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11 Slow Cooker Recipes that Care for Your Heart

By Melinda Hershey, Staff Writer

Not only are slow cooker recipes easy and convenient, they can also be incredibly healthy when done the right way! Take care of your heart*, both literally and figuratively, with these nutritious set-it-and-forget-it meals.

*These recipes fall within the heart-healthy guidelines from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Heart Association

Slow Cooker Meatloaf

That's right--you can cook meatloaf in a slow cooker. This technique forms a nice, golden crust on the outside while preserving the meat juices on the inside. You'll never bake meatloaf again!

Low 'n Slow Vegetable Curry

This vegetarian curry will fill your house with the fragrant aroma of Indian spices. We like serving this with a dollop of yogurt or cream on top, along with flatbread and a green side salad.

Simple Salsa Chicken

Slow cooker salsa chicken is the number-one rated recipe on for good reason! It's easy to make, healthy, and incredibly versatile. We like it in tacos, burritos, or on top of a bed of brown rice or greens.

Low-Sodium Split Pea Soup

Get the rich, smoky taste you love without all the salt in this split pea soup recipe.

Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

Slow cookers aren't just for suppers! Cook this apple cinnamon oatmeal overnight for a hot and hearty breakfast in the morning. Plus, who wouldn't want to wake up to the comforting scent of apples and cinnamon?

One-Pot Pork Chop Dinner

Save time on dishes and prep work with this easy pork dish! Your protein, veggies and starch all cook together in one pot for a no-fuss meal.

Cream of Chicken and Rice Soup

In just 10 minutes of hands-on cooking time, you'll have a creamy chicken soup that's much better for you than the canned kind. For an extra veggie boost, stir in an extra four cups of your favorite greens at the end of cooking.

Kentucky Burgoo

This low-sodium stew has a little bit of everything. It's a tradition to make it during the Kentucky Derby, but we'd happily eat it any day of the week!

Rosemary Balsamic Chicken

Balsamic vinegar, white wine and rosemary blend together to create a rich, bold flavor in this simple slow cooker chicken dinner. Serve alongside roasted vegetables and brown rice for a complete heart-healthy meal.

Moroccan Beef Stew

The addition of dried fruit to this spiced beef stew makes for a standout sweet and savory meal. Serve with pita bread and hummus on the side.

Marinara Chicken and Vegetables

Enjoy this saucy yet low-sodium chicken dish over whole-wheat pasta for a filling dinner. Feel free to substitute any of the veggies for your favorites.