19 Healthy Slow Cooker Soup Recipes

January is National Soup Month. The fact that Soup Month takes place during the chilly month of January is no surprise, but you may be surprised by this healthy roundup of soup recipes made easily in the slow cooker. No fuss, no muss! From Barley Bean Soup and Smoky Chili with Sweet Potatoes to Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup, let the slow cooker do the work for you, especially when you’re outside shoveling snow 🙂

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I do most of my hibernating in winter, but when there’s snow on the ground, I strap on my snowshoes and walk through the network of trails and farms near my house. Sadly, here in Boston, it’s currently rainy, wet, and cold, but I’m still craving soup.

A few years ago, during one of our mega New England snow storms, I created the most warming new recipe for Barley and Bean Soup, and I wanted to share it with all of you again today along with a dozen-plus other slow cooker soup sensations. Most of the recipes that I gathered from my fellow food and nutrition bloggers are plant based—made with beans, whole grains, squash, and sweet potatoes—but there are some chicken recipes peppered throughout as well. Let me know which recipe whets your family’s appetite the most. Personally, I’m not sure where to begin.

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Smoky Chili with Sweet Potatoes from Sharon Palmer at The Plant-Powered Blog

Slow Cooker Black Bean, Sweet Potato, and Quinoa Chili from Maria at Halsa Nutrition

Slow Cooker Black Eyed Pea and Pork Chili from Katie at Mom’s Kitchen Handbook

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Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup from Kara at The Foodie Dietitian

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Vegetable Chili from Lauren at Bite of Health Nutrition

Tuscan Chicken and Sorghum Soup from Holley at Holley Grainger Nutrition

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Slow Cooker Barley Bean Soup from Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen

Hearty Crockpot Mung Bean Soup with Vegetables from Sarah at Family. Food. Fiesta.

Slow Cooker Sorghum and Black Bean Chili from Kathy and Tracee at Triad to Wellness

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Smoked Paprika Sweet Potato Chili from Elizabeth at Shaw’s Simple Swaps

Slow Cooker Potato Leek Soup from Jill at Just the Right Byte

Chicken Chili from Marissa at New Kid on the Guac

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Yellow Split Pea Daal from Dixya at Food, Pleasure, Health

Spicy Winter Coconut Lemongrass Squash Soup from Ginger at Champagne Nutrition

Quinoa and Bean Chili from Kitty at Gluten-Free Slow Cooking

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Slow Cooker Chicken Ramen Noodle Soup from Ann at My Menu Pal

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore from Dana at Dana White Nutrition

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Gluten-Free Minestrone from Kelli at Hungry Hobby

Slow Cooker BBQ Chili from Amanda at The Nutritionist Reviews

I’m curious about something: If you live in a warm climate, do you still crave soup in the winter when you’re running around in shorts and a T shirt? My inquiring mind wants to know…

Cabbage From My CSA + Our Intern’s Recipe for Thai “Bland” Soup

From coleslaw and kimchi to this Thai “Bland” Soup and salads, cabbage is a versatile vegetable that adds crunch, flavor, and good nutrition. Cabbage is a good source of fiber, folate, and vitamin C, and it contains antioxidants that promote good health.

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Guest Post:

Hi, I’m Ben, a senior in nutrition from Boston University. A few weeks ago, Janice gave me and my fellow B.U. intern, Brett, a challenge. She had two Napa cabbages in her refrigerator that she got from her Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), and she wanted us to create a recipe with them.

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Entertain on a Budget: 4 Healthy Recipes Made with Pantry Ingredients

When the holidays roll around and you find yourself cooking for family and friends, you may also find that your wallet gets skinnier by the day. From elaborate parties to unexpected guests, the food cost associated with hosting a holiday party can add up quickly. To the rescue, we have 4 healthy holiday appetizer recipes that you can whip up in minutes with the help of inexpensive ingredients sourced right from your pantry.

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If you’re like us, your pantry is probably overflowing with canned, bottled, and packed ingredients that you may have forgotten about.

It’s time to shop your pantry to save money at the holidays.

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Janice has the biggest and most well-organized pantry you’ll ever see! Last week, we invited some friends over to watch us in action as we sourced ingredients from the pantry and created 4 healthy holiday-inspired  appetizer recipes:

Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites
Holiday Rice and Tuna Cakes
Cinnamon-Spiced Roasted Walnuts
Butternut Squash Soup Shooters

The Boston Globe was there too, and their article on budget-friendly holiday entertaining will be published soon!

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{We partnered with Bumble Bee to create some of these recipes and were compensated for our work. All ideas and content is our own.}

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Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites

Pantry Staples: 
* Two 5-ounce cans Bumble Bee Albacore Tuna with Sundried Tomatoes & Olive Oil (or any other fun tuna flavor)
* 1 jar light mayonnaise
* 1 box small, round low-sodium whole grain crackers
* 1 small jar roasted red peppers

Easy Assembly:
Drain and flake the tuna. Place in a bowl with 1/4 cup mayonnaise and stir to combine. Top 21 mini whole grain crackers evenly with the tuna mixture. Decorate by arranging thin slices of roasted red pepper strips (1 ounce) over each of the tuna bites.

Nutrition Information per 3 cracker bites: 160 calories, 10g fat (1.5g saturated), 240mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate, 0g fiber, 8g protein


Watch us cook up our Sundried Tomato Tuna Bites. Click the PLAY button below.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that we all consume at least two seafood meals a week. For pregnant and nursing women, that recommendation is even higher at two to three seafood meals a week. This “recipe” featuring canned tuna gets you one step closer to the goal of eating 8 to 12 ounces of seafood a week.

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Autumn’s Best Butternut Squash, Apple, and Pear Soup

The second it cools off here in New England, I start craving soup, especially when butternut squash is the star. This vegetarian, gluten-free recipe features autumn’s freshest butternut squash along with sweet, crisp apples and juicy pears. For an added pop of protein, you can incorporate cooked quinoa, toasted walnuts, and/or pumpkin seeds.

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Last week, I joined Kids Cooking Green (a food literacy and hands-on cooking program based in Lexington, MA) to teach nutrition to an adorable and engaged group of elementary school kids in Boston. The theme of our class was SOUP, and thanks to the kids’ hard work, we created two soups including a warm brew made with butternut squash and pears.

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These pint-sized chefs were seriously focused, and I’m happy to report that there was a lot of tasting and devouring going on after our soups were done. (Isn’t that what it’s all about?)

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Greek Orzo Chicken Soup + Cooking Mindfully to Reduce Food Waste {Podcast #283}

This Greek Orzo Chicken Soup is easy to make, delicious to eat, and nutritious, and if you prepare it mindfully, it can help your family reduce food waste too.

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The topic of Food Waste has been on our minds for quite some time now, because the numbers are just so darn staggering:

> 40% of the food in the United States goes uneaten on any given day, which translates to more than 20 pounds of food waste per person every month.

> From farm to table, a 15% food waste reduction could feed more than 25 million Americans every year at a time when one in six Americans is food insecure.

The GOOD NEWS: The U.S. is aiming for a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030

Tune in to this week’s Cooking with the Moms podcast for tasty tips on how you and your family can reduce food waste, cook mindfully, and bring about change in your communities.

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Lentil Alphabet Soup — A Classic Makeover of a Kid Favorite

Vegetarian, vegan, and kid friendly, this Lentil Alphabet Soup is irresistible thanks to the playful pasta, and it’s filled with fiber and protein thanks to the lentils and vegetables. We have no doubt your kids will happily slurp up every last spoonful. 

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This one pot, savory soup is made with carrots, celery, lentils, and adorable alphabet pasta, and the veggies and lentils are so tiny, even the pickiest eaters at your table will love it.

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The UN General Assembly has declared 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Why? Because lentils, dry beans and peas, and chickpeas are a nutritious superfood, and they’re sustainable — they have a low carbon footprint and enrich the soil. Pulses are regarded as a food of the future, poised as a powerful solution for feeding the world’s growing population.

Click the play button above to tune into this week’s Podcast, and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Thigh Hot Pot + Tips for Using Maple Syrup in Everyday Cooking {Podcast Episode #278}

There are many more to ways to savor sweet maple syrup beyond the traditional topping for pancakes. Try this sweet and spicy chicken soup for your next family dinner featuring vibrant flavors from pure maple syrup, crushed red chili flakes, and five-spice powder.

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New England is known for a lot of things: gorgeous fall foliage, winning sports teams, and naturally sweet and impossible-to-resist pure maple syrup.

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So when Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup (Quirk Books, 2015) by Katie Webster landed in the Meal Makeover Moms’ Kitchen, we were more excited than two kids in a candy store as we poured through its sweet pages!

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You can hear all about Maple, get tips for using maple syrup in everyday cooking, learn the backstory on how maple trees are tapped, and discover Katie’s formula for using maple syrup in place of sweeteners like granulated sugar on this week’s Cooking with the Moms radio podcast. Katie joins us from her Vermont home where she cooks up new dishes each week for her food blog, Healthy Seasonal Recipes.

Click the play button above to listen, and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to our show on iTunes

And read on for Katie’s recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Thigh Hot Pot and news on how you can enter to WIN a copy of Maple.

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A Hearty Fall Recipe for Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Stay warm and well nourished this fall and winter with Pumpkin Turkey Chili. Packed with great flavors and immune-boosting vitamin A from the pumpkin, this recipe will please even the pickiest eaters at your table. 

Pumpkin Turkey Chili

Even though Halloween is over, we’re still totally obsessed with pumpkin. It’s one of our favorite winter squash varieties, and by using canned pumpkin versus fresh, we keep this recipe as easy peasy as possible!

Watch Liz cook up our Pumpkin Turkey Chili in her CNN AccentHealth video!

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Creamy Broccoli Soup Gets a Healthy Makeover

Spoiler alert: The secret ingredient in this creamy, cream-less broccoli soup is cannellini beans.

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Rich, flavorful, and light in calories, this healthy cream of broccoli soup makeover gets it’s creaminess from beans and no actual cream at all. 

Every spoonful of this soup tastes like summer.

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