The Whole30 Slow Cooker Recipe Roundup: 10 Favorite Recipes for Batch Cooking
One of the biggest changes people notice when taking on a program like Whole30 is that you’re cooking at home for almost every meal. While the planning and prep portion can take a bit of getting used to (it’s worth it, we promise!), there are some ways to simplify your transition to cooking more and eating cleaner.
One of the PlateJoy crew’s favorites? Making use of that slow cooker. Not only is the set-it-and-forget-it method as easy as it sounds, slow cooking food can help stock your freezer with make-ahead items you can defrost anytime a busy week might interfere with your healthy eating goals. When you come home to a ready-to-eat meal, the allure of takeout is a little less powerful.
Check out our Whole30 slow cooker recipe roundup to find 10 Whole30-compliant reasons to dust off the crock pot and get (slow) cooking.
Especially in winter, a little heat and a little spice go a long way. My Heart Beet’s Habanero Chili is a fiery, warming mixture of fiber-rich veggies and satisfying protein. The recipe calls for beef, but you can feel free to swap in different grass-fed, free-range varieties of meat each time you make this, or stick to veggies-only for a simple vegetarian version. Adjust spiciness to taste and serve over lightly steamed spiralized parsnips in place of rice.
Slow Cooker Curry
We love these curry variations from Rubies and Radishes. Curry is filling and nourishing, and customizable to your flavor and texture preferences. While you won’t use legumes like many traditional curries might, you can play with proteins and veggies to make the perfect just-like-takeout option for any night of the week.
Stuffed Cabbage Casserole
Thinking cabbage rolls could never be cabbage rolls without rice? Try this Whole30-approved take on the comfort food favorite from Bowl of Delicious. You won’t be disappointed. You will be full.
Chicken Tikka Masala
We’re in love with how easy it is to make Whole30-compliant Indian-inspired meals. Piping hot – and awesome when served with steamed greens – this Chicken Tikka Masala comes courtesy of My Natural Family and will make you forget it’s not loaded with cream and oil.
Turkey Thai Soup
Whole30 requires you to cut dairy out of your diet, so what’s a person to do when a bowl of creamy soup is calling your name? Make this Turkey Thai Soup from The Skinny Fork. It’s packed with delicious spices and a variety of textures to make a filling, I-can’t-believe-this-is-good-for-me meal. We really love it with sliced pear on the side. Trust us on this one.
Crock Pot Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are one of the best tricks in the book for cutting sugar cravings (a common side effect in the first few weeks of Whole30). Their natural sweetness helps fill in the gaps where Sour Patch Kids used to be; plus, their high fiber content helps the body register satiety faster. Rather than waiting a painstaking hour for these to be ready for dinner, whip up this slow cooker version from Health Starts in the Kitchen and have a pot full of delicious orange goodness as soon as you get home. (This also makes a terrific breakfast with a touch of cinnamon and some chopped nuts.)
Whole Roast Chicken
If you don’t have the time to roast a whole bird, let your slow cooker do the work for you. Having a container of pre-cooked chicken in the fridge gives you a neutral place from which to build a variety of meals throughout the week (lettuce wraps, bun-less chicken burgers and soups, anyone?). Rubies and Radishes breaks down how to use your slow cooker to roast a chicken in a few easy steps.
Slow Cooked Moroccan Chicken
This fancy-sounding dish tastes as good as you might think (and it’s infinitely easier than you might expect). Plated With Style’s recipe is perfect for everything from a weekend dinner party (paired with a little cauliflower rice) to a brown-bagged lunch.
Shrimp Fra Diavolo
Don’t forget that fish and shellfish are a-okay on the Whole30 plan! Cavegirl Cuisine’s zesty recipe for the Italian classic is the kind of dinner you race home to, especially when you’ve done all the work in advance and the slow cooker is waiting for you. Serve this with your favorite roasted or steamed green veggies.
– Amy Height