These Slow Cooker Paleo Stuffed Tomatoes are simple and delicious! With homemade Italian sausage and topped with fresh basil, this is a tasty Whole 30 and Paleo meal!
Whole 30 Reintroduction
I finished Whole 30 a couple of weeks ago and am currently in the reintroduction phase. I was originally going to do the 10 day reintroduction phase, but I had a three-day drill that weekend and had to bring my own food and didn’t want to risk feeling terrible when I was going to be out in the field all day. So I waited until I got back and started to reintroduce things one by one. Here’s what I found.
I started with gluten-free grains. I had gluten-free oats that day (I’m saving rice for a separate day). I didn’t feel too much discomfort digestive-wise, but it did feel like the oats were just sitting in my stomach for a while and made me feel very full. I also noticed that I didn’t wake up as alert and refreshed the next morning as I had been, although my sleep was the same.
I went back to eating Whole 30 for the next two days to reset, and then introduce legumes. I had both peanut butter and pinto beans that day. My body didn’t like them too much, and I had a hard time sleeping because my stomach was very uncomfortable. I don’t really miss legumes too much though.
Then came gluten. I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could actually tolerate gluten fine and it was other things (like soy) that made my digestive system so upset before. I was wrong. That day was horrible. First off, it made me feel very full and like I couldn’t eat anything else, I had bad indigestion. Then after lunch, the acid reflux came, and I got so tired that I wanted to fall asleep at my desk. My head started to ache and feel foggy, and my energy just drained. I felt so out of it. Then my face, lips and head started to get itchy. I ended up skipping the workout that night because I felt so tired and out of it, I didn’t even feel like I had enough energy to drive home from work.
My body does NOT like gluten.
Good thing all of my recipes are gluten-free!
Easy Slow-cooker Paleo Stuffed Tomatoes
This recipe is Whole 30 compliant as well, and fairly simple. Don’t you just love crock-pots? I have vowed to use mine more often. They just make life easier! These Paleo Stuffed Tomatoes weren’t too complicated, the hardest part was scooping out the tomatoes. The easiest part was eating them.
- 4 large tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 lb ground pork
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp dried sage
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp thyme
- 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 sweet onion diced
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- fresh basil for topping
Slice the top off of the tomatoes and scoop the insides out. Sprinkle the insides of the tomatoes with salt and pepper.
In a bowl, mix together the ground pork and spices until it is well blended.
Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic and sausage and brown the meat for 5-7 minutes.
Add the pork and almond flour to a bowl and mix until well combined.
Spoon the pork mixture into the tomatoes and place the top on.
Brush your crock-pot with olive oil and add the stuffed tomatoes.
Cover and cook for 6-7 hours on low.
Top with fresh basil and parsley and enjoy!
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