There are so many advantages to meals prepared in a slow cooker - from saving time (you're only responsible for the initial prep), to reduced energy use, and even easier clean-up. It's also a great way to cook healthy, flavorful meals that can cut calories while not skimping on taste. Here's a look at eight healthy slow cooker meals that all weigh in at 400 calories or less.
1. Chicken With Carrots and Potatoes
All this recipe takes is 20 minutes of preparation and you'll have an excellent meal waiting for you later that is just 229 calories per serving. Use additional chicken broth if you'd rather not use wine as an ingredient.
2. Low Calorie Sweet and Sour Chicken
Instead of ordering from your favorite takeout place, try this healthy version of sweet and sour chicken instead. It's only 350 calories per serving and packed with 48 grams of protein. Plus, it will help satisfy your craving for Chinese food.
3. Slow Cooker Beef Adobado
The dried chilies in this recipe add heat and smoke, as well as a depth of flavor that's difficult to get with canned sauces or fresh peppers. They're just part of an incredible sauce that the brisket will cook in for hours. And it's only 249 calories per serving.
4. Chorizo Spiced Pulled Pork
Lean pork tenderloin and chicken broth is substituted in this recipe to make a leaner - yet no less delicious - version. It's ideal for tacos and sandwiches.
5. Easy Chicken Fajitas
This easy recipe needs only five ingredients and it's a perfect low-calorie meal (233 calories per serving) for busy weeknights - or anytime. It makes four servings each.
6. Chinese Pork Tenderloin Noodles
Another delicious medley of Chinese flavors that's a great alternative to takeout, this recipe is only 303 calories per serving with 28 grams of protein. You can add lime wedges for a zesty flavor.
7. French Country Beef Stew
This is a classic French recipe that's made with beef, vegetables and red wine. The slow cooker melts and softens the connective tissue of the lean beef shanks to produce delicious results. You can substitute non-alcoholic wine if you prefer, and can serve with barley to soak up the tasty sauce.
8. Coconut Basil Chicken
This sauce can be used on almost anything, from noodles, to brown rice, and veggies, but is especially delicious in this slow cooker chicken recipe. You can add green curry paste to suit your taste, or brown sugar or honey to make a sweeter sauce.
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