Not so Autumnal this year, huh?
Hello, and happy Friday, keto-ers! If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve probably seen my stories talking about the Fall. Yes, we’re in August and I’m talking about the Fall already! I feel a lot differently this year than usual, namely because the-virus-that-shall-not-be-named has totally uprooted everyone’s routines and halted many traditions in the interest of health and safety. So, even though school has started in our college town, my brain and heart are still stuck in March. I’m not ready for pumpkin candles and lattes and I really don’t care to smell a cinnamon branch right now. As I write this, I’ve received an email from Skinny Syrups about pumpkin flavors being released early………..shudder. I don’t want my normal routines, but I also know that routines are important, and without them, humans go crazy.
Typically, Fall is one of the busiest times of the year, which makes it the best time to save time. Football games and back-to-school season are exhausting but so, so rewarding. Even if you’re not busy doing these things right now, you may also be dealing with work-from-home, school-from-home, and other super stressful situations that are really unmotivating. Crock pots are a lifesaver for me when I feel uninspired in the kitchen and I don’t have time to do more than throw everything in and press Start. Use these keto crock pot recipes to stay on track! They double as meal prep, so you can spend the entire week eating delicious + clean home-cooked meals.
Recommended Crock Pots
A lot of people ask me which crock pots I recommend, and the truth is, I haven’t tried enough to know. But I will say that I love my Instant Pot and it has a slow cooker setting (among its other 97897997 cooking options) that makes it a space-saver in the kitchen. Our house isn’t huge, so I love to double-up on gadgets where I can.
I also own a Crock-Pot brand slow cooker and a Pioneer Woman one, too. The name brand one has worked just fine for about 7 years now and I’ve only had the PW one for three years, but I notice it runs hotter than my other pots. Both are standard size. I only own one small pot and it’s mainly used for cheese dip, about once every two years. If you’re looking to save space, I don’t recommend that one.
Other time savers
You’re automatically saving time by using a crock pot because you don’t have to stand over a hot stove and tend to the meal for hours; however, the efficiency doesn’t have to stop there. Here’s a few more helpful tips:
- Use a crock pot liner to save time on cleanup
- Plan a crock pot meal on the same day you grocery shop so your meats are already thawed
- I buy big bags of onions and dice and freeze them ahead of time. This way, I never run out of onion in cooked dishes and I don’t waste produce.
- Make sure the dishwasher is clear before you start a meal!
8 Keto Crock Pot Recipes For Fall
- Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Soup by The Flavours of Kitchen
- Low Carb Chili from yours truly 🙂
To modify this for the crock pot, just brown the ground beef and onion beforehand and throw all the ingredients in the crock pot on high for 2 hours.
- Low Carb Buffalo Chicken Soup from Wholesome Yum
- Paleo Beef & Pumpkin Stew from Recipe This
- Creamy Sausage Ball Soup from Keto in Pearls
- Crock Pot Keto Queso Dip from Wholesome Yum
- Crock Pot Slow Cooker Turkey Breast from Wholesome Yum
- Low Carb Slow Cooker Pumpkin Custard from Simply So Healthy
Out of the ordinary
As I made this list, I tried to give you some other options than the usual “crack chicken” or “Mississippi pot roast” suggestions because, well, those just get old You can only make those so many times before it’s boring. These recipes are keto crock pot versions of some of my favorite fall foods (soups, dip, chili) and even a variation on the traditional baked whole turkey. If you try these, let me know what you think!
Have another favorite keto crock pot recipe? Drop a link to it in the comments below!
Until next time,