Summertime slow cooking
7/14/2009 10:41 AM
I’m a year-round griller (OK, well, my husband is), and we ramp it up even more in summer. Not only does pretty much any food taste delicious when it’s been thrown on a hot grill, cooking outside also keeps the house nice and cool. (Although with our cooler-than-usual summer so far in New York, we’ve still managed to avoid installing the AC unit in our living room.)
On the Message Boards this morning, though, I stumbled across a nugget of wisdom so brilliant that I slapped my hand to my head and said out loud, “why didn’t I think of that??” Community User “AngieD975” posted saying she loved her crockpot (follow the thread here: http://bit.ly/WW_message) but didn’t use it in summer as she didn’t have any good recipe ideas. And “Breezy929” replied, “It's actually smarter to use the crockpot in the summer to cook any food. Doesn't heat up the already warm house.” Cue my head-smacking moment.
So I combed through some of our slow cooker recipes looking for more summery ones. Here’s a few you might want to try:
(Pictured) Slow Cooker Chicken Burritos ( http://bit.ly/WW_burrito )
Mexican food is a year-round treat, but there is something that feels more summery about a chicken burrito. Lime and salsa will freshen it up; serve with corn or a salad.
Slow Cooker Chicken and Hominy Chili ( http://bit.ly/WW_chickenchili )
A lighter version of chili, with summer squash and tomatillos
Slow Cooker Chili Verde ( http://bit.ly/WW_chiliverde )
Another chili, this time with pork and poblanos
Greek-Style Slow Cooker Meatballs and Artichokes ( http://bit.ly/WW_meatballs )
The Mediterranean flavors of artichokes, lemon and oregano make for a delicious summer evening supper
Slow Cooker Blueberry Coffee Cake ( http://bit.ly/WW_cake )
Make the most of the abundance of blueberries with this moist cake. I bet it would taste good thrown on the grill and served with more fresh blueberries and Greek yogurt… Drooling a little now!
-Elly Trickett McNerney