My CrockPot (aka – slow cooker, CrockPot is actually a trademarked brand name) has not only become my best friend, but it has been my saving grace too! As a busy momma with hungry boys to feed, I spend a LOT of time and energy planning and preparing meals. And I’ll be honest, sometimes I get fed up with feeding people (what momma hasn’t?). That is why I’ve come to rely heavily on my slow cooker as of late.
I try to make 3 slow cooker dinners per week, typically on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. I’m finding this to be working out really well for us. It saves me time in the long run to prepare ahead like this, and it saves me stress. Not to mention, it’s helpful on those nights I’m picking kids up from activities or headed to my son’s football games (Now that football is over, it’s wrestling season. Do you have any idea how long wrestling meets are?).
Making dinner while everyone is under foot is quite a challenge. Add to that, needing to pick up kids from activities after school, finish house chores, do homework, as well as keep the boys from harming each other or the furniture. Making dinner while the kids are home, hungry and waiting is often NO FUN at all. Taking about 20-30 minutes during the day to prep ahead has made all the difference for me. While some of the slow cooker meals I make are indeed one dish dinners, some are not. However, making a side dish right before dinner is FAR easier than cooking the whole thing from scratch. Plus, while I get my slow cooker meal going, I also make sure I’m as prepped as I can be to make any additional side dishes closer to dinner time. Seriously, my life has taken on new meaning with my trusty slow cooker pulling it’s weight! (For even more ideas on saving time, check out these posts: Solve The Mystery Of What To Make For Dinner Tonight, Make Dinner Time A Snap With These Freezer Recipes).
Today, I’m here to share an arsenal of slow cooker recipes with you, in case you are like me and are wanting to turn dinner time into a more pleasant and feasible experience. All the recipes will be gluten free. They come from other real food bloggers across the web. These recipes include a lot of dinner options, as well as a variety of others – like sauces, jams/jellies, yogurt and more! There are also some repeat recipes, like pulled pork and roasted chicken, though they vary slightly -so I shared them anyhow. I’m so excited because now I have more recipes than I could ever dream of to try in my slow cooker. Oh, and I’m also gonna share a bunch of slow cooker cookbooks and an eBook you can check out, in case this list of 80 recipes isn’t enough for you! Let’s dive in shall we?!
*Please Note: I have done my best to make sure all recipes are truly gluten-free. Some may include gluten-free substitutes. It is up to every individual on a gluten-free diet to KNOW all the potential sources of gluten that can be lurking in various forms and read the ingredients of any recipe thoroughly before making. For a list of ingredients to avoid on a gluten-free diet, please refer to this article.
80 Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes
Main Dishes- Chicken/Turkey
- Easy Crock Pot ‘Rotisserie’ Style Chicken & Awesome Brown Stock – Thoughtful Cave Dad
- Chicken Tacos To Die For – Pickle Me Too
- Crock Pot Chicken – Scratch Mommy
- Crock Pot Chicken Tacos – Just Enjoy Food
- Roasted Crock Pot Chicken – Natural Living Mamma
- Easy Peasy Crock Pot Chicken – Hollywood Homestead
- Slow Cooker Roast Chicken – Actual Organics
- Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken – Don’t Waste The Crumbs
- Herb Roasted Chicken with Veggies – Real Food Outlaws
- Spicy Sesame Honey Chicken – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Crock Pot Chicken Mole – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Slow Cooker Quinoa Chicken Chili – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Butternut Squash Chicken Stew – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Crock Pot Turkey & Rice Stuffed Peppers – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Crock Pot Peanut Chicken Curry – Honey, Ghee, & Me
Main Dishes – Beef/Bison
- Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Shallots and Baby Carrots – The Organic Kitchen
- Slow Cooker ‘Pepper Steak’ Roast – The Skinny Pear
- Buttery Pepper Encrusted Pot Roast – Health Nut Nation
- Slow Cooker Roast, Potatoes and Carrots – We Got Real
- Round Steak with Mushroom Gravy – We Got Real
- Garlic Roast Beef – Real Food RN
- Sundried Tomato, Balsamic Onion Pot Roast – Real Food RN
- Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff – A Happy Health Nut
- Crock Pot Beef Stroganoff – Granny’s Vital Vittles
- Asian Style Sweet & Spicy Short Ribs – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls – Melissa K. Norris
- Double or Triple Duty Pot Roast – Lisa’s Counter Culture
- How To Cook Beef Tongue – The Curious Coconut
- Olla de Carne – Edible Harmony
- Cuban Ropa Vieja – The Curious Coconut
- Cuban Picadillo – The Curious Coconut
- Carnitas Tacos – Megan Lierman
- Balsamic Eye of Round – Edible Harmony
- Beef & Beet Green Stew – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Mexican Pulled Beef with Kale – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Super Slow Roasted Beef – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Easiest Crock Pot Beef Ever – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Crock Pot Beef Stew – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Crock Pot Brats – Divine Health From The Inside Out
Main Dishes- Pork/Lamb
- Pulled Pork – Hollywood Homestead
- Crock Pot Pulled Pork -Thoughtful Cave Dad
- Slow Cooked Rack of Lamb with Tzatzki – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Slow Cooker Lamb Curry – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Mexican Paleo Pork – What I Gather
- Barbecue Ribs – Edible Harmony
- Kansas City Style Spare Ribs – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Lamb Stew – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Pastured Pulled Pork – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Leg of Lamb – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Crock Pot Carnitas – The Things We’ll Make
- Easy Butternut Squash Soup – Real Food Carolyn
- Homemade Crock Pot Chicken Stock – Scratch Mommy
- One Pot Vegan Chili – Meg’s Vegucation
- Creamy Tomato Soup – We Got Real
- Homemade Poultry Broth – Frugal Paleo
- Taco Soup – What I Gather
- Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup with Swirly Basil Oil – What I Gather
- Pumpkin Paleo Chili – What I Gather
- Garlic Soup – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Pumpkin Seed Chili Verde – Edible Harmony
- Cooking Dried Beans – Vicariously Vintage
- Crock Pot Pinto Beans – We Got Real
- The Best Baked Potatoes Ever! – The Skinny Pear
- Crock Pot Refried Beans – An Organic Wife
- Slow Cooker Tomato Sauce – Girl Meets Nourishment
- Crock Pot Caramelized Onions – Brown Thumb Mama
- Crock Pot Spaghetti Sauce – Brown Thumb Mama
- Acorn Squash in the Crockpot – A Life In Balance
- Slow Cooker Peppers & Onions – A Life In Balance
- Crock Pot Braised Cabbage – Divine Health From The Inside Out
- Super Easy Crock Pot Spaghetti Squash Curry – PaleoPot
- Crock Pot Quinoa Casserole – Truth, Peace, Love
- Healthy Crock Pot Applesauce – Scratch Mommy
- Slow Cooker Crab Apple & Pepper Jelly – The Skinny Pear
- Strawberry Lavendar Jam – House Barn Farm
- Easy Crock Pot Applesauce– Real Food Outlaws
- Crock Pot Apple Butter – Brown Thumb Mama
- Apple Cranberry Mulled Cider – Honey, Ghee, & Me
- Cranberry Apple Sauce – Edible Harmony
Slow Cooker Cookbooks I Recommend
The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-Free Meals The easy Way (affiliate link) – If you are on a strict Paleo diet, like gourmet cooking, have little more wiggle room in your budget and enjoy gorgeous pics all bound in hardback -this book is totally for you! I love the ideas in this book!
Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple (affiliate link) – This book is family friendly and loaded with recipes that look easy and delicious. It also includes some paleo breakfast and dessert ideas, as well as complementary side dishes that are not done in the slow cooker.
Slow Cooker: The Best Cookbook Ever with More Than 400 Easy To Make Recipes (affiliate link) – This is my new favorite cookbook recommendation. It is not paleo and not even gluten-free, however it has 400 recipes to choose from and many are recipes that work within my dietary framework. I’ve tried a number of the recipes with great success and was thrilled with the ideas from the book. If you are someone who is able to use a recipe as a template and work around it a bit -this book will rock your socks!
Paleo Slow Cooker Recipes (affiliate link)-If you don’t mind reading cookbooks on your kindle, this cookbook looks good and it’s uber cheap!
Paleo Slow Cooker Soups & Stews (affiliate link) – Another one for the kindle. I do not have this eBook, but thought I would include it since it’s only .99 cents.
Slow Cooker Sites
PaleoPot is a site based on the paleo diet and using a slow cooker for the most part. He has a great post on how to turn your analog crock into a programmable unit, that I thought was genius. Years ago, before I was a hardcore real foodie, I followed the blogging 365 Days of Crockpotting -which is now called A Year of Slow Cooking (trademark issues I guess). Anyway, it was crazy cool -Stephanie O’Dea took on a year of blogging how she used her crockpot every single day for a year. Now, her recipes are not real food based though they are gluten-free, so for the creative minded chefs, her ideas might inspire you. So that’s why I mention it -to get ideas.
Are you on Pinterest? Check out my Slow Cooker Pin Board
Don’t have a slow cooker yet? Here are a couple that I can recommend to you:
One of these is a regular ole crockpot that I use in my home. Another is a programmable one for the work-outside-of-the-home folks. Lastly, I’ve included my 22 qt. roaster – okay perhaps it’s not a crockpot, but it can act like one. It’s what I use to make beef bone broth. It can hold a lot of bones at once and since I simmer my beef broth for 3 days, this is a convenient way to do it and not take up so much space on my stove top. I’ve also done large batches of my pulled pork recipe in it, as well as used it for a turkey. It makes a great holding place for my turkey at Thanksgiving too, when I need the oven for all the other items.
(This post contributed to ‘Allergy Free Wednesdays‘).
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