10 Healthy Dump Dinner Recipes That Make Weeknight Cooking Easy
Eating healthy can sometimes feel like a challenge especially when it comes time to cook dinner after a long day. But what if we told you, you can make easy, healthy dinners in your slow cooker? Seriously, you just dump your ingredients in the pot, and in a few hours, you'll have a tasty and healthy dinner ready to go. It may sound too good to be true, but we've rounded up some of our healthy slow cooker recipes you need to try. Scroll through to find recipes for healthy beef stew, balsamic chicken, chili, and more.
Healthier Slow-Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
This soup is made with fresh ingredients that keep it healthy — like chiles, cilantro, and corn. The tortilla strips on top are baked instead of fried, but you can omit them completely if you prefer. Recipe creator MakeItHealthy suggests serving this soup topped with sliced radishes, avocado, and bell pepper.
Healthier Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
A healthier version of classic comfort food, this recipe uses natural cream of chicken soup instead of condensed and reduced-fat biscuit dough. You can add more veggies or spices to this recipe if you like — reviewers suggest celery, garlic, and basil.
Healthier Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff
"Cubed chicken breast cooked in the slow cooker with a creamy sauce mixture. This healthier version includes peas, low-fat cream cheese, butter instead of margarine, and natural cream of chicken soup. You also make your own seasoning mix instead of using a packaged mix. Serve over hot cooked rice or noodles, if desired," says recipe creator MakeItHealthy.
Chicken and Corn Chili
This chili is so easy to make with just a few ingredients and spices. To keep it healthy, reviewers recommend using fresh salsa instead of jarred. And reviewers like adding in black beans in addition to the kidney beans for a heartier chili.
Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh
This Moroccan-style chicken is loaded with spices, beans, and veggies that make it a great dish served over rice. You can increase the veggie count by adding zucchini, bell peppers, and broccoli if you like. "Excellent! A delicious, easy, healthy, and budget-friendly one-dish meal. I made it as written. The flavors blended nicely and it smelled wonderful while it was cooking," says reviewer Occasional Cooker.
Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker
This pork tenderloin is flavored with dry onion soup mix (you can make your own if you're concerned about sodium content), red wine, minced garlic, and soy sauce for a juicy and tender dish. If you like garlic, reviewers suggest adding more to bring out the garlicky flavor.
Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken
"So easy and so good. I use frozen chicken breasts and cook on high for 4 hours in the slow cooker. The sauce is not thick, it is a bit runny, but very tasty. Add tomato paste if you want it thicker. Serve on top of pasta and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese," says recipe contributor Sue.
Healthier Slow Cooker Beef Stew I
This hearty stew is perfect for those cold months when you're craving comfort food. This stew is packed with veggies and uses reduced-sodium beef broth to keep it healthier. Many reviewers swap out the escarole for baby kale, or leave it out alltogether.
Slow Cooker Moroccan Chicken
This healthy chicken recipe has tons of fresh flavors from the cilantro, peaches, and apricots. Serve the chicken over rice or couscous for a delicious, well-rounded meal. "The taste of the sauce can only be described as divine! I had my doubts as I was adding in the cinnamon and peaches, but this was oh-so yummy," says home cook Nanda.
Spicy Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup
This black bean soup is so easy to make with just a few pantry staples. It can be served straight from the slow cooker, or you can blend it with an immersion blender for a creamier consistency. If you don't want it to be too spicy, you can cool it down simply by adjusting the spice measurements.