Why the Crockpot Is Your Secret Weapon for the Summer

Cholent, Friday night chicken and weeknight favorites, all without turning on the oven.

You know what’s the worst during summer? Turning on your oven. As if you aren’t shvitzing enough already, oh sure, let’s turn on the oven to make dinner and make the house 20 degrees warmer.

Crockpot cooking might seem more like a winter essential, but actually throwing dinner into your crockpot is a lot easier, and a lot cooler, then turning on that oven. So don’t break a sweat – let your crockpot be your secret to staying cool this summer, for weeknight cooking and even Shabbat! Here’s some favorite recipes to try:

Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken Tacos from Belle of the Kitchen

Lettuce Wrap Pulled Beef Tacos with Guacamole

Easy Whole Chicken in a Slow Cooker from The Kitchn

Crockpot Tomato Sauce

Slow Cooker Hawaiian Chicken from Lemon Tree Dwelling (substitute olive oil for butter)

Latin-Inspired Vegetarian Cholent

Crockpot Root Beer BBQ Drumsticks from The Frugal Girls

Easy Slow Cooker Barbecue Brisket from Simply Scratch

Israeli-Inspired Crockpot Stuffed Peppers

And for dessert:

Slow Cooker Rice Cardamom Pudding with Peaches from MyRecipes.com

Chai Spiced Poached Pears from Teaspoon Living

Slow Cooker French Toast Bread Pudding from Better Homes & Gardens

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