As we brave further into the winter months and feel like it starts getting dark after we take our last bite of lunch, our motivation to spend precious time in the kitchen wanes, but our desire for cozy comfort food rises. What’s the healthiest (and heartiest) fix that satisfies both these seasonal woes? Our good friend and game-changing kitchen staple, the crockpot, is a saving grace during chilly months—providing low-lift meal options that pack in all the home-cooked flavor we desire during the holiday season and beyond.
The only problem with hearty heartwarming meals is that they’re usually heavy on the carbs. But with the right recipes, you can get your feel-good fix without derailing your healthy eating plan. To prove it, we’ve rounded up our favorite low-carb crockpot recipes that will become your favorites through fall and winter. Prep before the workday to come home to a filling meal brimming with flavor (not the carbs).
Keep scrolling for six low-carb crockpot recipes that are perfect for cozying up with after a long workday.
Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Egg Casserole
The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Egg Casserole
Prep Time: 8 hours and 25 minutes
Why We Love It: We'd love to wake up to a plate of flavorful goodness courtesy of this bountiful breakfast you can make the night before. “This hearty, filling slow-cooker egg casserole recipe with Mediterranean flavors, goat cheese, and prosciutto is simple to put together and can be assembled the night before so it’ll cook while you sleep!” says recipe creator Heidi of Foodie Crush.
Slow-Cooker Chicken and White Bean Chili
The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken and White Bean Chili
Prep Time: 8 hours
Why We Love It: First of all, we have a strong love for chili. Secondly, the only prep required is chopping up an onion and opening a few cans. "It really is that easy, and after hanging out in the slow-cooker for eight hours, it tastes like you've been slaving over the stove all day," Camille Styles says.
Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry
The Recipe: Crockpot Thai Broccoli Rabe Chicken Curry
Prep Time: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Why We Love It: Packed with flavor (and a little bit of a kick), this curry dish is healthy, cozy, and super easy to prepare. Halfway between a soup and an entree, this dish will definitely warm you up on the coldest of winter nights. Also, pops of red courtesy of the pomegranate seed garnish make this meal absolutely beautiful.
Authentic Instant Pot Pho
The Recipe: Authentic Instant Pot Pho
Prep Time: 1 hour
Why We Love It: According to Mike of I Am a Food Blog, this crockpot dish is “pretty much the world’s easiest pho recipe.” He explains that good pho is all about balance, but not necessarily subtlety. “Charred aromatics are the key to a great pho, and the easiest, laziest way to char your aromatics is by putting them all on a sheet tray and blowtorching them all at once,” he explains.
Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken
The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken
Prep Time: 4 hours and 10 minutes
Why We Love It: Chicken is a classic, but cooking the whole bird can be daunting, intimidating, and difficult. However, this Foodie Crush recipe takes all of the fear (and challenge) out of enjoying a whole chicken. “Simply toss in a few vegetables with a whole chicken, and you’ve just created the base for a whole week of eats.” Not only that but cooking the chicken in a slow cooker produces a delicious stock that Heidi recommends saving for soup or mixing into shredded chicken to keep it moist.
If you want a juicier result, place the chicken in the crockpot with the breast facing down.
Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bolognese
The Recipe: Crockpot Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Bolognese
Prep Time: 6 hours and 15 minutes
Why We Love It: We're pasta-obsessed, but every now and then, we'll take a healthier alternative like spaghetti squash. The squash is the perfect tenderness, and its subtle fruit flavor complements the turkey bolognese like no other. It's perhaps almost as good as peanut butter and chocolate!