Establishing a lasting healthy lifestyle tends to top the list of New Year's resolutions come January 1. If eating right is one of your goals, it's best to start in the kitchen. Cooking at home allows you to take control of everything that goes into a meal, which makes it easier to manage your eating habits.
If you don't have time to cook a healthy meal, turn to the crockpot. This handy device allows you to simply gather ingredients, place them in the pot, and go about your day while dinner pretty much cooks itself. Ready to start cooking healthy at home? Try your hand at one of these easy, healthy crockpot recipes for dinner tonight.
The Recipe: Thai Pork Salad
The Hero Ingredient: This dish gets its powerful flavor from the homemade curry paste dressing. It's what gives the veggie-packed salad and slow-cooked pork something extra.
The Pro Tip: Cassy Joy of Fed & Fit suggests whipping up some extra dressing to have on hand to add to any meal. "I made extra so I could drizzle it over rice and chicken for days," she says.
The Recipe: Veggie Crockpot Lasagna
The Hero Ingredient: Kale. Cooking it in the crockpot helps the superfood soften and become tender, making it the perfect filling for this veggie-packed lasagna.
The Pro Tip: Don't worry about breaking noodles to fit the pasta in the crockpot. "In the end, they all sort of just soak together to make layers that hold everything delicious together in one yummy meal," says Lindsay Ostrom of Pinch of Yum.
The Recipe: Potato and Cauliflower Curry
The Hero Ingredient: The cauliflower adds so many good-for-you nutrients to this dish, plus it makes the curry feel hearty and satisfying.
The Pro Tip: "This is one of those amazing slow-cooker recipes that you really do just drop in all the ingredients, forget about it, come back later, and eat," says Teighan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest.
The Recipe: Turkey and Sweet Potato Chili With Quinoa
The Hero Ingredient: Quinoa is not traditionally found in chili. In this recipe, the protein-packed grain will keep you full long after the dinner table is cleared.
The Pro Tip: "This is a go-to recipe to prep ahead and make in the slow cooker while you're away all day and arrive home to all the delicious, homemade chili smells with dinner just a ladle away," says Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush.
The Recipe: Salsa Chicken and Spinach
The Hero Ingredient Fresh spinach. It provides you the nutrition you need to feel your best and adds a pop of color to the healthy dish.
The Pro Tip: "This recipe is low in calories, with a ton of protein, vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and iron," explains Amy of A Healthy Life for Me. Just be sure to find a sugar-free salsa.
The Recipe: Vegetable Quinoa With Golden Milk
The Hero Ingredient: Golden milk, which is basically a mixture of coconut milk and turmeric, steals the show in the recipe. It's an unexpected healthy ingredient with bold flavors.
The Pro Tip: You can buy golden milk at the store to save time when cooking. "[It] already has the perfect blend of creamy coconut milk and a pop of sweet honey that is perfectly balanced out by all the spicy-warm flavor profiles of cinnamon," shares Taylor Kiser of Food Faith Fitness.
The Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bolognese
The Hero Ingredient: Spaghetti squash may be the main ingredient but this dish wouldn't be complete with a dollop of creamy burrata cheese to top it off.
The Pro Tip: "It might seem weird, but you actually cook the spaghetti squash right in the crockpot with the Bolognese sauce," says Tieghan of Half Baked Harvest. You don't even have to cut the spaghetti squash in half before cooking it. It couldn't be easier.
Which easy, healthy crockpot recipe are you making for dinner tonight? Share with us in the comments below.