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Summery Stews

Yes, you should probably retire your beef bourguignon recipe until the fall. Instead, go for a light, vegetable-loaded stew, like this chickpea, tomato and apricot concoction.

Try making: Chickpea stew with tomatoes and apricots

Lightened-Up Soups

Make the most of spring produce by tossing your best farmers'-market finds right in the slow cooker.

Try making: Springtime minestrone soup.

The Foodie Corner

Quiches and Frittatas

Eggs: a filling breakfast any time of year.

Try making: Slow cooker Greek-style frittata

Risotto

Don’t worry about stirring. Just let your arborio rice, broth and fresh veggies sit in a slow-cooker for about three hours and voilà--you've got a fancy summer dinner.

Try making: Mushroom risotto with peas

Southern Barbecue

The grill is dandy and all, but the next time you host a barbecue, why not use the crock-pot?

Try making: Pulled-pork sandwiches with coleslaw with a side of creamed corn