Healthy Crock Pot Recipes
With winter putting down some roots for the long, cold months ahead, it’s time to assemble a cookbook’s worth of healthy crock pot recipes in order to comfort your chilled bones, AND to keep you from straying from the keto path.
Your job is hard enough as it is, and the cold and low light conditions of the season are enough to sap your motivation to cook to the point where you will be tempted to throw in the towel and cheat by ordering take out.
Please don’t do this!
By preparing these super easy healthy crock pot recipes, you’ll minimize your effort, maximize flavor, and keep yourself within the bounds of a keto-friendly lifestyle. Let’s explore what’s possible below…
1) Chicken Chili
Out of all the paleo/keto protein sources, chicken is by far the most versatile. While most associate chili with beef, this healthy meat also makes a good addition to this hearty cold weather comfort food.
Start by placing a pat of butter (about 2 tablespoons worth) in the base, then layer the vegetables, boneless chicken thighs, sliced bacon in the order mentioned.
Add the spices on top liberally, then add the liquid ingredients before setting the crockpot for six hours on low.
When you get home from work, all you have to do is shred the chicken (this will be easy after 6 hours of slow cooking) and add keto-friendly condiments such as sour cream or small amounts of shredded cheese before serving. (1)
2) Tomato Soup
This old time classic has endured for years, as generations of families have counted on this frugal yet soul-restoring standby to bring one’s energy back on a chilly winter afternoon.
To make a keto friendly tomato soup will will be the talk of the house, start by putting two cans worth of diced tomatoes, one cup of diced celery, ½ cup of sliced onions, one stick of butter (about 118ml), and one bay leaf into your crockpot.
Sprinkle one teaspoon each of oregano and basil, along with a dash of salt and pepper before setting your crock pot for 6 to 8 hours. After the slow cooker has finished its cycle, pour the contents into a blender, adding in four cups of chicken broth, eight ounces (226 grams) of cream cheese, and one cup of grated Parmesan cheese.
Blend until smooth, and re-add the mixture to the crock pot for 30 additional minutes. Serve with crumbled, oven heated Parmesan cheese (five minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit should do the trick).
3) Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup
Mexican food is often a trusted source of healthy crock pot recipes, as much of it ports well to those that love to work with slow cookers.
Chicken enchilada soup is a great way to get started on this culinary combination, as all you have to do is place boneless skinless chicken breasts on the bottom of the crockpot, followed by the veggies (onions, peppers, jalepenos, and garlic).
Pour the cans of diced tomatoes and chicken stock after, and then end by applying the spices over the mixture (chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika, salt and black pepper).
Set the cooker for eight hours on low, and when it is finished, shred the chicken with a fork before serving with an avocado and cilantro garnish. (2)
4) Beef Stroganoff Soup
One more soup before we move onto more solid food that can be made with a slow cooker. Well loved by Eastern European cultures that have emigrated to North America over the years, beef stroganoff has found a following by many families and individuals across the continent.
Start by pre-heating the slow cooker, setting it to high. Slice the mushrooms if you haven’t done so already, and once the crockpot is ready, add in the mushrooms, along with the beef stock and cover. While this mixture is percolating, saute the onions and garlic in butter until translucent.
Once done, throw in your pre-sliced steak, cooking for about 1-2 minutes per side. After you have completed this last step, add the steak, onions, garlic and all the other ingredients in the linked recipe into the crockpot for 6 hours. (3)
5) Keto Pulled Pork
Being a long time American Southern favorite, pulled pork is a keto friendly reprieve from the hard to navigate culinary waters of this region. It also lends itself well to crockpot cooking, so try this recipe out tonight: start by taking a two pound hunk of pork shoulder and placing it in the cooker.
6) Slow Cooker Beef Curry
While many mourn not being able to enjoy many types of Asian food due to the off-base perception that one must eat it with copious amounts of rice and/or noodles, it needn’t be so with a bit of creativity. With this crockpot recipe, enjoying it has never been easier, as beef curry works well with this medium.
Start by placing the raw beef in the base of the cooker, and add the ingredients (which include yummy components like coconut milk, curry paste, fish sauce, nutmeg, and more) on top.
Cover and set the crockpot for eight hours on low. Before serving, separate the meat from the broth and whisk in curry powder, coconut milk powder and artificial sweeteners to enhance flavor. Serve over cauliflower rice. (5)
7) Crockpot Pork Carnitas
Another Mexican treat that will go down well when the chilly days are at their worst this winter. Before heating up your crockpot, rub down the surface with bacon grease (or butter if you don’t have any).
Line the bottom with sliced onions, topping them with garlic. Remove most of the fat off the meat, and then take the spice mix and rub down the pork butt with it. Put the meat into the cooker, adding one cup of water before covering.
Cook for eight hours on high. If the meat is falling apart easily, your pork carnita is ready! (6)
8) Coconut Lemongrass Pulled Pork
This fusion dish is one of the best healthy crock pot recipes on this list in our opinion. Line the bottom of the slow cooker with sliced onions and just as in the above recipe, remove the excess fat from your pork butt.
After combining the spices and flavoring agents in the linked recipe, rub the resulting paste onto the pork butt. Place it in the slow cooker, remove the inner lining from the pot, leaving it to marinate overnight in the fridge.
In the morning, place it back in the cooker, add ½ of a can of coconut milk, and set the crockpot for eight hours on low. Once the meat is falling apart, spread it to pieces and enjoy the Asian flavors! (7)
9) Slow Cooker Mandarin Chicken
Another one of the healthy crock pot recipes you can count on any night of the week, Slow Cooker Manadrin Chicken will soon become a favorite in your household. Start by searing chicken thighs for a few minutes per side on high heat on your rangetop, seasoning them with Chinese five spice and salt as you go.
Place the chicken skin side up in the crockpot , and then get to the business of mixing up the sauce ingredients. Pout it over the chicken when complete and then set the cooker for six hours on low. Separate the meat from the sauce, pouring the latter into a blender with an artificial sweetener and mix them together for added flavor. Pour over the chicken, serve with cauliflower rice. (8)
10) Slow Cooker Butter Chicken
Craving Indian? This keto friendly slow cooker butter chicken will convince you that it is just as good as the conventional version. Begin by softening the shallots and onions in olive oil on the stove, and then most of the rest of the ingredients in the ensuing minutes as directed in the linked recipe. After the butter chicken sauce is done, pour it in the slow cooker with cubed chicken and set it to high for four hours. (9)
11) BBQ Pot Roast
Sundays in the middle of February becomes easier to meal plan for when you prepare this outstanding BBQ pot roast with your crock pot. Start by roughly chopping an onion and setting it aside for later, then take the pot roast and rub it good with salt and pepper.
Flash fry the roast in bacon grease for about a minute and a half on each side, then place it in the slow cooker. Fry the onions in the bacon grease pan, pouring it over the meat when finished. Mix sauce ingredients together as directed in the linked recipe, and then pour that over the roast as well.
Cook the roast for about 75 minutes per pound on low. After carving the roast, cook the meat juices in a pan until it reduces to about half of what it was. Pour it over the portions, and enjoy! (10)
12) Philly Cheesesteak Casserole
While eating a traditional Philly Cheesesteak is a bit too problematic for keto dieters, the filling from the sandwich does make for a keto friendly slow cooker meal. Load all ingredients (except the provolone cheese) into the slow cooker except for the sliced mushrooms, which should be sauteed in oil for about five minutes.
Set your crockpot to cook on low for six hours, and once you spoon up the portions, coat them with your provolone cheese as a garnish. (11)
13) Paleo Crock Pot Lasagna
Lasagna, while not possible in its traditional setup, is easily mimicked in a keto compatible setup, made all the easier by the fact you can prepare some versions in a slow cooker. Start by making the marinara sauce, sauteing the onions, garlic and tomatoes with seasoning as directed in the main recipe.
Do the same with the ground turkey and onion, sauteing and seasoning it until finished. Make the imitation paleo cheese sauce using summer squash and coconut milk, and then start the process of assembly in the crockpot.
Grease the bottom of the pot, then coat the bottom with some of the marinara sauce. Place the first layer zucchini noodles down, then spoon the imitation cheese sauce on top on it. Place a layer of meat filling on top of it, and then start a new cycle with more marinara sauce.
You should have enough to do five layers. Cover and cook on high for 90 minutes. Suction off the pooled sauce on top of the lasagna with a baster and cook it in a pan until it reduces to a creamy consistency. Pour it over the lasagna and then serve it up. Enjoy! (12)