Recipes for Busy Folks: 15 Gluten-Free All Day Slow-Cooker Recipes
Whether you work outside the home, are a homesteader, or you’re a stay-at-home parent, the work we do keeps us busy for HOURS at a time. As a teacher, I leave my house at 7 a.m. and return home around 5 p.m. Unfortunately, that’s WAY too long for most slow cooker meals (which generally require 4-6 hour cook times). Even though my crock-pot switches to a warming setting (which will stay on for hours), if you’re investing in pastured meats, you DON’T want to go that route. Pastured meats tend to have a faster cooking time and are ruined by overcooking.
Last year, I paid $30 for a 4 1/2 lb. pastured chicken, an extravagant luxury. That bird was in the freezer for at least a month because I was waiting for just the right recipe. I finally found one that looked yummy (a tequila lime chicken) but the cook time was 4-5 hours. I knew I wouldn’t make it home in time, but I decided to roll the dice. The chicken cooked for 5 hours and was on “warm” for 2 more hours.
The result? Disaster! Calamity! Tasteless, rubbery, dry—YUCK! I actually cried a little. The worst part was that my in-laws chose that night to visit!! The cost of ignorance does have a price tag—I’d forgotten the faster cooking rate of pastured meats and it cost me $30 and a big chunk of pride.
In an effort to avoid that mistake again, I reached out to my fellow foodie bloggers for some lengthier slow-cooker recipes. I sincerely hope these 8 hour+ recipes will give you more free time with your family—because when you walk in the door, dinner will be ready!
And in case you’re wondering, the crock-pot of your dreams doesn’t have to break the bank—I got mine for Christmas and even regular price it’s LESS than $50!
15 RECIPES TO SAVE YOU TIME!
Chicken Gizzards and Broth from Health Starts in the Kitchen
Crock-pot Beef Chuck Roast from Paleo Gone Sassy
Crock Pot Carnitas with Homemade Corn Tortillas from Oh, The Things We’ll Make
Easy Texas Enchiladas from Good Not Perfect
Easy Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja from The Curious Coconut
Easy Crock-Pot Taco Meat from Delicious Obsessions
Paleo French Onion Soup from Paleo Gone Sassy
Pork Hock and Cabbage Stew from Good Not Perfect
Quick and Easy Crock Pot Chili from Health Starts in the Kitchen
Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder from Economies of Kale
Slow Roasted Pastured Pork Shoulder from Real Food Whole Health
Clean Easting Crock-Pot Chili from Real Food and Real Fitness
One more for you! It’s not gluten-free, but you could use rice noodles (like these), squash, or simply omit the noodles altogether.
Poor Man’s Chicken Noodle Soup from Live Simply
AND, if you want to read more about enjoying REAL food and saving time & money, check out my pal Jackie’s post “Real Food for Busy Women.” It includes a recipe for “The Easiest Possible Crock-pot Beef Roast”