21 Slow Cooker Meals for Summer

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The slow cooker rocks. It’s the busy woman’s best friend in the kitchen. However, many people think of the crockpot as the appliance of stews and soups. Yet you can use it to prepare yummy, healthy recipes any time of year. Try these 21 slow cooker meals to beat the heat.

Use our summer slow cooker dishes to make your life easier. Load the ingredients in the morning, and you’re good-to-go with a healthy dinner when you walk in the door that evening. These meals are smart options, whether you’re spending the day at the office or visiting the local amusement park. What’s more, crockpot recipes are a comfier alternative to standing over a hot stove all afternoon.

Like all SkinnyMs. recipes, our slow cooker meal ideas are packed with foods that nourish the body. We’ve also included healthed-up versions of comfort food classics, like barbecue chicken recipes, which do double-duty as party foods—and, let’s face it, on some days it’s just too sultry to grill outside.

1. Slow Cooker Sticky Garlic Chicken
Slow Cooker Sticky Garlic Chicken Recipe1

Fall-off-the-bone chicken is an appetite-satisfier any time of year. Pair this healthy recipe idea with whole grain rice for a delish entrée.

2. Slow Cooker Mozzarella-Stuffed Meatballs

Slow Cooker Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs Recipe1
This leaner dinner recipe is a fantastic option for meatball subs—simply scoop them into a whole wheat roll.

3. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Chicken

Spinach, artichokes, tomatoes, and more make this one of those slow cooker meals you’ll love to savor in the summertime.

4. Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos

Our super-simple taco recipe incorporates clean-eating ingredients you’ll feel fab about serving to yourself and family.

5. Crockpot Cauliflower Fried Rice

Summer slow cooker dishes like this one can be served as a side dish or, with a larger portion, as a vegetarian entrée.

6. Slow Cooker Vegetarian Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Vegetarian Enchiladas
Black beans, onions, and spices combine in a yummy, protein-rich addition to any meal plan.

7. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas

Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
This healthy enchilada recipe is a SkinnyMs. fan favorite. Add it to the menu this week to discover why!

8. Slow Cooker Texas-Style Brisket

Slow Cooker Texas Style Beef Brisket
We love this recipe made with lean beef brisket. Shred the meat onto a whole wheat bun for a delicious summer sandwich.

9. Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken

Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Chicken
Comfort foods can be healthy when you make slow cooker meals like this BBQ recipe.

10. Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken

Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Chicken
Ready in as little as four hours, this is one sandwich you’ll love for your summer slow cooker dishes menu.

11. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas
Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas

This tasty fix-it-and-forget-it meal is always a crowd-pleaser.

12. Slow Cooker Everything Chicken

Slow Cooker Everything Chicken
Use this versatile recipe as the base for chicken tacos, salads, or sandwiches.


13. Slow Cooker Pomegranate Chicken Breasts

Slow Cooker Pomegranate Chicken Breasts

This flavorful chicken recipe includes pomegranate juice, Dijon mustard, and plenty of spices.

14. Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Chicken with Carrots

Slow Cooker Lemon Basil Chicken With Carrots
Light summer slow cooker dinners like this recipe are packed with antioxidants and lean protein to nourish the body.

15. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
Enjoy the Asian-cuisine taste you want without the extra fat or calories.

16. Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken

Chicken combines with superfoods pineapple and red bell pepper for a sweet and savory addition to the summer menu.

17. Slow Cooker Turkey Sloppy Joes

Convenient and yummy, this family-friendly recipe is waistline-friendly, too.

18. Slow Cooker Polynesian Chicken

Slow Cooker Polynesian Chicken
Health up typical chicken-and-rice fare with a whole-food recipe packed with nutrition–and tastiness.

19. Slow Cooker Fried Chicken

The ultimate comfort food, this healthy fried chicken recipe is made with whole wheat flour, whole wheat breadcrumbs, and low-fat buttermilk.

20. Slow Cooker Cheesy Spaghetti with Homemade Sausage

Don’t stand over a stove when you can prepare summer slow cooker dishes like this family-friendly recipe, which is as nutritious as it is delicious.

21. Slow Cooker Everything Beef

Slow Cooker Everything Beef
We love versatile beef recipes like this one; it’s delicious served as an entrée, or it can be used in tacos or sandwiches. This recipe also freezes well for easy dinners on super-busy days.

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