Some of the greatest inventions of all time – the automobile, the internet, the crockpot. Yes, crockpots are up there with the greats. It is an absolute lifesaving contraption for busy ladies. And while there are a bajillion crockpot recipes out there, these five might change your life. Five Whole30 crockpot meals in five ingredients.
Yup, all you need are F-I-V-E ingredients for these Whole30 crockpot meals – no processed junk, no condensed soups, and no laundry list of ingredients. Just simple, healthy, delicious meals. That you can set and forget. Then devour.
I’m not a mathematician, but if my calculations are right, nutrient-dense dinners with only five ingredients means less money you spend buying food and more money buying…shoes! Is there anything better than coming home to the smell of dinner already made and change jingling in your pocket? It’s a win/win. Followed by bubble bath after dinner. Humungous win.
If you aren’t familiar with Whole30 compliant meals, let me break it down for ya. These recipes are all grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, bean-free, sugar-free, AND effort-free, errr…I mean effortless.
Tender stew meat with tomatoes and zucchinis. Or juicy chicken with cabbage, potatoes, and a hint of dill. Or scrumptious pork with tangy hints of dijon, lemon, and savory garlic. Or how about gingery coconut curry with decadent shrimp. Wait, how about warm sweet potatoes with savory vegetables and hearty sausage? Raise your hand if your tongue is out and you’re dreaming of all the above.
Make those crockpot dreams into a reality. I promise you can because it’s super-crocky-crazy-easy. Here are your next five dinners – in no particular order: Five Whole30 crockpot meals in five ingredients.
Each of these meals should feed a family of four and may even yield leftovers. Adjust proportions if needed.
Five Whole30 Crockpot Recipes in 5 Ingredients
- 1 1/2 cup pickle juice
- 6-8 cups shredded cabbage (about half a head)
- 6-8 medium red potatoes, cubed
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 2 pounds chicken thighs
Place the chicken thighs in the bottom of a crockpot and place the potatoes around the thighs. Add the cabbage to the top then pour the broth and pickle juice into the crockpot. Cook on low 4-6 hours. As an option, add dried parsley for extra flavor. *Note – you can serve this as pictured or shred the chicken, add back into the broth mixture, and consume as a soup.
Beef Stew with Tomatoes & Zucchini
- 2 pounds beef stew meat
- 2 (14.5 ounce) cans of diced tomatoes
- 2 yellow onions, chopped
- 6 small zucchinis, sliced and halved
- 2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
Place all the ingredients into the crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours. Add any choice of fresh or dried herbs, garlic, and salt and/or pepper if desired.
Lemon Dijon Pork Loin
- 1-2 pounds pork loin
- 5 tablespoons dijon mustard
- 3/4 cup olive oil
- 5 tablespoons lemon juice
- 5 cloves garlic, minced
Combine all the ingredients into a large, sealable freezer bag. Add the pork loin and let marinate overnight (in the refrigerator). Place the pork loin into the crockpot and add the liquid marinade from the freezer bag. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. As an option, add cubed potatoes to the sides of the loin for a side dish and garnish with fresh rosemary.
Coconut Shrimp Curry
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 tablespoons red Thai curry paste
- 1 pound frozen shimp
Mix all the ingredients together except for the shrimp. Pour mixture into the crockpot, then add the frozen shrimp and toss to combine. Cook on low for 2-4 hours. As an option, serve over cauliflower rice or zucchini noodles.
- 4 large red bell peppers, sliced thick
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 4 medium sweet potatoes
- 4 Italian sausages (make sure to find compliant sausages, with no sugar added)
Wash and pat dry the sweet potatoes then wrap in aluminum foil. Cut the uncooked sausages into 2-3” thick slices. Place the peppers and chopped onion in the bottom perimeter of the crockpot. Top with the sausages then add the broth. Place the wrapped sweet potatoes in the center. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. As an option, add any additional vegetables as desired.