We are resharing on of our most popular “31 Days” series – Summer Slow Cooker meals. And you definitely don’t want to miss our new 30 Days of Summer Instant Pot series!
The reason I love to slow cook in the summer is two-fold. First, the slow cooker doesn’t add much heat to your kitchen – like a skillet/stovetop meal or oven meal would. It does add a teensy, tiny bit…and if you’re like me trying to converse every fraction of a degree, I have an idea for you. (Read on.)
Second, we are often spend the afternoon at the pool…mainly for the boys to burn off energy and me to take a breather (Yes, the water is super refreshing to me, even while tracking 4 busy boys!) While I’ll treat us all to a dinner at the pool grill once or twice throughout the summer, it’s obviously much cheaper for us to eat at home. So just like during the busy weeknights during the school year, I use the slow cooker to make dinner easier after we get back from the pool. And if it’s not the slow cooker, then it’s a simple sandwich and salad kind of dinner!
So about that heating up the kitchen thing…
I live in San Antonio, TX, where it’s usually 100 degrees & 100% humidity throughout the summer. We keep the house fairly warm to conserve energy and save money, and run the A/C so the house isn’t crazy hot but really just to cut the humidity down. (We lived overseas for 6 years without air conditioning, so we just tough it out!)
You can see why every degree counts for us. Even a half of a degree. All this to say…put your slow cooker out on the porch. (If it’s safe of course!)
I have a table out of the covered deck in the backyard with an outlet nearby…boom, I can see the slow cooker out the window and I don’t have to heat up the kitchen. Also, we don’t have any pesky wildlife nearby who would be interested in this strange pot of delicious smells brewing within…so if you live on a farm, or out in the country, putting your slow cooker out on the patio, back deck or porch might not be a good idea 😉
Alright, here’s where to pin recipes from to your boards. And my favorite slow cookers and accessories, and then the listing of the recipes after that! Happy summer-slow-cooking my friend!
Pin all of our 31 Days of Summer Slow Cooker Recipes here!
Erin’s Personal Recommendations for Slow Cooker Supplies:
- Crockpot 6 quart Programmable Touch Screen ~ Great price for great slow cooker!
- All Clad 7 qt ~ A great slow cooker with a cast aluminum insert that can brown meat on the stove top and then go straight into the slow cooker. One dish dinner!
- Crockpot 6 quart programmable ~ Slow Cooker with WeMo, a free smartphone app.
- Instant Pot, 6 qt ~ reasonably priced instant pot, if time = money, then you need this in your kitchen.
- Slow Cooker Liners ~ because less mess equals more fun in the summer sun!
The 31 Summer Slow Cooker Recipes (with new ones added each day in May):
Other “31 Days of” Series to check out:
- 31 Days of 31-Minute Dinners
- 31 Days of Breakfast Recipes
- 31 Days of Budget Friendly Paleo Recipes
- 31 Days of Chili, Soups & Stews
- 31 Days of Freezer Cooking Recipes
- 31 Days of Gluten Free Meals
- 31 Days of Grilling Recipes
- 31 Days of Healthy Snacks
- 31 Days of Holiday Sweets & Treats
- 31 Days of Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
- 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas
- 31 Days of Skillet Dinner Recipes
- 31 Days of Slow Cooker Meals