Healthy slow cooker recipes

We know you like using slow cookers, and beyond rich soups and stews you can create nutritious meals packed with wholesome ingredients too. We show you how…

We’re officially obsessed with slow cookers, and it turns out you are too – thousands of you visit our slow cooker guides and recipes each month. They tick all our favourite boxes: eco-friendly, they make light work of cheap ingredients and meat cuts and involve minimal prep. What’s more, they offer a healthier, low-fat method of cooking as you don’t need any oil. Instead, the large volumes of liquid used ensure ingredients don’t catch, plus you can trim big bits of fat off meat as the gentle bathing method keeps ingredients moist, and as long as you monitor liquid levels they shouldn’t dry out. 

If you’re not a convert yet, our healthy slow cooker dishes might just convince you. We have lots more recipe inspiration for you to browse through too… 

Our best healthy slow cooker recipes… 

Creamy veggie korma

Veggie korma

Dispel the notion that slow cookers are best used to slow cook meat – you can use vegetables in them too (even soft, absorbent vegetables like aubergines can be slow cooked without going soggy as the heat is so gentle). Use the mixed veggies of your choice in this mild curry – we like things like cauliflower, potato and carrot. It’s mellowed with yogurt and almonds rather than rich cream or coconut milk.   

Try our creamy veggie korma recipe


Overnight porridge

Porridge

Oats are one of our hero ingredients thanks to their cost-saving and health credentials, and giving them a long soak makes them even more creamy and luxurious. This slow-cooker porridge recipe is ideal for busy families, and you can use a mix of half milk, half water if you want a less rich version. 

Try our slow-cooked porridge recipe
 

Spiced carrot & lentil soup 

Carrot & lentil soup

This spiced soup contains lentils (an ingredient made for slow cookers), carrots and a few storecupboard ingredients, all thrown into the slow cooker with no pre-cooking required. It can also be made vegan by swapping the milk for reduced-fat coconut milk. This winning recipe doesn’t have hundreds of five-star ratings for nothing…  

Try our spiced carrot & lentil soup recipe


Healthy seafood stew

Fish stew

Ordinarily we wouldn’t recommend cooking delicate fish for long periods of time, but this healthy slow cooker stew has a clever workaround. The vegetable base is cooked on low for 8-10 hours and the white fish and mussels are nestled on top for the final hour or so. Once cooked, the whole thing is stirred together to create a flavoursome seafood bowl that contains 3 of your 5-a-day.

Try our rich paprika seafood bowl
 

Big-batch Bolognese

Bolognese

Every nonna knows the key to any successful meaty pasta sauce is slow cooking. This bumper Bolognese recipe makes 12 whole portions and it can be frozen to thaw on those nights when you just can’t face cooking a meal from scratch. What’s more, its fat, calorie and salt levels are all in check. Serve with wholewheat pasta and a big side salad. 

Try our big-batch Bolognese recipe

More on slow cookers… 

10 tips for using a slow cooker
Product review: Which slow cooker to buy
Our best-ever slow cooker recipes

For more on eating a healthy, balanced diet, visit our health and nutrition section

We’d like to hear about what you make in your slow cooker. Share your recipe ideas with us in the comments below… 

Comments, questions and tips

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DianaMontignac
23rd Feb, 2017
My favorite slow ccoker menu is Leek, fennel and chicken casserole. Delicious!
mugglewump
26th Jan, 2017
I cooked a bacon joint in it very successfully. Also braised red cabbage which would have been perfect except I accidentally left the slow cooker on high and it burned! Stews too of course. I'm going to try the recipes published above, love the idea of veggie korma and the carrot and lentil soup also looks great.
jollyboy
25th Jan, 2017
I make big batches of Bolognese and cottage pie mix then freeze, I make butternut squash curry, lentil curry , again big batches and freeze. I cook beef joints, whole chickens , rice pudding..........lentil stews , the list is endless. The dishes come out beautifully cooked , succulent meat tender veg , tasty gravy, corking curry! and soooooooooo cheap to use
Algy
10th Feb, 2017
If I cooked a whole chicken what setting should I use on my slow cooker? I have low, high & warm on the controls.
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goodfoodteam
17th Feb, 2017
Thanks for your question. You can cook on either low or high, adjusting the time accordingly. The warm setting is just for keeping food warm not for cooking.
stevem51
26th Jan, 2017
I clicked on the carrot and lentil soup recipe, but the details do NOT use a slow cooker! was this the wrong recipe or an editing error?
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goodfoodteam
31st Jan, 2017
Hi Steve, Thanks for your question. You'll find information on how to do this recipe in the slow cooker underneath the recipe itself in the tip section. Some of our recipes were retested in the slow cooker and then these instructions were added to the bottom to give people another option.
barbs501
28th Jan, 2017
There is box beneath the recipe which gives the instructions for slow cooker. There are a number of recipes on the website which have this so keep an eye out!
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