Just because it's summer doesn't mean I have to stick to eating salad every night. Instead of turning on the oven and making the house even hotter than it already is, the slow cooker is an excellent option. You can cook just about anything without creating your own heat wave.
Crock pot meals aren't just for your grandmother or super busy families on the go; they're actually a really great way to slow cook meat or well, just about anything! Also, don't think that just because you're using the crock pot that the meal will end up being really unhealthy. The Crock Pot Kalua Pork from Skinny Taste is actually a really healthy option, especially when served in a lettuce wrap.
If you're looking for a crowd pleaser, try the Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese from Whisk and a Prayer. Toss the ingredients in before bed and when you wake up you'll have a delicious surprise. Here are some delicious ways to keep your kitchen cool and clean but still delicious:
• Italian Pot Roast, Better Homes and Gardens
• Crock Pot Kalua Pork, Skinny Taste
• Jimmy Fallon's Crock-Pot Chili, Martha Stewart
• Slow Cooker Mac and Cheese, Whisk and a Prayer
• Latin Crock Pot Chicken, What's On My Menu
Related: CrockPot Meals: How to Braise in a Slow Cooker
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