8 Crockpot Recipes That Will Keep Ya Lean

Honey Garlic Chicken

Chicken

That Chinese chicken dish you’ve been craving doesn’t have to come at the cost of an entire spinning class. This version lets the crockpot do the work of bringing out the Asian flavor without the added oil, sauces and deep-fried finish. 
Get the recipe from Slender Kitchen.

 

New Orleans Style Red Beans and Rice

Red-Beans-and-Rice

With their deep red color, cooked red kidney beans can not only liven up a meal, but also pack in a ton of fiber and are virtually fat-free, meaning they will fill you up without weighing you down. Perfect for a post-class lunch, if you ask us. 
Get the recipe from Serving Up the Skinny.

 

Smoky Pulled Pork Tacos

Tacos

You don’t have to take the Southern out of the recipe to make it healthy and low-cal with this delicious pulled-pork dish. Just add in all the ingredients before you head out the door in the A.M. and let the slower cooker do its magic. In eigh hours, you’ll have marinated, juicy pork that shreds right apart and isn’t fried, cooked in fat or served with heavy sides.
Get the recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

 

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Tortilla-Soup

The key to this crockpot recipe is the bed of protein and vitamin-packed ingredients, from the chicken to the black beans, that simmer and marinate together in their own juices to bring to life a flavor you usually only find in fattening fares. If you’re up for a little splurge (no judging!) add in some sour cream and shredded cheese while it’s still warm.
Get the recipe from The Skinny Fork.

 

Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto

Shrimp

Shrimp is packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, so piling your plate up with these babies after a workout will be a nice treat for your muscles (and your taste buds). Add in artichoke and we bet you’ll be servin’ this up a few times this winter. And if you’d like to kick a cold – add some spice to clean up the sniffles. 
Get the recipe from Cara’s Cravings.

 

Buffalo Chicken Wraps

Lettuce-Wraps

This dish gives you that savory, saucy, soury taste of the buffalo wing sans all that added fat. Wrap it all up in a crunchy piece of lettuce, and you’re basically eating low-cal tacos. Kind of… but we promise it’s pretty – and delicious – enough dish to put on Instagram.
Get the recipe: Skinny Taste.

 

Lentil Chili

Lentil

Even meat lovers can rejoice at a spoonful of this healthy chili recipe. Nutty and earthy in flavor, lentils are a powerhouse of nutrition and an excellent source of dietary fiber, which helps your body keep things moving. 
Get the recipe: Two Peas and Their Pod.

 

Jenn Sinrich is an editor in New York City, a self-proclaimed foodie always looking for the healthier version of all recipes, a passionate lover of all things cheese, a friendly New Yorker, Bostonian at heart and proud Red Sox fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram. 

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