17 Easy Summer Slow-Cooker Recipes That Let You Turn Off the Stove

If your slow cooker has an adorable blue-checkered design like mine does, then you’ll get why mine’s always out on the counter. That means my Crock-Pot is always ready for meal-prepping (i.e. dump ingredients, turn on, walk away), even in the swelterin…

If your slow cooker has an adorable blue-checkered design like mine does, then you'll get why mine's always out on the counter. That means my Crock-Pot is always ready for meal-prepping (i.e. dump ingredients, turn on, walk away), even in the sweltering heat of summer.

Especially in the sweltering heat of summer.

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7 Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes That Are High Comfort, Low Effort

When we last rounded up our best slow-cooker recipes, we may have gone a little meat-heavy. But for good reason: Slow cookers are a godsend when it comes to breaking down tough, cheaper cuts of meat like brisket and shoulder into soft, luscious dinners…

When we last rounded up our best slow-cooker recipes, we may have gone a little meat-heavy. But for good reason: Slow cookers are a godsend when it comes to breaking down tough, cheaper cuts of meat like brisket and shoulder into soft, luscious dinners. I can't stop making old-fashioned meals like beef stroganoff in mine, for instance. (Can you?)

But when community member Ann S. commented, "I wish this list included some nice vegetarian slow-cooker options. After all, people who don't eat meat also like to solo-binge TV, too," many others echoed her sentiment.

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The 5 Most Common Mistakes People Make When Using the Instant Pot

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our Crock-Pots, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months.

As an Instant Pot lover (and the author of multiple Instant Pot cookbooks), I get asked often: What am I doin…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our Crock-Pots, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months.


As an Instant Pot lover (and the author of multiple Instant Pot cookbooks), I get asked often: What am I doing wrong? Maybe it’s the BURN message glaring at you balefully (yes, that means something is burning), or your silicone sealing ring is improperly positioned. I’ve even seen people forget to put the stainless steel insert back into their Instant Pots before pouring in the ingredients. Apart from these kinds of technical difficulties, here are the less obvious things I see all the time.

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A Superior Flourless Chocolate Cake, Thanks to the Instant Pot

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


A recipe for an easy-peasy flourless chocolate cake is an excellent one to have in your back pocket. You know, the kind with a short ingredient list, that calls for whole eggs (no finicky separating necessary), and is whisked together in a single bowl?

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Slow-Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Is Peak Comfort Cooking

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


Is there anything more satisfying to pick up at the grocery store than a rotisserie chicken? With the plunk of the container in your cart, you can go from "What’s for dinner?" to "Dinner, done" in the blink of an eye. But what if I told you there's a way to make your own at home? No rotisserie needed. (No oven, either.)

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This Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chip Cookie Should Be Served With Nothing but Spoons

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


A freshly baked chocolate chip cookie is truly all I ever want at the end of the day. And I imagine that when I have people over for dinner, it’s all they want to finish off the meal as well. Of course, dessert fresh out of the oven can present a problem if you’re already using your oven to make dinner. Enter: the slow cooker.

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Why You Should Cook a Whole Dang Squash in Your Slow Cooker

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


The humble winter squash is a beloved cold-weather staple, but when was the last time you changed up your cooking method for those butternuts and acorns? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve slid a tray of oiled and salted wedges into the oven for roasting, pureed cubes into soup, stirred a puree into a dip or batter. Were the results of those squash-y endeavors a delight to eat? Of course. Still, none excites me in a way I want to write home about, as they say.

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Why I Ditched My Rice Cooker for the Instant Pot

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


For many Koreans and Korean-Americans, rice (a word which also happens to mean “meal” and “food” in Korean) is not just a means by which to sustain life—it's life itself. Which is why being tasked with the job of cooking it is a huge badge of honor in a Korean household. In my house, growing up, before I could even start making the rice, my mother had to first educate me on how it was grown (in water-logged rice patties), how to wash it (until the water runs clear), and why we soak it overnight and whisper sweet nothings into its ear (to reduce starch and to bring out any unwanted impurities).

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It’s an Instant Pot Cheesecake World (& We Just Live in It)

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


Instant Pot cheesecakes have gone just the tiniest bit viral. One peek at the Instant Pot Community on Facebook, and you will see post after post about cheesecakes—“New York Cheesecake #17,” to be exact. This particular cheesecake recipe was developed and blogged about by two Instant Pot devotees, Amy and Jacky, and has proliferated across the internet.

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3 Classic Greek Recipes Get the Slow-Cooker Treatment

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a new series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Com…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a new series about all the ways we rely on our slow cookers, Instant Pots, and ovens during the colder months. Whether it’s a long braise on the stove or a quick burst in the pressure cooker, one thing’s for sure: Comfort food means comfort cooking.


I love slow cookers. I adore them. They are the best invention since the wheel. Oh, okay ... maybe there were a couple other good ones in between. But if you are reading this, then chances are you love your slow cooker too.

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