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Here’s an awesome slow cooker recipe that is Whole30 compliant: Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs and Marinara. Nestle some browned meatballs in a homemade red sauce in your slow cooker and let it do its thing. Serve over baked spaghetti squash, or spiralized zucchini “noodles” AKA zoodles.

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WHAT YOU NEED:

Marinara Sauce

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1.5 cups finely diced sweet onion
  • 1.5 cups finely diced carrots
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 (28oz.) cans crushed tomatoes
  • 1-2 cans (6 oz. each) tomato paste
  • 1.5 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1.5 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1.5 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1.5 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves

Turkey Meatballs

  • 4 lbs. ground turkey
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut flour
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper

WHAT YOU DO:

To make the marinara sauce:

  • Heat a large skillet over med-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, carrots and garlic. Sauté veggies until carrots soften, approx. 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a 6-qt slow cooker.
  • Wipe out skillet and set aside to use for browning the meatballs.
  • Add remaining marinara sauce ingredients to slow cooker then whisk to combine.

To make the meatballs:

  • Put all of the ingredients for the turkey meatballs in a large mixing bowl. Using a fork (or hands if you’re into that, ha), combine the ingredients. Divide mixture to form approximately meatballs. (a 2-Tablespoon cookie scoop helps)
  • Reheat the skillet over med-high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil. Working in batches, lightly brown all sides of the meatballs in the hot skillet (3-4 minutes per batch). Add more olive oil to the skillet as needed to complete the browning process. Place browned meatballs on a paper towel-lined baking sheet to absorb any excess oil.
  • Place browned meatballs in marinara sauce in slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours.
  • To serve, place cooked meatballs in serving bowl. Discard bay leaves. For more fresh garlic flavor, season sauce with 2-3 more cloves of minced garlic.
  • Optional: Place marinara sauce on spiralized zucchini “noodles” or baked spaghetti squash. Top with meatballs and enjoy.
  • You can freeze or refrigerate leftovers for quick future meals.

MAKE-AHEAD OPTION if you want to partially prep this recipe, cook the veggies as instructed above, transfer them to a freezer-safe container, and freeze. Prepare the meatballs using the recipe above until browned. Place browned meatballs on a parchment-lined baking sheet and put into the freezer to “flash freeze.” Once they’re frozen solid, transfer them to a freezer-safe container and freeze. When you’re ready to prepare this recipe, just add the frozen, prepped ingredients to the slow cooker.

recipe adapted from Whole30.com

Oh slow cooker recipes. How I love thee. Here’s a healthy meal that’s low-carb, low-fat, and high-flavor. It’s also Whole30 compliant. And super easy! Just make a homemade sauce out of a bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, garlic, and herbs in a food processor. Then pour it over chicken in the slow cooker, set it, and forget it! (Then shred it, and sprinkle with delicious fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro.)

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Healthy Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken · recipebookandmore.wordpress.com · 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 large red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and rough chopped
  • 1 onion, rough chopped
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 3/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 4 lbs. uncooked, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro

WHAT YOU DO:

In a food processor, combine bell pepper, onion, tomato paste, garlic, parsley flakes, cumin, salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, and lime zest. Mix until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. (I added a teaspoon or two of water to thin it out slightly.)

Line slow cooker (optional). Place chicken in slow cooker then pour the sauce over the top. Cover and cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4-6 hours, until chicken is tender and thoroughly cooked.

Before serving, shred with two forks. Sprinkle with lime juice and cilantro.

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recipe adapted from The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth by Jonny Bowden

Homemade Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

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I’m all about Whole30 recipes lately. They are healthy and delicious, full of clean eating foods, and fresh ingredients. Here’s an easy way to make a big batch of marinara sauce, perfect for spiralized zucchini noodles AKA zoodles, or baked spaghetti squash. The best part is you can freeze the leftovers in individual portions for later. Yay!

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1  1/2 c. chopped onion
  • 1  1/2 c. finely diced carrots
  • 4-5 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cans (28 oz. each) crushed tomatoes
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • 1  1/2 Tbsp. dried basil
  • 1  1/2 Tbsp. dried oregano
  • 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 1  1/2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves

WHAT YOU DO:

  • Heat a large skillet over med-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, carrots and garlic. Sauté veggies until carrots soften, approximately 5 minutes or so.
  • Transfer the mixture to a 6-quart slow cooker. (I use crock pot liners so there’s less mess to clean later)
  • Add remaining marinara sauce ingredients to slow cooker then whisk to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring occasionally.

This makes a thick, somewhat chunky sauce, which I love. If you prefer a thinner sauce however, you can use an immersion blender to thin it out.

Freezing Instructions: Prepare as instructed above. Cool sauce to room temperature, then ladle into freezer-safe containers or ziplock freezer bags (in 1 or 2 cup portions, depending on how much you will need at a time). Before serving, thaw sauce in refrigerator overnight. Or, empty frozen sauce in a saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring occasionally until sauce comes to a simmer.

Slow Cooker

recipe adapted from Whole30.com

Here’s a simple and delicious recipe I tried: Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs. I adapted it for the slow cooker, and then broiled it in the oven for a few minutes to make the thighs nice and brown. 

Slow Cooker Lemon Ginger Chicken - from Crock Pot to broil a few minutes to crisp

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 lemons
  • 1 Tbs. grated fresh ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse salt
  • 2 Tbs. honey
  • 1 Tbs. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbs. water
  • 8 chicken thighs; bone-in, with skin
  • 2 tsp. canola oil
  • for garnish: sliced green onions and lemon wedges

WHAT YOU DO:

Finely grate the peel of 1 lemon into a bowl. To this, add ginger and salt. Stir to combine. Rub this mixture under the skins of the chicken thighs.

In slow cooker, combine the juice of two lemons (the grated lemon, plus another lemon), honey, soy sauce, oil, and water. Add chicken, making sure to coat all pieces with liquid.

* tip: I love slow cooker liners. Much easier and faster clean-up afterward.

Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours or until internal temperature of chicken reaches at least 165ºF. Once chicken is cooked, preheat oven to BROIL.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Place chicken in oven and broil 5-10 minutes, or until golden brown, then remove. Top with green onion slices, add lemon wedges cut from the remaining lemon, and serve.

recipe adapted from bhg.com

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef Recipe – Here’s a delicious Crock Pot option. You can use this shredded meat on sandwiches, tortillas, as a nacho topping, and more.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Beef Recipe - delicious Crock Pot meal option 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 3 lbs. chuck roast
  • 2 Tbs. flour
  • ½ tsp. salt plus additional if needed, to taste
  • ½ tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ c. diced red onion
  • ¼ c. beef broth
  • ½ c. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs. brown sugar

WHAT YOU DO:

1. On a large plate mix together flour, ½ tsp. salt, and pepper. Dredge the chuck roast on both sides.

2. In a large pan, heat olive oil on medium-high. Add chuck roast and brown for 3-4 min on each side, until both sides are browned and a crust forms.

3. Transfer beef to slow cooker sprayed with cooking spray (or lined with a slow cooker liner).

4. In the same pan used for the beef, sauté garlic and onion until fragrant and onions are translucent (approx. 3-­4 min).

5. Stir in broth and scrape up any brown bits left from the roast. Transfer mixture to the slow cooker with the beef.

6. In a bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar (tip: use a wet dishcloth or paper towel “nest” under your bowl to whisk with one hand and add ingredients with the other). Pour over the roast.

7. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours (or LOW for 8-10 hours). Flip the roast a couple times while cooking and make sure all ingredients are combined.

8. Using two forks, shred the meat. Add salt. Combine with sauce and serve.

* * * Make ahead option: Cook as instructed above, then cool and freeze into portions. Heat on the stove or in the microwave before serving.

Prep time: 25 mins
Cook time: 5 hours
Makes 10 servings (1/2 c. per serving)

recipe adapted from organizeyourselfskinny.com

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Crock Pot Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe - easy and delicious slow cooker meal

Slow-Cooker Cheesy Black Bean Enchiladas Recipe

  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 can (16 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 c. of your favorite shredded cheese (Monterey jack, colby, cheddar, etc.)
  • 2 jars (approx. 16 oz. each) salsa
  • 1 package corn tortillas, warmed according to instructions on pkg.
  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, turkey, or chicken), browned and drained
  • optional toppings: sliced olives, sour cream, salsa, guacamole, jalapenos, etc.

In a medium bowl, mix together the filling: onion, beans, spices, meat, and approx. 1/2 to 1 c. of the cheese.

Spread approximately 1 c. of salsa over the bottom of slow cooker, enough to evenly coat the bottom with a thin layer.

Fill each of the tortillas with about 1/3 c. of filling, roll tightly, and pack seam-side down into the bottom of the slow cooker.

Spread another cup of salsa over the top and sprinkle with more (but not all) of the remaining cheese. Continue rolling the remaining tortillas with the remaining filling to make one more layer; sprinkle any leftover filling on top. Finish by pouring another cup of salsa over the top of the enchiladas.

Reserve the last part of the cheese to add later.

Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on HIGH for 2 to 4 hours. For the final 15 min. of cooking, sprinkle remaining cheese over the top, re-cover, and finish cooking.

Serve enchiladas with optional toppings.

recipe adapted from thekitchn.com

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Whole Roasted Chicken in a Slow Cooker Recipe

Whenever I am at Costco I always pick up a rotisserie chicken. They are so easy to use in recipes, or just eat plain out of the container. It’s one of the few things all of our kids will eat! I went to buy a rotisserie chicken at… NOT Costco (ha!) and it was $9! Are they always that expensive if it’s not at Costco or Sam’s? I decided to try my own in the slow cooker. I ended up with a 5ish pound whole chicken, for $6. So, yep, I saved a whopping three bucks. Lol! It WAS super easy though, and so tender it fell it off the bones, so I consider this a success.

I put the bones and the leftover carcass in a stockpot and added some water to make homemade broth. I threw in chopped carrots, celery, and onion, and added some herbs: garlic, parsley, and a bay leaf, and let everything simmer for a few hours. I strained the broth into a few containers and stashed them in the freezer for later.

Awesome slow cooker recipe - Whole Roasted Chicken - just rub some spices on, throw in some onions, and set your Crock PotWHAT YOU NEED:

  • whole chicken (I used one that was around 5 lbs)
  • 1 onion, cut into chunks
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. red cayenne pepper
  • dash of pepper
  • kitchen twine, for trussing

WHAT YOU DO:

Combine paprika, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper in a bowl. Stir to mix.

Place onion pieces in the bottom of slow cooker.

Remove any giblets from chicken. Using kitchen twine, truss the chicken. Tying the legs and wings in gives a smooth shape so the chicken cooks evenly and retains moisture. I followed the poultry trussing instructions in The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America, but of course a quick internet search is an easy way to learn how as well.

Rub spice mixture over the entire chicken. Don’t forget to throw some in the cavity, and if you want you can even stuff some under the skin that covers the chicken breasts.

Place chicken on top of onions in the slow cooker, cover, and cook on high for 4-5 hours or until the chicken starts falling off the bone and is thoroughly cooked.

Slow Cooker

recipe adapted from 100 Days of Real Food

Woo hoo, another delicious freezer meal perfect for the slow cooker! This one is super easy; you just put everything in a ziplock bag and freeze. When you’re ready, just thaw it, and dump it out in the Crock Pot to cook.

This is perfect to serve over a salad, on tortilla chips, wrapped in a burrito, or over rice.

You can even make up a bunch of batches; prepare one right away and freeze the extras.

Easy Chicken Slow Cooker Recipe - Just add taco seasoning, corn, beans, and salsa - freezes well

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipe - just add beans, corn, taco seasoning, and salsa

Slow Cooker Black Bean & Corn Salsa Chicken Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. uncooked, skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 c. salsa
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) corn, drained
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15-16 oz.) red chili beans in mild chili sauce (do not drain)
  • 1 packet (approx. 1 oz.) reduced-sodium taco seasoning

WHAT YOU DO:

To freeze:

  • Combine all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag. Label with the following:

– Thaw

– Slow cooker LOW for 7-8 hrs (or HIGH for 3-4 hrs)

– Shred before serving

  • Freeze

To prepare right away:

  • Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-8 hours (or high for 3-4 hrs). Shred with two forks before serving.
recipe adapted from sixsistersstuff.com

Slow Cooker Recipes - perfect for freezer meals

Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Garlic Chicken – I made up some freezer meals and ended up with this. It’s similar to Crock Pot Garlic Ranch Chicken, except, well, BACON. There are only 6 ingredients but tons of delicious flavor.

Some people don’t like to freeze milk or mayonnaise, so you could always add those later when you put the chicken in the Crock Pot. I’m too lazy for that (ha!) so I put it all in the freezer bag.

You can always make a bunch of these at once; make one right away and freeze the extras.

Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Garlic Chicken Recipe

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. uncooked, skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 oz. dry ranch dressing mix
  • 2 oz. crumbled bacon bits
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 c. mayonnaise
  • 1 c. milk

WHAT YOU DO:

To Freeze — Combine all ingredients in a gallon freezer bag. Label with date and instructions. Thaw and cook.

To Prepare Right Away — Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low 6-8 hours (or high 4-6 hours).

Slow Cooker Bacon Ranch Garlic Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe

P.S. I recently discovered these at Trader Joe’s. They make fresh garlic so easy; you just open the packets and chop! No annoying papery peels. They are in the refrigerated section, with the produce, hanging down in a row on little hooks. Love ’em!

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SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CAESAR SANDWICHES – Here’s an easy recipe; just cook chicken, Caesar dressing, Parmesan cheese, and parsley in the Crock Pot, shred with forks, and serve on sandwich buns topped with crispy lettuce. YUM. We ate these warm, but I bet they would be good cold too, sort of like a chicken salad sandwich.

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches Recipe - just a few ingredients in the Crock Pot - so tasty!

Slow Cooker Chicken Caesar Sandwiches

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 1 lb. uncooked boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ½ cup Caesar dressing
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon parsley
  • 2 teaspoons pepper
  • lettuce leaves
  • Kaiser rolls

WHAT YOU DO:

Place chicken in slow cooker. Pour ½ cup water on to chicken and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Remove chicken from slow cooker and shred with two forks. Drain water.

Return chicken to slow cooker and mix in dressing, parmesan, parsley, and pepper.

Cook on low for 30 more minutes. Remove and serve on rolls topped with letttuce.

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recipe adapted from rachelschultz.com