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
Dill Chicken with Cabbage & Potatoes
- 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.
Sausage & Veggie Stuffed Sweet Potato
- 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.
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
The slow cooker is definitely a must to have when you’re eating a whole30, paleo, or GF diet! All you need is a great protein and some sauce and bam! Dump and go!
YES! I love assembling meals with raw ingredients and freezing them for future crockpot dinners too. It’s SO clutch when life gets insanely busy!
Sara @ Oats & Rows says
Ohhh crockpot, what would I do without you?! These recipes look so delicious, thanks for sharing! 🙂
That feeling is mutual. I mean, I LOVE my husband, but if I had to choose between him and my crockpot, it would be HARD. 😉
Laina Turner says
Couldn’t live without my crockpot. Especially in the winter. I can’t wait to try the shrimp dish.
ME EITHER. There’s something so dang magical about having dinner DONE in one glorious, effortless pot!
Blair @ The Seasoned Mom says
WOW — so many awesome ideas! I need to try that pork loin. It looks delicious!!
Thanks Blair! I figured you’d like these easy, quick ideas being you are like the busiest blogging momma ever!!
Jess @hellotofit says
Mmmm that pork loin looks FANTASTIC!! I don’t use my crock pot nearly as much as I should!
Crockpot = my sanity saver. Girl, use that thang! And yes, the pork loin is pretty dang delish…
rachel @ athletic avocado says
I love crock pot meals, so easy and tasty! That stuffed sweet potato is calling my name!
I mean, can you really go wrong with a sweet potato? I could stuff dandelions and sawdust in sweet potatoes and still love them. Agree?
Beverley @ sweaty&fit says
mmm! if i wasn’t a pescetarian i would be ALL OVER these recipes. the cabbage and chicken one sounds incredible!! i love that you made this post, it’s literally the epitome of quick and clean eating.
The cabbage and chicken one was my hubby’s FAV. You both have good taste! But I already knew that 😉
I don’t follow Whole 30 per say but definitely pinning these to make for later! They all look amazing!
Good thing is, crockpots don’t follow any particular diet 😉 Hope you love these easy, simple options Annmarie!
Angela Tolsma says
Oh gosh! I need to get a crockpot!
Yes yes Angela! STAT! I’m sure there are some great deals after the holidays on those amazing ‘lil electronic cookers.
Yay for crockpot meals!! Especially ones that take so few ingredients – love this little round up of quick meals!! I’ve got my eyes on that dijon one for sure….I put that stuff on everything! haha
Thanks girlfriend! Um YES try this dijon one! The marinade is also BOMB on grilled pork chops!
Ahhhh I love crockpot meals, just made chili in one yesterday. Thanks for the recipes, I’ll be bookmarking these!
Mmmm chili in the crockpot is ALWAYS a winner. A fellow crockpot lover = I like you already Mariah!!
Wow….that’s quite an extensive collection of recipes…thanks for putting them all in one place for easy reference.
Easy is totally my jam! Glad it’s helpful for you Kim!
Heather with WELLFITandFED says
These are fantastic girl! Way to hit people where they are at. Everyone and their dog is on a Whole 30 right now. I will definitely plan my blog posts better next year! Ha!
Ha “everyone and their dog”. I love that. My dog isn’t on Whole30. Damn that would be expensive. Maybe if I win the powerball tonight 😉 Thanks Heather!
Oh I love that these are only five ingredients! So easy! I have started using my crockpot a lot more lately, which with soccer is a necessity. Thanks for linking up with the Best of the Blogosphere!
Thank YOU Emmy! I too love that these are only 5 ingredients and my crockpot has the key to my heart!
Lisa B. says
These recipes look great!! I really want to try the pork tenderloin. These will come in handy on Tuesdays when I have class at 7 p.m. and need to feed the family early. Thank you for sharing and linking up with us over at the Welcome Home Wednesdays Link Party!
Thanks Lisa! I love using my slow cooker/crockpot when I know evenings will be CRAZY. I hope these options are perfect for your family!
Kelvin H. says
How many servings does this provide? I’m assuming it’s enough for one person. I’m cooking for 5 so I’d like to adjust accordingly if needed.
Should provide for a family of four Kelvin 🙂 But you may need to adjust slightly, depending on how much your family eats of course.
Thanks for these recipes! They look great- I want to try them all! This might be a silly question, but for the pork recipe you say that you could add potatoes on the sides of the pork loin. Do you mean add them in the crockpot with the pork for the same amount of time the pork cooks? Just want to make sure I understand that right so that I don’t have potatoes that are too mushy :). Thanks!
Not a silly question! Yes, the potatoes can be added for the same amount of time as the pork loin. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy!
Found you through Pinterest and just wanted to say thank you for the great recipe ideas. I’m in the middle of whole 30 and I’m going to be trying several of these this week.
Oh Melissa! I am SO SO SO glad you found me! I’ll keep bringing the goodies to ya! PS You TOTES got this girl. Keep on whole30’in it up!
Thank you so much…I can’t wait to try these! But….pickle juice???
Yes pickle juice. I know know know it sounds weird but it’s really really good! Not overbearing either.