Looking for some healthy food alternatives? Here are 10 healthy Crockpot side dishes for easy weeknight dinners. So delicious and easy!
Side dishes are essential to the success of any meal, but they’re often the last thing on our minds when we’re cooking at home. That’s where Crockpot side dishes can come to your rescue! The slow cooker is a great way to make all kinds of healthy and delicious foods, including your favorite veggies and potatoes. Plus, many side dishes taste even better when they’ve been cooked in a Crockpot!
In case you have a Crockpot laying around and want to put it to good use with some new recipes, you’re in the right place!
Cooking side dishes in the Crockpot is a great way to save time. Whether you’re making them for a large group or just for your family, there are plenty of reasons why cooking side dishes in the Crockpot is a good idea:
- The Crockpot is super easy to use.
- You can set it and forget it.
- You can cook a lot of food at once (if you have a big family or you’re expecting guests over, for example)
- Side dishes made in the crockpot take less time to prepare than those made traditionally.
- You can cook the main dish and side dish at the same time (if they’ll fit).
- Side dishes can be made ahead of time, refrigerated, and reheated when it’s time to serve them. This means less stress on busy weeknights!
- The slower heat used by the Crockpot/slow cooker means more flavor and less water loss, which can happen when you boil or steam your veggies.
And if you’re wondering about what kind of side dishes you can make in a Crockpot, the answer is simple: plenty of them! You can make potatoes, rice, quinoa, and anything else that would normally require boiling. You can also make all kinds of veggies you want!
Crockpots are also great for making ahead of time, so if the company is coming over and there’s no room in your schedule for cooking — or even thinking about cooking — on top of everything else, just put some food into your slow cooker and you’re good to go!
If you’re the kind of person who likes to cook but hates cleaning up, a Crockpot is an essential tool. You can throw all your ingredients in at once, set it on low for 8 hours, and then walk away without having to worry about anything until dinner time rolls around.
You’ll notice that some of my favorite slow cooker recipes involve side dishes or vegetable-based accompaniments. Since these recipes make so much food, they’re perfect for making several different sides at once (and they taste even better when they’ve been simmering together all day). It’s also easy enough to freeze any leftovers right in the Crockpot itself.
Okay, convinced? I hope so because I have prepared a great list of 10 hand-picked healthy Crockpot side dishes for easy weeknight dinners. These Crockpot side dishes are easy to make, healthy, and delicious. They’re also versatile, making them perfect for eating on their own or serving alongside a variety of main courses. Some of these recipes take just minutes to prep while others require a bit more time; either way, they’ll be ready when you are!
Healthy Crockpot Side Dishes
Links to full recipes are in each recipe title.
Crockpot Buttered Garlic Mushrooms < Get the recipe
This slow cooker recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal. The tender mushrooms are cooked in a flavorful butter and garlic sauce, making them the perfect addition to any dinner. Recipe created by Sprinkles and Sprouts.
Slow Cooker Parmesan Brussels Sprouts < Get the recipe
These slow cooked brussels sprouts are a game changer. The parmesan cheese adds a delicious nutty flavor, while the slow cooking process ensures that the sprouts are perfectly tender. Recipe created by Easy Weeknight Recipes.
Slow Cooker Green Beans with Shallots and Almonds < Get the recipe
This recipe is a healthier take on the classic green bean casserole. The slow cooker does all the work, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the delicious flavors of the green beans, shallots, and almonds. Recipe created by Culinary Ginger.
Crock Pot Herb Garlic Parmesan Potatoes < Get the recipe
These crock pot potatoes are a crowd-pleaser. They are seasoned with herbs, garlic, and parmesan cheese, making them the perfect side dish for any meal. Recipe created by Funny is Family.
Crock Pot Au Gratin Potatoes < Get the recipe
These creamy, cheesy potatoes are a must-try. The slow cooking process ensures that the potatoes are tender and the cheese is melted to perfection. Recipe created by Went There 8 This.
Slow Cooker Rice and Beans < Get the recipe
This recipe is a one-pot meal that is both delicious and filling. The slow cooker does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy the flavors of the rice and beans. Recipe created by Sweet and Savory Meals.
Slow Cooker Creamed Corn < Get the recipe
This slow cooker recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal. The creamed corn is creamy, delicious, and so easy to make. Recipe created by Damn Delicious.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Mashed Potatoes < Get the recipe
These slow cooked mashed potatoes are the perfect comfort food. They are creamy, cheesy, and so easy to make. Recipe created by The Magical Slow Cooker.
Slow Cooker Glazed Carrots < Get the recipe
These slow cooked glazed carrots are a healthier side dish that is both delicious and easy to make. The brown butter glaze adds a nutty flavor that is sure to please. Recipe created by A Gouda Life.
Slow Cooker Cheesy Vegetables < Get the recipe
This slow cooker recipe is the perfect side dish for any meal. The vegetables are cooked in a delicious cheese sauce, making them the perfect addition to any dinner. Recipe created by Cheese Curd in Paradise.