The hottest months of the year are here, with a vengeance! With the temperatures hovering around the triple digits, heating up your home with an oven seems like the worst idea! Instead of living off of take out food and cold dinners, why not break out a slow cooker?
There are many different types of slow cookers on the market, ranging from basic models to advanced cooking options for full feasts. A quick Amazon search shows that models range from $11.99 to $499.00 – With that being said, there’s a model perfect for everyone!
Now that you have your slow cooker ready, here are our top 5 favorite main dishes, side dishes and desserts!
This recipe can easily be adapted for other proteins, including meat substitutes. It is a favorite amongst family.
This slightly tart meal is perfect with a simple side of rice. It’s filling, and tastes of summer!
One serious favorite from local restaurant Opa! Opa! is the lamb stew. Now, nothing compares to their in-house stew, but this one comes in a close second. It’s filling, which is perfect for summer active life!
You haven’t lived until you’ve tried this simple yet oh-so-tasty recipe! Works just as amazingly with chicken or turkey, and the resulting meat can be used on sandwiches, salads, or just eaten straight from the pot!
Pronounced fuh, this classic Vietnamese soup has taken California by storm. If you’ve never tried it, what are you waiting for! There are many many variations, with meat and without. This refreshing take on chicken noodle soup will leave you asking pho more!
Creamy, dreamy and always welcome, this take on mac and cheese is a surefire crowd pleaser!
Cornbread is a staple for so many different cultures. This basic recipe can also be spiced up by adding jalapenos, cheese, chili, or anything you want!
SO good. So simple. Add in black olives or green chilies for added flavor.
This summer medley pairs perfectly with a protein and rice or other grain, or even eaten alone! The coconut milk gives it a slightly sweet edge, and compliments the mix of squash and zucchini well.
This simple recipe cleans up how to make refried beans- no frying required! You’ll never eat canned again.
Usually reserved for holidays, pecan pie should be enjoyed all year round! This nutty taste of tradition is a favorite, hands down.
Although traditionally enjoyed during Autumn months, apples are available year round. Grab your favorite apple and make this yummy treat.
Decadent fudge-y cake that cooks itself AND has have natural good for you ingredients? You won’t be able to say no.
This blueberry cobbler-esque treat is so good, you’ll want to make it again and again! Add a dash of cinnamon and a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream for extra yum!
This fancy and tasty treat is SO good! Even though this is a crock pot recipe, it only takes about an hour to prepare. Start it while dinner is going, and you’ll have fresh and nice and hot bananas ready for dessert.
Hopefully, these tasty treats can help you stay cooler, eat well, and enjoy these warm days!