Crock-Pot Chicken and Rutabaga Greens Stew

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on January 12, 2012

Cold weather has hit Alberta.

Over the past couple of months I tried to remind myself that the Spring-like weather was a treat for us in January. I had hoped that maybe, just maybe, we wouldn’t experience Winter this year.

But as luck would have it, the temperature plummeted from 59F to -13F in the span of a couple of hours, snow fell, wind crashed against the house, and Pebbles nearly froze to the deck when I let her out to play in the backyard yesterday morning.

No good.

On the bright side – cold weather means lazy meals, naps, and more potatoes.

A girl can never have too many root vegetables, I tell ya.

This recipe was supposed to be a segue into my next Healthful Hints video focused on healthy winter eating, but my recording software broke last week and I haven’t had any success in figuring out how to fix it.

So, until then… just know that cold weather = stews, root veggies, and additional fats.

And hey, this recipe has all of that!

Plus kelp.

Kelp isn’t really a ‘winter food’ per sae, but it’s loaded with antioxidants that help to strengthen your immune system! Something many of us could use a bit more of during the cold (read: ridiculously freezing) months of the year.

So, let’s just go on the record and say that we’re adding sea vegetables to the ‘foods to eat in the winter’ list and big out on some stew.



Crock-Pot Chicken and Rutabaga Greens Stew

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Corn free, Grain free

There’s nothing like coming home to a warm bowl of stew on a blustery day. This Crock-Pot creation is packed with nutritious greens, lean protein, and the immune supporting benefits of sea veggies. Each serving comes in just under 200 calories. Serve it with gluten-free sprouted bread, a serving of rice, or increase the fat of the stew by adding coconut oil to each individual serving.

Yield: approx. 8 cups

Servings: 4


  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 2 cups rutabaga, cut into 1-inch pieces (approx. 1 large rutabaga)
  • 2 large carrots, cut into 1/4-inch thick discs
  • 2 cups kale, chopped (approx. 1 bunch)
  • 1 small yellow onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 corn-free, gluten-free chicken bouillon cube dissolved in 2 cups water *see note
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp kelp flakes or 2 tsp Braggs Sea Kelp Delight
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp Herbamare or sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Combine first 7 ingredients at the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. In a separate large bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir to mix and then pour over top of the ingredients in the slow cooker.
  3. Do not stir. Cover. Cook on low for 9 to 10 hours or on high for 4 to 5 hours.
  4. Serve as is, or sprinkle additional kelp flakes over top.

note: if you prefer stock, there are a lot of great gluten-free chicken stocks out there. Harvest Sun is a company that produces gluten-free, corn free chicken bouillon as well as gluten-free, yeast-free vegetable bouillon. I used the chicken boullion, but either one will work for this recipe.

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Each time I make a Crock-Pot meal I’m reminded just how much I love them, then get upset with myself for not relying on them more. It’s an absolute treat to come home to a healthy, warm meal that makes your house smell like you’ve been hard at work in the kitchen all day!

After the stew had settled in my tummy, I took my new pal for a ride…

Look at how gorgeous she is!

I’ve dreadfully missed my morning workouts since I switched over to CrossFit a couple of months ago. Problem was I didn’t like the idea of joining a second gym just so I could jump on a machine for 30 minutes a day.

After searching for what seemed like forever, I managed to find a sweet deal on Life Fitness machines at Apple Fitness in Calgary.

I had originally set my eyes on a treadmill, but with outdoor running season being all but one or two months out of the year, it didn’t really make sense for me to limit myself to running indoors. I also toyed around with getting a StairMaster or something similar, but was blown away at the cost of them!

My elliptical paired with my Bodyrock.TV gear, and I’ve created a perfect little gym in our house!

Do you enjoy working out at home?

If so, what’s your favorite program or routine?

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Rebecca @ Naturally Healthy and Gorgeous

I think rutabaga is often overlooked but it’s so good. Thanks for a great looking way to use it!


Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

She’s a beauty!! I think Life Fitness machines are my favourites when it comes to cardio, and would love to get one of their treadmills for myself one day. I don’t normally do home workouts because I find I work harder at the gym, but if the gym isn’t an option, I definitely have a nice little stock of equipment (resistance bands, mats, weighted balls, a skipping rope and exercise ball) for home workouts. Oh, and with the internet, there’s always Body Rock!
About that stew… yummm! I can’t believe you guys got a huge snowfall… it’s rainy here at 8am but +2C!


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Send some of your nice weather over here! I’d totally take rain over snow any day!


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

Working out at home can be hard (couch > elliptical)… but I find once you get in the habit it’s the perfect solution to those days you can’t imagine getting out in the cold/rain/dark. Body Rock has been the discovery of the year for me! Enjoy that elliptical!!!



Hi :)

I have a question about this seemingly delicious recipe! Is rutabaga a starchy vegetable? (I am food combining to heal my GI tract and it seems to help!) If it is – could you possibly recommend another vegetable in its place? (I understand it would change the taste completely…)

Thanks so much :)

As for working out – I only work out at home – to workout dvds :) I really like Bob Harper’s dvds (not the Biggest Loser sh**, but everything else), Jackie Warner, body sculpting – pilates, the Firm, and I love Tanja Djelevic dvds!


Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

It is slightly starchier than carrots. Depending on how strict you are being with your food combining, you may want to replace with additional carrots. You could also do radishes. I’m pretty sensitive to improperly combined foods and didn’t have an issue with this stew at all, but it’s a preference thing. Hope that helps!



A very hearty meal…perfect for the cold winter weather! Have a great day!


Heidi @ Food Doodles

Aw, I think we’re next for the cold weather. It has been so warm here – it’s been up to 10 degrees for a few days here by Kootenay Lake but now we’re supposed to get snow next week. I can’t lie, I’ve missed the snow this year! I love all the root veggies in this – I definitely crave more of them when it’s cold!


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

I have not had rutabaga in years! A childhood friend of mine had a mother who grew it in her garden and I grew up loving the stuff!


katie @KatieDid

I agree about missing morning workouts. I’ve been doing crossfit in the later afternoons and it sort of throws off my day and I don’t feel really ready for the day until my workout is over and I’m showered.


Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

I love, love, love rutabagas! I had kale tonight with lentils and millet, but now I wish I had thrown that rutabaga in there. The stew looks amazing!



I love rutabaga! I feel like it’s so underappreciated as a winter squash. Sounds like a wonderful stew. And btw, I have the same dish towels and happened to use them in my photos tonight!


Baking Serendipity

-13?!? You are braver than me. Living in Phoenix, I’m cold when it’s below 70 and partially cloudy. It’s a problem. This stew looks like the perfect option for those days :) I love the kale in it!


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

cold weather DOES mean more potatoes! and i keep forgetting to buy some… along with parsnips and other yummy veggies that i have been slacking on right now. thats it! off to make my grocery list!

thanks for the inspiration and the yummy recipe lovey!!!! mwah!


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