It’s common to hide your slow cooker behind cabinet doors during the warmer months, but this handy kitchen appliance is perfect for lazy summer days. You simply need to adjust your menu. When you swap out hearty stews and chili for light dishes with fresh, seasonal ingredients, you end up with an easy dinner the whole family will love. Here are five late summer recipes for cooking low and slow on the kitchen island.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Lasagna
This easy slow cooker lasagna from Eating Well calls for garden fresh vegetables instead of meat, like late summer zucchini squash, baby spinach, and portobello mushrooms. Stuffed with mozzarella and ricotta cheese, you can cook this healthy and delicious meal in a slow cooker on low for four hours (or high for two hours) and have dinner on the table in a flash. Serve it with garlic bread and a fresh salad (and a glass of Summer Sangria from your wine storage cabinet). Click here for the recipe from Eating Well.
Slow Cooker Pork Ribs
Erin from Well Plated says these easy slow cooker ribs take only ten minutes of prep — the slow cooker does the rest of the work for you! Using a slow cooker instead of a grill reduces the risk of overcooking and fills your kitchen with the sweet and savory aroma of BBQ. If you’re craving succulent and delicious, fall off the bone pork ribs with a flavorful homemade sauce, click here.
Corn Chowder is a light and tasty late summer meal that cooks low and slow in four hours (or 40 minutes on high). This warm and cozy slow cooker recipe from Better Homes and Gardens features fresh summer corn, potatoes, and bacon. You’ll also need a splash of your favorite dry white from your wine storage cabinet, and dried thyme and paprika from your spice rack, for an extra punch of flavor. For the complete list of ingredients and instructions from BHG, click here.
Slow Cooker Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos
What could be better than tacos on a late summer evening? Slow Cooker Barbacoa-Style Beef Tacos! Not your average taco recipe, this Tasty dish features a tender chuck roast simmered low and slow for eight and a half hours with spicy chili peppers in adobo sauce. Serve on a flour or corn tortilla with queso fresco, avocado slices, fresh cilantro and a twist of lime. For the complete recipe from Tasty, click here.
Slow Cooker Coconut Lime Chicken
This easy dish from The Slow Cooker Gourmet calls for bone-in chicken breasts and gets its summery flavor from coconut milk, lime and pineapple juice. Rubbed with dried curry powder, ginger, garlic powder and cajun seasonings from your spice tray, this breezy meal is best enjoyed on the back patio, or pull up a stool at the kitchen island and dig in! For the recipe from The Slow Cooker Gourmet, click here.
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