Slow Cooker

Summer is here and the heat is unrelenting. You’ve braved your commute through the sweltering heat and dragged your sweaty self back to your apartment. Just the thought of getting behind a hot stove seems like a crazy idea. Additionally, your stove can rev up the heat in both your kitchen and your apartment, which nobody wants on a hot day. You’re thinking of just giving up and calling for another expensive delivery. How do you solve the dilemma?

Easy. You break out your slow cooker.

Slow cookers, or crock pots, are generally thought to be the perfect winter companion. However, they also come in handy during the summer where they give off very little heat, can be set when you leave in the morning and have dinner ready for you when you get home. Now that’s cooking with your head.

Check out our week’s worth list of easy summer recipes where you can use your slow cooker. For the ultimate in easy dinners, put them on in the morning and opt to use the low setting so it’s ready in the evening. Who needs that pizza menu anyway?

Chili Bean Stuffed Peppers

This excellent vegetarian recipe is simple to throw together in the morning before you walk out the door. Serve with a fresh green salad.

Thai Chicken Soup

It may sound counterproductive, but spicy food can actually cool you down when the temperature is hot, and there’s nothing quite like Thai food to help you get a sweat going.

Slow Cooker Moo Shu Chicken

Put that Chinese menu away — you can have fresh, homemade moo shu chicken within minutes of coming back in the door. Serve with some whole wheat tortillas and brown rice to make it even healthier.

Ratatouille

This classic French dish is perfect for summer’s bounty of vegetables and tastes so good carnivores won’t even notice the missing meat. Serve with a fresh salad or quinoa.

Cola-Chipotle Pork Tortas

Not only does this Mexican-inspired sandwich make an excellent dinner for just you, it’s great for easy entertaining when friends are around. Don’t fear the cola marinade either, it helps to make a delicious sauce.

Jerk Chicken

Few things can make summer feel more like summer than a glorious batch of darkly spicy jerk chicken. Get ready to lick your fingers and have plenty of napkins on hand!

Healthy Turkey Chili

Got a crowd to feed? Or perhaps some picky kids (or adults)? This all-around favorite is sure to please them all. Try offering a “fixings bar” next to it so people can customize their chili with sour cream, green onion, cheese or even extra hot sauce.

Are you a slow cooker aficionado or a novice? What are some of your favorite ways to use your slow cooker in your apartment?

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Kari Lloyd is the Editor of ApartmentGuide.com. A Chicago native and current Atlanta resident, Kari spent 10 years living in London, U.K. where she worked as a restaurant reviewer and music journalist.

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