10 Healthy Holiday Crock Pot Recipes

Posted: December 20, 2021

Having healthy holiday crock pot recipes on hand is a life savior if you ask me. You can use them every year to reduce stress and anxiety especially if you love hosting holiday parties, like I do!

Healthy Holiday Crock Pot Recipes
Healthy Holiday Crock Pot Recipes

If you are constantly busy and you struggle to find the time to cook for yourself and your family, then using a slow cooker (or a crock pot) is going to save you so much time and energy! 

The crock pot is one of my favorite kitchen tools to use especially when it comes to preparing our holiday feast!

A few reasons why you need to use the crock pot during the holiday season is that it helps you whip up a few meals ahead of time, it frees up oven and stove top space, and it also frees your hands to do something else. 

I used to leave all the prepping for the day of the holiday, but that caused me so much stress and anxiety. When I discovered the crock pot, all that stress and anxiety went away because you set it and let it do it’s thing.

And if you’re worried as to whether or not food will taste good in the crock pot, then have no fear! Whether you choose a ham, a beef roast or chicken breasts, using your crock pot is a great choice. This is because it helps to tenderize meats and really allow the flavor to develop.

So, in today’s post, I will be sharing a roundup of healthy holiday recipes that you can easily prepare using a crock pot.

10 Healthy Holiday Crock Pot Recipes

Peppered Beef Soup

Recipe: https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/peppered-beef-soup

Soup is the ideal recipe to make ahead of time. This creamy, hearty soup looks beautiful and it adds so much warmth and comfort, perfect for the holiday season! 

Green Bean Casserole

Recipe: https://www.southernliving.com/syndication/green-bean-casserole-0

This is an easy recipe and is always a crowd pleaser. And what is better than a casserole on Christmas? This dump-it-and-forget-it method saves so much time and energy and is the perfect comfort food.

Green bean casserole
Green bean casserole

Slow-Cooker Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili

Recipe: southernliving.com/recipes/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-black-bean-chili-recipe

Slow cooked sweet potato recipe is the ultimate comfort and hearty choice especially if you live in a cold climate and have chilly winters.

Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili Recipe
Sweet Potato-Black Bean Chili

Cranberry Sauce

Recipe: https://www.mccormick.com/recipes/sauces/slow-cooker-cranberry-sauce

This is such an easy recipe, so make sure to save it! You can even use this for Thanksgiving and it will be on repeat for the entire holiday season.

This recipe combines an orange, a cinnamon stick, bay leaves and sugar to create a delicious sauce that also leaves your house smelling amazing! I also add in a few tablespoons of fresh orange juice which gives it an extra boost of orange flavor. 

Slow Cooker Spiced Poached Pears 

Recipe: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/slow-cooker-spiced-poached-pears/

This easy recipe is a must for your holiday dinner. It is so easy, looks beautiful and it helps you get in some nutrients.

Slow-Cooker Cider

Recipe: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/slow-cooker-cider/

This slow cooker apple cider recipe is one that I add to the menu for my annual holiday party. Whenever we attend holiday parties, I also like to take this recipe with me. I love that it is warm and it’s non alcoholic.

Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Recipe: https://www.cookingclassy.com/slow-cooker-pot-roast/

Is it even a Christmas dinner without a pot roast! This slow cooker pot roast is a must and it adds variety to your holiday table. I like to add different meat options to cater to everyone’s preference.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

Recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2015/10/31/slow-cooker-balsamic-brussels-sprouts/

Prep time for this recipe is less than 10 minutes! And if you love Brussels sprouts, this is a must try and is always a crowd pleaser. I also love that it adds festive colors to your holiday table.

 

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast 

Recipe: https://damndelicious.net/2019/11/16/slow-cooker-turkey-breast/

This recipe always comes out juicy, moist and tender! I have tried so many recipes in the past and I find that my turkey comes out dry. This is one of those few recipes I always go back to. Make sure to use the drippings to make a delicious gravy!

Crockpot Mashed Potatoes 

Recipe: https://showmetheyummy.com/crockpot-mashed-potatoes-recipe/

Mashed potatoes are a classic Christmas side dish that everyone loves. This is a recipe that is on repeat during the holiday recipe and it is one of my favorite side dishes.

Crock pot recipes holiday healthy
My favorite crock pot slow cooker

Click here to purchase my favorite crock pot slow cooker. I use this for EVERYTHING and I have had it for over 6 years now! I love that you can buy it in different sizes too.

Last note: please remember that during the holiday season, it can be easy to feel like you are off track of your health and weight loss goals. However, as I mention quite often in my blog posts, it is not about the specific foods you are eating. It comes down to the quantity of food consumed and in what combination of foods. Please enjoy your meals and desserts and take the time to tune into your body to gauge when you are starting to feel full. 

If you want to learn more about how to eat in a balanced way that allows you to fully enjoy food without any restriction or deprivation, click here and here.