Everyone who knows me knows that I’ve drastically changed my eating habits over the years (as in, I used to eat chips for dinner more regularly than I’d like to admit). If you had mentioned Whole30 crockpot recipes two years ago, I would have given you a blank stare and gone back to snacking. More recently, I’ve learned to prioritize making healthy swaps, especially on weekdays. My more conscious eating habits started when I embarked on a Whole30 diet last year after I was inspired by a co-worker.
I’m so happy I was down for the challenge—and completed it. Although, I can’t say Whole30 was the most sustainable eating plan for me. Regardless, the month of no sugar, no dairy, and no processed foods kick-started my body into craving a healthier way of life, and a year later, I actually still rely on a lot of the diet tricks I learned. While following the plan, the hardest part was that I always had to have something compliant on hand.
The trick was having my fridge stocked with meals ready to go for when I started to get hangry, which was often. So needless to say, when I came across these Whole30 crockpot recipes, I wished I’d had them for my extensive weekend prep. Since it’s never too late, I decided to share the most delectable options—and I know I’ll be adding them to my weeknight dinner rotation.
Sticky Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
It’s rare that something so tasty is dairy-, sugar-, and gluten-free, but alas, we’ve found the chicken wings of our dreams. Leave it to Food Faith Fitness to show us how to whip up an Asian-spiced dish with a honey-like sauce made from pineapple juice, coconut aminos, fresh ginger, sesame oil, and tapioca flour. They’re best if you cook them in the crockpot, and then broil them for a crispy outside (delish).
Slow Cooker Chicken Soup Recipe
When you go the Whole30 route, everything seems a bit more difficult, so cooking needs to be easy. Thankfully, this light chicken soup only takes 10 minutes to prep. The trick to its insane flavor is that the chicken is roasted long and on low, plus zucchini takes it to the next level. Freeze extra for when you get an unexpected cold.
Kale and Sausage Soup
This sausage and kale soup requires absolutely no browning of meat or prep other than chopping (the fat from the sausage means there are no extra ingredients needed to keep the “meatballs” together). Perhaps our favorite ingredient addition? Butternut squash, which adds a smooth consistency and beautiful bright pop of color. Just make sure to omit the beans.
Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili
Let’s be honest: Mexican-style chili can get a bit boring after a while, and we’ve been itching to mix up the dish. So when we saw this recipe for a chili made up of Italian-seasoned chicken and broccoli rabe, we were sold. Little touches like roasted red peppers and balsamic vinegar give the meal an understated richness. Throw in some nutritional yeast for a cheesy flavor instead of Parmesan.
Paleo Hamburger Soup
This isn’t your ordinary soup. As in, it’s totally filling and that’s without any bread for dipping. Hamburger meat gets fancied up with diced sweet potatoes, fire-roasted tomatoes, and tomato paste when added to a beef broth. To thicken up the consistency, whisk in a dash of tapioca starch at the end.
Mediterranean Egg Casserole
Eggs got me through my Whole30 diet for breakfast since I couldn’t have my usual English muffin or oatmeal. The best option is making a casserole that you can pre-portion for a weeks’ worth of morning meals. This recipe from Foodie Crush for a Mediterranean egg casserole with spinach, mushrooms, artichoke hearts, and more can be easily converted to be Whole30-compliant. First up: Ghee swaps in for butter, Whole30-approved mustard replaces the Dijon (it’s made with wine), and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast gives the eggs a cheesy flavor.
Pork Posole Stew
A hearty stew sounds nice on a chilly night, and this pork posole is a yummy take on your classic. Basically, pork roast simmers on low with onion, garlic, chicken broth, Rotel tomatoes, lime, and carrots. To add some texture, the recipe calls for hominy, a type of ground corn, but you can easily just sub in some extra veggies.
Now that you have a slew of Whole30 crockpot recipes on hand, you have no excuse to not try them. We promise that you won’t be disappointed (or hungry an hour later, either).