Category: Slow cooker

Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki- Make Ahead Meal (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Soy Free Option/ Refined Sugar Free)

So I had surgery a few weeks ago. All is well, don’t worry. I knew about this surgery a couple of months ago, so I started meal prepping. As you know, with food allergies/ intolerances there are always challenges. Well when the cook in the family has to recover, it makes it even more challenging. I had to make it easy for my hubby to make some meals without a ton of time of experience. Especially considering our dietary issues. I had my freezer completely stocked. It has made this time much less stressful! I actually really enjoyed having all my meals stocked away. I have always made ahead, but this was a whole new level of organization. I do believe I will keep it up. Definitely saves time come meal time!

Just because it is summer time, don’t forget about your slow cooker. They are not just for the winter months. With it being so warm outside, I really like to use my slow cooker. You can have your meal, without heating up the whole house!

Slow Cooker Beef Teriyaki- Make Ahead Meal (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free/ Soy Free Option/  Refined Sugar Free)

2 lbs stewing beef

1 Tbsp. tapioca starch

2 tsp. sesame oil (or desired oil)

1/2 c. gluten free soy sauce or coconut aminos for soy free

1/2 c. palm sugar (or desired sweetener)

1/2 c. beef broth

1/4 c. bbq sauce (I use mine)

In a large ziploc bag, put stewing beef and tapioca starch and shack until beef is thoroughly coated. Add remaining ingredients and mix. Now if you are going to save this dish to make later, label freezer bag with instructions and freezer for up to two months.

If you are making now, put all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 2-3 hours. Serve on top of rice or quinoa if desired. Top with green onions.


Slow Cooker Beef Chili (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

It’s February and the snow is blowing. I don’t know about you but I always enjoy crock pot meals in the especially in the winter time! Really using a slow cooker is great anytime!

You get everything prepared, throw it in and forget about it. Voila, your dinner is ready and waiting for you. There are so many meal s that can be made ahead in the slow cooker… What are some of your favourites?

Here is Vegetarian Chili if you prefer.

Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Chili shown with Vegan Corn Bread

Slow Cooker Beef Chili (Gluten Free/ Dairy Free)

1 lb. ground beef, chicken or turkey
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 medium onion-chopped
1 c. chopped celery
1 medium green pepper-chopped
2 cloves garlic- minced
2 c. soaked, cooked, drained and rinsed kidney beans (or 14 oz. can)
2 c. soaked, cooked, drained and rinsed white navy beans (or 14 oz can)

2 c. soaked, cooked, drained and rinsed black beans (or 14 oz. can)

1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
3 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. ground cumin
5 oz can tomato paste

sea salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce(optional)
chili peppers(optional)

Brown ground meat, drain, set aside. Saute over medium heat; onion, celery, green pepper in olive oil until soft, add in garlic and cook for five more minutes. Put all ingredients into a large pot or crock pot. If cooking on stove in pot, put on low, stirring occasionally for 3-4 hours. If in crock pot, put on low for 8-10 hours.

If you can, cook chili the day before you’re going to eat it. Chili  always seems to taste better the next day.


Ginger Apple Pork Roast (Paleo)

I get really tired of figuring out what is for dinner…

Do you ever get into a rut of what you are making for dinner? I know that I do. I end up making many of the same things over and over. One day I was day dreaming about putting different flavours together. The apple, onion, pepper and carrots give this dish a sweetness, along with the ginger and black pepper bite. This has become one of my new favourites!

The combination of apple and veggies along with the freshly grated ginger give this dish distinct and fabulous flavour!

Ginger Apple Pork Roast- Paleo

Ginger Apple Pork Roast (Paleo)

2 apples- sliced (I have used empire and gala)

2 onions- sliced

1 red pepper- sliced (optional)

2 inch piece ginger-peeled and grated

4 medium carrots- peeled and sliced

4-5 lb. pork tenderloin

freshly cracked black pepper

To the bottom of your slow cooker, add one of your sliced apples (I leave the skin on), one onion and half red pepper. Cover with half your grated ginger and approximately one teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper. Place roast on top. Arrange carrots around roast. Top with remaining apple, onion, red pepper, ginger and pepper. Add 1/2 cup water.

Ginger Apple Pork Roast

Put slow cooker on low for 5-6 hours.  Test roast with a meat thermometer and make sure the temperature is at least 160 degrees.

Ginger Apple Pork Roast-2


Take roast out of slow cooker, cover with foil and let rest for 15  minutes before cutting.

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