This list of Whole30 Slow Cooker Recipes is full of flavorful and easy meals! The perfect way to cook without heating up your kitchen during the warmer months or to have a dinner ready and waiting for you after a busy day, this roundup has simple recipes that can make cooking so much simpler!
Have you guys discovered the glory of cooking with your slow cooker during the dog days of summer yet? If not, prepare to have your mind blown and summer meals forever changed.
I first discovered this summer hack when I was a young new mom, determined to feed my family awesome real food. However, at the end of a hot summer day of work or fun, the idea of standing over a hot stove to cook dinner sounded more life a punishment for me than a gift to our bodies. Takeout started to sound intriguing as a way to dodge the heat, but then I spied my slow cooker collecting dust in my kitchen cabinets.
I hadn’t used my slow cooker much until that point, but I remembered how my mom would use it to make meals on days that we were busy and that it never heated up the house the way the stove or oven did. Clearly, it was time to brush off the forgotten about wedding gift and try it on for size.
And, friends, it was a total summer meal game changer! Meals were made easy pease while I was of enjoying the summer season and my house wasn’t any warmer for my culinary efforts.
Not just for summers, slow cookers are great for making real food cooking easier year round.
The habit of cooking in my slow cooker (and now my Instant Pot (check out these Whole30 Instant Pot Recipes)) carried on into the busy fall when my schedule as a full-time teacher and mom had me running around like the classic chicken with her head cut off. I won’t pretend like I am super organized by nature, but I definitely learned that if I simply threw a quick meal into my slow cooker before I left for the day, the evening was infinitely easier and healthier.
Whole30 recipes are not just for those people on a round of Whole30.
And while I am not currently doing a Whole30 and don’t have a round planned for the near future, I LOVE using Whole30 for hunting down awesome recipes that are full of nutrients dense, real food ingredients. So even if you aren’t on a Whole30, these recipes are going to inspire some delicious and healthy meals that you can toss into your slow cooker on any day.
Curious about what some of my favorites are? Here the some that were game changers in our house!
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork
This Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork is one of my favorite meals to make for a crowd or just when I want something extra flavorful and hearty. Easy to throw together, set and forget while you enjoy your day…it makes getting dinner on the table extra easy! I love to eat this with roasted sweet potatoes, in a cut & deseeded bell pepper, over cauliflower “rice”, on top of greens or stuffed into a baked potato.
Slow Cooker Chicken & Butternut Squash Stew
Loaded with protein and amazing veggies, Slow Cooker Chicken & Butternut Squash Stew is easy to throw together, hearty, full of flavor and is the perfect meal to make on a busy day. Whole30, Paleo, gluten free and dairy-free.
Slow Cooker Spaghetti Squash
Have you tried cooking a spaghetti squash in your slow cooker yet? If not, do it immediately! I used to skip this veggie during busy season because it simply took too long to roast in the middle of the week. Since discovering I can make it near effortlessly in my slow cooker, spaghetti squash is back on the menu! I love it with a little cooked grass-fed beef or compliant sausage and topped with 30-Minute Veggie-Loaded Tomato Sauce.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash + Apple Soup
I love this Whole30 Slow Cooker soup for sipping on as part of breakfast or as a super delicious side to any lunch or dinner! Full of flavor and so easy to make, you can add some of your favorite protein to make this soup a complete meal!
Slow Cooker Lemon Thyme Chicken
Buying and cooking a whole chicken is a great way to make Whole30 a bit more budget friendly. Almost always cheaper per pound, whole chickens really go so far. You can enjoy the meat in salads, soups or just as is for multiple meals and turn the bones into homemade bone broth!
Are you like me and NEVER remember to defrost your fish for dinner? This Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Salmon is going to rock your socks then! Wildly easy to throw together, super flavorful and cooked to perfections FROM FROZEN in your handy dandy IP….this going to be your new fast food!
Super Duper Easy Sweet Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
Another meal staple made extra easy to make in your slow cooker! Baked sweet potatoes are great for stuffing with shredded meat, topping with eggs at breakfast or enjoy in the side of any meal!
Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauce can really help make a meal come together fast, but finding sauce that isn’t loaded with sugar or other non-Whole30 compliant ingredients can be tricky. I like to make a big batch of homemade sauce in my slow cooker to enjoy warm and freeze the leftovers for quick meals in the future. Great on top of spaghetti squash, spiraled veggies or cooked ground beef!
Slow Cooker Golden Soup
This Slow Cooker Golden Soup is savory, flavorful, and packed with all kinds of natural goodness to kick you into healthy gear for the new year. With only 8 ingredients, you can throw this pot of hot liquid gold together in minutes and come home to coziest and nourishing of meals.
Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Chicken Curry
A family favorite for sure! I love how creamy and flavorful this curry sauce is while still being mild enough to share with my daughter! The mild sweetness of the butternut squash really adds a delicious element to the dish and it is on constant repeat in our house! Enjoy it with cauliflower “rice”, potatoes or simply as is!
Slow Cooker Almond Butter Beef Stew
In need of a cozy comfort food? This stew is it! My favorite beef stew (hands down), it packed with protein, veggies and a boatload of flavor! But truly couldn’t be easier to make!
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