Struggling with morning sickness? If you’ve committed to a January Whole30, or just want to continue eating nourishing meals whenever possible, here’s a strategy that may help you honor your intentions while coping with nausea.
Prep at Night Slow Cooker Meals
While we know that “morning sickness” is a misnomer, many women find their nausea is most extreme in the morning and lessens in severity throughout the day. If this is the case for you, take advantage of your evenings by setting up a slow cooker meal at night before you go to bed. In the morning when you wake up feeling sick to your stomach, you simply have to take the crock out of the frig, turn on the slow cooker, and wait until you’re feeling better to finish the meal.
If you can’t stand food smells, you could place the slow cooker in your garage or in a room you don’t go into often. This strategy will ensure you have a nourishing, Whole30 compliant meal to eat for dinner, without having to fuss with meal prep in the morning while you’re feeling badly. Below, we’re sharing three of our favorite slow cooker recipes and outlining a strategy to get them on the table for dinner without too much squeamishness.
Rotisserie Style Chicken
Using this recipe from Kelly of The Nourishing Home as published on the Whole30 blog:
- Before you go to bed, set up the recipe in your slow cooker and leave it in the frig overnight.
- When you wake in the morning, calculate how man take the crock out of the frig, place it in your slow cooker, and turn it on when you’re ready.
- Steal a few moments in the afternoon to chop fresh veggies and lettuce for a simple salad to serve alongside the chicken, potatoes and carrots.
- If you have leftover chicken, use it to make a simple chicken-zoodle soup (method in the original post) or protein salad. If you’re feeling up to it, keep the chicken bones to make bone broth.
Lazy Sunday Pot Roast from Rubies and Radishes
Using this pot roast recipe from Arsy of Rubies and Radishes:
- Before bed, set up the recipe in your crock and leave it in the frig overnight.
- When you wake, remove the crock from the frig, set it in the slow cooker, and turn it on.
- About 45 minutes before you want to eat, chop up and roast a bunch of fresh veggies to serve with your roast. We love this roasted Brussels sprouts recipe, but just about any roasted veggie dish would pair nicely with the simple and savory pot roast.
- When everything has finished cooking, plate your pot roast and roasted veggies and enjoy!
Six Ingredient Carnitas from Frolic and Flow
Using this carnitas recipe from Carly of Frolic and Flow:
- Place all of the ingredients in your crock and set it in the frig overnight.
- When you wake in the morning, take the crock out of the frig, set it in your slow cooker, and turn it on “low.”
- This recipe is versatile; we think it would be great with roasted spaghetti squash and jarred pasta sauce (read your labels to make sure your sauce is compliant) or served over a bed of lettuce with guacamole and salsa as a taco salad. Decide how you want to serve it, and steal some time in the afternoon to prep the other elements of your meal as needed.
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