One of the biggest challenges while doing the Whole30 is all the prep that goes into it. When foods containing gluten, grains, dairy, soy, and sugar are off the table for a month, ordering takeout or slapping together a quick sandwich aren’t options. Planning in advance is key if you don’t want to be tired, hungry, and foodless at the end of the day.
That’s where these 21 Crock-Pot recipes come in handy. Each makes several servings at once, taking the guesswork out of prepping and giving you easy access to meals you can eat all week long. (Looking for more short-term Whole30 breakfast recipes? We’ve got those too.)
Beef and Pork
In the absence of beans, sweet potatoes become the main source of carbs in this hearty chili. But they’re not all that’s sweet about this recipe—calling for super-simple spices and three to four hours in the slow cooker to yield a whopping 10 servings, it’s a pretty sweet way to be efficient, cook affordably, and eat healthily.
You’ll need to nix the rice to make this Whole30 friendly, but with coconut milk, juicy chunks of pork, and lots of rich spices, this curry is plenty filling even without the side of carbs. As a bonus, it gets even better as it sits, so you’ll love it even on the third day of eating leftovers.
The world is missing a kitchen appliance that shapes ground beef into balls, so you’ll have to do that part for these beef and almond flour-based meatballs. But no need to actually cook them or even make the marinara—four hours in the slow cooker will take care of both of those tasks.
This recipe doesn’t call for many seasonings—just use some high-quality balsamic vinegar, and you’re golden. The carrots will add some more sweetness; the potatoes will provide a mild, starchy dose of comfort; and the cooked beef roast will be savory and super succulent. Who said Whole30 meals are bland?! Not us.
Traditional stuffed cabbage is packed with rice and calls for a bit of meticulous roll-up work. Whole30 (and Paleo!) stuffed cabbage is packed with riced cauliflower and does away with the assembly by throwing all the sauce, meat, and veggies into the slow cooker. Let them all hang out for a few hours, and you’ll have a big batch of comfort food that allows for plenty of freezable leftovers.
The apple and pork combination is pretty unbeatable, but switch it up from the usual chops and applesauce by using pork shoulder roast and crispy Pink Ladies. They get stewed in a slow cooker until tender and seasoned with rosemary, basil, and chives for flavors that will be so decadent you can hardly wait to get your fork in there.
It’s rarely a good sign when things fall apart—unless you’re talking about pork shoulder. Slow-cooked for up to six hours with a few simple spices and jalapeño, this one becomes tender, juicy, and shreddable—perfect for scooping into lettuce wraps.
Sure, the old saying tells us not to fix it if it ain’t broke, but there’s nothing wrong with improving on tradition if it makes life easier. Take these pork chops; while they may stick to the simple flavors of the classic recipe, the use of tapioca flour in place of the regular white kind makes them “cleaner,” and the slow cooker does a bulk of the actual cooking, letting you off the hook.
There’s nothing like a simple chicken dinner, especially when you barely have to do any work to make it. This Whole30-compliant recipe relies on little more than lemon juice and garlic to cover the meat, but they go an incredibly long way after several hours in a slow cooker.
Even if you’re not eating pasta on the Whole30, that doesn’t mean you’ve gotta say no to a good meat sauce! With lean ground turkey and less oil than most, this Bolognese is as clean as it gets, and so easy to make that it may become a weekly recipe from now on, whether you’re serving it over zucchini noodles or spaghetti.
The slower cooker makes sure all the lime, garlic, and cilantro flavors seep into the meat, while 10 minutes in the oven gets the drumsticks to crispy and golden brown. Meanwhile, you can sit back and relax, and sip on club soda.
Once you make sure your curry paste is Whole30 approved (i.e., no soybean oil or sugar), use a few spoonfuls to spice up this recipe. It may not have all the ingredients of the traditional dish, but it still makes for a fantastic, cleaner alternative to Thai takeout.
Packed with produce and protein from the chicken, this colorful soup works as a light meal but also as warm comfort food. Serve it as is, but better yet, top with sliced avocado and chopped cilantro for a Whole30-take on tortilla soup.
Butter chicken sounds like the antithesis of a Whole30 meal, but when there’s actually no butter in the recipe, and you’re using coconut milk and tapioca flour to make the tomato sauce smooth and creamy, it can easily go on your meal plan for the month. Sauté the chicken and spices for a few minutes first, and then transfer everything to a slow cooker for the rest of the cooking process.
This recipe calls for no extra broth in the slow cooker, meaning that the veggies and the meat will all soak in their own juices, spiced up with cumin and ground coriander. Fragrant, easy, and with some definite heat, this dish is a great way to shake anyone out of a Whole30-meal rut.
Seafood and Meatless
This blogger notes that even some of her fussiest eaters devoured this fish stew, so you know you’ve got a winner on your hands. All it takes is some onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers to add lots of volume, and a few simple spices like paprika and cumin to make it irresistible.
If you’re looking at the photo thinking, “There is no way that’s dairy free,” you’re in for a treat. In place of cream, coconut milk swoops in yet again to save the day, turning your Whole30 salmon dinner into a restaurant-quality soup.
With five main ingredients and virtually zero prep time, this might be one of the easiest ways to get your Whole30 meal on the table. With coconut milk and curry paste making a sweet and spicy pairing for the shrimp, your protein needs are taken care of in the most delicious way.
A favorite indulgence at Indian restaurants, vegetable korma is famous for its silky gravy made from yogurt and cream. This one is silky, all right, but it’s all thanks to a mix of nondairy coconut milk and almond meal that cloaks the veggies as they slow-cook into a thick stew.
Instead of boiling your cauliflower to a pulp, let it soften in the slow cooker with plenty of garlic before mashing it with ghee and herbs for the perfect mashed potato substitute. It’ll add tons of extra flavor and preserve a few nutrients in the process too.
Save this garlic, parsley, and veggie-packed soup for when you’re burnt out on salads during the Whole30 but still need to get in your produce. Simply seasoned but super satisfying, it works well as a light entrée.