40 Whole Food Slow Cooker Recipes

40 Whole Food Slow Cooker Recipes

The slow cooker can be your best friend for getting healthy meals on the table.  These recipes avoid pre-packaged items and focus on meats and vegetables.

Even though these are from-scratch recipes, they can be assembled and cooking in just a few minutes.  There’s not a difficult one in the bunch.

What you will find is variety.  There’s everything from Thai Chicken Curry Soup to African Pulled Beef Sandwiches to Chicken and Beef Shwarma.  For tastes closer to home try All Day Beef Stew, Chicken Philly Sandwiches and Ham and Bean Soup.

african pulled beef sandwich done

African Pulled Beef Sandwiches

beef stew done

All Day Beef Stew

baked chicken with summer vegetables in slow cooker

Baked Chicken with Summer Vegetables

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Beef and Bean Topped Baked Potatoes

beef shwarma in the slow cooker

Beef Shwarma

Calico Bean Soup with Smoked Sausage

Easy Chicken Curry

Chicken Fiesta with Black Beans

chicken philly sandwiches in the slow cooker

Chicken Philly Sandwiches

Chicken Posole

Chicken Posole Stew

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Chicken Shwarma

Cantonese Sweet and Sour Chicken

Honey Mustard Chicken

Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Curry Soup

Thai Chicken Curry Soup

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French Dip Sandwiches

Garlic Chicken with More Garlic

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Garlic Rosemary Chicken and Potatoes

honey dijon pork and apples in the slow cooker done

Honey Dijon Pork Chops and Apples

Italian chicken with tomatoes in the crockpot

Italian Chicken with Tomatoes

Italian herb chicken and potatoes slow cooker done

Italian Parmesan Herb Chicken and Potatoes

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Italian Seasoned Salt Chicken

Crockpot Lemon Chicken baked on a bed of Sauerkraut

Lemon Chicken Baked on a Bed of Sauerkraut

Mediterranean Chicken

pumpkin black bean chicken chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili

Salsa Verde Steak Slow Cooker Recipe

Salsa Verde Steak

brown sugar chicken and sweet potatoes done

Brown Sugar Chicken and Sweet Potatoes

Black Bean Butternut Squash Chili

slow cooker chicken cacciatore

Chicken Cacciatore

Slow Cooker Chicken Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Chicken Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup couldn't be easier!

Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone


Chicken Minestrone

Slow Cooker Chicken Veggie Soup

Chicken Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Ham and Bean Soup

Ham and Bean Soup

Slow Cooker Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut Soup

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili

Tamale Sandwiches on Cornbread

turkey breast in slow cooker

Turkey Breast

turkey legs, italian sausage and potatoes in the slow cooker done

Turkey Legs, Italian Sausage and Potatoes

whole chicken in the slow cooker

Whole Chicken


Zesty Crockpot Chicken with Couscous

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Slow Cooker Chicken Minestrone Soup

Chicken Minestrone in the Slow Cooker


This soup is made for January.  It’s loaded with vegetables, chicken and beans.  It’s made from scratch.  And it cooks entirely in the slow cooker.  No pre-cooking meat required.

In fact, it fits in great with our Slow Cooker Soup Series from last year.

For a simple, complete meal add in cornbread or biscuits.  Or try these Rosemary Goat Cheese Muffins.

Here’s what you’ll need for the soup.   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans

Slow Cooker Pork Chops and Baked Beans


Pork Chops and Baked Beans is an easy recipe for a weeknight dinner.  The baked beans have a taste of molasses and the pork chops come out tender and juicy.

This recipe can actually be made in the oven or the slow cooker, so you can match it to your day and schedule.

The ingredients are all common, pantry ingredients.  And it won’t take longer than a few minutes to get it all assembled and ready to bake (or slow cook).

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken – in the oven or slow cooker

Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken


This recipe for Apricot Soy Ginger Chicken is so easy.  There are just 4 ingredients (plus salt and pepper).

You can fix it in the slow cooker or oven.

It’s great with sweet potatoes or butternut squash.  Or Hawaiian Cole Slaw.  Or Asian Broccoli Salad.  Or any salad with a poppy seed or honey mustard or berry vinaigrette dressing.

Use any cut of chicken you like.  Bone-in or boneless will work, just be sure to adjust the cook time for boneless.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Black Bean and Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

Slow Cooker Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing

4 ingredients.  The slow cooker does the work.  And my kids actually said “Wow!” when they tasted it!

This recipe for Black Bean and Corn Salsa Chicken with Cornbread Dressing is a definite winner!

The base recipes starts with something very familiar to you – chicken in the slow cooker with a jar of salsa.  I used black bean and corn salsa and started with frozen chicken tenders.

It gets interesting when you’re about ready to serve it.  Use the liquid in the slow cooker to add to a box of cornbread dressing mix.  This gives the dressing a big punch of flavor.

Top it all with shredded cheese and you have an easy winner for dinner!

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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10 Slow Cooker Side Dish Recipes

Slow Cooker Corn Casserole

slow cooker corn casserole


Corn casserole is one of those dishes that shows up at potluck suppers in the South and Mid-West.  You can find the recipe in many church cookbooks.

It’s a combination of corn and very moist cornbread that tastes slightly sweet.  Not dessert sweet, but “ooh, let me eat more of this” sweet.  It goes great with any kind of meat on the grill.  I think sliced tomatoes pair up with it nicely too.  They’re almost entirely opposite of corn casserole in flavor and color.

We had friends over for the 4th of July and I decided to try making this in the slow cooker.  It worked great and kept the kitchen cool too.

Here’s what you’ll need:   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Bacon Cheeseburgers

Burgers are a summer staple in our house – they’re so easy and versatile that they make an appearance at least once a week on our dinner plans. But, there are always those nights when it’s so humid and sticky and gross that standing over the grill sounds like the worst idea ever. And when it’s like that outside, who really wants to turn on the stove and heat up inside?

These are the perfect burgers for nights like that.


The slow cooker won’t heat up the house, but you can still get a really great burger out of it. The trick? Making sure the patties aren’t sitting in their own grease. I roll up foil and make a mini grill-grate on the bottom of my slow cooker to boost them up just enough.


Then, I just lay my burger patties on top. I can fit four quarter-pound burgers in my four-quart slow cooker. If you want to cook more, just make a second layer of foil and stack them up.   [Read more…]

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Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole – 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Breakfast doesn’t have to come in a box in order to be quick and easy for summer schedules! Recipe for Slow Cooker Breakfast Casserole with Spinach, Mushrooms and Peppers

There’s nothing like sitting down to something delicious in the morning–without having to get out of bed extra early to put it together! That’s what’s wonderful about slow cooker breakfast casseroles. They are doubly quick and easy!

This Breakfast Casserole from 365 Days of Slow Cooking has lots of yummy things like breakfast sausage and mushrooms. It’s sure to keep you and your family happy and full for a day of adventure this summer. Visit Karen’s blog to get this delicious looking recipe.

We’re sharing 100 days of summer slow cooker meals.  This is day 7.  Keep your kitchen cool – don’t miss a single recipe.  Subscribe to the email list. You find the other posts in this series by clicking here.


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Slow Cooked Sweet and Sour Meatballs – 100 days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

If you are a fan of Asian food, you’ll love this because it is so much better than take out!



I love the tangy sweet of sweet and sour dishes. Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the slow cooker is a definite winner. Its a great dish for serving on hot days, because the rice gives it a nice, light feel and it still tastes delicious even if it isn’t piping hot!

And, it is a money saver for families as it is much cheaper than going out, too.

Click on over to Good {cheap} Eats  for this recipe. Jessica from shares a meat ball recipe if you prefer to make your own!

If you love using your slow cooker, check out our All Slow Cooker Weekly Meal Plan.  It’s got all the planning done for you (including the grocery list) so you can go enjoy summer!

This is day five in our 100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes series.  Find the other posts by clicking here.

100 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

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