Recipes for Busy Folks: 15 Gluten-Free All Day Slow-Cooker Recipes

15 ALL DAY SLOW COOKER RECIPES| Food Your Body Will Thank You For

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 All-Day Slow-Cooker Recipes | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Enjoy! <3

15 RECIPES TO SAVE YOU TIME!

Chicken Gizzards and Broth from Health Starts in the Kitchen

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

 

Crock-pot Beef Chuck Roast from Paleo Gone Sassy

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Crock Pot Carnitas with Homemade Corn Tortillas from Oh, The Things We’ll Make

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Easy Texas Enchiladas from Good Not Perfect

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Easy Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja from The Curious Coconut

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

The Easiest and Most Delicious Crock Pot Beef Ever from Delicious ObeessionsCrock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Easy Crock-Pot Taco Meat from Delicious Obsessions

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Paleo French Onion Soup from Paleo Gone Sassy

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

 Pork Hock and Cabbage Stew from Good Not Perfect

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Quick and Easy Crock Pot Chili from Health Starts in the Kitchen

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Slow Cooked Lamb Shoulder from Economies of Kale

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Slow Roasted Pastured Pork Shoulder from Real Food Whole Health

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

Clean Easting Crock-Pot Chili from Real Food and Real Fitness

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

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

Crock Pot Recipes: 8 hours+! | Food Your Body Will Thank You For

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”

 

 

 

4 comments on “Recipes for Busy Folks: 15 Gluten-Free All Day Slow-Cooker Recipes”

  1. Gemma

    Hi :) I love what you do here and have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. :) check out my latest blog post for more info! http://www.breadoralive.com.au/home/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award

  2. Jeepster

    Hi there, thanks for the recipes. I don’t use my slow cooker nearly enough, so you have given me some inspiration.
    For the four or five hour recipes, have you thought about getting a gizmo that turns the pot on four hours before you are due home?

    • elizabeth

      I haven’t…kind of worried about the potential for it not working and losing out on the cost of the pasture meat. DO you have any recommendations for gizmos? :-)

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