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1. Creole Chicken and Sausage

Creole Chicken and Sausage

Directions for this recipe and pretty much everything else on this list can be summed up in three steps:

1) Dump ingredients into a slow cooker.
2) Let dinner make itself.

2. Classic Beef With Gravy

Classic Beef With Gravy

Serve over rice, stuff into a hoagie, or enjoy on its own. Get the recipe.

3. Hearty Vegetarian Chili


Chili freezes well, so you can let the leftovers ~fuel your winter~. Get the recipe.

4. Sausage Lentil Soup

Sausage Lentil Soup

Package and store the ingredients in advance to save even more time. Find this and 11 other freezer-friendly recipe ideas here.

5. Honey Garlic Chicken


Fair warning that you’ll want to put the easy marinade — honey + garlic + soy sauce + ketchup + spices — on just about everything from now on. Recipe here.

6. Slow Cooker Lasagna

Slow Cooker Lasagna

This requires one step of pre-Crock-Pot prep: browning the sausage on the stovetop first. After that, as everything cooks, the raw noodles soak up the sauce and transform into ~layers of glory~. Get the recipe.

7. Homemade Minestrone Soup


Packed with protein. Get the recipe.

8. Classic Pot Roast

Classic Pot Roast

Find this recipe — along with 11 other delicious slow cooker ideas — here.

9. Easiest Crock-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

Easiest Crock-Pot Salsa Verde Chicken

Real talk: This is quite possibly the EASIEST Crock-Pot dinner ever. It’s just chicken + salsa verde + spices. Try it stuffed in tortillas, scooped over rice, or on its own. Get the recipe.

10. Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


A winter staple. Get the recipe.

11. Slow Cooker Chicken Fajitas


12. Tomato, Kale, and Quinoa Soup

Tomato, Kale, and Quinoa Soup

Getting your greens has never been so easy. Get the recipe.

13. Mexican-Inspired Quinoa


Try the filling stuffed into tortillas, or on its own as a healthier burrito bowl. Get the recipe.

14. Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili


15. Vegan Chickpea Coconut Curry

Vegan Chickpea Coconut Curry

Find the recipe at PopSugar.

16. Shredded Mexican Chicken


Smoky, spicy, and sweet — thanks to smoked paprika, green chiles, and a bit of brown sugar. Get the recipe.

17. Vegetable Beef Soup


18. Pasta e Fagioli

Pasta e Fagioli

Get the recipe.

19. Slow Cooker Saag Paneer

Slow Cooker Saag Paneer

The cheese gets added last so that it stays firm. Get the recipe.

20. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches


Sandwiches, ranked: 1) French dip. 2) All other sandwiches. Get the recipe.

21. Curried Butternut Squash Soup


After everything cooks, you’ll hit it with an immersion blender (or toss it into a regular blender) until all is smooth. Get the recipe.


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