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LEAP Chicago's Nutrition Tips: 3 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes

Healthy slow cooker recipes

Embrace the ease and convenience of slow cooking with these three delicious and nutritious recipes. Slow cooker meals not only save you time but also infuse your dishes with rich flavors and tender textures. Whether you're a busy professional or a health-conscious home cook, these slow cooker recipes are sure to become your go-to options for satisfying and wholesome meals.

Quinoa and Vegetable Stew:


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

  • 4 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped

  • 2 zucchinis, diced

  • 1 bell pepper, diced

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups spinach, chopped


  1. In the slow cooker, combine quinoa, vegetable broth, diced tomatoes, carrots, zucchinis, bell pepper, onion, garlic, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.

  2. Stir well and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the vegetables are tender.

  3. Add chopped spinach during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

  4. Adjust seasoning if needed and serve this hearty and nutritious quinoa and vegetable stew.

Lean Turkey Chili:


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey

  • 1 can (15 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 can (15 oz) diced tomatoes

  • 1 onion, finely chopped

  • 2 bell peppers, diced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth


  1. In a skillet, brown the ground turkey over medium heat until cooked through. Drain any excess fat.

  2. Transfer the cooked turkey to the slow cooker and add black beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, onion, bell peppers, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, pepper, and chicken broth.

  3. Stir well, cover, and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

  4. Serve this lean turkey chili with your favorite toppings such as Greek yogurt, green onions, or shredded cheese.

Lemon Garlic Chicken with Vegetables:


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 lb baby potatoes, halved

  • 1 lb baby carrots

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  1. Season chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and dried thyme.

  2. In the slow cooker, combine chicken breasts, halved baby potatoes, baby carrots, chicken broth, lemon juice, and minced garlic.

  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender.

  4. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving and enjoy this flavorful lemon garlic chicken with vegetables.

Slow cooker recipes are a game-changer for those seeking healthy and hassle-free meals. These three recipes showcase the versatility of slow cooking, offering a variety of flavors and nutrient-packed ingredients.

Simplify your cooking routine while still enjoying wholesome and delicious meals with these slow cooker creations. Happy slow cooking!

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