Your slow cooker is probably one of the most underused appliances in your kitchen. You may use it from time to time, but it will likely be for a dinner or for something specific. When you switch to a low-carb diet, you may feel like your slow cooker has no place in the diet and lifestyle. The truth is, there are many lunches that you make that go hand in hand with your low-carb diet that can be made in a slow cooker. Here are a few of the ideas, most of which can be made in large batches and frozen or used for later in the week.

Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are something you may not think of as being a slow cooker low-carb friendly lunch. With just a few tweaks, you can make this a great lunch to make for the home or on the go for the office as well. Ideally you will want to use Portobello mushrooms for this or larger caps. The filling should be made of cheese, ground pork, ground beef, and seasonings. Mix your filling and place in the caps. Place the caps in the slow cooker and cook for 2 hours on high or 4 hours on low. They can be placed
into a lunch carrier or be eaten on the spot with some pasta sauce to complete the dish.

Pasta-Free Spaghetti and Meatballs

You may be wondering what pasta-free spaghetti is. It is easy. All you need is either a vegetable spiralizer or some spaghetti squash. If you use the spiralizer, use a vegetable like zucchini. You can even use the zucchini along with the spaghetti squash to make the noodles. The spaghetti squash can be roasted alongside the meatballs in the slow cooker. Just place a piece of rolled tinfoil in between to keep them separate. The meatballs can be whatever meat you like, just make sure you are not using breadcrumbs as the binder. Use egg and some cheese instead. Cook the squash and the meatballs on low for 4 to 6 hours. Take out the squash and use a fork to pull out the meat of the squash. It will make the noodles. Then just dress the noodles with pasta sauce and the meatballs.

Pulled Pork Bahn Mi

Pulled pork is incredibly easy to do in the slow cooker and it can be easy to assemble as a lunch. Just place several pieces of boneless pork chops or a half pork loin in the slow cooker with a little water for 6 hours on high or 4 hours on low. Cook until tender, but thoroughly cooked throughout. Use two forks to shred the pork. Toss in a low-carb sauce like a low-carb oriental sauce and add some shredded cabbage and other shredded vegetables. Place the mixture into a purple cabbage leaf cup or “bun” for a finished meal.

These are only three options, but by using these options you can start to find out what other recipes may be good for you. Stuffed Italian pizza peppers, pasta-free pasta dishes, and more can be derived and tweaked to your own taste.