The next time you know that you have a busy day ahead (maybe you’re heading out with friends or going to the gym or shopping) and you don’t want to worry about dinner, why not let your slow cooker do the work?
Today, I’m rounding up seven of my most delicious slow cooker recipes. (If you’re looking to invest in a high-quality slow cooker, I recommend this one by Hamilton Beach). Each meal will taste like you fussed over it all day, but they are actually very quick and easy to prepare. The name of the game is low stress!
The secret to tender, juicy meat that is incredibly flavorful is to take a little extra time to prep. Searing your meat and even your veggies will add a wonderful depth of taste to your meal. I always recommend using grass-fed meat when available and fresh veggies. Some of the recipes call for fresh herbs, some for bacon, and some wine.
After you prep your ingredients, all you have to do is transfer them to your slow cooker, pop on the cover, turn on the machine, and wait for the magic to happen. If you won’t have time in the morning to prep, you can assemble a recipe before you go to bed and place it in the fridge overnight so it’s ready for the slow cooker in the morning.
Cooking your meat low and slow is also a healthy way to cook that retains much of the vitamins and minerals.
Also, since I’ve been following a low-carb way of eating, I’ve been updating some of my older recipes. I’m sharing some of those low-carb tips with you here too.
Here are 7 easy slow cooker recipes that are incredibly flavorful:
When I was growing up, pot roast was my favorite meal. This recipe handed down from my mom is a real specialty you’ve got to try. And here’s a tip. If you’re following a low-carb way of eating, leave the potatoes out and you can pair your pot roast with mashed cauliflower. Yum. Pot roast recipe here.
Beef chili is one of the first recipes I shared here on the blog. I used to make it on the stovetop, but it’s even more awesome in the slow cooker. It’s low-carb and topped with bacon. You can’t go wrong with bacon, right? Beef chili with bacon recipe here.
These low-carb pork chops are mouthwateringly tender and cooked over a bed of sweet carrots and onions in the most intense savory gravy. In this recipe, I share my five tips for making amazing pork chops. Pork chops recipe here.
If there’s any cut of meat that the slow cooker seems to have been designed for, it’s beef brisket. Beef brisket has to be cooked slowly to dissolve all the connective tissues. Slow cooking results in a really tender, super juicy, incredibly flavorful beef that easily pulls apart with a fork. And here’s a tip. If you’re following a low-carb way of eating, just leave out the honey and ketchup. Beef brisket recipe here.
These tender, juicy, fall-off-the-bone pork shanks are topped with a gremolata. It may sound really fancy, but gremolata is just chopped parsley tossed with lemon zest, garlic, and capers. And is amazingly delicious, I might add. And here’s a tip. If you’re following a low-carb way of eating, you can serve the pork shanks with seasoned cauliflower rice instead of risotto. Pork Osso Buco recipe here.
Short ribs are the ultimate low-carb, paleo, & gluten-free comfort food. Seared beef short ribs simmer in your slow cooker in a beautiful red wine sauce until the meat is so tender and juicy, it literally falls right off the bone. Short ribs recipe here.
This is one of the first recipes on the blog. (I know, I really should take a new photo. 😉 ) This lamb stew is delicious, and here’s a tip: if you’re following a low-carb way of eating, you can just skip dredging the lamb in flour. Lamb stew recipe here.
There’s nothing like returning home after a long day to the aroma of a wonderful dinner simmering away in the slow cooker. Which one will you make first?
If you make one of these, share your snap on Instagram and tag #glutenfreehomestead. I always love seeing your photos.
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