The slow cooker always makes it possible to get dinner on the table with minimal effort, which is especially helpful if you’re doing a round of Whole30 or following a Paleo diet. From coconut and green curry pork to a whole chicken and eggplant caponata, here are 10 versatile Whole30 and Paleo-friendly recipes to make in your slow cooker.
1. How To Cook a Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker
With minimal work and just one ingredient, this recipe delivers chicken so tender and juicy that it practically falls right off the bone. Cook one up at the beginning of the week and then stretch it into several meals and use the leftover carcass to make stock.
2. How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker
During weekend meal prep, throw a few boneless chicken breasts in the slow cooker, and a few hours later you’ll have juicy shredded chicken to use for lettuce wraps, salads, and meaty mains all week long.
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3. Slow Cooker Coconut and Green Curry Pork
Skip the rice and serve this curry over a bed of riced cauliflower or broccoli, or even zucchini noodles.
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4. How To Make Slow Cooker Fajitas
The tortillas are out of the question, but don’t be so quick to rule out fajitas — especially when they are this easy to make. Serve them bowl-style, with cauliflower rice, or with a lettuce, chard, or collard leaf wrap.
5. How To Make Really Good Chile Verde in the Slow Cooker
If you’re stuck in a meat rut, I have no doubt that this smoky and tangy pork stew will pull you out.
6. How To Make Slow Cooker Caponata
Thanks to a low, slow simmer in the slow cooker, this version of caponata, a Sicilian eggplant relish, can’t be eat. Top it with an egg to give breakfast a fresh spin or spoon it over chicken, pork chops, or fish.
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7. Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes
This comforting and nostalgic dinner gets even easier to bring to the table when you pull out your slow cooker. It’s a dump-and-go recipe that will turn out just fine when you omit the honey. Serve over a baked sweet potato instead of the traditional bun.
8. How To Cook Salmon in the Slow Cooker
If salmon is a regular part of your diet, you’ve got to try making it in the slow cooker. The low cooking temperature leaves you with a tender, succulent piece of fish every single time.
9. Slow Cooker Vegan Pumpkin Curry
Can’t find pumpkin at your local grocery store? Swap it for butternut or kabocha squash instead. The addition of curry paste infuses the squash and broth with the aroma of garlic, ginger, and lemongrass. Serve it over a bed of cauliflower rice.
10. Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions
An otherwise tough cut of meat, brisket becomes ultra-tender after cooking all day in the slow cooker. Partner it with a splash of beef stock and a mountain of caramelized red onions for even more flavor. You can swap the soy sauce in the recipe for coconut aminos.