Slow Cooker

Though they fell out of vogue for a while, crock pots are back with a vengeance - and with good reason. These countertop cookers take all of the guesswork out of family meals, and they can have your dinner hot and ready when you walk in the door after a long day of work. Sure, they have limitations (no browning, sorry) but the long, slow-cooking process is perfect for achieving tenderness in meats and creating lovely stews. Slow cooker recipes can turn chicken, beef, and pork into dinner with just a couple minutes of prep. Throw in a pork shoulder with some orange juice and onions and it'll turn into fragrant pulled pork perfect for tacos by dinnertime. Feel like chili? You can pretty much dump all of the ingredients together, set the timer, and walk away - it'll be a Texas-style feast when you return hours later.

Maple-Ginger Sweet Potatoes

Diabetic Living

Country Italian Beef

Diabetic Living

Pulled Pork and Peaches

Better Homes and Gardens

The slow cooker turns pork into a fork-tender delight. Pile it on hamburger buns for an easy dinner idea.

Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya

Diabetic Living

Chicken, rice, and seafood make this main dish recipe a filling dinner. More good news? It's low in calories and fat.

Turkey with Leeks and Mushrooms

Family Circle

Rather than reconstituting the gravy packet with water, opt for white wine for even more flavor.

Beer BBQ Chicken

Family Circle

Beer and barbecue sauce combine to make one flavorful sauce for this slow cooker chicken dinner.

Swiss-Artichoke Dip

Midwest Living

Fans of Swiss cheese will love this chunky variation on spinach-artichoke dip.

Citrus Cider

Diabetic Living

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Family Circle

Use a slow cooker to make these saucy pork sandwiches at your next potluck or on game day. Guests love them, and you can avoid game-day cooking!

Chicken Posole

Family Circle

Turn to your slow cooker for this Mexican stew recipe filled with chicken, hominy, tomatoes, and a delicious blend of spicy and aromatic seasonings.

Cappuccino Pot Roast

Midwest Living

Orange-Spiced Corned Beef with Dried Fruit

Midwest Living

Mixed dried fruit, orange juice, molasses, and spices dress up plain-Jane corned beef with lively new flavor in this main-dish recipe.

Curried Split Pea Soup

Diabetic Living
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