In the dog days of summer, we’d basically rather be anywhere then a hot kitchen (though our first choice is probably on a float in an infinity pool with a cold glass of wine in hand). So, to minimize the whole slaving-over-a-hot-stove thing, we like to rely on dump dinners—easy set-it-and-forget-it meals. Here are 15 of our summer favorites.
One-Pot, 15-Minute Pasta Limone
We love how fresh and summery this tastes. Plus, you probably have all of the ingredients on hand already.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken
Why go to the trouble of lighting the grill when you can make this for your next cookout instead? Serve with a side of slaw and we promise you’ll have a yard full of happy guests.
Crock-Pot Corn Chowder
We don’t usually crave soup in the summer, but this creamy chowder is a major exception. Pick up some extra sweet corn at the farmers market and have it for dinner all week long.
Instant Pot or Slow Cooker Barbacoa Beef
Resist the temptation to stop for a burrito bowl on the way home. You can make this in the Instant Pot just as quickly.
Skillet Steak with ASPARAGUS AND POTATOES
Everything cooks together in one sizzling hot pan, which means great flavor and no pile of dirty dishes after dinner. We call that a weeknight win.
Instant Pot Southern Macaroni and Cheese
For those times you’re invited to a cookout and forget you promised to bring a dish. (Although we also fully condone it for a random Wednesday when only carbs and cheese will do.)
Sheet-Pan Garlic Butter Shrimp
Summer is all about entertaining, and this dead simple sheet pan supper is the perfect way to feed a crowd. We’ve yet to meet anyone who doesn’t like shrimp with a lemony garlic butter sauce.
Instant Pot Spicy Pineapple Chicken Tacos
We like to serve these with sliced avocado and plenty of fresh lime wedges. (The ice-cold margarita goes without saying.)
Slow-Cooker Mediterranean Frittata
We’re basically always in the mood for breakfast for dinner. And when it’s too hot to turn on the oven, this is how we make it happen.
Instant Pot Peanut Noodles
When you can’t look at another salad, try this meal-prep miracle. It’s loaded with veggies, protein and a slightly addictive peanut sauce.
Sheet-Pan Lemon Butter Veggies and Sausage
It doesn’t get any easier than this. Plus, it’s a great way to use up all the veggies you have left in the fridge before you leave for vacation.
Instant Pot BBQ Ribs
We’ve always been a little bit intimidated by ribs, but this recipe (and our trusty Instant Pot) takes all the guesswork out. We know what we’re doing every weekend for the rest of the summer.
Instant Pot Summer Soup
Whether you stopped at too many farm stands on the way back from the beach, or you’re just celebrating that there’s actually good produce at the market, we’re betting you have plenty of veggies in the fridge. Enter this super-simple (and extremely healthy) soup. It’s a good dose of vitamins in between all the hot dogs and peach cobbler.
Old Bay Shrimp and Sausage Sheet-Pan Dinner
Old Bay always makes us think of eating seafood on the beach. And whether you’re actually by a body of water or just dreaming about it, this is the easiest way to get into that vibe.
Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork
The secret ingredient to this pork? A can of Dr. Pepper. We were skeptical too, but it’s hard to argue with a smoky-sweet, fork-tender pulled pork sandwich in the summer.