April 30, 2014

Paleo Crock Pot

The crockpot is one of the best kitchen appliances out there. It's basically magic - throw raw food into it, flip the switch, come home to dinner. There's really nothing better. Here are some paleo crockpot recipes I've recently made and enjoyed!

All day:
  • Chicken with Applesauce and Sweet Potatoes - This meal was surprisingly great! It is completely self-contained, meaning you don't need to have anything on the side. Although, a salad would be an easy way to incorporate greens. And, I made Garlic Bread (Recipe Book) which was a great addition.
  • Paleo Pot Roast (Recipe Book)
  • Shredded BBQ Chicken - Put any amount of chicken breast you want in a crock pot. Cover/surround with Gluten-Free BBQ sauce and cook on Low for 6-7 hours. Remove surplus sauce and put in a container for the table. Shred chicken breast with two forks and stir with sauce.
  • Paleo & Whole 30 Ham Bone Soup - Click the link for substitutions and alterations.
  • Turkey Chili (Recipe Book) - This recipe is wonderful. If your crockpot, like mine, is not large enough, cook on the stove in a large pot over Low heat all day (turning burner off if you leave the house).
    • This recipe makes enough for dinner and leftover lunches and still enough to freeze for a simple meal later... See below for re-heating soup.
 
Half-day:
I wanted to note the difference between timing because those who work all day may not be able to turn the crock pot on around 3:00pm... unless you have a very well-trained dog. If that's you, PLEASE teach me your ways. Solution: Some crockpots have a time setting that will automatically switch to warm after a set amount of time... One of said crockpots is on my WishList for life right now.
  • Apple Cinnamon Pork Loin- I grew up with a mom who despised the combination of fruit and meat in any situation, so I was excited to try this recipe and the new combination. I really liked it! Although, I forgot the honey, and I think that would have added more flavor. Click here for information on the full meal I made with this.
  • Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
  • Re-heating soup (Living Off of the Freezer) - This should be do-able with almost any soup recipe. Thaw the frozen soup the day/night before in water in the sink. Heat on Low for 4-6 hours the day you want to have it... You can also do all day if you won't be home. I've done it for the Roasted Red Pepper Cauliflower Soup (pictured right) and Turkey Chili (Recipe Book).

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