Granted, it doesn’t necessarily sound appetizing to eat nothing but tuna fish sandwiches until September brings cooler weather.
If you want to eat real, home-cooked food but keep your house cool, use a slow cooker. We’ve collected some wonderful slow cooker recipes for summer that you and your family will enjoy.
Roast is delicious no matter the time of the year, but the way it heats up the house makes it a traditional food for the fall and winter. However, with this great summertime slow cooker recipe, you can enjoy roast anytime you want.
- 1 beef roast (about 2 lbs.)
- 4 potatoes
- 1 large onion
- 1 1/2 cups baby carrots
- 1 1/2 cups beef broth
- 1 envelope dehydrated vegetable soup mix
Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1 inch cubes. Quarter your onion and pull it apart. Place the roast in your slow cooker with the vegetables around it. Stir the vegetable soup mix with the broth, and then pour it over the top.
Cook the roast for 6-8 hours on low, or 3-4 hours on high.
Chili is a great option for summer slow cooker recipes. Whether you eat it at home or take it to the neighborhood barbecue, chili makes a delicious dinner. And if this recipe makes you sweat, at least it will be because of its spiciness, and not because it has heated your house by several degrees.
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 2 cans diced tomatoes
- 2 cans kidney beans
- 1 can tomato sauce
- 2 onions
- 1 bell pepper (green)
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese (shredded)
Drain the tomatoes, and rinse and drain the kidney beans. Chop the onions and bell pepper, and mince the garlic. Set aside.
In a large frying pan, cook the beef until it is browned and well-crumbled. Pour off the excess grease, then put the beef and all the ingredients except the cheese into your slow cooker. Cook for 10 hours on low, or on high for about 4 hours.
Garnish the chili with cheddar cheese when serving.
Fresh baked bread is wonderful, but a bit daunting to make in the summertime. Lucky you, this next summer slow cooker recipe makes it much easier.
To make your slow cooker bread, you’ll place your bread dough (there’s a great recipe here) on a piece of parchment paper, then put it in your slow cooker. Cook covered on high for an hour. At this point, it should be cooked through (depending, of course, on the size of your loaf and the exact heat of your slow cooker), but the top will likely still be soft. Place it in the middle of your oven, and turn on the broiler for about 5 minutes.
Watch it with trained eyes, and remove the bread when it’s the color you want.
If you have trouble with your bread staying raw in the middle, try testing it with a thermometer. It should reach an internal temperature of between 190 degrees Fahrenheit and 200 degrees Fahrenheit before you take it out of the slow cooker.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, there are some great dessert slow cooker recipes out there. With a committed go-getter searcher’s attitude, you can find one that is healthier than the one we’ll share here; but you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that’s easier. This cobbler is a great option for when you want to splurge a bit.
- 1 package yellow cake mix
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1-2 cans of cherry pie filling
- About 1/3 cup walnuts
Place the pie filling in the bottom of your slow cooker. Melt the butter and stir the cake mix into it, then spread the butter and cake mix mixture over the top of the pie filling. Sprinkle the nuts over the top and cook on high for 2 hours, or on low for 4 hours.
5. BBQ Ribs
Our last slow cooker recipe for summer is one of the best and easiest. You’ll love these spareribs, and they’re so simple!
- 3 pounds pork spareribs
- salt and pepper
- 1 jar barbecue sauce
- 1 onion
Dice the onion, then dump it into your slow cooker. Rub salt and pepper into the ribs, then place them in the slow cooker as well. Pour the whole jar of barbecue sauce over the top, then cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours. It will be wonderfully tender when it’s done. Enjoy!