodium – 432mg; Carbohydrates – 44g; Fiber – 15g; Sugar – 10g; Protein – 22g;

Ingredients:

  • 200g ground onion
  • 3 shredded celery stalks
  • 2 ground poblano peppers
  • 1 ground clove garlic
  • 425g black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 120g ground chili peppers, green
  • 400g crushed or diced tomatillos
  • 650ml chicken broth, fat-free, low-sodium
  • one cup fresh or frozen corn
  • Lime juice
  • one tbsp. chili powder
  • one tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • Sea salt or kosher (optional)
  • two skinless chicken breasts fillets
  • 60g shredded cilantro

Preparation:


All of the ingredients add to the slow cooker, except cilantro. Mix well to combine. Cook it on low for about 6 to 8 hours.

When it’s done, add shredded cilantro on top. Use it as a garnish and to add more flavors to your meal. It is healthy and delicious.

If you are in a hurry, you can also cook it on high heat for about 3 to 4 hours. You and your family will enjoy this meal.

tex mex chicken soup

Slow Cooker Loaded Beef Stew

  • This dish is loaded with vegetables. It is also seasoned with spices, say sauce, horseradish, balsamic vinegar, herbs, and wine. It is delicious and healthy, so it is perfect for your diet.
  • 8 cups; Serving Size – one cup; Total Fat – 6g; Saturated Fat – 3g; Trans Fat –  0g; Calories – 276; Cholesterol – 39mg; Sodium – 535mg; Carbohydrates – 37g; Sugar – 7g; Fiber – 5g; Protein – 19g;

Ingredients:

  • 1-pound chopped beef meat
  • two tsp olive oil
  • two tsp flour
  • 250ml of wine, red
  • five chopped red potatoes
  • one shredded white onion
  • one chopped cup carrots
  • one chopped cup celery
  • 200 gr cup shredded mushrooms
  • four minced garlic cloves
  • 150 gr peas, frozen or fresh
  • 40gr tomato paste
  • two tsp horseradish
  • one tsp soy sauce
  • two cups beef broth
  • two bay leaves
  • three tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • one tsp dried parsley
  • two sprigs thyme
  • one tsp black pepper
  • one tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Preparation:


The first step is to heat the olive oil in a pan. Cover the meat with the flour, and put it in the pan. Cook it for about three minutes; it should be brown on all sides.

Add some good wine in the pan and mix it. Lower the heat and leave it to simmer for about 5 minutes. Pour some sauce, put the rest of the ingredients, and the meat to the slow cooker.

The next step is to cover it and cook for about 8 hours on low temperature. Remove the thyme and bay leaves, and serve it. You can also cook it on high temperature for about 4 to 5 hours.

loaded beef stew

Slow Cooker Artichoke Chicken and Roasted Pepper

  • This great recipe is light and perfect for you and your family. Enjoy this meal, without feeling any guilt. It is loaded with nutrients, and it will provide you healthy amount of protein.
  • 8 servings; Serving Size – one cup; Total Fat – 11g; Saturated Fat – 6g; Trans Fat – 0g; Calories – 240g; Cholesterol – 64mg; Sodium – 586mg; Carbohydrates – 12g; Fiber – 5g; Sugar – 5g; Protein – 25g

Ingredients:

  • 340gr drained and shredded roasted peppers (preferably red)
  • 170ml chicken broth
  • four chicken breasts, whole with skin, bone-in
  • three chopped cloves garlic
  • 1/4 finely shredded sweet onion
  • one tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper
  • four tbsp. cream cheese (fat-free)
  • four tbsp. chopped Parmesan cheese
  • eight drained and shredded artichoke hearts
  • 400g shredded cherry tomatoes or grape

Preparation:


Put the chicken breasts, roasted peppers and chicken broth in the slow cooker. Add onion, pepper, salt, and garlic on it. Cover this mix and cook it on low heat for about 7 to 8 hours.

You can also cook it on high temperature for 5-6 hours. Remove the chicken breasts after they are cooked, and stir the cream cheese, artichokes, and parmesan cheese in the slow cooker. Mix it well until creamy.

Put the sauce over the chicken. As for the top add tomatoes and sprinkle it with some parmesan cheese. For those who love a little spicy and healthy, this is a perfect meal, that you will enjoy.

Be sure to add it into your diet and follow these safety guidelines for slow cooking!

artichoke chicken and roasted pepper recipe

Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs

  • This is a healthy version of meatballs, so you have got to try this recipe out. They are delicious and lean, and perfect for your diet. Your kids will love this dish too.
  • 18 meatballs; Serving – three meatballs; Calories – 276; Total Fat – 11g; Saturated Fat – 6g; Trans Fat – 0g; Cholesterol – 91mg; Sodium – 164mg; Carbohydrates – 28g; Fiber – 3g; Sugar – 20g; Protein – 18g

Ingredients:

  • Meatballs:
    • 56ml milk, non-fat
    • 2 pieces of bread (without crust)
    • 390 gr ground, lean chicken
    • one tsp salt
    • cayenne pepper or pepper to taste
    • 50gr Parmesan cheese and one egg
  • For Sauce:
    • two ground cloves garlic
    • 220ml hot sauce
    • two tsp olive oil
    • one ground sweet onions
    • one can chop chiles, green
    • 175gr honey
    • one tsp paprika and one tsp chili powder
    • one tsp kosher or sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Preparation:


First, preheat the oven to 40 degrees F. Line the baking sheet. Put the milk in a bowl and soak in the bread. In another bowl, combine the chicken (or turkey, whatever meat you prefer), salt and pepper, the soaked bread, egg, and Parmesan cheese. Stir well until compact.

Take a little meat and roll it with your hands to make 18 little meatballs. Put them on a baking sheet and cook them for about 6 minutes.

On medium temperature, warm the oil and add garlic and onions. They should be translucent when they are cooked.  Add it in the bowl with all remaining ingredients and mix it until smooth.

Put the meatballs in the cooker, fill in the sauce to cover them, and put the remaining ingredients. Cook them on low heat for about 3 to 4 hours.

chicken meatballs recipe

Conclusion

These five nutritious, low-calorie meals are perfect for weight loss. They are healthy and very delicious, which makes them a perfect dish for you and your family. With these easy tips, you can keep leftovers from spoiling. Enjoy your meal!