22 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes (All Gluten & Dairy-Free!) - Healthy Life Redesign (2024)

Don’t you just LOVE to coming home to a warm dinner that’s ready and waiting for you to dig in? Who doesn’t!? This compilation of healthy slow cooker recipes enables you to turn this dream into a reality on a more regular basis. As a bonus, slow cooker meals are easy to throw together! With less pots and pans to scrub, you’ll also spend less time cleaning up after your meal. I definitely call that a win-win!

All of the recipes in this roundup are gluten and dairy-free. Why? Because as anaturopathic doctor, one of the ways that I help you to maximize your health and energy is by personalizing your diet to best fuel your body. The foods that your best friend may swear makes him or her feel amazing, may be the exact foods that are causing inflammation for you (and vice-versa). Although the way in which your body responds to specific foods is very individualized, gluten and dairy present as the most common issues discovered for my patients viafood sensitivity testingand through the completion of anElimination Diet.

Have you ever investigated whethercertain ingredientsin your diet are causing thechronic symptomsyou may experiencing, like digestive upset, bloating,eczema, acne, headaches andfatigue? If you’d like to learn more about these types of food reactions, I invite you to download a free copy of my eBook, “A Naturopathic Guide to Identifying your Food Sensitivities“.

If you think that gluten and dairy-free meals are bland and boring, these 22 healthy slow cooker recipes will definitely change your outlook! Give them a try, and let me know your favourites in the comments below!

22 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You’ll LOVE!

Simple Whole Chicken

This recipe makes for fall off the bone chicken and takes under 10 minutes to prepare. There is no easier way to cook a Whole Chicken! The dry-rub spice mix infuses the meat with flavour and the chicken drippings at the bottom of the crock-pot taste delicious on top of quinoa. So delicious!

Dairy Free Butter Chicken

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This butter chicken from Eating Bird Food is a lighter version of the traditional Indian dish, and is excellent served over cauliflower rice! Perfect for when you’re craving Indian food, but don’t want that heavy feeling after eating too much naan bread and dairy!

Hawaiian Shredded Chicken

What makes this Hawaiian Shredded Chicken so wonderful is that it can be served hot or cold, on a salad or in a lettuce wrap, and it’s the perfect combination of sweet and savoury! It’s the best of all of the worlds! Thank you to The Real Food Dieticians for this tasty recipe.

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Cauliflower Lentil Curry

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This recipe from Dishing Out Health combines cauliflower and red lentils in a curry-infused broth for a comforting vegetarian dish. It’s packed full of flavour from the garlic, ginger, curry, powder and Thai red curry paste, and is super satisfying served over rice or quinoa.

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This hearty and healthy chili recipe features ground turkey instead of ground beef, and is loaded with beans and fresh vegetables! Bonus: it freezes and reheats well, so it’s perfect to save in your freezer for the next time you need an easy meal! Thank you to Watch Learn Eat for this recipe.

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushrooms

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This meal from Moms With Crockpots may be simple, but it certainly doesn’t lack in flavour! There’s practically zero prep time, and it can be served over your choice of rice or quinoa, or on it’s own with a side salad!

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This immune-boosting chicken vegetable soup is marvelous if you’re feeling under the weather or if you just need something to warm you up in these cooler months! Thank you to The Slow Cooking Housewife for this mouth-watering recipe!

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Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

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These turkey meatballs from A Clean Bake are “the most succulent, moist, and tender meatballs you’ve ever had”! Eat them on their own, serve them atop a bed of zoodles, or try red lentil pasta for an extra punch of protein and fibre!

Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale

This Lentil Sausage Soup allows you to use whatever produce you may have leftover in your fridge, or growing in your garden so nothing goes to waste! It’s easy to make, versatile, and everyone in your family will love it! Thank you to Homemade Food Junkie for this tasty recipe!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto

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The feature ingredient in this Chicken Pesto is fresh basil which is nutrient-dense and provides the perfect kick of flavour! Serve it over a bed of roasted vegetables or zoodles for a delicious AIP-compliant meal! Thank you to Unbound Wellness for this dish!

Gluten Free Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore from Bless Her Heart Y’all can be prepped in under 10 minutes but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen! It’s a rustic, hearty, classic Italian dish that’s perfect served alone, or scooped over rice or quinoa.

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Paleo Chicken Stew

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This Paleo Chicken Stew from Delicious Obsessions is sure to become a family favourite! Pumpkin puree adds a creamy texture to this dish, along with extra nutrients and a gorgeous colour! Yum!

Sweet Potato Spinach Curry

This cozy and satisfying dish from Cook Nourish Bliss is made with creamy coconut milk, red lentils, bell pepper, and sweet potato. It’s addition of flavourful spices will WOW your tastebuds!

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Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

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Unlike most stuffed peppers that look like a healthy option but are often loaded with cheese, white rice, and bread crumbs, these stuffed peppers from The Clean Eating Couple are light, fresh, and absolutely delicious!

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

This vegetarian Enchilada Quinoa is easy to prepare, super tasty, and is perfect packed for lunch for the rest of the week! Top with sliced avocado to add some healthy fat to your diet. Thank you to Real Food Whole Life for this recipe!

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Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner

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Winner winner chicken dinner! A meal for 4 requiring only 15 minutes of prep time? Yes, please! Even your pickiest eater will love this simple slow-cooker chicken. Thank you to Wild Fit for this great weekday recipe!

Sweet Potato Beef Stew

If this beef stew from Jennifer Fugo tastes half as good as it looks, you know you’re in for a treat! Sweet potatoes provide it’s vibrant, happy colour, and the addition of a bay leaf provides it’s delicious depth of flavour!

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Vegetable Minestrone Soup

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This vegetarian minestrone is packed full of lentils and vegetables, making it super hearty and filling! It is versatile, and can be modified to add whatever veggies you may have on hand! Thank you to A Dash of Megnut for this warming soup recipe!

Coconut Chickpea Curry

This light curry from Choosing Chia is not too spicy, and is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with fiber and protein! It comes together in only 20 minutes and freezes well for future meals! Amazing!

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Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

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This Chicken and Rice soup from What Molly Made is ultra creamy, but still dairy-free! It is loaded with vegetables, and made with bone broth, which has multiple health benefits including protecting the joints, reducing inflammation, and healing the gut.

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

‘Perfectly seasoned, perfectly juicy, restaurant quality’ shredded chicken for you taco lovers out there! Try it over cauliflower rice for a burrito bowl, or serve over mixed greens for a delicous taco salad! Thank you to Our Salty Kitchen for this recipe.

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Gluten Free Beef Stew

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This cozy beef strew from My Gluten-Free Kitchen is brightened up with fresh herbs that provide extra colour and flavour! It’s a simple meal that is perfect for a cold day, and your entire family will love it!

This concludes this recipe compilation of healthy slow cooker recipes! What are your favourite easy weeknight dinner options? Let me know in the comments below! Also, please make sure to pin this postand to share with your friends and family. After all, who doesn’t love delicious new recipe ideas?

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FAQs

Why is slow cooker food so bad? ›

Too much liquid

Slow cookers are excellent at retaining their moisture, so pouring in too much stock or water will mean your casserole tastes insipid. If you're using a stew recipe that wasn't written for the slow cooker (and please do – it's a great idea!), reduce the liquid quantity by roughly half.

How healthy are slow cookers? ›

A slow cooker can help with eating healthily, as this way of cooking doesn't need much (if any) fat, which can help to lower the calorie content. It also intensifies flavours – which is helpful when cutting down on salt.

Why do people hate crockpot meals? ›

For someone who is used to (and also truly enjoys) tasting as I go, slow cookers don't allow you taste each component of your meal. Throwing all the ingredients into one pot means you miss out on the entire tasting and seasoning process while you cook your food (and enjoy a post-work glass of wine while you're at it).

Are slow cooker meals good? ›

A slow cooker can help create layers of flavor in any weeknight dinner, from hearty stews to satisfying chicken dishes. It can take your comfort food to the next level, like a fall-off-the-bone pulled pork sandwich, cozy chicken noodle soup, or sweet and sour brisket.

What foods should not go in a slow cooker? ›

10 Foods You Should Never Make in a Slow Cooker
  • Raw Meat.
  • Seafood.
  • Pasta.
  • Rice.
  • Delicate Vegetables.
  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts.
  • Dairy.
  • Wine and Other Liquor.
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Can I put raw beef straight into a slow cooker? ›

Can you put meat straight into a slow cooker? Meat can be added directly unseared and not browned.

Is it OK to put raw chicken in slow cooker? ›

Yes, you most certainly can cook raw meat in the slow cooker! You put it in “cold”, with whatever liquid your recipe calls for, turn it on either “low” or “high” depending on your recipe (I usually start it on “high” for a couple hours, then turn it to “low”), and in 6–7–8 hours, it's now COOKED meat!

Do crock pots leach chemicals? ›

Some ceramic glazes are non-toxic, but some pose a risk of leaching heavy metals like lead and cadmium into your food. Older ceramic or stoneware cookware with a glaze likely won't have been leach tested and even newer cookware can vary considerably from batch to batch and may leach more as it ages.

How safe is it to leave a slow cooker on all day? ›

Are slow cookers safe to leave on? Yes, it's safe to leave a slow cooker on when you leave the house. The purpose of a slow cooker is to allow you to cook while you aren't home. Slow cookers simmer food slowly, killing bacteria and raising meat to the perfect internal temperature.

Can you overdo a slow cook? ›

Slow cookers are specially designed to cook food for long periods of time, but yes, you can still overcook in a slow cooker if something is left on the wrong setting for longer than it's supposed to be.

Why do people not want to cook? ›

For some people, cooking does not come naturally. Rather than it being a relaxing activity, cooking is stressful and tedious. These individuals also tend to second guess themselves, which also makes the process more stressful.

Do chefs like crock pots? ›

Do professional chefs favor crock pots for cooking. Crock pots offer certain advantages that can appeal to professional chefs. They excel at slow cooking, allowing flavors to meld and develop, making them ideal for dishes like stews, soups, and braised meats.

What is the best meat to cook in a slow cooker? ›

Choose the right cut: Chuck roasts, short ribs, pork shoulders and lamb shanks (think fatty and tougher meats) become meltingly tender with the moist, low heat of a slow cooker. Leaner cuts like pork tenderloin tend to dry out. Likewise, dark meat chicken — thighs, drumsticks, etc.

Can meat go bad in a slow cooker? ›

While it's perfectly ok to use your crock pot in this way, try to avoid leaving food on the warming setting for more than four hours. According to the USDA, food kept at between 40 and 140 degrees is more at risk of forming bacteria. In this temperature range, bacteria can double in number within just 20 minutes.

Is a crockpot the same as a slow cooker? ›

A slow cooker and a Crockpot are the same thing, essentially. A slow cooker is an appliance of which there are lots of brands. Crockpot is one brand of slow cooker. Crockpot popularized slow cookers when they launched their version in the 1970s.

Do slow cookers leach chemicals? ›

Food is in contact with the crockpot for hours or even days. Slow cooker meals are often acidic, which increases metal leaching. These things together are a recipe for lead poisoning.

Does slow cooker destroy nutrients? ›

Slow cookers cook food at a low temperature (usually around 93c) for anywhere between 4-8 hours. Because of the lower temperature, the nutrients in the food remain more stable than other methods of cooking.

Why is slow cooker food bland? ›

Why is slow cooker food bland and watery? There is no evaporation to concentrate sauces and no caramelisation to deepen and enrich flavours so finished dishes lack depth, umami and can be colourless and watery.

Does food taste different in a slow cooker? ›

It's More Tender and Flavorful

Aside from being juicier, slow-cooking makes meat a lot more tender and flavorful. The extra juices help to accomplish this but it's mainly the long-cooking time that brings out the richness of the meat.

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