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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3 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Comfort, Nourish & Delight

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our Crock-Pots, Instant Pots, and stovetops for a healthy dose of comfort cooking.

Deeply in need of a warm, comforting meal after a long day of work? Under the weather and se…

Welcome to Set It & Forget It, a series about all the ways we rely on our Crock-Pots, Instant Pots, and stovetops for a healthy dose of comfort cooking.


Deeply in need of a warm, comforting meal after a long day of work? Under the weather and seeking something spicy to clear out your sinuses? On the hunt for an easy dinner with a minimal ingredient list that tastes like you put in hours of work? These three slow-cooker soups check all those boxes—and then some.

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16 Vegan Slow-Cooker Recipes for Plant-Based Comfort

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again—our slow-cooker is one of our kitchen heroes, come winter, spring, or even summer. Many people break out this contraption for low-and-slow stews and stroganoffs, meaty chilis and chicken soups. But it’s equa…

We've said it before, and we'll say it again—our slow-cooker is one of our kitchen heroes, come winter, spring, or even summer. Many people break out this contraption for low-and-slow stews and stroganoffs, meaty chilis and chicken soups. But it's equally handy for all kinds of non-meaty things: beans, lentils, vegetable stocks, even applesauce, just to name a few.

Below, you'll find a bevy of vegan recipes to make in your slow-cooker. Just throw in your ingredients, turn on the machine, and go on with your day. You'll come back to a warm, comforting meal that's something akin to magic.

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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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50 Slow-Cooker Recipes to Set & Forget

A couple of years ago I wrote that I’d never throw out my Crock-Pot, a priceless, light blue checkered heirloom piece of scrap metal named Hal. Update: I still haven’t. Despite all of the love letters I’ve written to the Instant Pot this year, I’m happ…

A couple of years ago I wrote that I'd never throw out my Crock-Pot, a priceless, light blue checkered heirloom piece of scrap metal named Hal. Update: I still haven't. Despite all of the love letters I've written to the Instant Pot this year, I'm happy to report that Hal is alive and well, and sitting on my bookshelf as we speak.

Do I use him as often as my Instant Pot? Maybe not. But I do love him more. I love that he only has three options for me (Off, Low, and High), and that I can carry him under one arm. My Instant Pot may cook up a mean short rib, but it's heavy, ugly, and doesn't have a name—because no matter how many fancy appliances come into my life and sweep me off my feet, Hal the Crock-Pot will always be my bread and butter when it comes to slow-cooking.

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For the Coziest, Hands-Off Chicken Recipe, Look No Further

When we put out the call for our latest recipe contest, we asked you to send in your most “settable-and-forgettable” (but not, you know, forgettable) slow-cooker recipes. (Pajamas not required, but strongly encouraged.)

And you all hugely delivered. O…

When we put out the call for our latest recipe contest, we asked you to send in your most "settable-and-forgettable" (but not, you know, forgettable) slow-cooker recipes. (Pajamas not required, but strongly encouraged.)

And you all hugely delivered. Our test kitchen was set ablaze (electronically) with melty meats, complex curries, and saucy sandwiches. The competition was fierce; the top recipe was not immediately apparent, which meant for vigorous rounds of re-tastings testings.

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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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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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