Low-Heat Summer Recipes for Your Slow Cooker

by Tom Post on June 21, 2021

On June 20th the summer 2021 solstice began the official start to the most anticipated season of the year. With temperatures on the rise across the country you will certainly want some low-heat options in your back pocket to keep your house cool this season. There’s no need to worry though! Summertime classics like grilled meats, roasted vegetables, and sweet treats are absolutely still possible with less heat output when made with Deco Chef’s 10-in-1 Slow Cooker. This multi-function kitchen appliance is equipped with all you need for quick summer meals including settings such as “Steam,” “Sauté,” “Rice,” “Pressure Cook,” and more! Don’t miss out on crowd pleasers and family favorites like barbequed chicken breast just because the dog days of summer make outdoor grilling unbearable. Plus, a slow cooker offers the added benefit of saved time so you can serve a home-cooked meal and opt for more pool time.  

Homemade Yogurt Parfait Bowls 

If you are looking for an absolutely fool-proof and simple recipe this summer, creamy parfait bowls with homemade yogurt is the answer. With only 2 ingredients, 1 gallon of milk and ½ cup of plain yogurt, this sweet treat is sure to delight in no time at all. Deco Chef’s Slow Cooker comes with a complimentary Recipe Book in which on page 10 you will find detailed instructions for an easy pressure cooker fresh, cost-saving yogurt that will make you give up store bought variety for good. The 10-in-1 appliance can reach temperatures high enough to boil your milk with the “Sauté” setting. Once achieved, there is no need to transfer your milk between appliances as you can simply add your ½ cup of yogurt and press the “Yogurt” function, allowing for the temperature to drop and the appliance to take over the slow process of turning the milk into yogurt. Toppings for your yogurt can be almost anything you like, but some great ideas include a local honey drizzle, some springs of garden-fresh mint, or juicy slices of oranges with granola. No matter what you decide to top your homemade yogurt with, it will be sure to satisfy whether at breakfast time or as a light and healthy summer dessert. 

Lemon Chicken with Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions 

Nothing beats the heat quite like a bright, citrusy dish, and this recipe featuring sunny lemons and juicy chicken will be sure to hit the spot. The full recipe for this slow cooker chicken is included on page 9 of the Deco Chef Pressure Cooker Recipe Book. With this recipe, you will use the “Sauté” function to achieve a perfect golden-brown crust on the chicken breast and onions before switching to the “Pressure Cook” setting and adding in your chicken broth, simmering to completion. The sweet caramelization of the onions complements the protein-rich chicken, and with the help of the Deco Chef slow cooker, all of the elements of this dish can be cooked in one pot, allowing for the flavors to meld together perfectly. Summer is an excellent time to increase the amount of lemons in your diet because they are high in vitamin C, which is known for its antioxidant, immune-boosting power and its contribution to radiant hair, skin, and nails. The layered flavors of this simple dish will have your whole family satisfied with minimal effort and maximized time! 

Savory Quinoa and Tomatoes 

Summer is the time of year in which local markets are bustling and homegrown gardens yield the best and most nutritious crops, so if you are on the lookout for a recipe that you can incorporate all of your favorite summer vegetables into, this one is for you. The Deco Chef Recipe Book features uncomplicated directions for a quinoa and tomato dish on page 20, calling for leeks, garlic, and chicken broth. For this dish you will use the time-saving “Pressure Cook” setting for a balanced meal in under 15 minutes! This recipe is excellent as is but can also be altered to include any veggie that might be in season in your area like summer squash, spring onions, or sweet corn. You can even substitute the chicken broth for vegetable stock for a lighter, vegan alternative. A versatile base for plenty of exciting weeknight dinners, this recipe promises the same amount of healthiness and nutrition as a salad with more flavor and fun. 

 

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