I count myself among the lucky that I get to work from home and spend my “office hours” gazing out across our wild, snow blanketed field. Today I’ve promised myself a romp in the woods after lunch, despite the knee-deep drifts of white. It will be good to cleanse my lungs with the crisp air and I can get my heart pumping too. On these rare occasions when I feel less like hibernating, I want to take advantage of these bursts of energy and come home to a simple, hearty meal that’s already been prepared. That’s why I love slow cooking; just throw it in the pot and then forget it until you’re ready to sit down and eat. Today I’ve patched together some of our favorite hearty slow cooked paleo and vegetarian meals. I hope that you and yours will enjoy some of these!
Paleo Sesame-Orange Chicken With Cauliflower “Rice”
This flavorful dish takes about four hours in the crock pot and is served over mealy coconut infused cauliflower instead of starchy rice. Originally from the cookbook Against All Grain (and all of these are a real treasure!) we found the recipe on the blog Paleo Yummers. Pair this with some sauteed bok choi or Chinese broccoli and you’ll have a real hit on your hands.
Paleo Beef Stew
A cold weather classic in our house, this simple and hearty beef stew is perfect on a bed of shredded kale with a glass of red wine. You can find the recipe here at Mom’s Recipes.
Paleo Crock Pot Chilli
I love the simplicity and versatility of chilli, and it’s always a crowd pleaser with the kids. You can substitute ground beef for the meat of your choice, or make this vegetarian by swapping the meat for the bulk of added legumes. I’m personally very fond of the crumbled bacon and chuncked avacado garnish! Get the recipe here at Paleo Newbie.
Slow Cooked Vegetarian Lasagna
I haven’t tried this with gluten free pasta yet, but if you do please let us know how it works out! Use your crock pot to whip together a lasagna and whittle away the time it takes to make this family favorite. The recipe we’ve used can be found here.
Kale and Red Pepper Frittata
This isn’t an overnight recipe, it comes together pretty quickly, but it’s a perfect idea for brunch. My tummy is grumbling just looking at these photos! Find the recipe here at Kalyn’s Kitchen.
Carrot Cake and Zucchini Bread Oatmeal
Nope, not a joke. Can you imagine anything so delicious? This recipe is both vegan and gluten free, so enjoy it before you start a busy day! Recipe and photo from 86 Lemons.