Everyday Mom's Meals: Summer Time Crock Pot

Monday, June 20, 2022

Summer Time Crock Pot

 If you are anything like me, when you think of Crock Pot food, summer isn't the first season that comes to mind. Most of us reserve our best slow cooked recipes for fall and winter. Those soups, stews and comfort food meals we all crave when the temperatures drop and there is a crispness in the air. 

BUT...and that's a big but...your Crock Pot can absolutely be super handy during the dog days of summer. You can make so many dinners that will fill you up, without heating up the house, or have your standing over a hot burner sweating more than you already are. 

Sure, we are like most families and when the temperatures soar, we start to crave lighter and cooler meals. However, I live in the house with three boys, two of which are still growing. So you know I am still putting out some filling, hearty meals during the summer because they are always starving, no matter what the thermometer says. So a great way for me to do that is turning to my slow cooker. 

I've talked before about my love of frozen meatballs for the convenience, flavor and value. I always have a bag in the freezer and when they go on sale or I have a coupon I stock up. From my Italian version perfect for pasta to my Hawaiian ones that can be a tasty party appetizer or easy supper, there is always something I can do with a bag of meatballs. 

Now we can add another region of world to our list of meatballs flavor inspiration! Calling all Asian cuisine lovers! That's right, we are adding some teriyaki flare to meatballs, serving them over rice and savoring every single bite! 

These make for an easy, tastes like take-out meal! We love them served over hot white rice and steamed broccoli on the side. They would be delicious set out at your next get together too. Just put a box of toothpicks next to the Crock Pot (on the warm setting) and let your guests serve themselves! 

Summer time is definitely a great time to put your Crock Pot to work more than what you might have in the past! Delicious meals your family will love, and you don't even have to turn on a fan!

Crock Pot Teriyaki Meatballs

1 (32 oz) bag frozen homestyle meatballs

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/3 cup beef broth

1/2 cup pineapple juice

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1 TBS honey

2 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. sesame oil 

1 TBS cornstarch

Sesame seeds, optional

Cooked rice

Spray Crock Pot insert with nonstick spray. Place frozen meatballs in bottom. In a medium bowl, mix remaining ingredients. Pour sauce over meatballs and stir well. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours. Stir well before serving over cooked rice with steamed broccoli on side if desired. 

Inspired by Let's Dish

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