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Weeknights can get pretty crazy, and sometimes you just don’t feel up to cooking. This can make it so hard to stay on track with your eating and can easily throw you off the path of healthy eating.
*Cue in crock pot!* This is one of the BEST tools for busy moms, dads, students, and any one with a busy schedule or who hates slaving over a stove for hours on end.
These recipes will show you that you really don’t have to spend tons of times cooking to create healthy and delicious meals.
You might notice that most of these recipes do not include meat. I know everyone’s version of “a healthy diet” is different, so I tried to include something for everyone. Victor and I don’t like to label our diet as anything really, we just try to consume foods that make us feel good.
But if I had to compare it to any diet out there, it definitely most resembles the Mediterranean Diet. This was a very popular diet a few years back before the keto diet got big.
It basically focuses mainly on grains, vegetables, legumes, and fruit as the majority of the daily consumption, and animal products such as dairy, fish, chicken, and turkey are eaten in moderation, only a couple times a week.
I have found this way of eating has really worked for us over any diet we have ever tried (and we have tried A LOT). I am able to effortlessly maintain a healthy weight, my skin is clearer, I have good energy, and we don’t constantly feel like we are sacrificing anything. No tracking, no fasting, just eating more vegetables and focusing on wholesome, healthy foods. That doesn’t sound hard, right?
Well if it does, this roundup of recipes will show you that you don’t have to sacrifice to eat healthy, and can still enjoy a decadent and delicious meal without tons of prepping.
The ONLY tool you’ll need to create these delicious meals is a crockpot! If you don’t already have one, this is the one Victor and I have been using for years, and we love it. It has simple options, and you can just set, walk away, then come back in a few hours a freshly made meal!
1.Crockpot Enchilada Quinoa
I love this recipe because the ingredients are made up of simple things you usually already have in your pantry! It is a legit dump dinner– no chopping or searing necessary! Just dump all the ingredients into your crock pot, set it, and walk away.
The creator of this recipe also stated that her family who are avid meat eaters LOVED it. So if you are interested in consuming less meat and worried how your family will react, this is a great meal to start with. You can also make it completely vegan by just not adding in the cheese. Get the recipe here.
2.Slow Cooker Turkey Chili
Who doesn’t love a hearty bowl of chili on a cold day? This chili recipe uses ground turkey meat instead of ground beef, and is loaded with veggies.
It uses two types legumes as well for some added protein and fiber. Get the recipe here.
3.Slow Cooker Lentil Sloppy Joes
This is a great healthy alternative to ground beef sloppy joes. Lentils are so good for you- they are packed with fiber, and includes tons of vitamins and minerals essential to your body.
They are rich in complex carbs which are great for your metabolism, and pretty much contain no fat.
The sauce sounds delicious and is made up of all pantry items as well, which is super convenient! Only dicing required is for the onion. Very low maintenance meal! Get the recipe here.
4.Super Easy Skinny Crockpot Veggie Lasagna
If you aren’t an avid veggie eater, this slow cooker lasagna is a great way to throw some extra greens into your diet. The recipe uses four cups of chopped kale, but you can use whatever veggies you like the best.
All you need to do is assemble the layers in your crock pot, turn your pot on, and come home to a delicious warm lasagna! Get the recipe here.
5.Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Peppers
There’s more than one way to make stuffed peppers besides the oven, who knew! This is a great and filling recipe that is super easy to make and filled with tons of flavor.
If you’re not in the mood for quinoa, don’t worry, you can sub in another healthy grain like brown rice as well.
The avocado sauce definitely makes the dish! Get the recipe here.
6.Slowcooker Coconut Quinoa Curry
This is our go to recipe when we don’t know what to make. We LOVE coconut curry. It is just such an easy recipe to assemble with such amazing flavor.
The quinoa in this is a great source of protein and will keep you satiated long after you consume it. It’s also filled with earthy spices like ginger and turmeric which are wonderful anti- inflammatory agents. Get the recipe here.
7.Slow Cooker Greek Chicken
If you’re looking for a true mediterranean dish that’s healthy and you can make on autopilot, this is going to be your go to.
It’s filled with traditional greek ingredients like kalamata olives, red onion, roasted red peppers, and of course feta.
You do need to sear the chicken breasts before you dump everything into the crock pot, but believe me, it will be worth the taste. Get the recipe here.
8.Crockpot Quinoa and Vegetables
This is a super simple and versatile meal. You can eat it as is and still get enough protein and energy from the quinoa, or you can choose to add on a small portion of chicken or beans for some extra protein. Either way, you will feel completely satisfied and full after eating this. Get the recipe here.
9.Slow Cooker Saucy Thai Butternut Squash Curry
This decadent thai curry recipe is filled with antioxidants like pomegranate, cinnamon, ginger, and cilantro.
The ingredient combination sounds amazing: egg noodles tossed in peanut butter, coconut milk, curry paste, cinnamon, and veggie broth, and slow cooked? I can’t even imagine how creamy it is! The cilantro and pomegranate also sound like a great contrast to give it some freshness as well. Get the recipe here.
10.Slow Cooker Chickpea Tagine
Another dish inspired straight from the mediterranean. Tagine basically just means stew that is slow cooked. This one is filled with delicious vegetables and has a kick to it with the added chili paste. You can eat this as is, or choose to add on a small portion of shredded chicken or fish ten minutes before it is finished. Get the recipe here.
I hope these healthy inspired recipes help make your weeknights easier to stay on track while still enjoying a delicious meal.
If you’d like to learn more about the way we eat to feel our best, let us know in the comments below!
Ally is the co-founder of GroundedPanda.com with her fiance Victor. She began practicing yoga at the beginning of her career as a Registered Nurse to cope with the physical and mental stress it put on her, and fell in love with it. Her goal is to help beginners develop a fulfilling practice without the intimidation. Besides managing this website, she loves hiking with her loving fiance and cuddling with her two silly cats.