Gluten-free Dairy-free Crockpot Recipe Roundup

Gluten-free Dairy-free Crockpot Recipe Roundup | RachaelRoehmholdt.comWe’re finally in the home stretch of winter – and you know what that means at my house? Hot and hearty crockpot meals!

Of course, not just any crockpot meals… only gluten-free and dairy-free ones please.

I’ve been doing some serious searching around online – mostly on Pinterest – to find a ton of healthy, one-pot wonder delicious meals. I love crockpot meals, because I can throw everything together in the morning and have ready once my hubby steps out of his home office for the day and into the kitchen to join me and our little fella for dinner.

Here’s a recipe roundup of some healthy hearty crockpot meals to get you through the rest of these few cold weeks ahead:

  • This easy chili recipe is one of our go-to favorites this time of year – it freezes well too!
  • Chinese food in your crockpot? Sign me up! This cashew chicken looks divine!
  • This potato soup recipe has a few ingredients and takes only a few minutes to prep
  • Crockpots aren’t just for dinner anymore – check out this hearty chocolate steel cut oats recipe
  • Mexican food is on our table at least once a week – I can’t wait to try these easy chicken fajitas
  • Mm.. another chili recipe – this time with tomatillos and chicken. This looks amazing!
  • Nothing says winter like a hearty beef stew – give this one a try
  • Another super easy Mexican meal – serve as suggested or on a bed of brown rice

I hope you are inspired to break out your crockpot at least one more time before the weather starts shifting again. Wishing you a happy week ahead!

Now it’s your turn – share in the comments below what your favorite crockpot recipe is!

Top Tips For Taking Care Of Yourself While Breastfeeding

Top 7 Tips For Breastfeeding & Taking Care of YourselfEveryone knows the benefits of breastfeeding for babies. I don’t need to go on and on about how it helps babies develop improved digestion, immunity, and decreases their risk for asthma and allergies. You probably already know all about the benefits for the little ones.

You might even know the benefits to you as a mom for breastfeeding. When I first became pregnant, I was determined to nurse my son – whatever it took, I was going to do it. But the real kicker for me wanting to breastfeed besides helping my son? Knowing that it was going to benefit me too.

How?

Breastfeeding helps women:

  • heal faster postpartum
  • return to pre pregnancy weight quicker
  • lower the risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer
  • bond with their babies
  • delay menstruation after giving birth

I’ve got to be honest – I’ve been breastfeeding my son for almost 6 months now and it is not always a walk in the park. The first few days in the hospital were challenging. I saw a lactation consultant three times before leaving the hospital. One nurse told me I had the most sore nipples she’d ever seen. Another nurse recommended completely throwing in the towel and starting in on formula right away.

But I didn’t want to feed my son formula if I didn’t have to. I will be the first to say that whether you can or cannot breastfeed your child – or choose to or not, is perfectly okay and acceptable. We all have to do what’s best for ourselves and our babies. This isn’t meant to isolate those who haven’t or choose not to breastfeed, but to help those who do.

In my six months breastfeeding my son, I’ve gone through the roller coaster of emotions. Some days nursing feels like the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s emotionally satisfying and makes me feel like if nothing else is going well, I can at least provide nourishment to my baby.

Other days, breastfeeding can feel like a burden. It can be frustrating to set aside time to sit and feed. It’s also been stressful (especially in the first few months) of just not knowing when my son would want to eat and feeling trapped into not making many plans for fear that I’d be stuck breastfeeding in a store or in the car instead of enjoying myself.

I’ve also had recurring milk blisters, plugged ducts, blood blisters, and yes – the dreaded “m” word that all breastfeeding moms cringe at the thought of. Mastitis.

In this time that I’ve been feeding my son, what’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned?

That I need to take care of myself first.

I need to be in tip top shape in order for my body to produce the milk that it needs to. Now that I’ve had a few months of breastfeeding under my belt, here are the things that I can tell you make all the difference:

My Top 7 Tips For Taking Care of Yourself While Breastfeeding

Drink lots of water

At least 10 glasses per day – even more if you can. I really struggle with remembering to drink my water now that my son is here, but a quick and easy way to remember – even in the middle of the night – is to drink three big gulps at the beginning and end of a nursing session. I also found that carrying around a water bottle wherever I go is vital.
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My Gluten-free Dairy-free Menu Plan for the Week

My Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Menu Plan For The Week | RachaelRoehmholdt.comI’ve been settling in to planning my menu plans regularly again after discovering more about my food intolerances in the past few months (read more about that here). I’ve learned that over time, when you live with food intolerances and sensitivities that eating well can be really daunting – and even feel isolating – when you aren’t prepared.

Menu planning has always been one of my go-to healthy eating tips, but now more than ever, I’m learning to rely on it so that I don’t feel like I’m just going to be scrounging in the fridge for something thoughtlessly thrown together at the end of the day.

Here’s what I’m planning on eating this week:

Monday: chicken enchiladas with salad

Tuesday: crock pot potato soup

Wednesday: leftover chicken enchiladas with salad

Thursday: chicken stir-fry and brown rice

Friday: sweet potato and black bean quesadillas with avocado

Saturday: leftover stir fry

Sunday: leftover quesadillas

I love menu planning for many reasons – these are just a few. Menu planning…

  • helps me to prepare ahead so I know what’s coming
  • allows me to build in leftovers so there’s less waste each week
  • helps me feel empowered by my gluten-free dairy-free diet instead of limited by it
  • saves me frustration of feeling like I can’t eat anything I love
  • helps me save on energy so I can cook a few times a week and eat a dish multiple times in different ways
  • keeps from having to go to the store more than once a week since I know what I need for a week’s worth of meals
  • lets me be creative and excited about what gluten-free dairy-free creations are coming out of my kitchen

Obviously, I’m a fan. But here’s the thing – I want you to feel empowered and excited about living with your food intolerances or special diet without gluten and dairy too. So I’m hosting a free menu planning challenge starting January 12th, where I’m sharing exactly how I plan my menus each and every week. I’d love for you to join me! Find out more and sign up here.

Be sure to pass this challenge info on to a friend who is living with food intolerances too! The more the merrier!

Enjoy the rest of your week!