Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free – Hearty, Healthy, Slow Cooker Soup

Gluten-Free Hearty Slow Cooker Soup - Finished |
Gluten-Free Hearty, Healthy, Slow Cooker Soup – Finished

How does that saying go?

The road to hell is paved with… No. That’s not the one.

A bird in the hand is worth two in the… No. That’s not it either.

Want to make God laugh; tell him/her you plans. That’s it!

Or… The best laid plans of mice and me often go awry. That’s it, too!

Which reminds me, I really have to read that book. I heard it’s a good one. And I used to live in Monterey, too.

It’s right next door to Salinas.

Where Steinbeck is from.

Am I going off on a tangent, again? Whoops! Sorry.

So, back to best laid plans… Yeah, I had plans. Nice plans. Simple plans. A nice little post planned.

Then… The Little Man got sick. Again! Seriously?!?! I hate this stuff.

But, it was ok because the Big Man was going to take care of him while I did work and worked on the blog. My plan was to write a post today that is going to go up tomorrow. (So, that means as you read this, I was writing yesterday. Does that make sense? I sure hope so.)



I woke up this morning (yesterday to you) with the same crud. Blech!

And, I all of a sudden had no energy to work, let alone write the post I had planned. I couldn’t even remember my story that I wanted to write about or anything.

All I wanted was some hearty, get me healthy – NOW – soup.

So, I took some chicken out of the freezer. (I try to keep stocked up on Costco organic chicken. It comes two breasts per plastic package, and three of those are hooked together. Inexpensive compared to the “other” place. And always handy.) I tossed two of the packs in some water to thaw.

While the chicken was thawing I chopped up a bunch of veggies I don’t normally like but were on hand because we got them in the CSA box. Figured I could get some good nutrition that way.

As I was doing this, I thought, “This will make a good recipe because it smells pretty good.”

It’s one of those recipes that you really can’t go wrong with, and you can adjust it to whatever you have.

So, that is what you are getting today. Everything-But-the-Kitchen-Sink Soup. Use any veggies you want. You can even adjust this to vegan, if you so choose. (I’ll make notes.) And, if you are like some of my blogging friends and have your veggie mixes already to go in the freezer, this can even take less time and just be for when you don’t want to worry about dinner.

I promise my other post will be appearing soon. I just have to remember that darn story. If you haven’t noticed yet, I like to write stories. I don’t know if that is obvious or anything.

Yeah, I can also be sarcastic. Don’t know how well that comes across in writing, though.

Gluten-Free Hearty Slow Cooker Soup - Cooking |
Gluten-Free Hearty, Healthy, Slow Cooker Soup – Cooking


Slow Cooker Soup
Recipe type: Main Dish
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 4 - 6
  • 4 Medium Chicken Breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 14 oz. cans Diced Tomatoes
  • 14 oz. cans Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Medium Onion (chopped)
  • 5 cloves Garlic (chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons Basil (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon Oregano (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon Thyme (dried)
  • 1 tablespoon Sage (dried)
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 - 6 cups Veggies (chopped - your favorite)
  • 3 cups Potatoes (chopped)
  • 3 cups Chicken Broth
  1. Put everything into the slow cooker and set it on high for 5 hours or on low for 8 – 9 hours.
  2. Ladle out and enjoy!


Note: I have a large 6 quart slow cooker, so if you have a smaller one, you might want to halve everything.

Vegan/Vegetarian Option – Replace chicken with 3 cans of beans and replace chicken broth with veggie broth.

OK. I am off to sniffle and complain. *Cough* *Cough* *Sniff*

Until later, here’s to…Living better, easily!

PPS – I have linked this to Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten-Free for August 2011. The theme is Dishes So Simple, No Recipe Required.

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12 Responses to “Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free – Hearty, Healthy, Slow Cooker Soup”

  1. There’s nothing better than hearty “get me healthy now” soup. Winter is soup season and I am in the habit of making one pot after another. It’s warming, healing and easy to make when you follow recipes (loosely) like you have here. Just finished a pot of mixed veggie soup last night and plan to make some curry-type soup today. Slow cooker style. Hope your soup does double duty in getting you healthy again!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      I LOVE soup in the winter. Well, really, I love soup anytime. Kind of like green eggs and ham, you know. I need to make more. I’m almost better, but now, the Big Man is down for a few days. Ugh! One of these days. One of these days. 😉


  2. Oh, Tia, you always give me a chuckle … even when you are under the weather! I’m all about a soup like this and I could eat some type of soup concoction daily–sick or not. Mr. GFE who is more of a meat and potatoes type couldn’t go for soup daily though. 😉 Now I’m hoping that your EBTKS Soup works its magic on you. We don’t want you sick! We need your humor, your sarcasm, and your stories. 🙂


    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Well, thank you, Shirley. It eventually worked, but now I need more to work it’s magic on the Big Man. He’s still in bed at noon, sick, sick sick. Poor guy. Hopefully it is all done after this. Cross fingers.


  3. Oh poor little guy! My big man is really sick right now too. As soon as he is back eating, I will make him some soup like this. Thanks!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Well, Little Man is better. I’m better. Big Man is sick. I don’t like sickness. Not on my happy list. I hope your Big Man is better, now. And, I hope you didn’t catch it.


  4. LOVE you, TIa Bia Bo MIa!! You are just too much! So sorry you have the Crud. I know how much energy that nasty bug zaps from you. I had no motivation AT ALL to even attempt a blog post. I so so hope you are feeling better soon! I love this Everything But The Kitchen Sink Soup. Those are the best kind. I hope it makes you better soon, though! And I hope Little Man is on his way to being healthy too. It is a serious challenge to care for sick kids when you feel like the poop too!

    Healing vibes heading to CA!!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thanks for the healing vibes. I think it worked for us. It’s just now the Big Man has it. Poor guy. Don’t know which is worse, sometimes. The little ones or the big ones being sick, you know. 😉


  5. Tia – first, are you feeling better??!! I hope so. I am sending, all the way across the country, my healing vibes to you and the little man. And wishes that hubs doesn’t get it, too. The soup – divine – super simple and divine. I love those easy, throw-together-quickly kinds of soups that make you feel better just by smelling them cooking. I’m always so into cooking from recipes, though lately have been really trying to be more of an improvisor. You’ve encouraged me to keep trying!

    • Glugle Gluten-Free

      Thank you, so much. Unfortunately, your wish didn’t come true. The Big Man is out. Keep trying the improvisation. Lots of good stuff comes from it. And, I have a feeling you are a great improvisor.


  6. This is an everything but the kitchen sink soup recipe, awesome. Great way to clean out the fridge soup. Thanks for a great recipe and idea. My fridge could use a cleaning.