By ALLIE MYSZKA

When you think of your slow cooker, do you think about making soups and warm, hearty dishes? Those recipes can be wonderful in cooler seasons, but they’re definitely not suitable for the hot days of summer. Make meal prep a breeze in all seasons with these summer-friendly slow cooker recipes.

  1. Fresh Mango Salsa Slow Cooker Chicken

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(photo via Cutefetti)

Summer cuisine calls for as many fresh, in-season fruits and veggies as you can find. This recipe covers several, from tomatoes to mango, and it even has a hint of lime. Serve it with rice or tortillas for an easy, healthy, colorful summer meal, and pair it with your favorite margarita recipe for even more fresh summer vibes. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

(photo via Natasha’s Kitchen)

If summer in the South had an official food, it just might be barbecue. Pulled pork is a true summer staple, and there’s no need to use a smoker or other bulky equipment to make it. This crock pot recipe couldn’t be easier, and will certainly come in handy if you need to serve a crowd at an Independence Day or Labor Day gathering this summer. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Slow Cooker Corn on the Cob

(photo via Spend with Pennies)

The perfect complement to barbecue, corn on the cob is just as easy to make in a slow cooker. Keep your flavors classic with plain ol’ butter or olive oil, or try chili lime seasoning, sriracha, or even pesto with this prep method to keep your taste buds guessing. Skip the grill at your next cookout and make this summer favorite in your slow cooker instead. Click here for the recipe.

  1. Salmon in the Slow Cooker

(photo via The Kitchn)

When you’re not in the mood for heavy dishes, salmon is a wonderfully light source of protein. Salmon has its own flavor, but it’s not so overpowering that you can’t add your own creative culinary flair to it with spices and herbs. Pair it with a fresh summer veggie for a healthy meal that won’t leave you feeling hungry (or guilty) later. Click here for instructions.

  1. Slow Cooker Strawberry Bread Pudding

(photo via Beauty in the Mess)

Don’t forget about dessert! Take advantage of peak strawberry season with a bread pudding recipe that’s sure to please the whole family. Add homemade whipped cream for an extra special treat! Click here for the recipe.

  1. Slow Cooker Lemonade Moonshine

(photo via Tammilee Tips)

What’s that, you can make your own moonshine in a slow cooker? We do live in Tennessee, after all! This recipe makes a batch large enough for a crowd, and it can easily be stored for months on end (and should be—that’s when the magic happens!). Click here for the recipe.

What are some of your favorite ways to use your slow cooker in the summer?

 

Allie was born and raised in Georgia, and moved to Nashville after graduating from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!). She’s a freelance writer, Pilates instructor, old soul, and chronic DIY-er. Connect with Allie at alliemyszka.com.