5 Healthy Slow-Cooker Meals

Healthy Slow Cooker Meals that Make Themselves

Looking and feeling healthy, whether you’re 18 to 35 and in the dating pool or 35 to 99 and wanting to keep yourself attractive to your spouse, is works for everyone. We all love the feeling of being on the beach and loving the way we look or going out in a great suit or dress and impressing the one we’re with.

Looking and feeling this good is made up of two things; the most important of which is diet. Yes, it’s even more important than being able to take a 55 minute Zumba class without breaking a sweat or benching 250. We can do all the cardio in the world and still be overweight if we overeat, over-drink or eat the wrong foods.

This is good news for some and bad news for others. The struggle to eat healthy with our packed schedules is hard, even for yours truly. Fortunately we enjoy eating healthy foods. Just like you, we want our food to be good and taste good, not like cardboard and leather straps. Despite all of our modern conveniences, we don’t have the time we wish we had to cook healthy meals. There is a solution!

Rockin’ it Slowly

Your cooking that is. What? Are you still thinkin’ about your sexy dream body? Entre the healthy slow-cooker. It’s nothing earth shattering. Mommy and personal finance bloggers have advocated the slow-cooker since the dawn of blogging. The awesome thing about a slow cooker is that it does all the work and allows you to do whatever you choose, like working on your rock hard abs or buns-o-steel!

Most people spend an average of 90 to 120 minutes at the gym, which is the perfect amount of time to whip up these five healthy slow-cooker meals. We’ve complied these five money conscious recipes that’ll let you to go to the gym, sculpt your sexy body and come home to a healthy meal to nourish your recovering muscles.

David’s Chile Recipe


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 Tbsp mild or medium Southwest Chili spices
  • 1/2 Tbsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1 large Anaheim pepper
  • 1 medium jalapeño pepper (optional for heat)
  • 1 8 oz can organic tomato paste
  • 1 24 oz can organic diced tomatoes
  • 1 15 oz can organic tomato sauce
  • 2 15 oz cans organic kidney beans
  • 2 15 oz cans organic black beans
  • 2 15 oz cans organic white northern beans
  • Cilantro, ground cheddar cheese and sour cream for garnish


The key to speeding up your slow cooker time is to pre-heat your slow cooker while you prep your food. The first step, then, is to turn your slow cooker on high.

Then, in a skillet, brown the ground turkey. Add the onion and spices half after about 2.5 minutes. Cook everything for another 2.5 minutes. Once browned, remove from the heat and add the tomato paste. Mix well.

In the slow cooker, add the beans and chopped peppers, tomatoes and meat mixture. Reset the cooking time to 2 hours, cover and let the magic happen.

Turkey Sloppy Joes


  • 1 lb lean ground turkey
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/2 green pepper diced
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp mild chili pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper


In a skillet, brown the ground turkey. Add the onion, green peppers and spices after 2.5 minutes. After another 2.5 minutes remove everything from the heat.

In the slow cooker, add the meat mixture and remaining ingredients. Mix well and cover. Reset the cooking time to 2 hours on high. Go get in your workout.

Honey Sesame Chicken

Who doesn’t love a good honey glaze on chicken? This recipe includes no frying and uses super simple ingredients you probably already have. Our tip: switch the white rice with brown rice for added fiber.

Beef and Broccoli

This recipe is much lower in fat with no frying or sautéing required.

Savory Bean and Spinach Soup

This is a great vegan dish.

Remember multi-tasking isn’t just for work. Using modern and not so modern conveniences is a great luxury that lets us save time and money. The next time you’re at the gym building up an appetite, let your meal make itself to save you time, money and calories. That’s a recipe for both financial and physical success.

Comment List

  • kym 01 / 02 / 2016 Reply

    Love my slow cooker more than anything else in my kitchen. With so little effort I can have a delicious meal ready for when I come home. Chile is my favourite at this time of the year. Will check out the recipe.

    • John Schneider 02 / 02 / 2016 Reply

      We do too Kym. We must do about 2-3 recipes a month and in big batches. A big batch of chili usually makes about 20 servings for us. So we have lunches and dinners we can stretch over 2 weeks. In our research David found a few dessert recipes. Have you tried any of these?

  • kym 02 / 02 / 2016 Reply

    Yes! I have seen those too. I am really, really hesitant as I am great baker and am afraid I would be super disappointed with the results. I figure if I am going to eat a treat it had better be good. I am thinking desserts like puddings: http://www.bhg.com/recipe/cakes/triple-chocolate-peanut-butter-pudding-cake/ would be pretty good – but crumble: http://allrecipes.co.uk/recipe/23883/slow-cooker-apple-crumble.aspx guess it would work if you baked the top a bit….have you tried any?

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