Weight Watchers Recipe of the Day: 15 Favorite Healthy Crock Pot Recipes under 350 Calories
As I confessed not too long ago, weekly meal planning has fallen by the wayside this summer.
My just-in-time, day-by-day approach to meal planning, which is a better way to use ingredients already on hand, is working well right now.
I spend a few minutes each evening, checking what I have in stock and planning what I'll make the next day. If you find weekly meal planning a pain, you might want to try this easier one day at a time approach yourself.
If you've been following Simple Nourished Living for a while, you know I'm a huge fan of slow and easy crock pot cooking, which began in earnest back in October 2013 when I began a challenge to use my Crock Pot to make healthy Weight Watchers friendly recipes every day for a year.
Though I only made it 6 months, I learned a ton about the power of the crock pot for helping us stay on track with our healthy eating and weight loss goals.
And even wrote a slow cooker cookbook to highlight many of the favorite recipes I made along the way:
If you're following Weight Watchers® SmartPoints™ Plan or another diet plan for weight loss, it's hard to beat the crock pot's ability to provide light, healthy, flavorful low points meals that don't require hours in the kitchen.
The topic of crock pot cooking seems to come up regularly at the WW meetings I attend. Most leaders and successful members I've met are big fans.
I love that this style of cooking provides a steady supply of leftovers that can be reheated or repurposed for quick and easy lunches and dinners. Otherwise fattening fast food and take-out can be way too tempting at the end of a long day.
I often use my crock pots on the weekends to make light and healthy meals to warm up during the week.
If you are looking for a Healthy Meal Planning Solution (affiliate link) with lots of options including low carb and vegetarian diets with complete nutritional information and Weight Watchers SmartPoints, my WW friend Kristen, from Slender Kitchen has a really good one.
While most of you probably use your crockpots most during the cooler months, I find mine to be a life saver during hot Phoenix summers. Here's a collection of my favorite lighter healthier summer slow cooker recipes I compiled a while ago.
Since my first week's collection of favorite healthy crock pot recipes was such a hit with readers, for the rest of the summer, instead of posting weekly meal plans, I'll continue to share a collection of favorite healthy crock pot recipes each week.
That way, by the time
October Crocktober rolls around you'll have a bunch of recipes from which to get slow cooking. Enjoy!
Favorite Healthy Crock Pot Recipes with Less Than 350 Calories
From Olive Garden slow cooker pasta fagioli to hearty slow cooker beef stew here are fifteen favorite healthy crock pot recipes with less than 350 calories for you this week:
1) Olive Garden Slow Cooker Pasta Fagioli (238 cals)
A longtime family favorite that always gets rave reviews. I've been making this hearty, healthy, satisfying soup, based on the restaurant favorite for years.
2) Skinny Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Chili (329 cals)
What do you get when you combine the flavors of two of your favorite comfort foods? This WW friendly recipe for Skinny Pepperoni Pizza Chili is a fun twist on traditional chili the whole family will love. If you're like me and love anything with "pizza" in the title, be sure to give this skinny pepperoni pizza a try.
3) Skinny Slow Cooker Porcupine Meatballs (278 cals)
Do you remember "porcupines" - ground beef, raw rice and seasonings formed into balls and then cooked in tomato sauce, or soup, in a skillet or baked in the oven? This lightened up slow cooker porcupine meatballs, is an old-fashioned family friendly recipe updated for today - easy, healthy and deliciously comforting served with mashed potatoes or noodles and your favorite green vegetable.
4) Skinny Slow Cooker Chicken and Pinto Bean Tostadas (290 cals)
Simple, healthy and delicious, this slow cooker chicken and pinto bean tostada is one of those easy dump and go crock pot recipes perfect for busy days. It's a wonderful way to satisfy our craving for Mexican flavors without the heaviness associated with the typical Mexican restaurant meal.
5) Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas (310 cals)
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cooked in the crock pot with onions, garlic and Greek inspired seasonings until tender, then shredded and enhanced with a bit of Greek yogurt. Stuffed into warm pitas and topped with fresh vegetables, enjoy these Slow Cooker Greek Chicken Pitas for lunch or dinner anytime of year.
6) Slow Cooker Chicken Stew (333 cals)
An easy healthy and delicious dinner that requires minimal work. Serve this delicious Hunter Slow Cooker Chicken Stew over rice or pasta or with some warm crusty bread on the side.
7) Slow Cooker Vegetarian Brown Rice and Lentils (330 cals)
This easy, hearty, and flavorful savory slow cooker brown rice and lentils was a surprise hit with the whole family when I made it recently. Who knew brown rice, lentils and mushrooms could taste so good?
8) Slow Cooker French Onion Meatballs (189 cals)
These slow cooker French onion meatballs aren't just easy. They're delicious too! With just 2-ingredients, this is the perfect recipe to toss into your crock pot on a busy day!
9) Easy 2-Ingredient Crock Pot Salsa Chicken (187 cals)
This simple, 2-ingredient Weight Watchers Friendly slow cooker salsa chicken recipe could NOT be easier. It's one of my go-to recipes perfect for busy days. I love that it can be used in such a variety of ways.
10) Slow Cooker Chicken and Sausage Gumbo Soup (270 cals)
Though not authentic, this slow cooker chicken and sausage gumbo is an easy, healthy and delicious dish the whole family enjoys every time I prepare it.
11) Slow Cooker Chicken Marbella (210 cals)
An easy delicious variation of The Silver Palate's classic Chicken Marbella, made for the slow cooker. Definitely a keeper in my book. Don't let the interesting ingredients deter you from giving this flavorful dish a try.
12) Slow Cooker Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole (291 cals)
This slow cooker turkey and wild rice was a big hit with my casserole loving husband. I really liked it too.
13) Slow Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole (300 cals)
Slow Cooker Tuna Noodle Casserole, the classic recipe, made lighter and adapted for the crock pot was a success when I first made it and every time ever since!
14) Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Chili (288 cals)
Packed with flavor without being too spicy, this easy slow cooker BBQ turkey chili is like a cross between traditional southwest-style chili and sloppy joe's. Using convenient no-prep ingredients, it's as easy as it is delicious.
15) Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew (276 cals)
I've got my Mom to thank for this hearty slow cooker beef stew recipe, which is adapted (a lot) from the Ninja Cooking Easier, Healthier & Better Cookbook. Is there anything more comforting than coming home at the end of a long cold day to the smell of a hearty stew simmering away in the crock pot? Served with some warm, crusty bread, it's hard to beat.
More Light & Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes for Weight Watchers
- 50 Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
- Favorite Asian Inspired Healthy Crock Pot Recipes
- Favorite Healthy Crock Pot Recipes of the Week #1
- Slow Cooker Jerked Pork with Caribbean Salsa
- Our Favorite Healthy Crock Pot Recipes of 2014
- Healthy Crock Pot Recipes for Summer
- 25 Slow Cooker Recipes for Weight Watchers
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