Lighten Up, Hunker Down: 10 Fresh Spring Slow Cooker Recipes

Around this time of year, slow cooker recipes start to diminish as more and more folks turn to cooking meals using fresh vegetables and barbecuing outdoors. But slow cookers can have it both ways. They are handy for hearty stews in the fall and winter, but can turn out surprisingly light fare in the spring and summer months. Sure they take up counter space, but slow cookers are wonderful to keep around in the warmer months for everything from overnight oatmeal and velvetty rice puddings to light curries and lemony grains. We scoured the internet to try and find lighter recipes that would allow your slow cooker to stay firmly in its place. All season long.

Try a Recipe:
Overnight Slow Cooker Oatmeal - Real Mom Kitchen
Greek Chicken and Vegetable Ragout - Eating Well
Lemon Garlic Chicken and White Bean Stew - The Prepared Pantry
Wild Rice Medley - Coconut and Lime
Slow-Cooked Vegetarian Collard Greens - The Culinary Life
Lemon Garlic Chicken with Shitake Mushroom, Farro, and Sweet Potato Pilau - Epicurious
Vegetarian Chilli - The Food Network
Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks with Lemon, Dill and Feta - Food and Wine
Slow Cooker Rice Pudding - Cafe Mom
Slow Cooker Curry- The Family Dinner

Related: Lemon Braised Chicken and Beans with Mint Pesto

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