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10 Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

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Don't let your slow cooker gather dust this summer! Instead, let it work for you.

10 Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

By using your slow cooker during the warm months you'll keep your kitchen cool and be able to go outside and enjoy the sunshine while dinner cooks away at home.

To get you inspired, I've rounded up my favorite simple, fresh real food summer recipes to keep your kitchen cool.

These are simple, vibrant recipes that use the best seasonal produce, and are inspired by classic barbecue flavors and the abundance of local farmer's markets.

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Use these recipes on hot nights when you can't stand to turn on the oven, on activity filled weekends when you're busy playing outside, or for barbecues or potlucks when you want to feed a crowd simply and easily.

If you're new to slow cooking or are looking for more tips to maximize your slow cooking efforts, start by taking a peek at Real Food Basics: How to Use a Slow Cooker. Then come back here, grab some recipes, and let's get slow cooking!


10 Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

1 | Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder

Grab some sweet corn at the farm stand and make this amazing, creamy, dairy-free chowder for dinner tonight! It's hit with adults and kids alike.

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

2 | Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil

Fresh peaches and verdant basil are the perfect combo and come together beautifully in this ultra-simple, crowd please chicken recipe.

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

3 | Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpeas

A great plant-based alternative to burgers or chicken at barbecues or potlucks, make this recipe as a main dish or as a side for any summer gathering.

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

4 | Slow Cooker Farmer's Market Chicken Soup

A fresh and tasty way to use your farmer's market finds, this soup freezes well and is paleo and Whole30 friendly.

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

5 | Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans

The perfect side dish for potlucks or barbecues, these baked beans are so easy to throw together and a total crowd pleaser!

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

6 | Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken

Grab a few pints of cherry tomatoes at the market or from your backyard garden and whip up this easy and insanely tasty pulled chicken. So good, and paleo and Whole30 friendly, too!

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

7 | Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie & Quinoa Stew

A weeknight staple, filled with tons of protein and veggies, you'll want to add this recipe to your weekly menu all year long.

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

8 | Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Fire-Roasted Marinara

Instead of standing over a hot stove, whip up a delicious, homemade marinara in the slow cooker. Serve over pasta or zoodles for a no-cook alternative.

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

9 | Slow Cooker Pulled BBQ Chicken

When you're not sure what to make for dinner or to bring to a barbecue, Pulled BBQ Chicken is your answer. With an addictive homemade sauce, free of refined sugar and processed ingredients, this one is a winner!

Real Food Summer Slow Cooker Recipes to Keep Your Kitchen Cool

10 | 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken 

This chop, drop and go recipe is so easy and so darn good. Serve as a taco filling, in bowls, or over rice. Top with whatever fixins you like and everyone will be happy.

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