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!
10 LOW-HEAT RECIPES to try THIS SUMMER!
Keep the heat down and the flavor high this summer thanks to slow cookers and instant pots! These dietitan-approved recipes are perfect for hot summer nights for when you don't feel like turning on the stove.
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!
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!
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.
For other crockpot recipes, check out some of our favorites:
Who says chili has to be a cool weather dish? Pack your chili with loads of vegetables, give it a “meaty” texture thanks to steel cut oats (yes, steel cut oats!), spice it up with herbs and Latin spices, and top it with farm fresh avocados and green onions, and you’ve just discovered your next warm weather, rustic meal. Serve it with salad and cornbread and you’re all set!
1 POUND RED BEANS, DRIED (I.E., KIDNEY BEANS, CRANBERRY BEANS, RED BEANS)
PLACE BEANS IN A LARGE POT, COVER WITH WATER, AND SOAK OVERNIGHT.
THE NEXT DAY, DISCARD THE WATER, AND ADD 6 CUPS FRESH WATER AND BULLION CUBES. COVER AND SIMMER OVER MEDIUM-LOW FOR 45 MINUTES.
ADD CARROTS, CELERY, ONION, GARLIC, PEPPER, ZUCCHINI, CORN, TOMATOES, TOMATO PASTE, SOY SAUCE, CHILI POWDER, PAPRIKA, CUMIN, OREGANO, CILANTRO, BROWN SUGAR, AND STEEL CUT OATS.
STIR WELL TO COMBINE, COVER, AND SIMMER FOR AN ADDITIONAL 45 MINUTES, STIRRING FREQUENTLY, UNTIL BEANS, OATS, AND VEGETABLES ARE TENDER. MAY NEED TO ADD ADDITIONAL WATER LOST TO EVAPORATION. SHOULD MAKE A THICK STEW-LIKE TEXTURE.BEFORE SERVING, STIR IN LEMON JUICE AND ADD HOT SAUCE TO ACHIEVE DESIRED LEVEL OF SPICINESS. SEASON WITH SALT AS DESIRED (OPTIONAL).
Serve in bowls and garnish as desired with fresh avocado slices, green onion slices, chopped fresh cilantro, and chopped fresh tomatoes.