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14 slow cooker recipes that will make spring cooking easier

Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix th...

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Spring slow cooker recipes

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Spring slow cooker recipes

If you put that slow cooker away when winter was over, get it back out, young lady! Slow cookers are perfect for warmer weather because you're not standing over a hot stove cooking.

All you need are some great, lighter recipes with seasonal ingredients to make a tasty meal you just threw together (almost literally).

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Miso split pea soup

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Miso split pea soup

This playful Asian and vegan twist on split pea soup uses seasonal peas, carrots and garlic.

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Crock-Pot collard greens

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Crock-Pot collard greens

Few dishes get Southern hearts thumping like a perfectly cooked plate of collard greens.

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Slow cooker beef and broccoli

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Slow cooker beef and broccoli

Skip the stir-frying for this damn delicious slow-cooked beef and broccoli

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Light turkey corn chowder

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Light turkey corn chowder

With all the flavor and half the calories, this corn chowder isn't weighed down with cream.

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Slow cooker strawberry-rhubarb jam

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Slow cooker strawberry-rhubarb jam

Just put everything into the slow cooker, and this strawberry and rhubarb jam will be ready in no time.

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Rustic apricot-chickpea stew

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Rustic apricot-chickpea stew

Apricots and turnips make this a refreshingly different vegetarian chickpea stew.

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Slow cooker lemon-thyme chicken

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Slow cooker lemon-thyme chicken

Cook this flavorful slow cooker lemon-thyme chicken on a bed of leeks, lemon, garlic and thyme.

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Asian slow cooker pulled pork tacos

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Asian slow cooker pulled pork tacos

Pork roast is slow-cooked in honey and hoisin sauce for pork tacos with fresh coleslaw and avocado.

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Slow cooker fennel-orange chicken

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Slow cooker fennel-orange chicken

Fennel and orange will make this healthy slow cooker fennel chicken a regular on your family's dinner table.

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Crock-Pot chicken tagine

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Crock-Pot chicken tagine

Cook yourself this easy variation on this beloved North African staple, chicken tagine.

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Slow cooker quinoa brownies

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Slow cooker quinoa brownies

These irresistible quinoa brownies are a sweet way to get your whole grains on.

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Chicken and mushroom potpie

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Chicken and mushroom potpie

This chicken and mushroom potpie can be prepared the night before for a quick, easy meal.

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Crock-Pot pho

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Crock-Pot pho

You can top off this Crock-Pot beef pho with heaps of fresh veggies when it's ready.

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