10 Healthy Crockpot Comfort Dishes
Looking for some Healthy Comfort Foods this Winter?
What is more satisfying on a cold, wintery day than enjoying a family-favorite meal? Comfort foods go hand-in-hand with the winter season, and while there is no denying that they are delicious, they ] tend to be on the heavier side. However, with a few simple modifications (from the ingredients you choose to the cooking methods used), you can give your childhood favorites a healthier update. These 10 recipes are not only healthier than their traditional counterparts, but they are full of flavor, perfect for entertaining, and can all be made using your slow cooker! This Sunday, is National Sunday Supper Day, giving you the perfect opportunity to give these recipes a try!
1. Quinoa Black Bean Crockpot Stuffed Peppers – Pinch of Yum
This delicious vegetarian dish is perfect for meatless Mondays! It is colorful, healthy, and full of flavor, making it a perfect option for stress-free entertaining on the weekends, too. The best thing about stuffed peppers is that you can change up the stuffing to best suit your taste. And, if you are cooking for picky eaters, you can always provide a number of yummy toppings (like mashed avocado, fresh herbs, or sour cream) so that everyone is happy!
2. Chicken Parmesan Soup – Foxes Love Lemons
If chicken parmesan is one of your favorite comfort foods, but you save it for special occasions because of how heavy it is, then this dish is perfect for you! This meal packs in all the flavor that makes chicken parm such a popular comfort food, but without the fry factor, making it much more healthful. For added nutrition, simply sneak in some extra veggies!
3. Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Sauce – Growing Up Gabel
This classic recipe comes out more moist and flavorful than if you were to make it in the oven. And, it makes a lot of rolls, so you can easily entertain with this recipe or freeze some of the rolls for another meal. You can easily make this recipe vegan by substituting meat-free crumbles for the ground beef.
4. Slow Cooker Salmon – The Kitchn
Did you know you can cook fish in your slow cooker? If you’re looking for a lean, protein-packed dinner, this Salmon recipe is a great choice. The recipe is simple, but full of flavor. Finish off this meal by pairing it with a simple salad tossed with a little olive oil and vinegar.
5. Gluten Free Fire Roasted Shrimp Tacos – Cotter Crunch
The next time you’re craving a little comfort food, or looking for a hearty, warm meal on a cold winter day, try these slow cooker shrimp tacos! With the perfect balance of spice and endless ways that you can personalize or top your tacos, this dish is sure to become a family favorite!
6. Slow Cooker Black Bean, Butternut Squash & Quinoa Chili – The Full Helping
Looking for meat-free, high protein meal ideas? This recipes is proof that maybe you can have your cake and eat it too! The quinoa packs in added protein (in addition to the beans) and provides a great texture to the dish, while the butternut squash adds a nice creamy factor, as well as vitamins!
7. Crock Pot Paleo Chicken Soup – My Natural Family
Just because you can’t eat gluten does not mean that you can’t still get your fix of traditional comfort foods. This chicken soup recipes is perfect for anyone who can’t tolerate gluten, or who is looking for a lighter take on a childhood favorite. Try adding extra veggies for even more of a nutritious punch.
8. Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash Thai Noodle Bowl – The Skinny Lark
Take spaghetti squash to a whole new level with this relish thai dish! Not only is is super healthy, but it is very flavorful, too! Top it with some toasted sesame seeds for an add little crunch.
9. Slow Cooker Vegan BBQ Tofu and Slaw – Run to the Finish
Who doesn’t love BBQ? This dish proves that a good BBQ meal doesn’t always have to include meat! Shredded tofu and mushrooms give a satisfying texture while holding in a lot of flavor – which makes this a dish that is sure to be loved by vegetarians and meat-eaters alike!
10. Crock Pot, Low-carb, Veggie Lasagna – Well Plated
This veggie lasagna recipe calls for a traditional red tomato sauce, but replaces the noodles with eggplant! Not only does this cut out carbs, but it increases the nutritional value, making you feel much better about taking seconds! This recipe is packed full of veggies, which you can taylor to your tastes or change up each time you make up depending on what is in season near you!