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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

gf: gluten-free, df: dairy-free, p: paleo, vg: vegetarian

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.

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

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

gf: gluten-free, df: dairy-free, p: paleo

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.

A collection of 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

7 Recipes Using a Jar of Salsa

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Take that humble jar of salsa hanging out in your pantry and turn it into a delicious, healthy, easy meal in minutes.

Read on for the best recipes using a jar of salsa!

7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

If you didn’t know, we’re all about simplifying, streamlining, and making wellness work in real life around here.

That’s why we started the Simplified Series: to help you streamline healthy, real food by focusing on using a few versatile ingredients in a number of different recipes.

Think of these recipes as the capsule wardrobe of the kitchen: use a few staple ingredients, mix-and-match, and end up with tons of variety without all the fuss.

This month’s Simplified Series star ingredient: a jar of salsa!

Read on for 7 crazy-easy, totally delicious recipes using a jar of salsa.

p.s. Bonus, all these recipes are gluten-free and dairy-free, too!

The Best Easy, Healthy Recipes Using a Jar of Salsa

3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes

The easiest, most delicious, crazy simple recipe, 3-Ingredient Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes is your new go-to for weeknight cooking.

Everything cooks at once, so dinner's done in minutes! Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, and Whole30 friendly.

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

5-Ingredient Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili (Slow Cooker, Instant Pot)

5-Ingredient Black Bean & Sweet Potato Chili is simple to prepare, totally nourishing, and absolutely delicious.

Just throw a few ingredients it in the slow cooker or pressure cooker, and a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan dinner is ready!

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

6-Ingredient Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili

This 6-ingredient slow cooker chicken taco chili is an insanely simple and totally tasty recipe to throw together any night of the week.

A delicious and naturally gluten-free, dairy-free recipe.

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes

3-Ingredient Crockpot Salsa Chicken Stuffed Potatoes is the easiest, most delicious, craziest simple recipe you’ll find anywhere.

What’s more, everything cooks together in the slow cooker, so prep is super fast and cleanup is a breeze! This recipe is a gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, paleo, and whole30 friendly recipe.

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

The Best Dairy-Free Salsa Cheese Sauce

Dairy-Free Salsa Cheese Sauce is an ooey-gooey, totally delicious alternative to traditional cheese sauce.

Packed with veggies, and totally dairy-free, you’ve got to try this one to believe it! This is a delicious gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, paleo recipe.

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken

The perfect recipe for when you're short on time but still want a delicious, real food dinner, 5-Ingredient Slow Cooker Fajita Salsa Chicken is a snap to prep and requires just a handful of ingredients.

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree

Real Food 7-Layer Dip

Simple, delicious, and naturally gluten-free & dairy-free, Real Food 7-Layer Dip will be the hit of your next party or gathering!

A collection of 7 easy recipes using a jar of salsa. #realfoodwholelife #recipesroundup #healthyrecipe #salsa #salsarecipe #dairyfree #glutenfree