Is the whirlwind of everyday life making your dreams of healthy, home-cooked meals feel like a distant fantasy? Let’s make your dreams come true with these high-protein low-carb crock pot recipes.
Imagine this: After a long day at work, you get home to a full-course dinner served and prepared by dancing cutlery.
As if that’s not enough, the cutlery can even wash themselves.
If this happens to us, all we can say is, “shut up and take our money”!
That’s how you’d react too, we know!
After all, we all dream of eating good and nutritious food but none of us have the time and energy to prep them.
That’s why we often find ourselves asking, can’t we go home to perfectly healthy and yummy meals every time?
Well, there’s always the option of getting fast food, but it’s not ideal when you’re on a high-protein, low-carb diet.
But worry not!
While there is no dancing cutlery in real life, the food fairy godmothers have heard our plea and granted our wishes in the form of magical cooking equipment– a crock pot. (*)
Here’s why we believe this equipment is a dream come true:
- Prep-set- and-forget cooking method, so you can multitask or rest while cooking
- Transforms even the cheapest cut of protein into the most amazing dishes
- Long, low-temperature cooking ensures that you get maximum flavor in every bite
- Uses less electricity than an oven
Still skeptical? We’ve prepared a list featuring some of our favorite high-protein, low-carb crock pot recipes for you to try.
13 High-Protein, Low-carb Crock Pot Recipes
You don’t need a fairy godmother to enjoy these high-protein, low-carb crock pot recipes. So, put on your apron, and let’s go down this culinary wonderland together.
Now let’s dive into our first culinary delight: Braised Beef with Carrots and Turnips, a dish that brings holiday cheer any time of the year.
1. Festive Braised Beef with Carrots & Turnips: A Holiday Delight
Allspice, cloves, and cinnamon– sounds like we’re making apple pie, right?
But guess what? This spice combo works great for savory dishes, too, and this recipe is proof.
Perfect for the holidays but enjoyable year-round, this braised beef tastes like a wish granted.
The melt-in-your-mouth tender beef, the vegetables, and the luscious broth of familiar flavors take you back to golden days.
Per serving: 318 calories, 35 g protein, 13 g carbs, and 11 g fat
Pro Tip: Make ahead by browning the beef and making the tomato mixture separately. Store in the fridge and add to the slow cooker to finish.
Get Recipe Here: https://www.eatingwell.com/
Learn more: 11 Creative Keto Ground Beef Recipes
After savoring the festive flavors of our braised beef, let’s explore another delightful surprise. Our Balsamic Pot Roast is an overnight sensation, perfect for those who love stress-free, flavor-rich meals.
2. Overnight Balsamic Pot Roast: A Flavorful Time-Saver
Look no further if you love a stress-free, low-effort meal that slaps.
The highlight of the dish is the balsamic vinegar’s acidity that cuts through the meat’s richness, giving it a depth of flavor like no other.
In addition to its amazing taste, we also appreciate that this pot roast requires no browning. This means less prep time and more bonding time with your family and loved ones over the holidays.
In fact, it needs only five minutes of prep time. After that, everything is ready to go into the crockpot where the magic will happen.
But wait, there’s more. You can even set it up at night, so you have a delicious meal when you wake up.
Per serving: 306 calories, 25.9 g protein,5.7 g carbs, and 19.1 g fat
Editor’s Tip: For best results, use premium balsamic vinegar (*) .
Get Recipe Here: https://joyfoodsunshine.com/
3. Easy Hungarian Goulash: Traditional Flavor with Modern Convenience
Before, we would never think of whipping up a bowl of goulash at home.
That’s because it’s tedious and pretty intimidating to make. Plus, we don’t want to disappoint the herdsmen, you know!
But now, thanks to our Crockpot, you can enjoy this rich and flavorful stew without the extra work.
Aside from its mouthwatering taste, this dish is also packed with protein and iron, so it can be a complete meal on its own.
The best part is you can also serve it with braised cabbage to enjoy the ultimate Goulash experience.
Per serving: 705 calories, 102.8 g protein, 12.6 g carbs, and 24.7 g fat
Pro Tip: This recipe works great for tenderizing and elevating tough cuts of meat.
Editor’s Tip: For the best aroma and kick, consider investing in some high-quality Hungarian paprika (*).
Get Recipe Here: https://theshortordercook.com/
4. Simplistic Turkey Wings in Onion Soup: 3-Ingredient Wonder
A high-protein, low-carb crock pot recipe using only three ingredients? Sign us up!
With this simple yet delicious recipe, you don’t have to worry about chopping and all that stuff. All you need to do is put your protein in the slow cooker, grab a packet of soup mix, and dump it in with some water.
This ultra-easy and highly customizable recipe takes hands-off, hassle-free cooking to another level.
Per serving: 525 calories, 62 g protein,1 g carbs, and 28 g fat
Pro Tip: This dish is best served over rice or mashed potatoes, but you can stay within the low-carb theme by serving it with steamed or roasted veggies.
Get Recipe Here: https://thetopmeal.com/
5. Keto Tuscan Chicken – Bold Flavors from Humble Roots
This recipe originated in the charming Tuscany region in Italy, but it has become popular in the US through Olive Garden’s menu. (*)
And we love how the rustic Mediterranean history of the dish comes through this Olive Garden copycat’s blend of flavors.
You’ll be transported to sun-bathed Italian landscapes with every bite of juicy, tender chicken.
Plus, the sundried tomatoes deliver a tangy surprise which is perfectly balanced by the basil and garlic’s fresh aromas and savory tastes.
We like to eat it as is, doused with that luscious sauce. But feel free to serve it on a bed of keto pasta (to keep it low-carb), cauliflower rice, or a side salad.
Per serving: 441 calories, 47 g protein, 2 g carbs, and 13 g fat
Pro Tip: Top with more fresh basil and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese before serving.
Editor’s Tip: Different sun-dried tomato brands vary greatly in carb content, so read the label and choose one with 2% carbs or less (*).
Get Recipe Here: https://keenforketo.com/
6. Savory Low-Sugar Pulled Pork Shoulder: A Flavor-Packed Delight
Did you know that commercial BBQ sauce can contain up to 33% pure sugar(*)? That’s like half a cup of sugar for every recipe. Yikes.
Good news, though. This pulled pork recipe calls for no BBQ sauce, which makes it perfect for keto.
Despite that, it still delivers the same caramelized flavor and color, thanks to the right blend of spices and just a tablespoon of brown sugar.
Not only that, but it also has the classic pull-apart tenderness, incredibly juicy texture, and flavor-packed bite, all thanks to the crockpot’s slow-and-low magic.
Per serving: 468 calories, 78 g protein, 8 g carbs, and 12 g fat
Pro Tip: For fast and easy meals, make a batch and separate the meat from the liquid. Store separately in the fridge for up to 4 days. Mix and reheat before eating.
Get Recipe Here: https://thedizzycook.com/
Having explored the rich tastes of beef and chicken, let’s take a turn towards the sea. Our Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks is a refreshing change, bringing zesty, light flavors to your dinner table.
7. Zesty Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks: Refreshing and Light
This next dish is a breath of fresh air from the usual creamy and heavy crockpot dishes.
The citrus flavor delivers a zesty, light, and fresh taste that reminds us of delightful, sunny days at the beach.
What takes the cake for this one is the melted leeks’ caramelized, almost jammy texture. We love that it’s rich and chewy with a hint of sweetness.
Paired with the flaky, light, and citrusy salmon, you get the best of both worlds.
Per serving: 369 calories, 35 g protein, 10 g carbs, and 20 g fat
Pro Tip: For added texture, sprinkle with toasted almonds or pine nuts before serving. This also provides extra protein and healthy fats.
Get Recipe Here: https://www.eatingwell.com/
8. Lean and Flavorful Mustard Turkey Stew: A Healthy Comfort Food
Surprise, here’s the delicious solution to your Thanksgiving Turkey leftovers.
We love the dish’s magical combo of sweet honey and tangy mustard that will definitely tickle your taste buds. It’s so good that even our kids love it, making it our most favorite stew yet.
That’s a win for us since turkey has less fat and calories than chicken or beef. Not only that, but you can even make it fat-free by removing the skins (*).
Per serving: 211 calories, 33.3 g protein, 14 g carbs, and 1 g fat
Editor’s Tip: Opt for whole-grain Dijon mustard for the best flavor (*).
Get Recipe Here: https://skinnyms.com/
Moving on, we have a dish that stands out with its unique blend of sweetness and tang. The Cod with Tomato Balsamic Jam is not just a meal; it’s a delightful culinary experience with its bright and sweet notes
9. Sweet and Tangy Cod with Tomato Balsamic Jam: A Seafood Symphony
Tired of the same old salmon route? There are a lot of other fish in the sea, literally, and cod is one of them.
Cod and other white meat fish have a mild, slightly sweet flavor, so they work best with a flavor-packed sauce like this tomato-balsamic jam (*).
The good news is this sauce uses honey, so it delivers maximum flavor for minimal carb consumption.
Per serving: 243 calories, 30 g protein, 11 g carbs, and 8 g fat
Pro Tip: Splash some lemon juice on the fish before cooking to give it some acidity that will elevate its flavor.
Get Recipe Here: https://www.eatingwell.com/
10. Effortlessly Delicious Lemon Pepper Chicken with Broccolini
By effortlessly good, we mean that this recipe will make it possible for you to feed four people a protein-packed meal with just ten minutes of active cooking.
Wait, there’s more: that even includes both protein and veggies.
With this high-protein, low-carb crock pot recipe, you get a straightforward and well-balanced meal with just a few simple ingredients and minimal work.
Per serving: 292 calories, 37 g protein, 10 g carbs, and 11 g fat
Pro Tip: For the best flavor, use skin-on chicken thighs if you’re not worried about the extra fat.
Get Recipe Here: https://www.eatingwell.com/
11. Effortlessly Delicious Lemon Pepper Chicken with Broccolini
Imagine this: succulent, tender chicken bathed in a creamy, fragrant curry sauce.
Mouthwatering, isn’t it? Well, that’s what this recipe is all about and you can get that with little to no effort!
The secret? We keep the crock pot going in the lowest setting the whole day. The low-temp cooking method infuses the flavors in the best way possible.
Not only that but the spices and aromatics also leave the entire house smelling heavenly.
Per serving: 511 calories, 43 g protein, 10 g carbs, and 33 g fat
Pro Tip: Swap the double cream with coconut cream for an extra layer of texture and flavor.
Get Recipe Here: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/
12. Scrumptious Slow Cooker Seafood Stew: A Medley of Ocean Delights
Dive into an ocean of flavor through a bowl filled with flaky fish, plump shrimp, and flavorful clams swimming in an aromatic broth.
As seafood lovers, we can never get enough of this seafood stew.
To be honest, its flavor is hard to describe so we’ll just leave you with this: A single sip instantly transports us to heartwarming days at the beach with the sunshine and salty air.
Per serving: 181 calories, 26 g protein, 14 g carbs, and 1.5 g fat
Pro Tip: Add a splash of any white wine to the broth for that extra oomph factor.
Editor’s Tip: This is an excellent white wine brand you can try (*).
Get Recipe Here: https://www.hungry-girl.com/
As we approach the end of our flavorful journey, we bring you a recipe that’s both unusual and irresistibly tasty. Solyanka, with its rich salty-and-sour broth, is a Russian masterpiece that’s sure to become a favorite.
13. Solyanka: A Unique and Flavorful Russian Soup Surprise
We’re ending this list with an unusual but definite must-try dish– Solyanka.
This is a Russian thick and sour soup made with a variety of cured meats, pickles, olives, and veggies in a rich broth (*).
We know that sounds like a weird blend of ingredients, but you’ll get why we love this recipe once you get a sip of that incredibly rich salty-and-sour broth.
Plus, it uses three types of meats, so you’re sure that it will give you your fill of protein.
As if that’s not enough, it’s also considered a hangover soup because it contains pickle juice that’s rich in sodium and potassium. (*)
Per serving: 741 calories, 50 g protein, 13 g net carbs, and 54 g fat
Pro Tip: You can throw in any leftover meat, like chicken or beef, to make this versatile soup.
Editor’s Tip: Always use good bone broth, which you can buy (*) or make yourself at home.
Get Recipe Here: https://www.theendlessmeal.com/
Bringing It All Together: Your Path to Healthy, Delicious Meals
As we come to the end of our culinary journey through high-protein, low-carb crock pot recipes, it’s clear that eating healthily doesn’t have to be a compromise on taste or convenience.
Each recipe we’ve explored offers a unique blend of flavors and nutrients, designed to fit seamlessly into your busy lifestyle. From the savory Braised Beef with Carrots and Turnips to the delightful Citrus Salmon with Melted Leeks, these dishes ensure that you can enjoy wholesome, satisfying meals without spending hours in the kitchen.
Embrace the ease and nutrition of these crockpot wonders, knowing that each meal supports your health goals while tantalizing your taste buds. Whether you’re a seasoned crockpot enthusiast or just beginning your journey, these recipes are a testament to the simplicity and versatility of slow cooking.
So, as you plan your next meal, remember that a world of nutritious, flavorful, and easy-to-prepare dishes awaits you in your crockpot.
Happy cooking, and here’s to a healthier, tastier, and more convenient way of eating!