Keep the heat down and the flavor high this summer thanks to slow cookers and instant pots! These low-heat recipes from dietitians are perfect for hot summer nights for when you don’t feel like turning on the stove.
There’s no need to heat up your kitchen on a hot day to turn out healthy, delicious meals! While it’s tempting to say “no” to cooking when the temperatures skyrocket, you can still beat the heat and enjoy dinnertime without turning on the stove or oven. Thanks to your trusty slow cooker or instant pot, you can enjoy your favorite tasty recipes all summer long! So, here are some low-heat recipes that are dietitian-approved to keep you and your kitchen cool during the hottest days of the year. Bon appetite!
For other crockpot recipes, check out some of our favorites:
Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN
The vibrantly flavored, Indian classic comfort food, Instant Pot Chickpea Curry, is super easy to make at home with a few simple ingredients—chickpeas, canned tomatoes, spices, and whole grains.
Set it and forget it! This slow cooker minestrone soup calls for minimal effort but delivers BIG payback in the flavor department.
Melissa Schlotter Macher, RDN
This Instant Pot Marinara Sauce cooks in about 30 minutes but has the flavor of a sauce that has been simmered for hours.
Melissa Traub, RDN
If you want an simple, satisfying meal, try this easy vegan chili. It’s so nice to toss ingredients into the slow cooker and not need to worry about them until you’re ready to eat. Then the house fills with delicious aromas, and your dinner is ready!
Get dinner on the table in no time at all with this easy recipe for Ratatouille.
Julie Kay Andrews, RDN
This peanut butter chicken curry is a one pot wonder! Made with chicken thighs, ginger, garlic, spinach, chickpeas and fire-roasted tomatoes with a flavorful peanut butter, coconut milk and lime juice broth.
When it comes to weeknights, we are always looking for new quick, easy, and family friendly meals. This Chicken Burrito Bowl checks all of the boxes, and is especially great for those families that have a picky eater or have different dietary restrictions. It’s easily customizable to fit your needs and preferences, while still being nutritious!
Chrissy Carroll, RDN
This crockpot spaghetti squash and meatballs is an easy, healthy recipe that the whole family will love.
Leanne Ray, RDN
This Instant Pot Chicken Stew is packed with hearty vegetables, beans and lean protein making it a simple well-rounded meal.
Sharon Palmer, MSFS, RDN
This vegetarian chili, which is also vegan and gluten-free, is packed with summery vegetables, including zucchini, peppers, corn, carrots, and tomatoes. Plus, the addition of steel cut oats gives it a “meaty” texture.
Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
Wrangler’s Beef Chili