By Erica McCarthy

Published on November 29, 2016

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Marinara Meatball Sliders

Mini meatball sandwiches are the perfect crowd-pleasing snack for holiday hosting. Team up with mozzarella (or provolone) and tiny burger buns for a fun and tasty treat to start the evening.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Planning a girls night soon? Make this chicken tortilla soup ahead of time for a flavorful take on Mexican food that brings the perfect amount of warmth. Complement the soup with a dollop of sour cream, shredded cheese, and tortilla strips.

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Spinach and Ricotta Lasagna

Crock pot lasagna may be easier than it’s traditional counterpart. Requiring the same amount of prep work, the crock pot version brims with slow-cooked flavor and the perfect amount of gooey, melted cheese. Serve with crispy garlic bread and a fresh salad.

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Apple Cider Maple Meatballs

Savory and sweet apple meatballs will be your go-to appetizer for the next party you host (or attend!). Perhaps even the perfect thing to munch on, pre-Thanksgiving dinner? 

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Potato Corn Chowder

Have 10 minutes to spare? Throw together this potato and sweet corn chowder in a cinch. By the time you arrive home after work, you’ll have a hearty, piping hot chowder boasting with flavor.

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Orange Date Cake

Let there be cake! Slow cookers aren’t just for savory dishes. (Gluten-free) orange date cake pleases just about anyone. 

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Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Three words: Fire. roasted. shrimp. Make these tacos when you’re really craving the food associated with warmer weather—or when you’re wanting something festive and spicy. Tacos win. Every time.

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Mojo Pork with Cuban Style Beans

Easily made for tacos, nachos, or as a tasty appetizer, mojo pork with cuban style black beans is where it’s at. Slow-cooked pork shoulder, simmered in a trio of citrus spices (and a whole head of garlic!) make for the ultimate dish chock full of flavor.

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Fall Turkey Thai Soup

When you’re craving a flavorful, yet light meal, turkey thai soup is your go-to. Creamy coconut and tasty butternut squash combine in perfect harmony for a slow-cooked meal that boasts flavor, nutrients, and spice.

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Quinoa Veggie Soup

Flavorful vegetable soup with quinoa is light but filling and packs great for lunch (it tastes even better the next day). We love the versatility of the soup—it’s easily made in the slow cooker or over the stove in about an hour. While the ingredients list may seem a bit long; it includes mostly pantry items you already have on hand.

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Overnight Banana Bread Steel Cut Oats

Two savory breakfast favorites come together in this easy and delicious slow cooker dish. Hello, go-to breakfast for overnight guests.

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Slow Cooker Mac + Cheese

None of us need convincing that mac & cheese is one of the most important food staples, but if you’re craving a more homemade version (sorry Kraft), and not wanting to put in the hard work, try the slow cooker version. Easy, tasty, and oh yeah, cheesy.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Pasta

Create a pasta variation of this classic Italian dish in the crockpot. This easy chicken parmesan pasta will make the whole family happy… and full.

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White Bean Soup with Sausage and Kale

Tasty Italian sausage, simmered kale, and hearty white beans are reminiscent of Italian wedding soup. Serve with a toasted garlic loaf and freshly grated parmesan cheese. 

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Cranberry Orange Mulled Wine

Possibly too easy to drink, cranberry orange mulled wine is reminiscent of all things festive. Spicy cloves and zesty oranges mull over—quite literally!—in a tart and sweet combination that’s perfect for the season. 

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Naked Apple Butter

Why purchase apple butter when you can make it so easily yourself? Ditch the sugar and try this naked apple butter recipe for a flavorful addition to dinner rolls, baked dishes, and your morning oatmeal. 

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Slow Cooker Ramen Noodles

During winter, few things hit the spot like a steaming bowl of ramen with all the fixings. But when it’s near freezing out, nobody wants to trek to their local noodle joint. Whip up this version in your slow cooker for a bone-warming, satisfying dinner.

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Queso Fundido with Chorizo

Cheese, please. You know we can’t ever have enough Mexican food—queso specifically. Try this slow-cooker variation with chorizo.

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Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi

Slow, rustic, and back-to-basics soup that’s perfect for nights when you leave work and it’s already dark outside. Plus gnocchi and chicken make for an ideal wintertime dish. 

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Braised Beef Ragu (with Polenta!)

The ultimate in comfort food, braised beef ragu with polenta calls for a cozy night on the couch, with fuzzy socks on, whilst watching Sex and The City. Vino optional. 

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Spinach + Artichoke Dip

Because who doesn’t love spinich and artichoke dip? Toast a sourdough roll in the oven and serve up an appetizer. This party favorite is sure to please just about ANYONE.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Do we really need to say any more? The broccoli cancels out the cheese consumption, right? 

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Quinoa Chicken Primavera

A protein-packed soup that’s quick, easy, and reminiscent of a savory pasta primavera. 

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Kale + Turkey Meatball Soup

Perfect for those who love a protein-rich meal without red meat.  This hearty and lean version of meatball soup is filling and fortifying. 

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Slow Cooker Corn Jalapeno Dip

For a Friday movie night favorite, whip up this corn, bacon, and jalapeno dip. Served with Fritos, it’s a flavorful dip everyone will love.

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Homemade Greek Yogurt

Perhaps the perfect addition to your brunch bash? Be sure to watch the temperature closely as the milk heats to get the PERFECT creamy and thick (homemade) greek yogurt. 

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Spaghetti Squash with Garlic Shrimp

Spaghetti squash isn’t just for roasting. Combine creamy basil pesto and savory garlic shrimp for a nutritious take on a healthier “pasta” dish. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip

What’s better than melty-cheesy enchiladas? Melty-cheesy enchilada DIP.

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Spicy Applesauce

… Because homemade applesauce is better than store bought. Always. 

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Buffalo Chicken Dip

A true crowd pleaser, spicy buffalo chicken dip is perfect for that last-minute party you just received an invite to. Or a tasty treat to snack on during an at-home movie night. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Nothing warms you up on a winter’s night quite like a bowl of flavorful chicken soup—especially if you’ve got a cold. It’s good for the soul, remember?

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Spiced Chicken Tacos

Whether hosting a dinner party or scrambling to find a quick go-to recipe for the family, sweet and spicy chicken tacos are flavorful, tasty, and completely customizable. 

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Slow Cooker Three-Cheese Chicken Lasagna

Do you love ricotta, cream cheese, parmesan, and alfredo sauce? You’ll flip for this white lasagna recipe.

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Slow Cooker Caramel Popcorn

When the big bucket of caramel popcorn in your office runs out after the holidays, replenish the snack stash with this homemade caramel popcorn trail mix.

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Crockpot Nutella Hot Cocoa

Nutella needs no explanation, really. But if you want to impress your family and friends, Nutella Hot Cocoa will be your warm drink go-to. Add a tasty spin with a dash of bourbon and top with whipped cream or fluffy marshmallows. 

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Best Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

This crockpot roast beef is so tender, it’s practically begging to be put on a bun. Serve it up with lots of cheese and a side of au jus, and you’ve got a go-to French dip sandwich recipe.

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Tomato Feta Frittata

Hosting holiday brunch doesn’t have to be as tiring as it sounds. Simply whisk together your favorite frittata add-in’s, place in slow cooker, and ta-da! Three hours later, you have a satisfying and hearty brunch dish. Mimosas are optional, but preferred. 

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Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

A creamy soup that’s sure to warm you just in time for the cold weather quickly approaching. Thinly slice and toast baguette and serve as crostini on top of the soup. 

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Crockpot Hashbrown Casserole

Some say it’s not really breakfast without a hashbrown casserole. Instead of waking up early to make the dish, set your crockpot to cook the cheesy, bacon-dressed casserole overnight.

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Hawaiian Hula Pork Fajitas

When the temps begin to drop and your thoughts transition to ‘does summer weather ACTUALLY exist, because I must have forgotten,’ these Hawaiian hula pork tacos will bring tropical flavor in the nick of time. 

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Slow Cooker Carrot Cake

We’ve got a thing for desserts in the slow cooker. This carrot cake is surprisingly attractive—and it tastes great, too.

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Crockpot Mulled Wine

Wine is good no matter which way you serve it, but a warm, cinnamon-infused version is perfect for snowy nights dedicated to relaxing and binging on Netflix. 

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Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Sweet and savory, this slow cooker teriyaki chicken can be sweetened to your liking. Pair with either jasmine or brown rice and top with scallions and toasted sesame seeds. 

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Slow Cooker Cinnamon Rolls

No fuss cinnamon rolls are way easier than the grueling homemade version you’re used to. You’ll be referencing this recipe for years to come.

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Slow Cooker S’mores Dip

S’mores? In a slowcooker? Yes. This s’mores dip recipe packs in all of that sweet, ooey-gooey flavor and makes less of a mess.

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New England Clam Chowder

Soothing and classic clam chowder is made simple by way of a slow cooker. Prepare it on a Sunday night and have it warm and ready to serve up for weekday lunch, come a chilly Monday morning. 

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Pork Ramen Noodle Soup

Soft-boiled egg, slowly simmered pork, and lightly toasted acorn squash are the makings of a PERFECT dish. Think Bahn Mi, but ramen style. 

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Garlic + Herb Mashed Potatoes

Yes please. 

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Creamy Basil Parmesan Italian Soup

This hearty bean and sausage-filled soup is the perfect weeknight dinner when it’s too chilly to go out. Let it slow roast all day so it’s ready when you get home. No need to order in.

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Crockpot White Queso

Who doesn’t love a white queso? This one only calls for five ingredients—no Velveeta required. Talk about delish.

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