You hear someone passing you in the grocery store mentioning eating like a caveman and you wonder what they are talking about. You hear someone at the table next to you in a restaurant ask a server is a certain food is Paleo friendly and you question what that means. You see some ads in magazines highlighting the fact that the foods they are showing comply with a Paleo diet. What is all this Paleo talk and where did it suddenly come from?!?
By now, you have probably heard of the Paleo diet. It is one of those new, fresh diets that has everyone talking but what exactly is it? What can you eat or not eat on the Paleo diet and why? Is it considered a healthy way of life or more of a weight loss regimen? All of these questions are great and, in order to really understand the Paleo diet, we will answer them all. You’ll be a Paleo pro in no time!
In its most basic form, eating Paleo means only consuming foods that our hunting and gathering ancestors would have eaten. So if you have ever heard someone mention eating like a caveman, this is what they were talking about. The diet is essentially based around what cavemen did or could have eaten. Before modernization of food, before packaged snacks or genetically modified foods were even a thought, people had to eat! Many think that this way of eating was superior to how we eat now. More “real” and more sustainable. Hey, if a caveman could survive, thrive and evolve on these foods, why can’t you?!?
So what exactly did people eat back in the days of cavemen and hunting and gathering? No grocery stores, no amazon ordering, no global marketplace meant lots of meat, fish, fruits, and veggies. Of course, cavemen could only eat things that fit into these guidelines while also being hyper local. There were no cars, trains or airplannes of course so they could only consume what they could find nearby.
All of the foods mentioned (meat, fruit, fish and veggies) are all foods that you can find growing wild nature. It also implies that the foods you are allowed to consumet have not been changed by modern ways of preparing and producing foods. For example, a bag of chips may be from a potato which you can find in nature but they also typically contain flavors, oils, and perservatives that a caveman would never be able to recognize as a food. So, when thinking about what you can eat when following a Paleo diet, just think this: can it be found in nature, growing organically and without the aid of humans? If the answer is yes, then it is Paleo! Sounds simple enough, right?
Eating Paleo meatloaf, for example, or any Paleo diet means a very firm “no” processed foods, dairy products, or grains. Anything that may pass through a factory is a food that is off the list of Paleo friendly foods. Why? To reiterate (because it is an important concept to grasp), since farms and factories would not have existed back in the hunter gatherer days. Cavemen weren’t farming massive plots of land and preserving and altering their foods in modernized factories, no were they?! Not at all! They were out there, in the woods, analyzing leaves to consider if they are edible, hunting wild boar to enjoy for weeks afterward and picking berries that they knew to be safe. There were no factories, no labels, no human help- all human intuition and experience!
Now if this sounds like a diet that you can really get behind, you are in luck as the whole Paleo revolution is just beginning. When beginning on a Paleo diet, you automatically need to say goodbye to those bags of chips, toss out anything with refined sugars and say so long to anything that you couldn’t go out and get in nature. It is definitely a major change in diet but if you are ready to commit, you are in for a real awakening experience.
Despite the many restrictions that you may see initially (so many foods really are off limits!), the paleo diet is a great way to get lots of vitamins, minerals, and protein without eating any chemicals or foods with empty calories. It also ensures you do not just fill up on grains or junk food, but that everything you eat is healthy and benefiting your body.
When you stop and think about it, this all makes perfect sense! Hunter gatherers subsisted on things that they could find, prepare and eat without preservation tactics. When you look at this group, you will find that they were fairly healthy. People began to live longer during this time and were, of course, free from many modern illnesses such as obesity (which that may be caused due to processed foods). This basic diet was sustainable and healthy which makes you think that it is how people should eat. So, why not make your diet similar to how people use to eat long ago? It is natural, healthy and helps you really focus on what types of things you are putting in your body.
As mentioned, the moment you begin on your Paleo path, all of that unnecessary filler foods go out the door. You will no longer be eating processed sugars unknowingly or filling an empty stomach with mass produced, processed grains. You will be eating pure, real foods- real foods that are full of things your body needs and nothing that it doesn’t. In fact, you may instantly be able to feel this dietary change within your body. With no empty calories running quickly through your body, you will feel fuller longer, have more energy and feel healthier overall. It’s amazing how quickly your body can respond in a positive way when you just eat as humans are suppose to!
Switching to a Paleo diet is going to have a lot of effects on your life. It really is a powerful way of eating. So, whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain energy, or balance your system, going paleo is a tasty, healthy, and easy diet to maintain. It consists of simple, straightforward foods that you can prepare in a wide variety of ways. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by how much you can do with a few simple ingredients. With things like fresh veggies and endless amounts of meat and fruits, cooking Paleo foods is not a challenge at all. Almost any recipe can be made Paleo and you can likely come up with a lot of creative combinations and meals on your own.
If you are thinking that eating a Paleo diet seems like a lot of work, you are not alone. When you take processed foods out of your diet, you are basically forced to cook every single meal. Think about it, no grabbing a freezer meal from the grocery store to pop in the oven, no quick slice of pizza from down the street and no take out unless you ask a whole lot of questions to find out what is in each menu item. When you eliminate all of those things from your diet, eating becomes a whole lot more challenging. Not only do you have to learn what you can and cannot have on the Paleo diet but you also have to make everything yourself (or cross your fingers that there is a Paleo friendly restaurant nearby!).
It may seem obvious but having to use raw ingredients in your food and prepare each meal on your own is kind of the point of the Paleo diet. You take out the convenience along with the junk food. However, no one wants the junk food but we all want the convenience of pre packaged foods. That is because we don’t all have a lot of time to make fresh Paleo foods everyday. As much as you may want to, a Paleo diet might not seem to fit into your busy life style. YOu may agree with all the health points and really want to eat Paleo but think that it will be too time consuming to commit to. Convenience is, after all, why so many people reach for that pre-made, store bought meal- it is just so convenient!
What is eating a Paleo diet could be convenient? What if you didn’t have to spend hours in the kitchen prepping meals every day? Would you be ready to jump on the Paleo train then? My guess is yes, you would be! How could you not?!? A more refined, simple way of eating paired with convenience seems like the ideal diet. But now, you may be scratching your head wondering how this diet could ever be convenient…what are you going to do, eat plain salad every day? Not at all…
The slow cooker is the kitchen appliance you need to have especially when switching over to a Paleo diet. Slow cooked meals are full of flavor, super easy and can be made Paleo friendly without a problem. Now, if you have never used a slow cooker or don’t have one already, it’s time to take a look at what exactly this miracle machine is and how it helps with this diet.
Slow cookers are a cooking machine that usually consists solely of a bowl set inside a liner. The liner has a dial and temperature settings and some even have timers. All you do is plug your slow cooker in, toss in some Paleo friendly ingredients, give it a quick stir and walk away only to come back a few hours later to a ready to eat meal. Doesn’t that sound like pure perfection?
Slow cookers do exactly what the name sounds like, they cook whatever is in the bowl slowly. The machine maintains a steady heat which cooks the food inside for several hours. The result of this is very tender meat and perfectly cooked soups, stews, desserts and breakfasts (you really can make just about anything in a slow cooker!), The highlight of the machine has to be the way in which it prepares meat. With low and constant heat, even the toughest cuts of meat will soften and become amazingly succulent. Many people use their slow cooker exclusively for cooking meat thanks to the superior product it can deliver.
If you have switched to a Paleo diet, you may by now know the importance of a good piece of meat. Since meat is one of the main things you can eat on a Paleo diet, the ability to cook it well and easily is key. Rather than standing over a hot grill everyday or turning on your oven to roast meats for hours, all you have to do is put it in your slow cooker and walk away. A machine that cooks for you is like a dream come true.
One fun thing that slow cookers can do besides making amazing dinners that practially cook themselves is that you can make foods overnight in the crockpot. Set up some Paleo friendly breakfast food in your crockpot at night and then wake up in the morning to breakfast ready and waiting for you. I really don’t know if your morning could be any better- a Paleo, diet friendly meal ready to eat without having to lift a finger. Now this is something you need to try!
Slow cookers and crock pots are obviously one of the fastest and tastiest ways to make a meal. Since most recipes really do require you to just toss all the ingredients into the pot, turn the pot on and come back hours later to a cooked meal, it is a no brainer appliance that you must get, Paleo or not!! Slow cookers also come in a wide variety of price ranges and models, some with lots of features and settings and others with just a simple “on” switch. This means that no matter your budget, you will be able to find a crockpot that is perfect for your Paleo diet needs.
So now that you are likely on board with the Paleo diet tread and you grasp the reasoning behind it and why so many people are turning to the diet. You also see the importance of making this diet as simple as possible in order for it to work for you and for you to actually stick to it- it can’t be too hard to follow! You are officially ready to eat like a caveman. Your crockpot is on your counter, ready to go along with a whole bunch of fruits, veggies and meats that you could have found in nature. You are ready to cook!
Now time for the Paleo slow cooker recipes, what you have all been waiting for! This list will provide you with so many delicious, new, Paleo options that it will take you months to try them all. And thanks to that great slow cooker, these recipes won’t take you months to figure out! Easy, paleo friendly and super delicious- sounds like a total win! Get ready to make your new Paleo diet a delicious, easy one- one that you can stick to as long as you’d like!
50 Crock Pot Recipes that Make Paleo Easy
1. Paleo Slow Cooker Braised Beef
This dish is full of tasty paleo foods like beef and veggies but it’s more than just meat and potatoes. The garlic, leeks, and olives pack a flavor punch that will get even stronger and yummier the longer it cooks. Note that you do have to give the meat a quick sear before putting it into the crock pot, but that’s a small price to pay for the decadent meal you will come home to! Just remove the meat, mash the carrots, and serve- how simple is that! This is a meal you’ll be making all the time.
2. Paleo Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
One thing a lot of people miss after switching to a paleo diet is takeout food. It’s fast, sure, but full of salt and grains we don’t need. This alternative is much healthier and just as yummy, if not more so! It replaces wheat flour and soy sauce with paleo-friendly alternatives to satisfy your craving for Chinese food and keep you on track. Making favorites like this one is an easy way to get your entire family to eat paleo foods with you.
3. Paleo Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
A great way to make sure you never miss the salt and sugar of processed foods while on the paleo diet is to add tons of flavors and what more delicious, flavorful dishes are there than Indian food? Though this recipe requires a little more prep work before using the crock pot, the tenderness of the chicken and melding of the spices make it all worth it. This recipe also includes instructions for making a bed of yummy cauliflower rice for the tikka masala. A complete Paleo meal in the crokcpot- sounds perfect!
4. Paleo Slow Cooker Indian Curry Chicken
One of the key ingredients in this recipe is turmeric, a spice that has loads of proven health benefits, from relieving any pain you could imagine to inflammation to stomach problems. Eating turmeric in a paleo dish is a huge wellness win! It is also a perfect way to make your food full of flavor. This tasty curry also replaces heavy cream with coconut milk; that way you get all the creamy goodness of a traditional curry without the extra fat. Just layer the curry on top of some grain-free cauliflower rice for a complete and filling meal.
5. Paleo Crock Pot BBQ Pulled Beef
BBQ is one of the most indulgent foods around, but this recipe makes it healthy, Paleo and easy to achieve! The beef brisket gets melt-in-your-mouth tender while you’re away at work (thanks crockpot!) and the homemade paleo BBQ sauce is full of smoky, sweet, and tangy flavors. Because the sauce cooks in and around the meat, each bite takes you to BBQ heaven. The best part is, this is a true “dump dinner”, meaning you literally dump the raw meat and other ingredients into the crock pot and go. Can’t get easier than that!
6. Paleo Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs
When you are only eating paleo foods, store-bought meatballs are a no-go. They almost always contain breadcrumbs to hold them together and are overly processed- two things that are a no on this diet. This recipe for homemade meatballs is grain-free and, because it uses ground turkey instead of beef, contains a lot less fat than the frozen kind. After a day in the crockpot, the meatballs soak up all the Italian herbs and spices from the sauce. These go great on a bed of spaghetti squash or just by themselves.
7. Paleo Easy Crock Pot Carnitas
If you’re looking for a paleo dish that feels like a cheat, this carnitas recipe is for you. Eating a big pile of meat (with some veggies on the side of course) will give you the energy you need, whether you are chasing after a toddler, working out, or hosting a girls’ night in. Getting your Mexican fix without the tortillas will help eliminate bloating and post-dinner fatigue. Plus all the spices will wake you up with a fiesta in your mouth! Easy, tasty and Paleo, this recipe is a total win.
8. Paleo Crock Pot Chicken Thighs with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
This pretty and super easy meal is full of crowd-pleasing ingredients, making it perfect for hosting dinner at your house and you have absolutely no time to prepare. Just toss the chicken and vegetables into your slow cooker the morning of your party and get ready for jaws to drop just a few hour later. Even kids won’t be able to resist the world’s juiciest chicken. Your guests don’t even have to know it’s paleo! They’ll just think you are an amazing cook.
9. Paleo Friendly Honey Garlic Wings
One thing lots of people on the paleo diet miss are the chicken wings. The only problem is those fun little foods are usually breaded and smothered in unhealthy sauces. This recipe uses a simple yet flavorful homemade sauce to avoid eating any weird chemicals or grain products that you may not want or may not be allowed on a Paleo diet. Next game night, throw some wings, garlic, honey, and spices into your crock pot and you will have a delicious appetizer or meal that still fits into your diet.
10. Crock Pot Ravioli Lasagna
The best part about cooking with a crock pot is that you can make your favorite foods with minimal time and effort. Take this “lasagna” recipe for example. Instead of spending hours layering, cooking, and baking, you simply combine premade ravioli (or make your own if that’s your thing) and your other ingredients and let the slow cooker do the hard work. Be sure to keep checking up on it, though, to ensure the ravioli don’t get too soft and start to fall apart. Even if they do, you will still love the flavors this easy recipe creates in the crockpot.
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11. Paleo Slow Cooker Jalapeno Popper Chicken Chili
Who doesn’t love chili, especially when no slaving over a hot stove is required? You don’t even have to cook the meat before adding it to the crock pot- how easy! This warm and hearty dish is perfect for cold winter days when all you want to do is snuggle up on the couch under a blanket. The sweet potato, tomatoes, and avocados will give you tons of different essential vitamins and minerals, plus all the spices will warm you up! You will be out of the winter blues in no time and with a happy, fully belly too.
12. Paleo Crock Pot Cilantro-Lime Fish Tacos
This easy recipe would be a great solution for when you’re tired of making the same old dinners over and over. Shake up your family’s taste buds by making fish tacos! The cilantro and lime taste so fresh and fish is a great source of lean protein. You can even use frozen fish fillets for convenience. Just be sure to serve yours on a lettuce wrap or other grain-free shell to stay within the paleo diet guidelines! You’re gonna love this recipe for sure.
13. Paleo Easy Slow Cooker Vegetable Korma
The times when you crave comfort food are one of the hardest parts of sticking to a diet, especially one like paleo with no extra sugars or fats. Luckily this recipe is completely grain-, dairy-, and meat-free but tastes indulgent. This spicy stew uses coconut milk for its creamy texture (and it also has a nice sweet taste) and features lots of healthy vegetables, all flavored with curry. When you’re dying for a creamy meal, eat this instead. You’ll get all the flavor with none of the regret.
14. Paleo Slow Cooker Peach Glazed Pork Chops
This sweet and savory dish has only five ingredients and requires almost no prep work. Who knew making dinner could be so easy and come out so delicious? All you have to do is place your pork chops in the crock pot, combine and cook the butter, spices, and preserves to make a sauce, pour it over the meat, and let it cook for most of the day. To ensure you get a complete paleo meal, add a side of green veggies. So simple and so tasty, this recipe will be on your weekly menu all the time.
15. Paleo Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Soup
Any dish that is served topped with maple bacon has to be a winner, right? This soup is actually really healthy thanks to its superfood main ingredient: sweet potatoes. This dish is so tasty you’ll almost forget it’s packed with a ton of vitamins! Make sure to use almond or coconut milk when whipping up your soup to keep it paleo. The sweet and savory combo will also satisfy any craving you may be having while on a Paleo diet. Combine these Crock Recipe with tasteful Paleo soup recipes.
16. Paleo Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili
If you didn’t get enough sweet potatoes from the last dish, try this easy chili next. It’s a filling dish that is spicy, smoky, and sweet all at once. Slow cooking really enhances the flavors of each ingredient, so the chipotles get smokier and spicier while the sweet potatoes get sweeter. You can use any meat but lower-fat options like turkey and chicken are healthiest. Thankfully crock pot recipes always make loads of food, so you can have yummy paleo leftovers for lunch the next day or freeze it to have at a later date.
17. Paleo Pot Roast Crock Pot Recipe
Making a traditional pot roast dinner complete with gravy and mashed potatoes seems hard at first until you learn how to use paleo friendly alternatives in place of everyday pantry ingredients. Simply use tapioca or arrowroot starch instead of corn starch to thicken the gravy and replace the white potatoes with turnips. This dinner is tasty, relatively inexpensive, and easy to make. Soon you’ll have a dinner just like grandma used to make, but healthier and with a lot less work!
18. Paleo Pork Burrito Bowls
When you’re craving Chipotle, you have to skip it due to Paleo guidelines but you can try making these instead. Not only is the recipe grain-free, but you can also eat a smaller portion with fresher ingredients. Plus making your own enchilada sauce means no weird ingredients you can’t pronounce. The avocado slices on top of these bowls offer a creamy texture and are full of good fats that work wonders on your skin and hair. Throw all the ingredients into your crock pot and come home to your own Chipotle style meal.
19. Paleo Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup
For a truly unique paleo food experience, give this soup a try. It’s totally adaptable to your taste, since any veggies would work in it and you can leave out the chicken if you’re feeling a meatless meal. Any recipe that you can customize is perfect! The flavors of curry, lime, peanut butter, fish sauce, and ginger come together in perfect harmony. Like most crock pot dishes, this one will leave you with lots of yummy leftovers and you only have to dirty one dish- perfect for when your just hungry and tired at night!
20. Paleo Stupid-Easy Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs
Giving up pasta can be hard but finding yummy paleo alternatives makes for tasty and fun discoveries. One popular replacement is spaghetti squash. To make it, just remove the seeds from the inside of the gourd, pop it in the crock pot, and use a fork to pull out the stringy insides after it’s cooked- doesn’t get any easier than that! Spaghetti squash is high in beta carotene, low in carbs, and helps avoid that button-popping feeling we all get after indulging too much on a plate full of pasta. With this tasty recipe, you’ll never crave real pasta again!
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21. Paleo Hearty Hungarian Beef Stew
One great perk about the paleo diet is never having to give up meat and by pairing them with lots of healthy vegetables, you always get a balanced meal that’s ideal for your overall wellness. This dish is a great example. The protein from the beef plus the nutrient-rich sweet potatoes, carrots, and parsnips elevate this traditional meal into one that is equal parts hearty and healthy. This recipe has one of the longest cook times on this list (10 hours!) but makes the most tender beef ever. It is well worth the wait!
22. Paleo Crock Pot Honey Garlic Chicken
Sometimes the key to a memorable meal is a memorable sauce. The Asian-inspired sauce on these chicken thighs is tangy, sweet, and contains very few ingredients. The great part about making your own sauce is adjusting it to your taste. Cooking the chicken in the sauce all day long means you’ll get fall off the bone tender meat that’s infused with rich flavors. With meals as tasty as this one, you will never even miss store-bought, processed sauces and seasonings and it will make your Paleo diet a cinch!
23. Paleo Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Beef stew is a classic family favorite and is so easy when made with this recipe. The slow cooker will make the meat super tender and making a well-seasoned juice with red wine will make this dinner taste extra fancy. Anyone who tries this dish will be on board with the paleo diet!
24. Paleo Slow Cooker Garlic Herb Mashed Cauliflower
Mashed potatoes are one of the most iconic American comfort foods and one of the hardest to cut out, especially around the holidays. Though it seems crazy, mashed cauliflower is actually a delicious and believable substitute. This recipe is absurdly easy and the yummy garlic herb flavors masks most of the cauliflower taste (if that’s not your thing). Any way to make mashed potatoes without the peeling has got to be worth a try and with such little effort, you just have to try this one.
25. Paleo Crock Pot Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
First of all, yes, you can make desserts in a slow cooker. And yes, cookies fit into the paleo diet. You are not dreaming. These beauties take just 5 minutes to prep and under 3 hours to bake, all without firing up the oven (perfect to make when the weather is too ht to also turn on an oven). You just spread the dough onto the bottom of a parchment-lined crock pot to make one big cookie, then cut into bars. These bars are also 100 percent paleo, so they use almond flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil. Dieting has never tasted so sweet!
26. Paleo Crock Pot 3-Ingredient Balsamic Chicken
Of all the paleo crock pot recipes on this list, this one is one of the absolute easiest. All you need are three ingredients you probably already have on hand: chicken breasts, salsa, and balsamic vinegar- that’s it! Add everything to the crock pot and run out the door! Vinegar and salsa are both awesome ways to punch up your dinners when eating paleo because they don’t contain much fat, sugar, or carbs but they provide a ton of flavor. Try this with other meats too to make your own super simple creation.
See also these highly nutritious paleo recipes inspired by Mexican Cuisine
27. Paleo Banh Mi Chicken Tacos (Slow Cooker)
These delicious “tacos” are so pretty you almost won’t want to eat them. They’re full of different colors thanks to the variety of veggies inside and are served on bright purple cabbage leaves. You will want to take a picture of this meal for sure! The pickled vegetables and marinated chicken are sure to shake up your regular dinner flavor profile! This dish makes a really satisfying solution to a banh mi sandwich, which is served on thick bread. This recipe even includes a homemade spicy mayo made with cashews that is totally paleo friendly. Yum!
28. Paleo Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup
Making soups is best and most traditional ways of using a crock pot. Everything simmers away all day in there with all the flavors mixing together and you can serve when you get home. This soup is made with super healthy ingredients (all paleo!) and packs a warm taste of fall with the squash and apples. Adding a touch of coconut milk makes it creamy and even sweeter. Top each bowl with a pinch of black or cayenne pepper to balance out the spicy/sweet ratio.
29. Paleo Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala
When you’re on a diet, one of the best ways to stick to it is to trick yourself. This yummy classic Italian dish is no exception. The chicken is smothered in a creamy, dreamy sauce that actually contains no dairy at all. It’s just wine, chicken juices, and your favorite paleo thickening agent (think tapioca or arrowroot starch) coming together into thick, creamy perfection! This recipe is low on bad stuff and high in protein and full of authentic Italian taste!
30. Paleo Company Pot Roast
This dish would be awesome to make for guests, whether it’s your family, friends, or boss; it’s in the name! When served alongside mashed sweet potatoes, this dish will pleasantly surprise your guests with a colorful, flavorful twist of meat and potatoes. They’ll also appreciate the homemade gravy since it doesn’t contain any unknown additives. This dish is perfect for novice chef and if you know how to chop, you can make it!
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31. Paleo Easy Creamy Crock Pot Coconut Curry
Sticking to the paleo diet can sometimes be hard because of sneaky hidden ingredients that just aren’t allowed on the diet. Take Indian food for example. Most dishes are just meat and vegetables, what could be wrong? A lot of the sauces, even traditional curry, contain dairy. This tasty homemade version uses coconut milk instead which adds a nice subtle sweet flavor. It’s way healthier and the coconut milk adds a little “something something” to the flavor too. It takes just 5 minutes to make the sauce and the crock pot does the rest.
32. Paleo Maple Smoked Brisket
BBQ is one of the yummiest guilty pleasures that you actually don’t have to feel guilty about at all when eating paleo. This brisket comes out fork tender after a few hours and is covered with a sweet and smoky rub that might make you want to lick your fingers. When served on a bed of mashed turnips or parsnips, this dish will send you straight to paleo heaven. Don’t be surprised if you end up making it multiple times a week!
33. Paleo Slow Cooker Squeaky Clean Beef Bourgignon
For days where you have absolutely zero time, pop the ingredients into the slow cooker bowl, then the fridge to marinate overnight before starting the cooking process in the morning. If you have a little more time to spare, you can brown the meat beforehand to cut down on the crock pot time a bit but you can skip this step too. Make this classic French dinner when you’re feeling a little fancy and short on time.
34. Paleo Crock Pot Mediterranean Chicken
Mediterranean people are some of the healthiest in the world thanks to their traditional diets of lean protein, healthy fats, and lots of veggies. This recipe has all of those, with chicken, olives, tomatoes, and artichokes playing starring roles. It also contains a bit of curry powder for a surprising jolt of spice. Just dump everything into the slow cooker, wait 6-8 hours, and be transported to Italy. In addition, it is all Paleo friendly. Hurray! Because of all its intense flavors, this dish will make succulent leftovers for the next day.
35. Paleo Slow Cooker Cabbage Rolls
You can’t make a list of the best paleo crock pot recipes without mentioning cabbage rolls. In case you’ve never had one, a cabbage roll is like an Eastern European burrito, with ground beef or sausage wrapped up inside a cabbage leaf and smothered in tomato sauce- how delicious does that sound! Most versions use rice as a binder, but use an egg instead to keep it paleo. This protein-rich dinner is hearty and filling without containing any carb-heavy grains making it perfectly paleo!
36. Paleo Crock Pot Cashew Chicken
Preparing paleo versions of your kids’ favorite meals is a great way to get them onto the diet with you making it easy for you to just prepare one meal each night. This Chinese takeout inspired dish has lots of lean protein from the chicken and nuts and can be customized with your family’s favorite veggies. Plus, the crunchy cashews add an interesting texture which makes this dish fun. Be sure to use paleo friendly alternatives to ketchup, soy sauce, and rice vinegar when preparing this dinner to keep it on point!
37. Paleo Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken
The fresh and tangy flavors of this dish are sure to make it a new favorite in your house. The chicken acts as a blank canvas for the garlic, lemon, and fresh herb flavors. This dish also uses a whole chicken, so each member of the family can eat his favorite part and there is plenty to go around. Plus it looks as great as it tastes! Preparing this in the slow cooker means being able to spend more quality time with your family before a big Sunday dinner (which is guaranteed to be delicious!).
38. Paleo Pork Chop Suey
Chop suey is the perfect recipe for the crock pot because it is, by nature, just a plate full of random ingredients thrown together. Since there are no hidden carbs in the sauce, feel free to pile it on! The best part is you don’t have to give up the bed of noodles! Use sweet potato or zucchini noodles (or anything else you and your spiralizer can dream up) and you’re in the clear. Switch up your noodles or main ingredients to keep this meal fresh!
39. Paleo Crock Pot Low Carb Un-Stuffed Cabbage Roll Soup
This easy recipe has all the taste of yummy cabbage rolls without the effort of rolling them or the mess of cutting into them on your plate. And anyway, who has time for that! It uses cauliflower as a low-carb substitute for rice and contains zero processed ingredients. The yummy combo of beef, tomatoes, and cabbage will have everyone at the table asking for seconds. Make this meal on a chilly winter day when you need something hearty to warm you up.
40. Paleo Crock Pot Whole Chicken
Whether you’re hosting a holiday, a dinner party, or just a family gathering, this meal is sure to impress your guests without keeping you stuck in the kitchen. You could also make the entire chicken and split it up for other recipes later in the week. Freeze any extras to have on hand for next weeks dinner too! Any herbs and would work well for this dish but the lemon is a must. By the time you take the meat out of the slow cooker, your house will smell amazing!
41. Paleo Best Crock Pot Corned Beef
We all love a good deli sandwich, but lots of deli meats contain tons of salt and different ingredients no one can pronounce. Luckily, a crock pot makes it really easy to prepare the meat yourself at home! Pop the whole roast into the crock pot along with a little water for steaming and you’re good to go. Serve this beef with a side of cabbage (which you can throw in on top of the beef near the end of its cook time) for an Irish-inspired dinner.
42. Paleo Crock Pot Chicken Soup
Once winter hits, at least one person in your house is bound to get a case of the sniffles, a sad but true fact. Of course they’ll want hot, steamy chicken soup to make them feel better! Making this paleo version gives all the feel-good benefits without the heavy, high-carb noodles. Because the crock pot makes the preparation so simple, you can even make it for yourself if you’re the one under the weather. Use either water or homemade stock for the broth to eliminate processed chemicals and stick to a Paleo diet even when you are not feeling well.
43. Paleo Crock Pot Butternut Squash
You don’t just have to use your slow cooker for soups and one-pot meals; it also works great for cooking a side dish while you prepare the main. Place a whole, washed squash in the crock pot as an alternative to roasting in the oven and use it for whatever you fancy: soup, mash, pasta sauce, or as a boat for a fried egg. You will be using your slow cooker so much just to make sides, you’ll never have to turn your oven on again!
44. Paleo Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Chicken Tenders
This dinner is one the whole family will enjoy. Your kids and husband will love eating their favorite game-day flavors, while you get a healthier, protein-packed meal. No one will even miss the heavy breading found on most restaurant chicken tenders. Plus using homemade ranch seasoning in place of gobs of creamy ranch dressing gives the same zippy flavor while eliminating excess fat and dairy. Serve with a paleo friendly side like sweet potato fries or a nice green salad. This new way of eating this favorite dish will be your go to from now on!
45. Paleo Slow Cooker Green Chile Shredded Beef Cabbage Bowl
Though this dish requires a little more work than some of the others on this list, the exciting flavors and health benefits are more than worth it. These bowls are a great alternative to tacos in that they contain spicy beef, crunchy slaw, and Mexican flavors with very few carbs. The slaw is tossed in a mix of green Tabasco sauce and paleo mayonnaise for a sauce like your taste buds have never experienced. Finally, these bowls are topped with a delicious, nutrient-rich avocado salsa. It is going to taste as good as it looks so take a picture to show your Paleo friends before you devour it all!
46. Paleo Crock Pot Cauliflower Chicken Chili
Everyone loves chili but making the same old recipe over and over can be a bore. Plus, how do you make it a complete, filling meal without cornbread, rice, or some other carb-heavy addition? This healthy paleo chili uses cauliflower in place of beans and chicken in place of ground beef for a leaner meal that still fills you up. Top each bowl with avocado chunks to make it even more filling. This is a super easy meal you’ll keep coming back to. See what other Paleo friendly ingredients you can incorporate to make this dish your own.
47. Paleo Easy Crock Pot Roasted Chicken with Lemon Parsley Butter
Using a crock pot is hands down the easiest way to cook an entire chicken and usually comes out with the most tender, juicy results! This recipe would be delicious as a fancy dinner or to make other meals, like salads or lettuce wraps. Simply pop the chicken into the slow cooker for a few hours and top with your homemade lemon herb butter right before serving. This chicken would go nicely with any paleo side dish like a green salad or cauliflower mash. Simple, straightforward and you never have to turn your oven on!
48. Paleo Perfectly Simple and Sliceable Crock Pot Roast Beef
This roast beef recipe will give you memories of your mom’s kitchen without all the elbow grease. It only dirties one dish, plus no heating up the house from running the oven all day. This recipe is versatile because you can cook it longer or shorter to make the meat done to your preference, plus it goes with any side! For a balanced meal of paleo foods, serve the beef alongside your favorite veggie. Everyone will love this dish even if they are not on a paleo diet.
49. Paleo Chili Verde (Mexican Stewed Pork)
Most Mexican dishes like burritos and quesadillas don’t fit in with the paleo diet because of the carb-heavy tortillas. This one, however, allows for flexibility. Use the tender, succulent meat to top a salad, on lettuce wraps, or in a simple bowl with veggies. While the meat is in the slow cooker, reduce the sauce to ensure it gets thick and spicy. Freeze any leftovers to make soups or other great dishes with this flavorful pork. With so many options, you’ll have o make this recipes over and over again.
50. Paleo Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Roast
Pork roasts cooked in the crock pot are a classic crowd pleasing dinner that are completely paleo approved. Pork can often become dry and tasteless in the oven, but preparing it in the slow cooker always yields tender, juicy meat. This recipe uses a sauce with balsamic vinegar and honey for a fascinating combo of tangy and sweet- a perfect balance. Roasted green beans or baked sweet potatoes would be healthy ways to round out this meal while still keeping it paleo!
50 Paleo Crock Pot Recipes for Healthy Ladies
These are just some of the tons of paleo crock pot recipes available. Look around for inspiration and make substitutions and you’ll be on your way to living the paleo lifestyl.! See how easy Paleo can be!