I love my slow cooker – I don’t know where I’d be without it, truth be told. So convenient – just put your ingredients in, give it a stir, and when you come home at the end of the day, your dinner is ready, waiting for you.
And one of the most important elements to a healthy diet is protein, so naturally I wanted to source some easy, high protein slow cooker recipes.
I had no trouble at all finding some – and there are some really great ones out there. And of course, I’m delighted to share my findings with you.
Protein is important not only for improving your muscles, but it also helps you to feel fuller for longer, so it’s also great for those trying to reduce their portion sizes and lose weight.
What’s more, meat tends to cook really well in a slow cooker – it comes out really tender, and the meat falls off the bone.
Anyway, I want to kick things off with a quick answer table with the basic details of the top 10 recipes in my shortlist.
|Recipe||Number of Calories||Total Time to Make|
|High Protein Slow Cooker Pizza||386||4 hours 10 minutes|
|High Protein Turkey Chili||288||1 hour|
|Healthy Crock Pot Pulled Pork||346||6 hours 10 minutes|
|Vegetable and Lentil Crock Pot Soup||Not stated||6 hours 10 minutes|
|Cream Cheese Crack Chicken Chili||Not stated||6 hours 6 minutes|
|Crock Pot Pepper Steak||396||6 hours 30 minutes|
|Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken||250||4 hours 20 minutes|
|Slow Cooker Butter Chicken||346||5 hours 10 minutes|
|Chickpea Peanut Stew||304||4 hours 15 minutes|
|Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs||541||5 hours 20 minutes|
And now a description of each recipe, and the accompanying link.
OMG – This recipe is just delicious! You get to satisfy all those pizza cravings but in a healthier form and without the aid of a pizza oven.
It’s super easy to make and is packed with flavor, thanks to ingredients such as pepperoni, pizza sauce, minced garlic cloves, Italian seasoning, and low fat pizza cheese.
It also features plenty of protein in the ground beef, and carbs in the form of pasta, and your choice of healthy veg.
What I love about this recipe, is that whereas most chili recipes are made with ground beef, this one is made with extra lean ground turkey, which is much healthier.
And there’s even more protein in the form of white beans and red kidney beans.
It has lots of other flavorful ingredients besides, including onions, bell peppers, healthy crushed tomatoes, chili powder, taco seasoning, negativity calorie celery stalks, and salt and pepper. Healthy and delicious!
Who doesn’t love pulled pork, am I right? Well, this is a healthier take on the popular favorite. It is packed with protein, low in fat, and you can even enjoy it on the paleo diet!
It’s so flavorful too, thanks to ingredients like cinnamon, ground ginger, paprika, garlic powder and more.
Protein is not just for meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans can also get their fair share with recipes like this one.
And in addition to protein in the form of green peas, there are also plenty of healthy vegetables, such as onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, and corn. There are also two kinds of lentils, namely dry brown lentils and dry pigeon lentils.
And if all that’s enough, there are herbs and other seasonings besides!
This yummy dish is absolutely packed with protein, thanks to ingredients like chicken breasts bacon, and black beans.
And it has lots of other flavorful ingredients too. There’s corn, tomatoes, green chilis, ground cumin, chili powder, onion powder, cream cheese, ranch seasoning, and shredded cheddar cheese.
This Asian dish is just yummy! It’s got diced bell peppers, chunks of tender beef, and a flavorful pepper sauce, which is rich and thick, made with the likes of ginger, soy sauce and honey.
I love it served on a bed of fluffy rice.
Here’s another dish I just had to include on my shortlist!
It’s a super easy recipe where no marinating is needed, and the chicken comes out crispy and tender, and it’s all in a delicious homemade teriyaki sauce.
What’s more, all the ingredients are easy to source. I love it served with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
Butter chicken is a delicious Indian dish that you will see on every menu in an Indian restaurant. And with this recipe, you can recreate this experience in the comfort of your own home.
The chicken is plump and juicy, and there’s a savory, creamy sauce, which is lightly spiced with garam masala and such. And you can sneak in some veggies, too!
This is such a great vegetarian dish, and it is packed with protein. It’s made with plenty of veges, namely carrots, celery, bell pepper, and onion. Then there are the beans, chickpeas, and peanuts of course.
And there are also seasonings such as ginger, garlic, peanut butter, curry powder, and more.
Now, this is what I call comfort food!
You’ve got Swedish meatballs made with a combination of ground beef, pork, breadcrumbs, and warm spices such as allspice and nutmeg, all in a rich and flavorful creamy sauce made with egg, heavy cream, and beef broth.
I just love Jambalaya – I whip up this classic Southern dish every time Mardi Gras rolls around.
This version features rice, and plenty of protein, from chicken, shrimp, and sausages. There are plenty of veges too, such as onion, tomatoes, bell peppers, and celery.
And to season, there’s rich tomato paste, Cajun seasoning, oregano, minced garlic cloves, and sweet paprika. Yum!
If you’re anything like me, you just love peanuts and peanut butter! Well, this recipe has plenty! All alongside other flavorful additions such as lime juice, coconut milk, soy sauce, garlic, green onions, and more.
I love it served with a garnish of chopped lightly salted peanuts for crunch!
If you haven’t tried Moroccan cuisine before, boy, you’re in for a treat! This recipe is delicious!
It’s got lots of rich flavors, from the tomato paste, raisins, cumin, cinnamon, paprika and more. And plenty of protein in the form of chicken, peanut butter, and chickpeas. I love it served with Moroccan couscous.
If you like your meals with plenty of heat, then this is the recipe for you! And it’s creamy, too.
With ingredients like crushed tomatoes and white wine, and seasonings such as red pepper flakes, dried basil, cayenne pepper and smoked paprika, you just can’t go wrong.
I just love pesto – all that fresh basil blended with pine nuts – yum! It goes great in this recipe, with the chicken and cherry tomatoes, not to mention the crushed garlic and ground black pepper.
This Mediterranean dish is just delicious! It’s got chicken breast and whole wheat orzo with vibrant flavors such as lemon and olives. It’s a load and go recipe which pairs perfectly with fresh salad.
If you want to make a vegetarian bolognese, then this is definitely the recipe I would recommend! It’s got flavorful ingredients like tomatoes, garlic, red wine, and satisfying dried green lentils.
I hope you’ve enjoyed browsing through the recipes, but now for the hard part, deciding which one to make! Bon appétit!