Ronald Sumners / Shutterstock[content-ad-1]While a crockpot is typically known for making warm winter meals, it can actually be used in the summer as well. Cooking in a crockpot allows you to set a timer and come back to a meal later, instead of slaving over the oven in the summer heat. Instead of storing your crockpot in a cabinet until the snow comes, try one of these 17 summer recipes to make in your crockpot.
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Skip the breading on chicken parmesan and go for a similar flavor with this simple chicken dish. It takes 4-5 hours in the crockpot and is light enough to pair with a side of pasta or steamed veggies.
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Shredded Pork Sandwiches
Get a BBQ flavor without the grill. This summer staple is a backyard favorite that you can cook overnight. It makes plenty so you can invite family and friends for a summer celebration instead of being stuck in the kitchen.
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Looking for a dessert to feed a large crowd at your backyard BBQ? A chocolate fondue is light and fun for guests of all ages. Make a big batch in the crockpot and dip summer fruits in for a simple and sweet dessert.
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Greek Veggie Frittata
This is a fresh breakfast idea that will be perfect for a family brunch. In 2-3 hours you’ll have a fancy frittata full of feta cheese, veggies, and heart-healthy eggs.
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Pecan Sticky Buns
Channel your inner Southern Belle with this sticky sweet treat. Perfect for an indulgent breakfast or afternoon treat, these sticky buns can cook in the crockpot so you can spend your days outdoors.
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Parmesan Spinach Dip
This classic appetizer is perfect for backyard meal or afternoon snack. You can have it ready in less than an hour, so it’s great for surprise summer guests or last minute meals.
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Perfect for after a picnic, this classic summer treat pairs well with vanilla ice cream. Mix up a batch and let it cook in the crockpot for 2-3 hours and enjoy a delicious dessert.
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Corn on the Cob
Did you know you can make this summer staple in the crockpot? This recipe offers a variety of seasoning options so you can enjoy this classic side dish with new flavors all summer long.
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Make these flavorful roasted veggies without turning on your oven and heating up your house. This crockpot recipe takes about 3 hours and can be altered to fit your favorite vegetables and spices to create a side dish perfect for any season.
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This fresh summer lasagna is vegetarian-friendly and can be left to cook while you enjoy the outdoors. Layer the ingredients and cook for 4 hours for a delicious veggie meal that the whole family can enjoy.
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This Mediterranean inspired recipe can be served hot or cold and goes well as a side dish or a bed to serve your main meat on. The Greek flavors are fresh and bright for summer and you can use brown rice to add fiber.
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Get a sweet cinnamon flavor and a serving of fruit with this simple dessert. You can serve it alone or top it with ice cream for a yummy summer treat that will be a hit at your next BBQ.
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This classic campfire treat gets turned into a delicious dip in the crockpot. Dip graham crackers or other cookies into this marshmallow treat and indulge in this favorite summer dessert in a whole new way.
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Seafood Pesto Pasta
Pick something light and fresh for dinner with this seafood pasta dish that you can set and forget. Leave it in the crockpot for 2-4 hours to get a great summer taste with fresh ingredients.
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Lemon Poppyseed Cake
This lemony fresh dessert is great for a garden party or outdoor event. Bake it in a crockpot to get a rich and refreshing flavor that your guests will love.
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For a simple breakfast parfait granola is a crunchy and delicious choice that you can cook in your crockpot. This recipe takes almost no time to prep and cooks for a few hours to get perfectly toasted granola you can use to top yogurt, berries, and more.
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Pudding Cake
For an indulgent dessert that you can use to impress any guests, try this decadent chocolate peanut butter pudding cake. This is a sweet treat that will become a family favorite for any season.