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Summer Slow Cooking


POSTED BY | POSTED IN Healthy Bites Articles | POSTED ON 6-22-2012

Don’t give your slow cooker the summer off! Put it to work creating no-fuss meals that keep you and your kitchen cool all summer long.

Feed a Crowd

Use your slow cooker to make large batches of pulled chicken, sloppy joes or baked beans to serve at backyard barbeques.Don’t give your slow cooker the summer off! Put it to work creating no-fuss meals that keep you and your kitchen cool all summer long. Sara Lee® Soft & Smooth® Wheat Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns Made with Whole Grain have the soft texture and taste those new to whole grain bread will love. They’re also a good source of calcium and vitamin D and supply two grams of fiber per serving. Use them as a summertime staple for grilled burgers and enjoy them anytime as the base for sandwiches.

Take a Shortcut

Browning roasts and ground meat and sautéing vegetables before adding them to the slow cooker enhances the flavors and yields a richer-tasting finished dish. Or take a shortcut with pre-sautéed or fire-roasted Mancini® Fried Peppers, Peppers and Onions and Roasted Red Peppers. Simply combine them with other recipe ingredients, cover and let your slow cooker do the rest. All varieties can also be used to add texture, color and a mild smokiness to sandwiches, salads, pasta or pizza. Try them as a key ingredient in this recipe for Sweet and Tangy Pulled BBQ Chicken.

Keep Hot Food Hot

Maintaining safe food temperatures at outdoor gatherings can be difficult. Turn up the heat of your slow cooker to keep hot dishes like baked beans, macaroni and cheese or warm dips at 140 degrees or higher to prevent food-borne illness. Versatile canned crushed, diced and pureed tomatoes make an effortless base for hearty slow cooker recipes all year-round. Hunt’s® Tomatoes are California-grown, then packed at peak ripeness to add garden-fresh taste to your favorite meals. They come in several different forms, both plain and seasoned, to meet your cooking needs. What’s more? Canned tomato products contain more of the cancer fighting antioxidant lycopene than fresh.

Wash it Down

Pair our saucy sandwich with a calorie- and sugar-free thirst quencher like Nestle® Pure Life® Splash! Made with purified water, plus natural fruit flavors like Kiwi-Strawberry, Orange, Lemon, Peach-Mango and Raspberry this lightly sweetened water beverage is a refreshing alternative to sugary teas, soft drinks or lemonade. Pack these portable 16.9-ounce bottles and take them along for all of your outdoor summer adventures.

On the Side

Crunchy, multi-grain SunChips® are a good partner for all kinds of grilled and slow-cooked summer foods. Made from hearty grains, these light and crispy chips have the unique combination of taste and texture in every bite. Each serving supplies 18 grams of whole grains, plus 30 percent less fat than regular potato chips. They’re bursting with flavors like Jalapeno Jack, Harvest Cheddar and Garden Salsa that contain a sensible amount of sodium.

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