Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race, but slow and steady also makes it happen when it comes to low-calorie meals. Dust off the ol' slow cooker and whip up these meals — full of flavor, fiber, and protein, and all under 400 calories.
Spicy Chicken ChiliPhoto: Lizzie Fuhr
Chili is one of the most common slow cooker recipes, and this one made with ground chicken and kidney beans is sure to satisfy without breaking the calorie bank — it's only 324 calories per serving. This dish is made using a Dutch oven on the stove, but you can easily adapt this recipe to be made in a slow cooker; just keep it on low.
Slow Cooker Spinach and Mushroom Lasagna
After a long day at work, come home to this warm and cheesy comfort food. Since it's made with spinach, portobello mushrooms, and cherry tomatoes, it's surprisingly low in cals. One serving is about 355 calories.
Keep reading for two more low-calorie options after the break.
Southwestern Three-Bean and Barley SoupSource: Flickr user thepinkpeppercorn
This recipe is chock-full of three different fiber-rich beans — black, kidney, and great northern. Those little gems plus barley make for a filling bowl that's only 205 calories per delicious serving.
Vegan Split Pea and Sweet Potato Soup
You can make this on the stove much faster, but it's also a great slow cooker recipe if you have the time to cook it while you're at work. Made with split peas, celery, and sweet potatoes, a this hearty soup is only 326 calories per serving.