7 Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes Perfect for Winter


It’s the best time of year for warm and cozy slow-cooker recipes. Keep things healthy for snacks, mains, sides and even dessert with these make-ahead creations.

Slow-Cooker Pot Roast

Pot roast must be one of the most comforting foods there is. Make this no-fuss recipe your go-to for wintertime Sunday dinners.

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Have a large pot of homemade soup waiting when you walk in the door on a cold winter night. Make sure to have a few chunks of crusty bread on hand for dunking.


Slow-Cooker Mushroom Barley Risotto

This vegetarian main course is extra flavorful and hearty thanks to mushrooms and whole-grain barley.

Slow-Cooker Red Beans and Rice

Flavorful, savory and low-maintenance – my kinda meal. Packed with protein and fiber, a small salad is all you need to finish it off.


Slow-Cooker Chinese Beef and Bok Choy

Toss out the takeout menu and count on this combo of lean beef, veggies and rice for dinner any night of the week.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Fondue

Save the calories for the decadent, gooey chocolate! Serve this crowd-pleasing dessert with light and healthy dippers like berries, banana, orange segments, dried apricots and cubes of angel food cake.

Slow-Cooker Spiced Nuts

Make a batch of these irresistible nuts for a get-together or simply to have on hand for snacks and salads during a busy workweek.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.