22 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes (All Gluten & Dairy-Free!)

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Don’t you just LOVE to coming home to a warm dinner that’s ready and waiting for you to dig in?  Who doesn’t!?  This compilation of healthy slow cooker recipes enables you to turn this dream into a reality on a more regular basis.  As a bonus, slow cooker meals are easy to throw together!  With less pots and pans to scrub, you’ll also spend less time cleaning up after your meal.  I definitely call that a win-win!

All of the recipes in this roundup are gluten and dairy-free.  Why?  Because as a naturopathic doctor, one of the ways that I help you to maximize your health and energy is by personalizing your diet to best fuel your body.  The foods that your best friend may swear makes him or her feel amazing, may be the exact foods that are causing inflammation for you (and vice-versa).  Although the way in which your body responds to specific foods is very individualized, gluten and dairy present as the most common issues discovered for my patients via food sensitivity testing and through the completion of an Elimination Diet

Have you ever investigated whether certain ingredients in your diet are causing the chronic symptoms you may experiencing, like digestive upset, bloating, eczema, acne, headaches and fatigue?  If you’d like to learn more about these types of food reactions, I invite you to download a free copy of my eBook, “A Naturopathic Guide to Identifying your Food Sensitivities“.

If you think that gluten and dairy-free meals are bland and boring, these 22 healthy slow cooker recipes will definitely change your outlook!  Give them a try, and let me know your favourites in the comments below!



22 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes You’ll LOVE!



Simple Whole Chicken

This recipe makes for fall off the bone chicken and takes under 10 minutes to prepare.  There is no easier way to cook a Whole Chicken!  The dry-rub spice mix infuses the meat with flavour and the chicken drippings at the bottom of the crock-pot taste delicious on top of quinoa. So delicious!

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Whole Chicken

Dairy Free Butter Chicken

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Dairy Free Butter Chicken

This butter chicken from Eating Bird Food is a lighter version of the traditional Indian dish, and is excellent served over cauliflower rice! Perfect for when you’re craving Indian food, but don’t want that heavy feeling after eating too much naan bread and dairy!


Hawaiian Shredded Chicken

What makes this Hawaiian Shredded Chicken so wonderful is that it can be served hot or cold, on a salad or in a lettuce wrap, and it’s the perfect combination of sweet and savoury! It’s the best of all of the worlds! Thank you to The Real Food Dieticians for this tasty recipe.

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Hawaiian Shredded Chicken

Cauliflower Lentil Curry

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Cauliflower Lentil Curry

This recipe from Dishing Out Health combines cauliflower and red lentils in a curry-infused broth for a comforting vegetarian dish. It’s packed full of flavour from the garlic, ginger, curry, powder and Thai red curry paste, and is super satisfying served over rice or quinoa.


Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

This hearty and healthy chili recipe features ground turkey instead of ground beef, and is loaded with beans and fresh vegetables! Bonus: it freezes and reheats well, so it’s perfect to save in your freezer for the next time you need an easy meal! Thank you to Watch Learn Eat for this recipe.

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushrooms

This meal from Moms With Crockpots may be simple, but it certainly doesn’t lack in flavour! There’s practically zero prep time, and it can be served over your choice of rice or quinoa, or on it’s own with a side salad! 


Chicken and Vegetable Soup

This immune-boosting chicken vegetable soup is marvelous if you’re feeling under the weather or if you just need something to warm you up in these cooler months! Thank you to The Slow Cooking Housewife for this mouth-watering recipe!

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Slow Cooker Turkey Meatballs

These turkey meatballs from A Clean Bake are “the most succulent, moist, and tender meatballs you’ve ever had”! Eat them on their own, serve them atop a bed of zoodles, or try red lentil pasta for an extra punch of protein and fibre!


Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale

This Lentil Sausage Soup allows you to use whatever produce you may have leftover in your fridge, or growing in your garden so nothing goes to waste! It’s easy to make, versatile, and everyone in your family will love it! Thank you to Homemade Food Junkie for this tasty recipe!

Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes: Lentil Soup with Sausage and Kale

Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto

Slow Cooker Chicken Pesto

The feature ingredient in this Chicken Pesto is  fresh basil which is nutrient-dense and provides the perfect kick of flavour! Serve it over a bed of roasted vegetables or zoodles for a delicious AIP-compliant meal! Thank you to Unbound Wellness for this dish!


Gluten Free Chicken Cacciatore

This Chicken Cacciatore from Bless Her Heart Y’all can be prepped in under 10 minutes but tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen! It’s a rustic, hearty, classic Italian dish that’s perfect served alone, or scooped over rice or quinoa.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

Paleo Chicken Stew

Paleo Chicken Stew

This Paleo Chicken Stew from Delicious Obsessions is sure to become a family favourite! Pumpkin puree adds a creamy texture to this dish, along with extra nutrients and a gorgeous colour! Yum!


Sweet Potato Spinach Curry

This cozy and satisfying dish from Cook Nourish Bliss is made with creamy coconut milk, red lentils, bell pepper, and sweet potato. It’s addition of flavourful spices will WOW your tastebuds!

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Spinach Curry

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

Unlike most stuffed peppers that look like a healthy option but are often loaded with cheese, white rice, and bread crumbs, these stuffed peppers from The Clean Eating Couple are light, fresh, and absolutely delicious! 


Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

This vegetarian Enchilada Quinoa is easy to prepare, super tasty, and is perfect packed for lunch for the rest of the week! Top with sliced avocado to add some healthy fat to your diet. Thank you to Real Food Whole Life for this recipe!

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinner

Winner winner chicken dinner! A meal for 4 requiring only 15 minutes of prep time? Yes, please! Even your pickiest eater will love this simple slow-cooker chicken. Thank you to Wild Fit for this great weekday recipe!


Sweet Potato Beef Stew

If this beef stew from Jennifer Fugo tastes half as good as it looks, you know you’re in for a treat! Sweet potatoes provide it’s vibrant, happy colour, and the addition of a bay leaf provides it’s delicious depth of flavour!

Sweet Potato Beef Stew

Vegetable Minestrone Soup

Vegetable Minestrone Soup

This vegetarian minestrone is packed full of lentils and vegetables, making it super hearty and filling! It is versatile, and can be modified to add whatever veggies you may have on hand! Thank you to A Dash of Megnut for this warming soup recipe!



Coconut Chickpea Curry

This light curry from Choosing Chia is not too spicy, and is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and loaded with fiber and protein! It comes together in only 20 minutes and freezes well for future meals! Amazing!

Coconut Chickpea Curry

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup

This Chicken and Rice soup from What Molly Made is ultra creamy, but still dairy-free! It is loaded with vegetables, and made with bone broth, which has multiple health benefits including protecting the joints, reducing inflammation, and healing the gut.


Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

‘Perfectly seasoned, perfectly juicy, restaurant quality’ shredded chicken for you taco lovers out there! Try it over cauliflower rice for a burrito bowl, or serve over mixed greens for a delicous taco salad! Thank you to Our Salty Kitchen for this recipe.

Cilantro Lime Chicken

Gluten Free Beef Stew

Gluten Free Beef Stew

This cozy beef strew from My Gluten-Free Kitchen is brightened up with fresh herbs that provide extra colour and flavour! It’s a simple meal that is perfect for a cold day, and your entire family will love it!


This concludes this recipe compilation of healthy slow cooker recipes!  What are your favourite easy weeknight dinner options? Let me know in the comments below!  Also, please make sure to pin this post and to share with your friends and family.  After all, who doesn’t love delicious new recipe ideas? 

Are you curious and ready to learn more about whether food sensitivities are at the root of your acne, eczema, joint pain, fatigue and bloating?  Download my free eBook, A Naturopathic Guide to Identifying your Food Sensitivities, to discover your food sensitivities and transform your health!


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22 Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes - All Gluten and Dairy-Free!
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Dr. Kimberley O'Brien

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Dr. Kimberley O'Brien is a Naturopathic Doctor in  Nelson, BC with expertise in the treatment of digestive disorders, fatigue and hormone imbalances.  She is the founder of Healthy Life Redesign and creator of the Elimination Diet Meal Plan and the Real Food Recharge online programs.  Her mission is to help you own your health and live a life you love!

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