Don't let your slow cooker gather dust this summer! Instead, let it work for you.
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.
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!
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.
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.
A fresh and tasty way to use your farmer's market finds, this soup freezes well and is paleo and Whole30 friendly.
The perfect side dish for potlucks or barbecues, these baked beans are so easy to throw together and a total crowd pleaser!
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!
A weeknight staple, filled with tons of protein and veggies, you'll want to add this recipe to your weekly menu all year long.
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.
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!
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.