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5 Healthy High-Protein Crock-Pot Recipes

Prepare these five recipes before a busy workday or on a weekend where you’d rather be spending time with friends and family, not worrying about preparing dinner once you get home.

5 Healthy High-Protein Crock-Pot Recipes


The thought of coming home to the smell of dinner sounds ideal. But to a meal that will not disrupt health goals? That sounds too good to be true. Fortunately, there is truth in having healthy, easy slow cooker recipes. Prepare these five recipes before a busy workday or on a weekend where you'd rather be spending time with friends and family, not worrying about preparing dinner once you get home.

5 Healthy, High Protein Crock-Pot Recipes

1. Chili

Chili can be extremely versatile. Prepared as a vegetarian meal or with lean ground beef or turkey, the protein content will continue to remain high even in the absence of meat. Beans are loaded with not only protein, but with fiber. The recipe provided contains ground turkey but can be left out if desired. White chicken chili filled with shredded chicken and white beans is just one alteration and transformation of traditional chili. Don't be afraid to experiment to satisfy those taste buds!

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2. Chicken Fajitas

Chicken breasts are packed with protein. All the colorful peppers offer a little protein as well, although the powerful antioxidants take precedency. In a crockpot, add four large chicken breasts, three chopped bell peppers, one thinly sliced onion, and a cup of preferred fresh salsa. Sprinkle fajita seasoning atop and keep on low heat for six to seven hours or high heat for three to four hours. The internal temperate of chicken should be 165° Fahrenheit when completely cooked through. Shred the chicken with a fork and serve on whole grain tortillas or with brown rice for a Mexican fiesta.

3. Beef Stew

Red meats and potatoes often have a bad reputation, especially on a diet. However, beef is an excellent source of not only protein, but iron as well. Potatoes are classified as a starchy vegetable, a carbohydrate often thought to stray away from on a diet. However, potatoes should receive some recognition related to their fiber and potassium content. (Potatoes contain even more potassium than a banana!) The importance of each is moderating the portion and serving sizes and not overindulging. Don't be afraid to bulk up the stew with extra carrots, celery, and spinach.

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4. Turkey Meatballs

Staying away from meatballs and pasta is not necessarily a given when trying to lose weight. The meatballs are an excellent source of protein and whole wheat pasta noodles are rich in B vitamins and fiber. In addition to the recipe detailed in the link, preparing a homemade red sauce allows for control over sugar and salt, oftentimes high in canned products at the store.

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5. Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed peppers are not only high in protein, but low in carbohydrate if trying to reduce carb intake. The recipe can also be tweaked to personal preferences. Ground chicken, beef, and turkey can be used or swap out with brown rice or quinoa. Topping with plain Greek yogurt instead of sour cream amplifies the protein content.

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