14 slow cooker recipes that will make spring cooking easier

Apr 3, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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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).

1 /14: Springtime Crock-Pot minestrone

1/14 :Springtime Crock-Pot minestrone

2 /14: Miso split pea soup

2/14 :Miso split pea soup

3 /14: Crock-Pot collard greens

3/14 :Crock-Pot collard greens

4 /14: Slow cooker beef and broccoli

4/14 :Slow cooker beef and broccoli

5 /14: Light turkey corn chowder

5/14 :Light turkey corn chowder

6 /14: Slow cooker strawberry-rhubarb jam

6/14 :Slow cooker strawberry-rhubarb jam

7 /14: Rustic apricot-chickpea stew

7/14 :Rustic apricot-chickpea stew

8 /14: Slow cooker lemon-thyme chicken

8/14 :Slow cooker lemon-thyme chicken

9 /14: Asian slow cooker pulled pork tacos

9/14 :Asian slow cooker pulled pork tacos

10 /14: Slow cooker fennel-orange chicken

10/14 :Slow cooker fennel-orange chicken

11 /14: Crock-Pot chicken tagine

11/14 :Crock-Pot chicken tagine

12 /14: Slow cooker quinoa brownies

12/14 :Slow cooker quinoa brownies

13 /14: Chicken and mushroom potpie

13/14 :Chicken and mushroom potpie

14 /14: Crock-Pot pho

14/14 :Crock-Pot pho