Instead of sweating in the kitchen use your slow cooker to make your favorite Southwestern summer meals. If saving energy and cutting the cost of your electricity bill is on your list of things to do, you are going to love these tasty ideas.
In the world of southwest cuisine, many recipes can be turned into a slow cooked delight. You will love the colors, the flavors, and the carefully chosen ingredients. Still not convinced that your favorite southwest inspired meal will transfer well into a slow cooked meal?
Let’s take a look at some benefits of using a slow cooker over your oven or stove.
Rushing to work, picking up the kids, and stopping by the in-laws for a quick visit can leave you feeling overwhelmed.
At the end of your day driving through the fast-food place starts to sound pretty good.
Afterwards though, you start to feel a little guilty because you know the nutritional value of these meals is lacking.
That’s where your slow cooker comes in.
With a bit of preparation time, you can throw a bunch of ingredients together and leave the slow cooker to do its job while you go about your day. Then, at the end of the day, your family can all sit down together and enjoy a tasty and nutritious meal.
The slow cooker allows you to prepare a balanced meal which is good for your family and tastes good too.
Reduce Your Fat Intake
You don’t have to add the extra cooking fat that you may use in other cooking methods. The slow cooker preserves the natural juices and flavors of the foods you are cooking and allows them to blend together to create a hearty, healthy meal.
No More Wasted Nutrients
Slowly cooking vegetables in their own juices means no more throwing nutrients down the drain. Have a vegetarian in the house? The slow cooker works wonders for meat free meals, as well.
You can also view the slow cooker as an energy saver. It doesn’t take up nearly the amount of energy that it would to fire up the oven and have it going for hours. And, since the idea of the slow cooker is to cook at a low temperature for a long time, slowly cooking and tenderizing your food, it’s also possible to buy cheaper cuts of meat.
Your slow cooker will produce tender, juicy, tasty meals out of the most humble ingredients.
Not only can you create well balanced meals in the slow cooker, but you can also make a wide array of appetizers, snack foods, and even beverages.
Hot dips and sauces, along with a variety of tiny bites are perfect in the slow cooker.
Shredded chicken taquitos and mulled sangria are definite people pleasers that are easy to make and serve right out of a slow cooker.
My Favorite Quick Summer Recipe
One of our favorite summer meals includes using the slow cooker to make nacho cheese sauce.
- Add the nacho cheese to the cooker,
- Add a can of Ro Tel (red tomatoes and green peppers)
- Set the temperature to low.
In about an hour, you will have warm nacho cheese for your corn chips.
Make Your Own Slow Cooker Southwestern Inspired Summer Meals
To help you create your own meals imagine preparing a snack or beverage the ‘normal’ way, then tweak it a bit and prepare it in the slow cooker instead.
When it comes to cooking southwest cuisine, you can see there are many reasons why the slow cooker should be put to work in the kitchen.
It saves time and money while making it possible to have a filling, delicious, and nutritious meal or snack waiting for when you’re ready to sit down and enjoy the company of your family and friends.
Do you have a favorite slow cooker meal for summer get-togethers? Share in the comments below.
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