Try these 17 delicious and healthy crockpot recipes that are perfect for cooler weather. They are whole foods focused, dairy free, and gluten free, with meat and plant-based options!
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Healthy Crockpot Recipes to Warm You Up!
This last week we finally got hit with the fluffy white stuff. The “S word”…dare I say it. I think for us Albertans winter is here to stay. I even saw on my Insta stories that California got hit with some snow, so wherever you are, if you are getting that dose of cold weather, here are 17 healthy crockpot recipes you’ve got to try!
These recipes are all made with a focus on whole foods, are gluten free, and mostly dairy free (with easy dairy free substitutions if not). There is a mix of recipes that contain beef or chicken as well as recipes that are totally plant-based or vegan. I’ve included recipes from the NITK archives and amazing ones from the blogosphere so there is no shortage of inspiration!
If you don’t have a Crockpot you can also use a typical run-of-the-mill slow cooker (or an Instant pot on the slow cook setting) for any of these recipes. Without further adieu…
The Healthy Crockpot Recipes List
Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry from Half Baked Harvest
This gorgeous bowl of curry from Half Baked Harvest is super cozy, packed with nutritional punch (protein, healthy fats, and veggie goodness) and is both gluten free and dairy free.
Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos from NITK
These tasty and simple tacos are filled with a delicious crockpot carne asada meat that is tender, juicy, and so tasty. Add the slow cooked meat to other dishes like rice bowls, burritos, salads, and more!
Crockpot Morrocan Chickpea Stew from Choosing Chia
This beautiful and colourful stew from Choosing Chia is totally plant based, loaded with protein-rich chickpeas, and delicious Moroccan inspired flavours to warm you from the inside out!
Healthier Slow Cooker Lasagna Soup from NITK
When you are craving lasagna but don’t want to do all the work you can make this delicious and healthy lasagna soup that is both gluten free and dairy free and made super easy in the crockpot or slow cooker!
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup from Well Plated
A delicious and simple take on chicken noodle soup done in the slow cooker, this is a perfect cold-weather dish (or for if you catch a cold and need an immune boost!). Swap out regular noodles for gluten free noodles to keep this recipe gluten free!
Crockpot Chickpea Butternut Soup from Eating Well 101
This beautiful, bright yellow creamy plant-based soup made in the crockpot is packed with vegetables and butternut squash and kept dairy free with the use of coconut milk that creates that rich velvety broth. Yum!
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup from Emelie Eats
Vegan, rich, thick and packed with fibre, this luscious black bean soup is a perfect slow cooker soup. Add some rice on the side and top with fresh herbs and avocado slices for an filling meal that will warm you up on a cold day.
Crockpot Paleo Chili from The Modern Proper
This thick and chunky chili is a great recipe that gives a traditional dish an interesting twist with chunks of tender beef, loads of veggies, and tons of flavour. Gluten free, dairy free, and paleo-friendly.
Easy Crockpot Cashew Chicken from NITK
One of my favourite healthy crockpot recipes from the NITK archives, this easy crockpot cashew chicken is packed with flavour, protein, and healthy fats, and has an asian inspired sauce that is perfectly sweet and salty.
Crockpot Detox Lentil Soup from Pinch Of Yum
Fire up the crockpot and make this delicious detox lentil soup when you need an immune boost or are feeling like you might be coming down with a cold. Packed with protein from the lentils and naturally detoxifying fibre this soup is super healthy. Omit the optional parmesan garnish for dairy free!
Crockpot Sweet and Sour Hawaiian Beef from Cotter Crunch
This bright and bold Hawaiian inspired slow cooker dish will transport you to the tropical islands in the middle of winter… a great way to escape (mentally, lol!) when you are missing sunshiny days and travel!
Slow Cooker Pumpkin Peanut Butter Chicken Soup from Ambitious Kitchen
Pumpkin and peanut butter have never looked so good together! This tasty soup is a great crockpot or slow cooker recipe that is super easy and includes amazing flavours like creamy coconut and peanut butter, pumpkin, tangy ginger, garlic, and spicy cayenne.
Slow Cooker Chicken Wild Rice Soup from Eating Bird Food
Another one of these perfect comforting and healthy crockpot recipes, this soup is packed with wild rice, pulled tender chicken, a rich gluten free and dairy free broth and a great mix of veggies and herbs. Perfection!
Hearty Crockpot Vegetable Beef Stew from Foolproof Living
If a Sunday roast became a stew, this would be it. Hearty, wholesome, packed with vegetable goodness and tender chunks of beef. What’s not to love??
Crockpot Quinoa Chicken Primavera from Pinch Of Yum
Another winner from Pinch Of Yum, this crockpot recipe is made with peas, asparagus, quinoa, chicken, pesto, and Parmesan cheese. For a dairy free version, omit the parmesan and sub with a store-bought dairy free parm like Earth Island, and be sure to use a naturally dairy-free pesto!
Crockpot Quinoa, Sweet Potato, & Chicken Fajitas from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
These pretty and colourful fajitas are filled with a delicious and super healthy crockpot mixture that’s made with quinoa, sweet potatoes, beans, corn, peppers, and tender chicken.
Savory Slow Cooker Oatmeal with Crispy Bacon from Cotter Crunch
Who said oatmeal can’t be enjoyed in a savory way? This delicious recipe turns oatmeal on it’s head by using squash, cherry tomatoes, bacon, nutritional yeast, and avocado. Yum!
I hope you have enjoyed this lovely list of healthy crockpot recipes and feel inspired to fire up the slow cooker and make a warming, healthy dish in a “set it and forget it” style! Crockpots and slow cookers are always so great for time-saving, batch cooking, and budget-friendly meals. I can’t wait to eat my way through this list!
Which recipe will you try first? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below to save this roundup for later!
Have a lovely day,
Christal // NITK