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Pork is one of those meats dietitians love to hate. It has a bad reputation, primarily because of the caloric content of classic snack foods like pork rinds, bacon cheddar potato skins, and deep-fried pork roll.
However, as bad of a rep as pork has, there are ways to make this meat extremely diet friendly. Today, we're going to show that pork has a lighter side to offer dieters. To add to the convenience, we're also going to focus in on the "set it and forget it" cooking style that comes with the use of slow cookers.
These are the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes we've found. Bon Appetit!
Healthy Slow Cooked Pulled Pork
Pulled pork is not one of the most diet-friendly dishes out there, at least when it comes to traditional recipes and cooking methods. A crock pot, though, can help tenderize meat without the use of too many additives — and that in turn can reduce calories greatly.
This recipe for Healthy Slow Cooked Pork cuts out the ugly, calorific side of BBQ sauce and keeps flavor intact. For those of us who can't give up the savory taste of a good pulled pork sandwich, this is a diet-friendly godsend.
Slow Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa
A more healthy option to pulled pork is the classic recipe for braised pork. Braised pork uses a higher heat to bring out the flavor of the meat, all while avoiding the diet faux-pas of slathering the meat in BBQ sauce.
Unfortunately for us who love a little heat with pork, traditional braised pork doesn't always deliver a spicy kick. That's why this recipe for Slow Cooker Braised Pork with Salsa is one of the most awesome recipes to make our list of the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes we've found.
Char Siu Pork
Fans of traditional Chinese cooking will recognize the name of this recipe as one of the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes out there. Char Siu Pork is all about being tender, juicy, and meaty — all while keeping things light and waistline friendly.
If you want to give this delicious Chinese dish a try, check out this easy recipe for Char Siu Pork we found. It's tender, juicy, and keeps all your favorite flavors melting in your mouth, bite after bite.
Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast
Balsamic vinegar? In one of the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes on the net? Yes — and it's a great ingredient for this super-tender, tangy-yet-sweet Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast recipe.
The Balsamic vinegar helps tenderize and add a nice pucker to the pork while the honey gives it a surprisingly sweet flavor. The overall flavor of this pork roast makes it an amazing choice for wine pairings, and that makes it one of the most upscale recipes on this list, too.
Onion and Mushroom Pork Roast
Pork roast often finds itself as the cut of choice for many of the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes on the net. The reason why pork roast is such a popular ingredient in healthy pork recipes is because it's one of the leanest meats out there.
The hard part when making pork roast is bringing out the flavor and juiciness it can have — and that's why we're loving this easy-as-pie Onion and Mushroom Pork Roast recipe. At around 174 calories per serving, this is one recipe that won't have your waistline expanding after dinner.
Potato and Ham Crock Pot Soup
Crock pots are incredible for soup making, especially when the soups in question involve notoriously tough cuts of meat. With enough low and slow heat, soup can quickly unlock softer, more tender texture and a whole lot more flavor than you could ever imagine.
That's why this recipe for Potato and Ham Crock Pot Soup tastes so good. More impressively, this recipe is dirt cheap to make and also only has around 151 calories per serving. In other words, it's one of the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes around — and it's also one of the lowest-calorie we've seen.
Crock Pot Pork Chops and Potatoes
Sometimes, you just want to taste the classic flavor of the other white meat — and that's totally okay. Not every pork recipe out there has to bring out spice, or have a more bacon-y flavor profile to it. Some recipes out there take a more traditional approach and have a ton of success with it.
One of the healthiest slow cooked pork recipes we were able to find takes a more traditional meal planning route. This recipe for Crock Pot Pork Chops and Potatoes has the classic flavors of all-American pork chops, with an even more classic side of potatoes.
It's tender, juicy, and tastes just the same as the way your grandma used to make it. What more could you want?