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8 Low-Calorie Crockpot Recipes You Should Make This Week

April 9, 2018 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | Food

Is there anything better than coming home from a long day to find dinner already made for you?

Yes, actually, there is one thing–it’s finding out that dinner also happens to be a low-calorie crockpot recipe you can make for weight loss, more energy and to simply satisfy your taste buds.

While weight loss and dieting fads constantly cycle in and out of style, some methods of eating clean and healthy never age. These eight crockpot recipes are simple, low in calories, quick to prep, and don’t require long hours spent hunched over the stove. What’s not to love?

Best Low-Calorie Crockpot Recipes:

 

 

balsamic chicken

Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken

 

With just a handful of ingredients, most of which are dried spices you may already have in your pantry, and 200 calories per serving, slow cooker balsamic chicken is a slightly tangy dish with a blend of interesting flavors to keep you satisfied. Pair it with a fresh salad and asparagus to add essential vitamins and minerals to your dish. 

 

Ingredients: 

 

Chicken breast halves

Olive oil

Onion

Garlic

Salt and pepper

Dried oregano

Dried basil

Dried rosemary

Dried thyme

Balsamic vinegar

Crushed tomatoes

 

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butternut squash soup

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup

 

Slow cooker butternut squash soup is rich, vegan, gluten-free — and only has about 100 calories per serving. This recipe is also packed with other healthy veggies so there's no shortage of vitamins and minerals to keep you fueled. 

 

Ingredients: 

 

Butternut squash

Vegetable stock

Carrot

Garlic

Granny Smith apple

Fresh sage

White onion

Salt and pepper

Cayenne pepper

Cinnamon and nutmeg

Coconut milk

chickpea stew

Slow Cooker Moroccan Chickpea Stew

 

There's no shortage of incredibly healthy ingredients in this slow cooker Moroccan chickpea stew, a one pot meal that has 244 calories per serving. Chickpeas and red lentils are excellent vegan sources of protein and a side of quinoa helps you digest slowly and keeps you full for hours. 

 

Ingredients: 

 

Chickpeas

Red lentils

White onion

Garlic Cloves

Butternut squash

Red bell pepper

Tomato sauce

Grated ginger

Turmeric

Cumin

Smoked paprika

Cinnamon

Salt and pepper

Vegetable Broth

Quinoa (optional)

chicken chili

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

 

A dash of hot sauce and spices like chili powder and paprika in this slow cooker chicken chili give your metabolism a boost, which helps burn more fat. This dish has 362 calories per serving, but you can save calories and fat by substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream.

 

Ingredients: 

 

Boneless chicken halves

Vegetable oil

Chicken broth

Black beans

Cannellini beans

Diced tomatoes

Yellow onion

Chili powder

Cumin 

Paprika

Mustard powder

Garlic powder

Hot sauce

Salt and pepper 

Sour cream 

pork tenderloin

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin 

 

Get ready to taste the softest, most tender pork tenderloin — one that packs just 180 calories per serving, is rich in protein, takes 15 minutes to prep, and goes with every side dish on the planet. 

 

Ingredients: 

 

Pork tenderloin

Dry onion soup mix

Water

Red wine

Minced garlic

Soy sauce 

Black pepper

 

cabbage soup

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup

 

Considered a "detox" soup by some, slow cooker cabbage soup makes for a great light meal or appetizer, one that has just 188 calories per serving. This recipe incorporates more veggies and spices than you'd ordinarily find, but that's a good thing because it adds to its interesting flavors and textures. 

 

Ingredients: 

 

Medium onions

Carrots

String beans

Carrots

Celery

Ground beef or kidney beans

Salt and pepper

Chili powder

Garlic 

Bay leaf

Turmeric (optional)

Curry powder (optional)

Crushed tomatoes

Beef or vegetable broth 

Water

 

lentil stew

Slow Cooker Curried Sweet Potato And Lentil Stew

 

Change things up by swapping iron and protein-rich lentil soup with this slow cooker curried sweet potato and lentil stew. This hearty meal has everything you need in one pot and doesn't require a side dish. Each serving has 190 calories and a wealth of fiber, protein, vitamin A, and potassium.

 

Ingredients: 

 

Sweet potatoes

Onion

Carrots

Lentils

Olive or vegetable oil

Curry powder

Cumin

Salt and pepper

Ginger root

Garlic 

Vegetable or chicken broth

Green beans

Plain fat-free yogurt

pork lo mein

Slow Cooker Pork Lo Mein

 

When you crave Chinese takeout, but don't want the added calories and saturated fat to ruin your weight loss efforts, consider this slow cooker pork lo mein a happy alternative. Each serving has 350 calories and a variety of vegetables make it healthy and delicious.

 

Ingredients: 

 

Pork tenderloin

Garlic 

Low-sodium soy sauce

Brown sugar

Oyster sauce 

Ginger

Sesame oil

Sriracha

Broccoli florets

Carrots

Celery 

Snow peas

Red bell pepper

Spaghetti

 

For more crockpot meal ideas, check out 8 High-protein crockpot recipes you should make for weight loss and 8 Tasty chicken crockpot recipes on SHEFinds.com. 

 

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