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18 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Worth The Wait

From easy-to-make appetizers, to comfort food entrees to healthy makeover desserts, we have a great list of slow cooker recipes.

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Healthy slow cooker recipes

Comfort food can have a bad rap. Too often we might venture into fatty meats and rich-with-fat stews. But your Crock Pot offers lots of opportunities to create healthy slow cooker recipes. The only issue is having to fight off cravings while you wait for it to cook. Here are more comfort food recipes.

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Creamy Red Lentil Soup

Thanks to its warm spices, this soup makes for the perfect dinner to cozy up to.

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Barley and Mushroom Whole Grain Risotto

Barley makes a delicious, satisfying whole-grain risotto, and the slow cooker makes it effortless.

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Creamy Vegan Coconut and Chickpea Soup

Nothing quite says comfort like a bowl full of soup. This easy-to-serve, slow cooker meal is the perfect recipe to whip up any day of the week.

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Lentil and Mushroom Vegetarian Bolognese

With a little prep, this bolognese can be on the table in just 20 minutes!

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Pulled Pork Tacos

Bring a little comfort to your kitchen by adding our slow-cooker pulled pork tacos to the menu. This is the perfect dish for casual entertaining.

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Super Simple Tomato Sauce

Make this slow cooker sauce ahead of time, so you have it ready to go for the week. Let it simmer in the slow cooker on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon.

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Beef Chili For A Cold Night In

Cool nights are warmer with this hearty, slow cooker beef chili. This make-ahead recipe is perfect for those busy weeknight dinners.

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Quinoa Cabbage Rolls

Makeover dinner with the healthiest cabbage rolls you can make. This slow-cooker recipe updates a comfort-food classic 
by swapping white rice for protein-packed quinoa.

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Burgundy Lamb Shanks

Some cuts of meat are meant to be grilled fast; others are best simmered for hours. In this recipe, lamb shanks, wine, vegetables, and herbs simmer for eight hours to reach a level of taste and tenderness that will please everyone.

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Make-Your-Own Ketchup

Store-bought ketchup can be laden with sugar and sodium, so we like to make a batch of our own to control the amount we consume.

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Immune Boosting Bone Broth

Boost your health with this easy-to-make bone broth recipe. Make a big batch and store it in the fridge in portable, single-serve containers.

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Lamb, Vegetable & Beer Stew

The delicious, complex flavours of lamb marinate beautifully in this filling stew.

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Moroccan Vegetable Stew

This is an easy dish to prepare in a slow cooker ahead of time, or you can have it simmer in a heavy-bottomed pot on the stove. The chickpeas add plenty of fibre, and dried apricots add an exotic twist. If you don’t have couscous on hand to serve with this stew, cook rice or potatoes.

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Asian Turkey Meatballs

These two-bite meatballs are the perfect make-ahead appetizer. They’re simple to make and require very little prep.

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Easy Vegetarian Shakshuka

Shakshuka is a traditional Israeli dish that’s so versatile; It’s served morning, noon and night in its homeland.

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Chicken, Cauliflower and Sweet Potato Curry

This one-pot sweet potato curry makes dinner prep and cleanup quick and easy.

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Vegetable and Pork Coconut Curry

A pinch of chili flakes to give it a bit of a kick — but leave it out if you aren’t a fan of heat. The beauty of a curry dish is that it’s versatile and will work with just about any meat or vegetables you have available.

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Lightened-up Chicken Stew

The broth in this recipe lightens the dish and allows the healthy vege­tables to take a leading role. In fact, if you want to make it a soup instead, increase the broth. The saffron adds an interesting flavour.

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