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10 Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes to prep Ahead

Real Food Meal PrepRobyn Downs2 Comments

In my journey to living a Real Food Whole Lifestyle I ran into the same problem over and over again: how to get real food on the table on busy weeknights and activity-filled weekends.

When I discovered slow cooking, it was like a lightbulb went off. Here was a tool that allowed me to get a nourishing dinner on the table, and with only a few minutes of prep the night before or morning of.

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

No more scrambling to throw dinner together after a long day of work while a cranky toddler demanded my attention. And no more take-out temptations, because dinner was ready and waiting for us at home.

I love creating simple slow cooker recipes that are easy to prepare and full of real food ingredients. I also love slow cooker recipes that can be made ahead, making the process even easier. 

Read on for my favorite make ahead tips, along with 10 Real Food Prep Ahead Slow Cooker Recipes. You'll find many that are vegetarian, Paleo and Whole30 friendly as well!

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PREP AHEAD TIPS


1 | The night before, assemble all the ingredients in the slow cooker insert. Cover and refrigerate. The day you plan to serve, place the insert back into the slow cooker base. Cover and cook according to recipe instructions.

2| You can also chop fresh ingredients so when it's time to prepare the recipe it's as simple as dump and go. 

More Tips: How To Use a Slow Cooker


STORAGE TIPS


1 | Once cooked, allow the slow cooker meal to cool completely. Ladle into individual jars, leaving at least 1-inch of room at the top of the jar.

2 | Cover, label and store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

More Tips: How to Freeze in Jars


vg: vegan | v: vegetarian | gf: gluten-free | df: dairy-free | p: paleo | ff: freezer-friendly


10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

1 | Slow Cooker Sweet Potato, Apple and Turmeric Soup (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

2 | Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado) (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

3 | Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

4 | Slow Cooker Chicken, Kale and Sweet Potato Stew (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

5 | Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup (vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

6 | 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

7 | Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie and Quinoa Stew (gluten-free, dairy-free, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

8 | Slow Cooker Garlic Balsamic Whole Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

9| Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free, freezer-friendly)

10 Prep Ahead Real Food Slow Cooker Recipes

10 | Slow Cooker Farmer's Market Mexican Chicken Soup (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, whole30, freezer-friendly)