taking advantage of your slow cooker during the summer

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It’s July.  It’s hot.  The very last thing we want to do is turn on the oven and “bake” dinner.  So often we think of our slow cooker as a winter kitchen appliance.  Simmering hot soups, homemade apple cider, hot cheesy dips to entertain with…..but are you using it to its fullest in the summer?

You need to use this little gem of an appliance in the summer too!

Now, if I had MY way I’d leave off the air conditioning in our house until I could almost not stand it, just because I love having the windows open, breathing in the fresh air.  The husband usually wins this battle and turns it on when I’m distracted, tending to a little ones, out of the house or just plain announces “I’M TURNING ON THE AIR.  I’M HOT”.

Enough said, I guess.
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With the heat outside, and sometimes the heat in the house {when I get my way}, I often rely heavily on my slow cooker.  I’ve tried making everything in it – many work well, some not so much.  It is all trial and error.  But luckily I’ve gathered some of my tried and true slow cooker recipes for you.  Our lovely readers.  The not-so-fun work has already been done for you.

You’re welcome.
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If you are like me and plan out your meals weekly, give one or two of these a try.  There is minimal prep work and all of them produce delicious results!  And better yet?

NO HEAT IN THE KITCHEN. {Well, except for that tiny little corner on the counter where the slow cooker sits.  But you get my point.}

Click on one of the slow cooker meals below for the recipe! Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Chicken Fried Rice
Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Dr. Pepper Spicy Pulled Pork
Healthy Turkey Lettuce Wraps
Slow Cooker Refried Beans
Freezer Spaghetti Sauce
Crock Pot Italian Chicken

About Ally

Ally Billhorn, Wilton, Iowa, is an avid cook, baker and food writer.  She has hosted her food blog, Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats since December of 2009.  She has been featured in the Wilton-Durant Advocate and is a regular contributor to Taste of Home magazine, where she is a Field Editor, along with being a monthly contributor to the QC Family Focus magazine.  Ally works part-time as a Marketing & Communications Coordinator for the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce & Industry.  She enjoys spending time with her husband, Sheridan, son Drake (4) and Taylor (2.5)... (and baby number 3 due in May)!  When not cooking, she is running frantic keeping up with the kids, reading, organizing or gathering her girlfriends for impromptu wine or margarita sessions.  You can follow Ally’s blog on Facebook , Twitter, and Pinterest.

One Response to taking advantage of your slow cooker during the summer

  1. kathy July 16, 2013 at 2:33 PM #

    Maded the pulled buffalo chicken slider…it was a big hit..keeping this recipe

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