Many of you may think that a slow cooker is great tool for hot meals in the winter. When you think of the summer, you think cool, simple meals like salads, barbecue, and hamburgers. Actually a slow cooker or crock-pot is a perfect summer-cooking tool. Because it cooks low and slow, you avoid turning on the oven and heating up the house. You spend more time out of the kitchen and enjoying the day. There’s no denying that the humble slow cooker is an excellent way to make “set it and forget it” types of meals. You can cook large meals in a slow cooker, plus you can even batch-cook and freeze uneaten items to consume at a later date.
Slow cookers are ideal for those times when you’re happy to leave food cooking over a long period while you carry on with chores around your home or just want to sit back and relax instead of spending lots of time cooking some food.
Let’s take a look at the following five delicious slow cooker meals you will absolutely love:
1. Baby Back Ribs
Personally I love baby back ribs any time of year, but it always seems perfect for a relaxed gathering in the summer. There are lots of recipes for BBQ ribs. You may have even followed a recipe for ribs in the oven from Ask Chef Dennis, but did you know slow cooker ribs are super tender? Slow cooker ribs is so simple and gives you fall-off-the-bone ribs. They’re great for a gathering like that needs a no fuss dish like a BBQ. Check out The Cookie Rookie‘s fabulous recipe, Slow Cooker Ribs.
2. Pot Roast
It’s no secret that many people enjoy having a delicious pot roast for dinner, especially on special occasions. For busy summer days, use your crock pot to make a wonderful roast and veggies. All you need is six ingredients and a packet of onion soup mix. That’s it! Get all the details at Tasty.
3. Stewed Chicken
Full of flavorful chicken, potatoes, and fresh vegetables and herbs, this healthy slow-cooked stewed chicken is a cozy, easy dinner recipe. I love single pot meals. Some people prefer to use chunks of boned, skinless chicken, but I prefer chicken on the bone. Cooking chicken pieces with bones adds so much flavor.
4. Slow Cooker Pork Tacos
Are you looking for a slow-cooked meal that you can prepare in the morning and enjoy in the evening when you get back from enjoying summer? If so, look no further than a slow-cooked Pork Tacos. Let it simmer all day while you play. Add fresh tomato salsa to make your meal complete. Check out all the details at Southern Living.
5. Slow Cooker Shrimp Boil
You don’t have to live by the shore to enjoy a good old-fashioned New England-style shrimp boil. Use a slow cooker to cook potatoes and seasonings, then add the corn, shrimp and sausage to cook in the flavorful broth at the end. Check out the recipe at Food Network.
When it’s too hot to turn on your oven, don’t! Your slow cooker can handle everything from weeknight dinners to family barbecues.
This is a collaborative post but all opinions are my own.
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