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8 slow-cooked summer meals

The slow cooker is famous for making belly-warming comfort foods in the depths of winter. It's also a natural in the summer, though, when you want a meal without having to heat up the house. Try one of these summer-appropriate slow-cooked dishes.
  • Slow cooker chicken fajitas

    Turn a package of boneless, skinless chicken thighs and some sliced onions and peppers into a tasty, Mexican-style dish that will be ready to eat when you are! 

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Gyros with light tzatziki

    There's something so refreshing about perfectly spiced gyro meat combined with cool tzatziki sauce. This slow cooker version is made with sliced steak in a tangy marinade, and the tzatziki sauce is made with Greek yogurt, so it's nice and healthy!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Slow cooker French dip sandwiches

    Summer is definitely sandwich season. With a tiny bit of effort in the morning, your slow cooker will transform an ordinary beef or pork roast into juicy French dip sandwiches by dinner. Spend the day swimming with the kids, without the "What am I going to fix for dinner?" worries!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Orange pop chicken

    Can you really just dump a can of pop and some soy sauce into a slow cooker with some chicken and expect anything good to come out of it? Yes, you can! Serve this moist, flavorful dish with some quick-cooking rice and stir-fried veggies, and you're all set. Pick up some chopsticks and have fun watching the kids trying to eat!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Orange-ginger chicken

    This version of slow-cooked orange chicken has the added flavor of ginger, as well as fresh oranges and scallions. Serve it with rice on a Romaine lettuce leaf and eat it with your fingers!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Corn dog casserole in the slow cooker

    Corn dog casserole is a delicious dish for kids and kids-at-heart! The best thing is, you can make it in the slow cooker. Take this to your summer potluck picnic and watch it disappear in a hurry!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Cranberry slow-cooked turkey

    A big steaming plate of turkey may not sound like a great dish for hot weather, but this succulent recipe makes amazing hot or cold sandwiches! Spread a little cranberry sauce onto some whole-gran bread or a crispy roll, add a slice of Swiss or Provolone cheese and some of this turkey, and you'll have an anytime version of Thanksgiving dinner!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
  • Hot fudge lava cake

    It may be hot outside, but everyone still wants dessert! This lava cake is like a magic trick ... it transforms ordinary staples from the pantry into a moist, rich cake floating on a pool of chocolate lava. Don't forget the ice cream!

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    Date Published: June 18, 2012
    Date Updated: June 18, 2012
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