Preparing dinner that supports heart health doesn’t have to be difficult. With low amounts of saturated fat and sodium, you can enjoy something delicious and satisfying that aligns with your goals. Plus, these recipes let your slow cooker do the work so you can spend less time cooking and cleaning up. From slow cooker chicken and brown rice with roasted corn and black beans to pork and green chile broth, these four- and five-star dishes are sure to be as nutritious as they are delicious.

Shredded chicken taco

This taco recipe is a great option for a midweek dinner, even if it’s not Taco Tuesday! Instead of beef, we use moist, boneless chicken thighs, and to make things easier for you, the taco filling is cooked in the slow cooker, so you can prepare it in the morning and come home to a delicious meal.

Bean, kale and barley soup in a slow cooker

Photographer: Jane Cawsey; Food Stylist: Al Rami; Fashion designer: Claire Spolin

Beans and kale are packed into every bite of this delicious slow-cooked soup. Barley adds a chewy taste to provide texture, while dried mushrooms add earthiness and depth. The citrus lemon finish brightens the flavors.

Minestrone vegetable soup in a slow cooker

A winter classic, this crock pot version of minestrone is heavy on the vegetables and light on the pasta, keeping carbs under control while providing plenty of flavor.

Pork chops with mushroom sauce

Mushroom stock and fresh mushrooms give an earthy flavor to the pork chops in this slow cooker recipe.

Italian chicken with herbs and mozzarella cheese

Chicken thighs are slow cooked with sauce and herbs Italian style, then served on slices of crusty bread with olives and two delicious cheeses.

Slow cooker jambalaya

This delicious jambalaya is filled with chicken, smoked turkey sausage, and shrimp. It only takes 25 minutes to prepare in the morning, and then your slow cooker will work its magic and serve up a delicious meal at the end of the day.

Braised chicken and brown rice with roasted corn and black beans

Photographer: Greg Dupree, Food Stylist: Ali Rami, Prop Designer: Christine Kelly

With plenty of spice from ground cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika and a hint of char that frozen roasted sweet corn brings to the dish, you won’t miss the browning step in this easy, load-and-go recipe. If frozen roasted corn is not available, substitute with regular corn.

Pork and Green Chile Stew

Let your slow cooker work – while you’re at work! -Then come home to a delicious bowl of hearty soup for dinner. Filled with potatoes, hominy, green peppers, and chunks of pork, this soup recipe only takes 25 minutes to prepare in the morning.

Delicious spinach soup

Let the slow cooker finish this vegetarian soup. Serve in cups as a sandwich or scoop into bowls for a snack.

Chicken and white bean stew in a slow cooker

This slow-cooked chicken recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. Serve this Tuscan-inspired dish with crusty bread, a glass of Chianti, and a salad.

Italian pork with mashed sweet potatoes

This simple, Italian-inspired recipe combines pork shoulder with aromatic fennel. As the pork cooks, its juices drip off to flavor the sweet potatoes at the bottom of the slow cooker. Serve with steamed green beans for a complete meal.

Black beans and avocado on quinoa

Healthy fats, plant-based protein, vitamins and minerals are just some of the benefits of this delicious vegetarian main dish.

Slow cooker braised beef with carrots and turnips

The combination of spices in this healthy beef stew recipe—cinnamon, allspice, and cloves—may conjure images of apple pie, but this combo is well-suited to savory applications, too. Serve over creamy polenta or buttered whole wheat egg noodles.

Pasta puttanesca with beef

This easy slow cooker ground beef and pasta recipe makes a great meal any night of the week.

Smoky Slow Cooker BBQ Brisket Sandwiches

Making brisket in the slow cooker ensures that it is tender, flavorful, and full of flavor. Serve this grilled brisket on hamburger buns for a delicious and satisfying meal.

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