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.

Spicy Sausage and Tomato Dip

Better Homes and Gardens

Five Spice Pork Sandwiches Au Jus

Better Homes and Gardens

Long, slow cooking in a slow cooker makes pork shoulder--flavored with apple juice, sauces, and spices--tender and juicy. The pork is ideal for shredding to serve in rolls with shredded cabbage.

Beef Fajitas

Diabetic Living

Chicken Vera Cruz

Diabetic Living

Mulled Cranberry Punch

Diabetic Living

Asian Pork Sandwiches

Diabetic Living

Cheesy Cauliflower for a Crowd

Better Homes and Gardens

This Cheesy Cauliflower for a Crowd, made super convenient with a jar of cheese pasta sauce, is perfect for your next potluck.

Beef Mole Stew

Family Circle

Mole, a Mexican sauce of chiles, tomatoes and chocolate (yes, really!), is the star of this slow cooker beef stew.

Warm-Me-Up Chicken Chili

Midwest Living

Bourbon-Glazed Cocktail Sausages

Diabetic Living

Serve these mini sausages at your next cocktail party or tailgate.

Hot Pepper Pork Sandwiches

Diabetic Living
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