Short, blustery days and dark, frosty nights… Yep, it’s officially snuggly season! That means it’s time to bring out the slow cooker for some seriously cosy cooking – and we’ve got a tasty batch of Slimming World slow-cooker recipes to keep you feeling toasty.
If you’ve never used one before, putting a slow cooker to work means you can serve up a delicious dinner that fits perfectly into the Slimming World plan, without spending hours in the kitchen.
Our slow-cooker recipes are packed with satisfying Free Foods – including meat, potatoes, vegetables and beans – to fill you up while helping you to slim. So all you need to do is pop the ingredients in the pot, set the timer and you’re free to get on with the rest of your day, knowing that a Food Optimising feast will be waiting for you.
So grab a spoon and dig in to these Slimming World slow-cooker recipes, from satisfying soups and stews to fab fakeaways…
Slimming World slow cooker recipes
Slow-cooked sweet and sour chicken
Slow cooking chicken works a treat in a whole host of dishes, from curries to casseroles. You can even roast a chicken in the slow cooker! Our favourite recipe is this sweet and sour chicken. Slowly simmering all the ingredients results in a gorgeously tender and intensely tasty dish.
Barbecue pulled pork
This is one of our most popular Slimming World slow-cooker recipes. Cooking low and slow is the secret to serving up pork that falls apart beautifully on your fork, and our Free version tastes brilliant in a bap!
Slimming World beef casserole
Food Optimising casseroles and stews are perfect for the slow cooker. Coming home to this melt-in-the-mouth medley of beef, carrots, onions and button mushrooms is just the thing to warm the cockles.
If you’re looking for a vegetarian Slimming World slow-cooker recipe, just replace the beef with your favourite meat-free sausages.
MORE FOR MEMBERS: You’ll find a delicious selection of Slimming World slow-cooker recipes, including an all-day breakfast and a vegetable curry, on the members-only website and app.
Who fancies a fakeaway? A slow-cooked curry, packed with juicy chunks of chicken, veggies and spinach, beats a takeaway hands down and is well worth the wait. Emma (enjoying.being.emma) was so glad she had this warming wonder to come home to after a hectic day. Here’s her recipe:
400g can chopped tomatoes
1 tub passata
3 skinless and boneless chicken breasts
½ large butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and diced
medium curry powder*
“Pop it all in your slow cooker for 4-5 hours. When it’s cooked, shred the chicken with a fork and then tip the curry into a pan over a high heat to reduce the sauce a little. Add in a few handfuls of fresh spinach to wilt down, then enjoy!”
Slow cooking isn’t just a great time-saver, it also guarantees soft, succulent meat. This slow-cooked classic makes a warming one-pot wonder for when only meat and potatoes will do.
Vegetable and lentil lasagne
If you’ve never made lasagne in a slow cooker, prepare to be converted! Slow cooking makes the Mediterranean veg meltingly tender and turns this vegetarian dish into something truly special. Here’s what to do:
2½ Syns per serving
ready in 3 hours
What you need:
1 aubergine, cut into chunks
2 red onions, cut into wedges
2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
low-calorie cooking spray
700g jar passata with onions and garlic
150ml hot vegetable stock
3 courgettes, sliced
2 x 400g cans green lentils, drained and rinsed
12 dried lasagne sheets
400g fat-free natural Greek yogurt
large pinch grated nutmeg
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
2 eggs, lightly beaten
50g Parmesan, or vegetarian alternative, finely grated
mixed salad leaves dressed with lemon juice, to serve
What you do:
1. Put the aubergine, onions and peppers in your grill pan, sprinkle over the garlic and spray with low-calorie cooking spray, then grill under a medium-high heat for 10 minutes, turning once.
2. Heat the passata and stock in a large pan, add the courgettes and lentils, season lightly and bring to the boil. Stir in the grilled veg.
3. Layer the sauce and the lasagne sheets in your slow cooker, three times, finishing with a layer of sauce, cover and cook on Low for 5-6 hours.
4. Put the yogurt, nutmeg, cinnamon, cumin and eggs in a bowl, season lightly and whisk. Pour over the lasagne sheets, sprinkle with the cheese and re-cover. Cook on Low for 45-60 minutes, then serve hot, with the salad.
Diet cola gammon
If you’re a fan of diet cola chicken, you’ll love the tasty twist that Lucie Hadley – our Young Slimmer of the Year 2019 – came up with. It’s the perfect Slimming World slow cooker recipe for busy weeknights.
Chilli con carne
An easy chilli con carne makes a great midweek meal – and it tastes even better when it’s made in the slow cooker! Slimming World Consultant Scott (@slimmingworld_scott) changed up his chilli by swapping the beef mince for stewing steak. Here’s how he did it:
“I browned off the steak then added chopped onions, garlic and 2 chopped peppers. Then I put it all in the slow cooker, sprinkled in some seasoning and added:
1 large carrot, thinly sliced
1 tub button mushrooms
400g can chopped tomatoes
400g can baked beans
a good squirt of tomato purée
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp paprika
a pinch of cayenne pepper
I set the slow cooker to High for 3 hours. I stirred in some cooked green beans just before serving, too. Job done! 😀😋😋”
Tandoori pumpkin soup
If you’ve still got a pumpkin or two left over after Halloween, whip up a batch of pumpkin soup and make yourself a hearty meal. Here’s how Jess (@healthyhappyslimmer) made this tandoori spiced soup:
1. Peel and dice 1 pumpkin, 1 butternut squash and 1 onion.
2. Spray a non-stick pan with low-calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Put the pumpkin, squash and onion in the pan, sprinkle with 1 tbsp tandoori powder and cook until the onion begins to soften.
3. Add 1.2 litres hot vegetable stock and leave to simmer until all the vegetables are tender. Blitz until smooth with a stick blender (or use your food processor and then return the soup to the pan).
Slow-cooker tip: You can make this in your slow cooker by cooking all of the above ingredients on low for 4 hours and then blitzing the soup with a stick blender before serving.
Jess topped her soup with roasted pumpkin seeds and chilli flakes, but you can leave out the seeds to make this soup Free.
If you’re looking for more Slimming World slow-cooker recipes, you’ll find a full selection on the member website and app – as well as more than 1,600 recipes, weight loss strategies and motivational features to keep your slimming goals on track.
We’d love to see which Slimming World slow-cooker recipes you’re hunkering down with this winter. Share your foodie photos with us on the blog or on social using #theSlimmingWorldblog.
*Watch out for spice/seasoning blends that have added ingredients (like sugar, oil or starch). To protect your weight loss, count ½ Syn per level tsp/1½ Syns per level tbsp.