For 30 days this month we're exploring Whole30, the 30-day reset and refocus on whole foods. Whole30 isn't a diet or a judgment of foods as "good and bad." It's actually a short-term reset that has helped many of our readers cook more and figure out the foods that make them feel their best. Read more about our coverage here.
The slow cooker is a powerful tool, particularly this blustery time of year when, after a long day at work, all you really want to come home to is a warm, wintery braise or stew. Both dishes are Whole30-approved, along with so many other things that can be made in the appliance, like salmon and even chicken stock.
Here are 10 of our best slow-cooker recipes that fit the Whole30 bill.
All the Beef
What the slow cooker does best is tenderize tough, budget cuts of meat like beef chuck roast. That means you can enjoy lots of comforting beef stews and braises.
- German Slow-Cooker Pot Roast (skip making the gravy and serve with some of the strained cooking liquid instead)
- Slow-Cooker Korean Short Ribs (check for added sugar in the fish sauce — Red Boat is one Whole30-approved brand)
- Slow-Cooker Brisket and Onions (use coconut aminos in place of the soy sauce and skip the Worcestershire sauce)
Chicken and Pork
It also makes for a hands-off approach to cooking other proteins like chicken and pork, as well as chicken stock for soup.
- How To Make Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker
- Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala (reach for coconut milk instead of heavy cream and serve it with cauliflower rice to make it Whole 30-compliant)
- How To Make Chicken Stock in the Slow Cooker
- How To Make Really Good Chile Verde in the Slow Cooker (serve it with cauliflower rice instead of plain rice or corn tortillas)
- Slow-Cooker Pork Carnitas (use dried chipotles since canned can often contain sugar, cook the meat in broth, and serve it with a salad or roasted vegetables instead of in taco form)
Fish and Veggies
And don't forget about fish and and vegetables — cook up simple salmon filets to flake over salads or make a flavorful mix of stewed eggplants, zucchini, peppers, and tomatoes.
30 Days of Whole30: We're kicking 2017 off with 30 days of Whole30. Why Whole30? It's not a permanent diet; it's not a prescription for eating. It's just 30 days of eating whole foods and exploring a more purposeful, mindful approach to food. Read more here on what Whole30 is and how to follow along.