Crockpot Recipes for the Busy Athlete

Whether you’re constantly busy with practice, work, or class, nothing is more useful when it comes to meal prepping than a crockpot. Crockpots are so handy for athletes in training camps, living in hotels without full kitchens, or living in dorm-style apartments without ovens or stoves. To make your meal prep & planning even easier, I’ve gathered 27 healthy recipes for this blog thanks to my fellow dietitians & food bloggers! Simply toss ingredients in, flip on the switch, and go about your day without having to spend hours in the kitchen. These crockpot meals require little effort and time, and you can rest assured you’ll always have leftovers to get you through the week! 



Start each morning with a nutritious breakfast that's ready as soon as you wake up! These breakfast recipes can be cooked in your slow cooker overnight and will provide you with delicious leftovers all week long.

Cinnamon Apple Steel Cut Oats from Kelli Shallal, MPH, RD at Hungry Hobby

Cherry Vanilla Overnight Oats from Marie Dittmer RD at Healthy Ideas Place

Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal from The Skinny Fork

Simple Steel Cut Oats Eleat Nutrition

Coconut Brown Rice Pudding from Kara Lydon, RD, LDN, RYT

Peach French Toast Casserole from Amanda Hernandez MA, RD at The Nutritionist Reviews

Frittata with Broccoli, Ham, & Swiss from Kalyn's Kitchen

Quinoa Egg Casserole with Tomato & Spinach from Slow Cooker Gourmet


Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a variety of lunches & dinners requiring little effort and prep time. Limited on time in the mornings or unable to prep these meals over the weekend? Prep the ingredients the night before and place in a large ziploc bag, then toss in your slow cooker in the morning before leaving for the day. 

Chicken Tacos from Stacie Hassing RDN, LD at The Real Food Dietitians

Lemony Herb Chicken & Veggies from Shannon A Garcia MDS, RD, LD

Italian Chicken from The Gracious Pantry

Mexican Quinoa from Ashley Munro RD at Pinch of Grace

Lasagna from Amanda Hernandez MA, RD at the Nutritionist Reviews

Turkey Meatballs Eleat Nutrition

Cuban-Inspired Ropa Vieja from Chrissy Carroll MPH, RD at Snacking in Sneakers

Vegan Tacos with Walnuts from Natalie Rizzo MS, RD at Nutrition a la Natalie

2-Ingredient Salsa Chicken from the Kitchn


Soups & Stews


These healthy and hearty soups and stews are the perfect addition to any athlete's meal plan. And it's true...soup tastes better the next day!

Chicken Parmesan Soup from Foxes Love Lemons

Beef Stew from Stacie Hassing RDN, LD at The Real Food Dietitians

Yellow Split Pea Daal from Dixya Bhattarai RD

Curry Lentil Soup Eleat Nutrition

Chicken Noodle Soup Eleat Nutrition

Sweet Potato Turkey Chili Eleat Nutrition

Chicken Tortilla Soup Eleat Nutrition



Delicious sweet treats that can be cooking all day, and ready for you as an after dinner treat!

Apple Butter from Dixya Bhattarai RD

Peach & Apple Crisp from Eleat Nutrition

Slow Cooker Granola from Christy Brissette, MSC, RD at 80 Twenty Nutrition

Pumpkin Banana Bread from The Gracious Pantry



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