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whole30 lunches //crockpot chicken

when i started this whole30 a couple weeks back, i was overwhelmed with how encouraging people have been. i honestly expected more people to give us a hard time for going on a diet but the majority of people are really interested in hearing the health benefits of this dino diet and wanting recipes from the things i am making.

when you are me and people start asking you for recipes – it means you have changed! it is true. i never used to cook before this all started and even if i did make something, you would never ask me for the recipe. PEOPLE CAHNGE. and what a blessing that is. we can change and grow and learn and try new things. and during this quest for healthy living, i have discovered a cook in me that i never knew existed.

but just because i have discovered a whole new joy of cooking DOES NOT mean that A) i have all the time in the world or B) even if i did, i would want to spend it all on cooking! i knew going into this dino diet that coming up with meals to bring to work with me everyday was going to be one of the hardest parts. i didn’t want to spend every evening making dinner and then a lunch for tomorrow. i finally pulled out the crockpot that has been sitting in the food pantry since our wedding and began creating my lunches.

CROCKPOT LUNCHES = one of the greatest inventions. for the last couple weeks on Sunday evenings, i start my next crockpot meal. i figure out what i want to make based on what we have in the house (because that is how i roll) and i throw it all into the crockpot and let it cook all night. when morning comes, i scoop some in my to-go container, grab some snacks (like nuts, fruit, and veggies) and hit the road. it adds no time to my morning routine and i love it. the rest of the crockpot goes in the fridge and we eat it for lunch all week. (for those of you wondering if the same thing gets old every lunch – i guess i wouldn’t really know because prior to this dino diet i was eating a package of ramen everyday. this ends up being way more exciting!)

CHICKEN & VEGGIE CROCKPOT GOODNESS

WHAT YOU NEED:
– several handfuls of fresh green beens
– an onion
– a tomato
– 2 small cans of tomato paste*
– 16 oz can of crushed tomatoes*
– 4 or 5 red potatoes depending on size
-3 or 4 cooked chicken breasts
– a couple handfuls of spinach
– 4/5 crushed garlic cloves
– a bell pepper (any color)
-red pepper flakes
– italian seasoning*
– one cup all natural chicken broth*

*make sure to read all canned & prepackaged goods’ ingredients to verify that they are paleo/whole30 approved. 

TO START:
1. open all cans and pour into the crockpot
2. cut up all veggies & potoatoes and throw them in
3. cut cooked chicken into bite sized pieces and add to mixture.
4. add all the spices on top, pouring the chicken broth over it all.
5. use a spoon and stir it around a bit
6. set to “low” and let cook overnight (8-10 hours). (if you would rather cook for a shorter time just put the crockpot on high but i like letting it slowly cook while i am sleeping!)
7. eat & enjoy!

i love how crockpots are the “throw everything in and don’t worry” kind of cooking! and let me tell you, they make the most delicious meals!

HAPPY EATING!

  • Amy

    mmmmmm
    Yes crock pots are where it is AT seriously, they are so easy and all you have to do is throw stuff in there, turn it on, and complete other things while it cooks!
    That looks delicious! I'll have to give it a try!

  • That looks fabulous!

  • Yum! I'm gonna have to try this! Well, minus the peppers, because as you and Bruce know, I don't like them. 😉

  • I need to get a crockpot!! =) That recipe looks yummy!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • good for you girl! that looks delicious 🙂 i miss homemade meals!

    grace & love,
    kristyn

  • LOVE the crock pot. I'll have to try this recipe sometime soon

  • YUM! What an easy and delicious meal idea! I have a crock pot but I hardly use it…I need to start busting it out more!

  • After a long work day, the last thing I want to do is cook. It's become a chore for me, which is so sad! I busted out my crockpot recently because it makes dinner/leftovers SOOO easy!

  • Thanks for sharing this recipe! Made it last night, ate it for lunch today, sharing it on my blog tonight 🙂

  • Lucia

    I thought the only potatoes allowed on whole30 was sweet? Looks yummy!

  • KG

    Are red potatoes on the nosh list for whole30?

  • When I did the whole30 the list I had said that Red potatoes and Sweet potatoes are okay. I think it is mostly important to avoid white russet potatoes. We used red potatoes sparingly but it is up to personal choice 🙂

  • Christina M

    Any reason why you cook the chicken before putting it in the crockpot? I’m making it right now, but I’m going to put it in raw since it cooks for 8 hours

    • I just thought it would be easier to use cooked chicken so that it was easier to cut. I am sure you will be fine using raw chicken! I always use raw hamburger in my crockpot recipes!

  • Christina M

    Any reason why you cook the chicken before putting it in the crockpot? I'm making it right now, but I'm going to put it in raw since it cooks for 8 hours

  • I just thought it would be easier to use cooked chicken so that it was easier to cut. I am sure you will be fine using raw chicken! I always use raw hamburger in my crockpot recipes!