Is it just me or do you also forget about your slow cooker when the weather heats up? I get this idea in my head every summer of long, leisurely days spent gardening and harvesting fresh vegetables to prepare in the kitchen. Apparently I live in a little house on the prairie in my daydreams.
I’m all about summer’s delicious fresh foods, but some how the days feel more jam-packed than ever with fun things to do and places to go. Swim lessons, for example.
Yesterday was a full day and I’ll tell you I’ve never been more thrilled to pull in at 5 pm and have the aroma of dinner waft into the garage as I got the girls out.
Nothing says ‘too busy’ (ok, ok, laziness) quite like settling for an iPhone picture when my real camera is right on the counter.
As you can see, it was nothing fancy. I had thrown half an onion, sliced, in the slow cooker that morning with two large chicken breasts that had come marinated in chimichurri sauce. Shred, add guac, salsa and cilantro. That’s about as simple as it gets.
It made me wonder why I don’t do it more often. Sure, the slow cooker is great for soup, chili and stew, but it has some great summertime uses as well. Here are some of my favorites…
Taco Slop from Rachel Cooks – it’s taking basic salsa crockpot chicken and kicking it up a notch. David LOVES it.
Crockpot Black Bean Corn and Basil Toastadas from Crockpot Gourmet- a great combo for kids
Paleo Crockpot Beef & Broccoli from Mom as RX – This one may not scream summertime, but it really is a delicious recipe that is good at anytime of year!
Do you use your slow cooker during the warmer months?
What are you favorite go-tos?
(Links welcomed and encouraged for taste-tasted favorites!)