When you’re looking for an easy meal that requires minimal maintenance, look no further than that trusty slow cooker. You can let it do all the cooking while you’re out at work or hitting that HIIT class, and it’ll be ready for you right when you get back home.
If you’ve decided to hop on the keto train, a slow cooker may be exactly what you need to prepare diet-approved makeovers of your favourite dishes. You can make a variety of filling soups, stews, meat dishes and more—all that comply with the restrictive high-fat, low-carb eating plan.
Try out these keto slow cooker recipes and see what you think!
No Bean Whole30 Keto Chili in the Instant Pot
You can make this tasty chilli by Food Faith Fitness in an instant pot or a slow cooker, and it’ll be ready in 35 minutes tops. It’s bursting with flavour from spices like cayenne, paprika and allspice, and it uses lean, grass-fed beef to up the nutritional value and add some omega-3s. There are only 8.2 grams of net carbs a serving.
Low Carb Slow Cooker Chinese Five-Spice Beef
Put this baby in the slower cooker before heading out for work, and it’ll be nice and warm when you get home. That’s the beauty of the slow cooker—it works its magic while you’re out and about, and it gives beef a lovely tender texture. This slow cooker beef recipe by Hey Keto Mama is a great keto makeover for traditional Chinese takeout (which is not keto-approved), and it costs you just 7 grams of net carbs a serving.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
Craving a pulled pork sandwich? No problem, courtesy of this keto-friendly sandwich by Gnom Gnom. You can use keto-friendly hamburger buns or wrap it in a lettuce cup instead—it’s 5 grams of net carbs with the bun and 2 grams without. Plus, those 30 grams of protein and 16 grams of fat will help you avoid mindless snacking between meals.
Slow Cooker Zucchini Bread
Yup, you can even make baked goods in the slow cooker that are all keto-friendly. This zucchini bread by All Day I Dream About Food is the perfect breakfast bread for mornings on the go, or for a sweet snack to squash those mid-day sugar cravings. And here’s the best part: There are just 3.69 grams of net carbs a serving, along with good fats (20.22 grams) and even some protein (8.95 grams) so you won’t get a sugar crash, as you might with traditional breads and pound cakes.
Creamy Reuben Soup
Cook this rich, silky soup by Peace, Love and Low Carb to warm up this winter and stay full until your next meal. It uses cheese, beef and heavy cream to provide 18.5 grams of fat and lots of veggies for fibre and antioxidants. Plus, it only has 4 grams of net carbs a serving, so it won’t take you out of ketosis one bit.
Instant Pot Chicken and Mushroom
Creamy chicken and mushrooms make the ultimate comfort food dish when you’re craving something hearty and rich, and this recipe by The Castaway Kitchen does not disappoint. There’s some great flavour and fat from either coconut or cashew cream, and lots of herbs and spices like rosemary, garlic powder and nutmeg. Plus, it takes just 35 minutes to prep and cook, and has a total of 6 grams of net carbs.
By Isadora Baum