High Protein Crockpot Recipes

The beginning of a new year is a time so many of us want to start things with a clean slate. We want to set goals, change old habits, all so we can start working on a better version of ourselves. 

It is no secret that the 2 most common New Year’s resolutions are to:

  1.  Exercise More
  2. Lose Weight

And, although I can definitely help you with both, on today’s blog we will be focusing on the ‘’lose weight’’ resolution. This seems to be the one most people have the hardest time with. 

Here is the thing, the 2 main components when it comes to losing weight is to:

A. Make sure you are eating Nutrient-dense foods, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer… especially lean protein!

B. Be prepared throughout the day and the week so you can properly stick to your plan. 

Food prepping sometimes can feel overwhelming, and time-consuming! But today I am going to share with you, my go-to recipes when I want to eat healthily, fuel my workouts, or drop a couple of pounds. 

These recipes are not only delicious, super easy to make by only using a crockpot (Yup! That’s all you need!), but they are also FILLED with protein! These ready-to-go meals will save you TONS of time, fuel your muscles, and get you ready to stay on track with your meal plan for the whole week.

My Favorite High Protein Crockpot Recipes

Sausage & Broccoli Casserole

Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:
  • 10 eggs
  • ¾ cup low-fat heavy cream
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes, crushed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 medium head broccoli, chopped
  • 1 (12-ounce) package turkey sausage, cooked and sliced
  • 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded
Instructions:
  1. In a bowl, add eggs, cream, red pepper flakes, salt and black pepper and beat until well combined.
  2. Grease a large crockpot.
  3. In the bottom of the prepared crockpot, place ½ of the broccoli, followed by ½ of the sausage and ½ of the cheese. 
  4. Repeat the layers once.
  5. Place the egg mixture on top evenly.
  6. Set the crockpot on Low and cook, covered for about 4-5 hours.
  7. Uncover the crockpot and let the casserole sit for about 5 minutes.
  8. Cut into equal-sized wedges and serve.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 331
Fat: 26.5g
Sat Fat: 11.2g
Carbohydrates: 3.3g
Fiber: 0.9g
Sugar: 1.1g
Protein: 19.9g

Pork & Corn Soup

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ pounds pork tenderloin, trimmed and cubed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons red chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 6 cups beef broth
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
Instructions:
  1. In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat and cook the pork with a little salt and black pepper for about 4-5 minutes or until browned.
  2. With a slotted spoon, transfer the pork cubes into a crockpot.
  3. In the same skillet, add the carrot, celery and onion and sauté for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Add the garlic and ginger and sauté for about 1 minute.
  5. Remove from the heat and transfer the carrot mixture into the crockpot with pork.
  6. Add the remaining ingredients except for tortilla chips and parsley and mix well. 
  7. Set the crockpot on High and cook, covered for about 4-5 hours.  
  8. Uncover the crock pot and stir in the salt, black pepper and parsley.
  9. Serve hot with the topping of avocado.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 376
Fat: 17.4g
Sat Fat: 3.9g
Carbohydrates: 18g
Fiber: 5.9g
Sugar: 5g
Protein: 37.5g

Beef & Mushroom Stew

Servings: 8
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 hours

Ingredients:
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cubed
  • 2 cups fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 2 cups tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. In a large crockpot, add all ingredients and mix well.
  2. Set the crockpot on Low and cook, covered for about 8 hours.
  3. Serve hot.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 307
Fat: 7.8g
Sat Fat: 2.9g
Carbohydrates: 15g
Fiber: 3.2g
Sugar: 8.8g
Protein: 39.3g

Turkey Chili

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red onion, chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups tomatoes, chopped finely
  • 2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cups canned red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • ½ cup tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Instructions:
  1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium heat and cook the turkey for about 8-9 minutes.
  2. Add green pepper, onion and garlic and cook for about 1 minute. 
  3. Transfer the turkey mixture into a large crockpot.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. 
  5. Set the crockpot on Low. 
  6. Cover and cook for about 4-5 hours.
  7. Serve hot with the topping of cheddar cheese and cilantro.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 333
Fat: 8.7g
Sat Fat: 3.3g
Carbohydrates: 38.1g
Fiber: 12.4g
Sugar: 7.8g
Protein: 28.5g

 

Lamb & Apricot Casserole

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pound boneless lamb meat, trimmed and cubed
  • 1½ cups tomato paste
  • 1 medium onion, chopped finely
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup dried apricots
Instructions:
  1. In a bowl, mix together oil and spices. 
  2. Add lamb and coat with oil mixture evenly.
  3. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and sear lamb cubes for about 4-5 minutes or until browned completely.
  4. Transfer the lamb in a crockpot with the remaining ingredients and mix well.
  5. Set the crockpot on Low and cook, covered for about 6-8 hours.
  6. Serve hot.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 357
Fat: 12.7g
Sat Fat: 3.6g
Carbohydrates: 26.6g
Fiber: 5.8g
Sugar: 16.7g
Protein: 37.1g

 

Salmon with Lentils

Servings: 6
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 6 hours

Ingredients:
  • For Lentils:
    • ¾ cup green lentils
    • ½ cup carrot, peeled and chopped
    • ¼ cup celery stalk, chopped
    • ¼ cup onion, chopped
    • 1½ cups chicken broth
    • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
    • 1 tablespoon applesauce
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    For Salmon:

    • 6 (4-ounce) skinless, boneless salmon fillets
    • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. For lentils: in a crockpot add all ingredients and stir to combine. 
  2. Set the crockpot on Low and cook, covered for about 5-5½ hours.
  3. Uncover the slow cook and place a large parchment paper over lentil mixture.
  4. Sprinkle the salmon fillets with garlic powder, salt and black pepper.
  5. Arrange the salmon fillets over parchment paper in a single layer.
  6. Set the crockpot on Low and cook, covered for about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Uncover the crockpot and transfer the lentil mixture onto serving plates.
  8. Top each plate with 1 salmon fillet and serve.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 249
Fat: 4.7g
Sat Fat: 1.7g
Carbohydrates: 17.7g
Fiber: 7.8g
Sugar: 2.6g
Protein: 33g

 

Chicken with Mushrooms & Spinach

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 5 hours

Ingredients:
  • 1½ pound skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
  • 1 cup fresh button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions:
  1. In a crockpot, add all ingredients and stir to combine.
  2. Set the crockpot on Low and cook, covered for about 4-5 hours.
  3. Serve hot.
Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 241
Fat: 6.6g
Sat Fat: 2.4g
Carbohydrates: 4g
Fiber: 1.1g
Sugar: 1.7g
Protein: 40.5g

Let me know which ones are your favorite! If you make one of these recipes, make sure to take a picture and post it to your socials. Tag me (@nathaliamelofit) so that I can see! I love getting to interact with you guys on Instagram.

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