Right now there are just two things I really want in my meal plan: slow cooker dishes that make dinner easier, and all the lemony things I can get my hands on. Thankfully it's easy to make all my meal plan dreams come true. These eight slow cooker recipes all finish with the zing lemon-lovers will adore.
The sauce is the best part of this simple slow cooker dinner. It's velvety smooth and bursting with tart lemon and garlicky flavor. You'll want to pair the chicken with a chunk of bread, couscous, or egg noodles to mop up all the extra sauce.
Infused with citrusy lemon peel, shiitakes, and spicy ginger, this soup is light, bright, and totally nourishing.
There are endless ways to season a dal, and come spring this version is my favorite. A generous squeeze of lemon juice lends a pop of acidity to the lentils and keeps this comforting meal on the light side.
I cannot think about lemon-kissed meals without almost immediately jumping to chicken piccata. It has a bright, tangy sauce, with just enough brininess from the capers. This version is cooked over a bed of potatoes in the slow cooker, for an all-in-one dinner.
If you've never cooked salmon in the slow cooker, I urge you try it. The low, steady heat leaves you with a fillet that's succulent, juicy, and infused with the gentle aroma of lemon.
Cooking a whole chicken in the slow cooker involves a trade-off that I believe is 100% worth it. It doesn't deliver the crispy skin you get from the oven, but it does make for the juiciest, most tender bird you'll eat. Pack the chicken and the slow cooker with a slew of lemons, garlic, and herbs for a flavor that screams spring.
The best part of this soup is something you can't actually see. Just before serving, it gets finished with a generous squeeze of lemon for a tangy pop of acidity that balances the spices and cuts through this otherwise hearty meal.
Rice, potatoes, or a thick slice of bread all make a great partner to this lemon and sage-infused whole chicken. It finishes with a bright and herby golden sauce that's just waiting to be mopped up on your plate.