Thursday, May 10, 2012

Slow Cooker Recipes in the Summertime?

Slow Cooker Recipes in the Summertime?

    Summer is almost here, but that’s no reason to put away the slow cooker. Sure,
they’re great in the fall and winter for spicy chili and delicious stews, but let’s not
overlook some great summer recipes, as well as the advantages associated with slow cooking. 
Armed with the right recipes, slow cooking throughout the sweltering summer months can
actually improve your summer in a variety of ways.

    If you’re like many of us, you become extremely weight-conscious once spring rolls
around. Switching to leaner meats is ideal; however, once they hit that grill, they shrivel
up under the extreme heat and, well, summer is about big meats and feasts and leaner meats
are not as much fun. The slow cooker cooks meat at a much lower temperature and because of
this, leaner meat becomes more tender and shrinks a lot less.

    Chances are you’ll be attending or throwing a party this summer. Not many of us can
afford fancy catering, so we ask our friends to bring a dish to go around the table. While
everyone’s bringing their cold casseroles and mac and cheese dishes, you can bring your dish
in a slow cooker. All you have to do is plug it in and it’s hot and ready to serve. There are
quite literally thousands of  easy slow cooker recipes that you can prepare to wow your guests and friends.
Plus, you can serve right out of the slow cooker, so no lugging around multiple Tupperware

    You’re probably going to have that AC cranked up throughout these summer months, and
as energy prices continue to rise, we’re always looking for ways to cut back on costs. Using
a slow cooker, according to the Southern Maryland
Electric Cooperative
, is wildly cheaper than using a standard convection oven. Not only
that, but a convection oven will quickly turn your kitchen into a sauna. If you are utilizing
your slow cooker, on the other hand, which again produces much less heat, your kitchen will
be cool and comfortable.

    Once you throw together a delightful seafood pasta pesto, some summery teriyaki
chicken wings, and even a scrumptious cheesecake  in your slow cooker, you’ll definitely be glad
that you didn’t shove it into the back of the pantry. With these tips and tricks, you can not
only save energy and stay lean, but have a much more enjoyable summer this year.

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All the recipes here have either been sent to me, adapted by me or found on the web. If I know the source I always give credit to the author/website. If you know of a source I may have missed please let me know.