While the slow cooker is really everyone's friend in the kitchen, I'd argue that is extra helpful to those following a low-carb diet. That's because the appliance is best at braising meat and making soups and stews, all of which are large parts of a low-carb lifestyle. You can toss a brisket into the slow cooker on your way out the door in the morning and be rewarded with not only a comforting dinner when you get home, but also most likely enough leftover shredded meat to enjoy for lunch throughout the week. Here are 10 recipes we love.
The classic combination of sausages, peppers, and onions couldn't be easier to make when you use the slow cooker. Since the sausages cook low and slow on top of the vegetables, they lend their savory flavor to make them extra tasty.
This simple yet flavor-packed lemon-garlic chicken can be enjoyed a number of different ways. Enjoy them as is, or shred the meat and serve it over cauliflower rice or even a pile of sautéed greens.
If all you know of cream of mushroom soup is the canned stuff, then it's definitely worth giving this recipe a try. Dried porcinis ensure this soup is umami-rich, while a splash of sherry lends just the right amount of nutty sweetness.
This classic French vegetable stew is a colorful vegetable dish that won't weigh you down. Enjoy it on its own or treat it as a side dish and serve it alongside chicken or fish.
To enjoy this old-fashioned pot roast at its very best, make it a day ahead of time, let it chill overnight, and reheat it the next day. The flavors meld and the dish becomes even more comforting with the overnight rest.
While this classic French beef stew usually requires an afternoon of simmering on the stovetop, this hands-off version allows you the flexibility to enjoy it on days when time is limited.
The best thing about cooking salmon in the slow cooker is you can easily prepare a few pounds of it without fuss — that's super useful if you'd like to have it on hand for simple lunch salads throughout the week.
Leave out the optional addition of cooked rice or noodles at the end to make this the ultimate low-carb chicken soup. Plus, this recipe makes quite a large batch, so you can freeze half of it to enjoy another day.
While this spicy Indian dish is traditionally served over rice, it's equally great served over cauliflower rice, which ensures it's low-carb.
Here's another favorite that's made a lot easier with the help of the slow cooker. Toss the sauce with mashed cauliflower or zucchini noodles and be sure to pile on the grated Parmesan.