Weight Watchers Friendly Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Recipes
I love Thanksgiving. It's one of my favorite holidays. With its focus on food, friends, family and gratitude, what's not to love?
Using a slow cooker, or crockpot, for your Thanksgiving recipes can be a real life saver, especially with any WeightWatchers-friendly dishes. Slow cookers let you assemble your ingredients in the morning. Then while they simmer away you can attend to other kitchen preparations. This hands-off approach makes it easier to manage multiple tasks in a much saner way.
Another advantage of slow cooking is the ability to create flavorful and tender dishes with minimal added fats. This is particularly helpful when crafting healthier alternatives to Thanksgiving classics.
Since I began using my slow cooker(s) to make my side dishes and desserts, I've never looked back. It takes the stress out of trying to coordinate timing and jockeying for oven space.
I still use the oven to roast a big turkey, but you can prepare your entire Thanksgiving meal in slow cookers if you only need a turkey breast.
While most of your Thanksgiving meal cooks unattended, you can enjoy your family, catch the parade and maybe even a little football!
Here is a list of my favorite 10 Weight Watchers Friendly Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes you can make in your crock pot. Some are traditional recipes adapted for the crock pot - like pumpkin bread and green bean casserole. Others offer up some delicious twists, such as mashed potatoes with spinach and dill and sweet potato apple casserole.
They are all delicious and relatively low in fat, calories and WW Points.
10 WW Friendly Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot
This slow cooker sausage apple stuffing recipe is a great example of the joy of Thanksgiving slow cooking. A personal favorite, I love the boost of flavor provided by the turkey sausage and chopped apple. And because the slow cooker retains more moisture than the oven you don’t need to add any additional butter or oil, saving calories and points without sacrificing taste or texture.
This slow cooker sweet potato casserole, adapted from the Fix-It and Forget-It New Cookbook, is my latest favorite slow cooker sweet potato recipe. The recipe instructions said to cook this slow cooker casserole directly in a 2- to 3-Quart crock pot. But, I decided to put it in a 1-½-quart casserole dish (affiliate link) that I placed inside my 6-Quart slow cooker (affiliate link) instead. It worked very well 🙂
This may sound like a strange combination, but everyone who has tried these slow cooker mashed potatoes with spinach and dill gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up. They are definitely worth the holiday splurge!
Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole, with fresh green beans and lightened up to be a little more Weight Watchers friendly. This recipe is a holiday keeper!
Slow Cooker Apple Raspberry Cranberry Sauce - Simply delicious slow cooker apple raspberry cranberry sauce, is low in fat but high in flavor and my new favorite cranberry sauce recipe.
Moist, sweet and delicious, this healthy slow cooker pumpkin bread made with whole wheat flour and honey, maple syrup or rice syrup is a winner in my book.
If soup is part of your Thanksgiving Dinner tradition, I hope you'll give this easy crock pot Chai Pumpkin Soup a try. Warming and delicious, this is perfect for chilly fall days and makes a great start to Thanksgiving dinner!
I've got this Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake in the freezer ready and waiting to be enjoyed for dessert on Thanksgiving. I'm hoping it's as successful as last year's slow cooker pumpkin pie pudding.
Everyone loved this slow cooker pumpkin pie pudding when I made it last Thanksgiving. My sister declared it better than traditional pumpkin pie. It's so easy and delicious I may never make pumpkin pie again!
*Points® calculated by WW. *PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT each plan's ZeroPoint Foods (Green plan, Blue plan, Purple plan) using the WW Recipe Builder.
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Originally published 11/2014; Updated with new photos & content 11/2023
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