5 Low-sodium Slow Cooker Meals


Pot Roast

Lots of pot roast recipes call for dry soup mix and/or beef bouillon cubes for flavoring. These little seasonings are primarily salt. A single bouillon cube can have as much as 1,110 milligrams of sodium. An envelope of onion soup mix contains 2,440 milligrams of sodium.

You can cut back by substituting a cup of low-sodium canned beef broth (around 440 milligrams of sodium) for each bouillon cube. Or you can completely eliminate this source of salt in your meal by using sodium-free bouillon. Yes, it does exist, and it's in your grocery store right next to the regular bouillon sodium bombs.

Basic Pot Roast Recipe

  1. Thoroughly wash and cube four medium potatoes and place in bottom of your slow cooker. Leaving the skins on conserves vitamins.
  2. Wash and slice four carrots into even lengths and place them on top of the potatoes.
  3. Peel and slice two onions; place half of the slices on the carrots and potatoes.
  4. Trim any visible fat from a 3- to 4-pound chuck roast; season with pepper and garlic powder (not garlic salt), and place it in the slow cooker on top of your vegetables.
  5. Place the other half of the onions over the roast.
  6. Dissolve the sodium-free beef bouillon in 1 cup of boiling water, and pour it over roast.
  7. Cook the roast on low for 10 hours.