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Ridiculously Easy Summer Recipes to Throw in Your Slow Cooker

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Don’t put away that slow cooker just yet!

Put it to use this summer to keep your kitchen cool and to create hands-off meals that will allow you to play all day and still come home to a delicious, healthy, easy dinner.

Read on for ridiculously simple, gluten-free, dairy-free recipes to throw into your slow cooker this summer.

Put your slow cooker to use this summer to keep your kitchen cool and to create hands-off meals that will allow you to play all day and still come home to a delicious, healthy, easy dinner.   Read on for simple, gluten-free, dairy-free slow cooker recipes to make this summer. #realfoodwholelife #recipes #healthy #wellness #slowcooker #crockpot #summer #recipe #glutenfree #dairyfree #paleo #vegetarian #soup #chicken #easy #meals

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, healthy 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.

Kitchen Tools Recommended to Make Easy, Healthy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Programmable 6-Quart Crockpot

Immersion Blender

8-inch Chef’s Knife

My Favorite Cutting Board

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Summer Ready Slow Cooker Soups and Stews

Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian)

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

Slow Cooker Farmer's Market Chicken Soup (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

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

Slow Cooker Chicken, Veggie & Quinoa Stew (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegetarian)

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

Crockpot Sunshine Lemon Chicken Chowder (gluten-free, dairy-free)

Sunshine in a bowl! Packed with protein from the chicken, and the perfect slow cooker recipe to use all that sweet summer corn.

Summer Slow Cooker Sides & Snacks

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpeas (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian)

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

Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian)

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

Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Fire-Roasted Marinara (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegetarian)

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.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo, vegetarian)

Parties, barbecues, potlucks—you’ve got to make this better-than-the-original dairy-free summer slow cooker spinach artichoke dip!

Summer Slow Cooker Main Dish Recipes

Slow Cooker Balsamic Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

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, this summer slow cooker recipe is and paleo and Whole30 friendly, too!

Slow Cooker Pulled Tropical Chicken (gluten-free, dairy-free)

You won’t believe how easy and tasty this twist on classic BBQ chicken is. A totally summer slow cooker family favorite.

Slow Cooker Peach Chicken with Basil (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

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

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken  (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

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

Healthy Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken & Veggies (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

All the flavors you crave, none of the junk. A family friendly one-pot meal perfect for summer.

Slow Cooker 6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Carnitas (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

Hello taco night! Minimal ingredients and crazy good results.

Slow Cooker Citrus Chicken (Pollo Asado) (gluten-free, dairy-free, paleo)

Bright citrus and smokey cumin makes this summer slow cooker hicken a total no brainer.

Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos (gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian)

Easy, simple, and completely satisfying, whip up a batch of homemade vegetarian refried beans and watch them disappear.

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Ridiculously Easy Vegetarian Recipes to Throw in your Slow Cooker

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If you’re looking for the best, ridiculously easy, healthy vegetarian slow cooker recipes that you can just throw in the slow cooker, you’re in the right place!

Read on for easy meals to make for your next Meatless Monday—these vegetarian meals are all super simple, gluten-free, dairy-free, and totally delicious.

Easy, healthy, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian slow cooker recipes to throw in your slow cooker

Our favorite vegetarian-friendly, real food crockpot recipes! All these sides, soups, and main dishes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. #realfoodwholelife #healthyeating #healthycooking #crockpot #slowcooker #instantpot #vegetarian #vegan #paleo #dairyfree #glutenfree #recipe #roundup #healthy

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Kitchen Tools Recommended to Make Easy, Healthy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes

Programmable 6-Quart Crockpot

Immersion Blender

8-inch Chef’s Knife

My Favorite Cutting Board

Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Soups, Stews & Chowders

Slow Cooker Autumn Minestrone Soup (dairy-free, gluten-free)

A fall spin on classic minestrone, this hearty slow cooker vegetarian stew will warm you up from the inside out.

Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Soup (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)

Totally creamy without a hint of dairy, this slow cooker vegetarian soup is crazy simple and totally soul soothing.

Slow Cooker Tuscan Pumpkin Soup (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)

A savory take on pumpkin, this warming slow cooker vegetarian soup will be on repeat this fall and winter.

Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Corn Chowder (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)

Totally hearty, completely easy, this slow cooker vegetarian chowder is creamy without any added dairy.

Slow Cooker Creamy Potato Chowder (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)

Add any toppings you like to customize this creamy vegetarian slow cooker soup.

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash and Kale Stew (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Kale and butternut squash are a match made in heaven in this hearty vegetarian slow cooker stew.

Slow Cooker 10-Ingredient Slow Cooker Vegetable & Quinoa Stew (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo)

Packed with veggies, is slow cooker vegetarian stew is a one-pot meal.

Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Snacks, Sides, and Sauces

Easy-Prep Slow Cooker Baked Beans (dairy-free, gluten-free)

The perfect easy side for your next potluck or BBQ, these slow cooker vegetarian baked beans are just the right combo of sweet and savory.

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip (dairy-free, gluten-free)

You won’t believe it’s dairy-free! A totally crowd-pleaser, this vegetarian slow cooker dip will have everyone asking for more.

The Best Dairy-Free Salsa Cheese Sauce (dairy-free, gluten-free, paleo, Instant Pot variation)

Move over cheese-sauce, there’s a new dairy-free option in town. This easy slow cooker dairy-free cheese is a vegetarian slow cooker meal you’re going to want to make again and again.

Easy Vegetarian Slow Cooker Chili & Main Dish Meals

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chickpeas (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Skip the meat and try this hearty slow cooker vegetarian meal. Chickpeas replace chicken in this super simple dinner.

Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili (dairy-free, gluten-free)

This Indian inspired vegetarian slow cooker chili is packed with hearty lentils and will be a hit with the whole family.

Slow Cooker Spring Veggie Coconut Curry (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Coconut curry just got easier. All the veggies combine in this super fresh vegetarian slow cooker curry.

Slow Cooker 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (dairy-free, gluten-free)

A one-pot meal that’s loaded with protein, everything cooks together for a super simple vegetarian slow cooker one-pot meal.

Slow Cooker Refried Bean Tacos (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Vegetarian refried beans that are crazy easy and will feed a crowd? Sign me up! Bonus: you’ll only need 3 ingredients for this vegetarian slow cooker recipe.

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Apple Cider Chili (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Black beans and sweet potato are a match made in heaven in this cozy vegetarian slow cooker chili recipe.

Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa (dairy-free, gluten-free)

Quinoa in your slow cooker? What could be easier? This enchilada inspired vegetarian slow cooker recipe is pretty much a dump and go situation.

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The Best Egg Salad Recipes Perfect for Meal Prep

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Read on for simple, delicious egg salad recipes perfect for meal prep. All the recipes are gluten-free, dairy-free, and mayo-free, too!

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Let’s do some simplified meal prep! If you’ve got hard boiled eggs, then we have the recipes for you. Read on for the best prep ahead, easy, healthy egg salad recipes.

And while there’s nothing wrong with a traditional mayonnaise-based egg salad, there’s plenty of room for mayo-free options, too.

All five of following egg salad recipes are made with just a handful of real food ingredients, can be prepared ahead, and are filled with flavor.

Serve the egg salad over greens, in a wrap, or as a sandwich.

Read on for the recipes and answers to your commonly asked egg salad questions!

How do I make perfect, easy-peel hard boiled eggs?

My method for perfect, easy-peel hard boiled eggs is simple: set an electric pressure cooker for 1 minute, then quick release the pressure and plunge the eggs into an ice bath to stop the cooking. Here’s my exact method for making hard boiled eggs.

How long does egg salad stay fresh in the fridge?

Properly stored, covered and refrigerated, egg salad will last 3 to 5 days.

How to best store meal prep egg salad?

I like to store egg salad in glass meal prep containers or mason jars.

Here’s a simplified guide to storing anything in a mason jar.

Here are the glass meal prep containers I use.

Can egg salad be made without mayonnaise?

Yes, all of these recipes are mayonnaise free!

What’s the best mayonnaise to use in egg salad?

Look for a good quality avocado mayonnaise, one that is free of sugar, soy, and canola oil, such as Primal Kitchen and Chosen Foods.

I can’t eat or am allergic to eggs. Can I make egg salad without eggs?

Yes! Substitute 1-2 cans of drained, rinsed chickpeas for the eggs. Smash one can with a fork, and keep the other whole, then proceed with the recipe.

I hope you’ll make these egg salad one soon. If you do, be sure to share it on Instagram and tag me at @realfoodwholelife so I can see!

These Egg Salad Recipes Are

gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, grain-free, soy-free, mayo-free, paleo and whole30

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Tools to Make Egg Salad

6-Quart Instant Pot for the best hard boiled eggs

8-inch Chef’s Knife

My Favorite Cutting Board

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MEAL PREP GOLDEN GLOW Egg Salad (Mayo-Free)

Ingredients

For the Dressing

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons honey (omit for whole30)

2 teaspoons mild curry powder

1 teaspoon salt

⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

2 cups diced hard boiled eggs

1 cup diced English cucumber

1 cup diced green apple

1 cup diced red bell peppers

2 tablespoons chopped green onion

¼ cup roasted, salted sunflower seeds 

Instructions

1. Make the dressing by whisking together the lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, mustard, honey, curry powder and salt in a small bowl. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until well combined.

2. Make the salad by combining the eggs, cucumber, apple, bell pepper, and green onion in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat.

3. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes for the flavors to absorb.

4. Serve and enjoy immediately, topped with sunflower seeds, or cover and store for up to 5 days, with sunflowers seeds as a topping.

Makes 2-4 servings.

Prefer to make this with chicken? Check out Meal Prep Golden Glow Chicken Salad

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Meal Prep TURMERIC TAHINI LOADED Egg Salad (Mayo Free)

Ingredients

For the Turmeric Tahini Dressing

1 teaspoon turmeric

1 tablespoon tahini (sesame seed butter)

1 garlic clove, minced or finely grated

1 teaspoon honey (omit for Whole30)

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad

2 cups diced hard boiled eggs

1 cup shredded carrots

1 cup slaw mix or finely shredded cabbage

1-2 green onion, finely chopped

¼ cup sulfite-free raisins

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, add the turmeric, tahini, garlic, honey (if using), salt, pepper, and vinegar, stirring to combine. Drizzle in the olive oil and whisk until smooth. Alternatively, add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.

2. In a large bowl, add the eggs, carrots, slaw or cabbage, green onions, and raisins. Add the dressing, stirring to combine. Allow to sit for 15 minutes for the flavors to combine.

3. Serve over greens, if desired.

Makes 2-4 servings.

Prefer to make this with chicken? Check out Meal Prep Turmeric Tahini Loaded Chicken Salad

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ONE-BOWL HARVEST Egg Salad (mayo-free)

Ingredients

1 tablespoon whole grain mustard

1 teaspoon honey (optional)

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons lemon juice

4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

2 green onions, chopped

2 cups chopped apple (from about 2 medium apples)

2 cups chopped celery (from about 8-10 stalks)

2 cups chopped hard boiled egg

 Instructions

1. In a large bowl, whisk together the mustard, honey, salt, vinegar, and olive oil until well combined.

2. Add the green onion, apple, celery, eggs, and cashews, stirring until well combined.

3. Serve over greens is desired

Makes 2-3 servings.

Prefer to make this with chicken? Check out One-Bowl Harvest Chicken Salad

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Guacamole Egg Salad (Mayo-Free)

Ingredients

2 cups chopped hard boiled egg

1 small, ripe avocado, mashed

1 tablespoon lime juice

2 tablespoons red onion

½ cup chopped tomato

¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl, stirring to combine.

2. Serve over greens, if desired.

Serves 2-3.

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Meal Prep Lemony Dill Egg Salad

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

1 garlic clove, minced or finely grated

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1 teaspoon dried dill

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 cup finely chopped celery

¼ cup finely chopped yellow onion

12 hard boiled eggs, finely chopped

Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, garlic, salt, mustard, and dill. Slowly stream in the oil, whisking until very smooth.

2. Add the celery, onion, and eggs to a large bowl. Add the dressing, stirring to combine. Allow to sit for 5 minutes for the dressing to absorb. Taste and add additional salt or dill if desired. Serve immediately or store covered in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Makes 4-6 servings. 

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