What’s the difference between the a slow cooker and a crock pot? Nothing except for a brand name. That’s why this list of slow cooker and crockpot meals prove they can be healthy and comfort food at the same time.
Cozy in with these easy slow cooker soups and stews you can make any night of the week. Because these 28 recipes will warm your soul and fill your belly on the chilliest of nights.
Bitter cold temps never fail to spur serious cravings for comfort food, be it chicken pot pie, the silkiest carbonara, or a soul-soothing, cure-all soup.
But every winter, we’re not just searching for cozy eats, we’re searching for cozy eats we can feel good about, as part of our resolve to eat healthier in the new year.
That’s because nutritious and comforting don’t have to contradict one another. You can still have that broccoli and cheese soup you love, without falling off the healthy eating bandwagon, or costing yourself a day’s worth of calories.
Case in point? Last year’s 31 Days of Healthy Comfort Food Recipes to Make in January, and of course this month’s series edition, which is all about healthy weeknight-friendly soups and stews you can make in the slow cooker, because who doesn’t love a nutritious, filling meal that practically makes itself?
And so here are 28 healthy, easy soup and stew recipes you can make in the slow cooker and hunker down with all February-long!
For more cold weather cooking inspiration, check out these other posts from our 31 Days Series:
Here’s how to make meal planning your month of meals a snap.
First, download this free printable weekly meal planner/to-do list to fill in, tape to the fridge, take to the grocery store, or use for reference next year when you can’t remember what the heck were your fave recipes from this one.
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You get the idea. Now get cooking!
February 1: Minestrone Soup
Chelsea’s Messy Apron
This classic Italian soup is loaded with beans and veggies, and made extra easy in the slow cooker, and mama mia, it’s just what the doctor ordered!
February 2: Short Cut Salsa Verde Turkey Soup
Ground turkey and creamy white beans, serve as the base of this flavorful soup, featuring jarred salsa verde to save you more time. Don’t skimp on the fresh lime juice or cilantro at the end!
February 3: Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
Throw everything in the slow cooker and cook on high for four hours, and you’ve got yourself one heck of a meal! Flavored with coconut milk, ginger, curry, lime juice, and cilantro, this Thai chicken soup is teeming with awesome aromatics, and couldn’t be simpler to make.
February 4: Slow Cooker Taco Lentil Soup
Protein-packed lentils sub in for meat in this healthy, taco-flavored soup which is both vegan and gluten-free.
February 5: Slow Cooker Hearty Tuscan Chicken Stew
Real Food Whole Life
This hearty and comforting stew is full of chicken and veggies, and seasoned with Italian spices.
February 6: Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy
Healthy Seasonal Recipes
This French classic may be lightened-up with grass-fed beef and lots of veggies, but it still tastes just as rich and savory as ever, thanks to red wine and some bacon.
February 7: Slow Cooker Vegetable Barley Soup
You’ve got to love a meal where you can literally just throw everything into the slow cooker and let it work its magic — no browning or pre-cooking steps necessary for this homey, veggie-loaded soup!
February 8: Easy Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup
Fed and Fit
A lime-spiked chicken broth makes a killer base for this filling soup, but it’s really all about the toppings. Fresh avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, cheese, and crunchy tortilla strips bring awesome flavor and texture.
February 9: Slow Cooker Blissful Butternut Squash Soup
All you need is 6 ingredients to make this creamy, dreamy soup, which also happens to be vegan. But the best part? No need to peel that butternut squash!
A Beautiful Plate
A generous dose of hearty vegetables and split red lentils make this super comforting soup substantial without being heavy, and freshly-grated Parmigano-Reggiano cheese seals the deal.
February 11: Crockpot Chicken Veggie Quinoa Soup
Chelsea’s Messy Apron
This soup takes just 10 minutes of prep, and is the perfect thing to throw together when you need to clean out your fridge. It’s super versatile, so you can use whatever beans and veggies you have. Add in some chicken and quinoa for protein, and you’ve got a healthy, nourishing meal with plenty of great leftovers!
February 12: Tuscan White Bean, Sausage and Kale Soup
Gimme Some Oven
This Italian-inspired soup is packed with serious flavor thanks to plenty of garlic, smoky sausage, parmesan, and fresh rosemary.
February 13: Crock Pot White Chicken Chili
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
This white chicken chili is a breeze to make (it only takes 5 minutes of prep), and it totally hits the spot on a brisk night.
February 14: The Best Detox Crockpot Lentil Soup
Pinch of Yum
If you’re thinking this soup can’t possibly taste amazing because it has the word “detox” in it, think again. It’s packed with good-for-you ingredients like lentils, yellow split peas, butternut squash, and kale, but it’s also creamy, wonderfully savory, and oh so satisfying, especially when topped with Parmesan and eaten alongside some crusty bread (because balance, folks).
February 15: Slow Cooker Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Kale
An herb-infused broth, Italian sausage, cheesy tortellini, and kale make up this irresistible soup, and it’s one you’ll definitely want to keep in your weeknight repertoire!
February 16: Slow Cooker Healthy Chicken Pot Pie Stew
Chicken pot pie is the quintessential comfort food dish, and the only possible way it could be improved upon is for it to be made into a soup! This recipe is spot on, boasting all of the creamy goodness and flavors we love about chicken pot pie, but made lighter with Greek yogurt, and made easier in the slow cooker. Game changer!
February 17: Crock Pot Chicken, Artichoke, and Kale Soup
The Roasted Root
If chicken soup and risotto had a baby, it would be this recipe. Arborio rice, kale, chicken thighs, and artichoke hearts all take a nice crock pot bath in an herby, garlicky broth, and the result is coziness in a bowl.
February 18: Paleo Hamburger Soup
Food, Faith, Fitness
This mouthwatering soup starts with sweet potatoes cooked in a beefy tomato broth, then more veggies and juicy, golden-brown bits of hamburger get added in (no goopy condensed soup here). Not only does it taste amazing, it also happens to be gluten-free, and Whole30-friendly!
February 19: Cozy Chicken Stew
Gather and Dine
This stew is comfort in a bowl. It’s comprised of egg noodles, carrots, potatoes, kale, and chicken thighs, and it features the most savory, garlicky white wine broth, scented with thyme.
February 20: Slow Cooker Beef Pho
This totally slurp-able, authentic Vietnamese soup is full of wonderful aromatics and nuanced flavor, and is so easy to make in the slow cooker. Just try not going back for seconds…
February 21: Healthy Slow Cooker Turkey Wild Rice Soup
This creamy soup is full of seared mushrooms, tender turkey, and hearty wild rice, and is brightened up with fresh herbs and lemon. Use chicken instead of turkey if you prefer, but either way, you can’t go wrong with a classic like this one.
February 22: Skinny Slow Cooker Kale and Turkey Meatball Soup
A healthier riff on Italian Wedding soup, this recipe is made with lean turkey meatballs, white beans, hearty kale, and a light broth that’s full of great Italian flavors.
February 23: Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Soup
Broccoli and cheese soup isn’t exactly synonymous with the terms “light” or “healthy,” but this recipe (which takes just 10 minutes to prep), is made lighter, letting you have your creamy, cheesy soup without derailing your diet.
Chicken noodle soup is possibly the tastiest cure for whatever may be ailing you. This one gets a touch of sophistication and brightness from fresh rosemary and lemon juice, and we don’t hate it.
February 25: Winter Detox Moroccan Sweet Potato Lentil Soup
Little Spice Jar
This vegan soup is loaded with lots of veggies and wonderful Moroccan flavors, including the super healthy, anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, and detoxifying turmeric. It’s also incredibly filling and comforting.
February 26: Clean Eating Creamy Chicken Enchilada Soup
This creamy and filling soup celebrates everything you love about enchiladas, but with fewer calories and carbs — win-win!
February 27: Slow Cooker Vegetarian Lasagna Soup
Who doesn’t love seeing one of their favorite comfort food dishes get soupified? Inspired by a vegetarian lasagna, this soup is chock-full of healthy veggies and amazing Italian flavors.
February 28: Easy Chicken Posole Verde
Gimme Some Oven
This Mexican hominy stew is so simple to make, and full of awesome flavor, and we can’t decide what we love more — the spicy, aromatic chicken base, or the radish, avocado, lime, cilantro, and cotija cheese fixings!
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