We have no trouble finding uses for the time- and effort-saving miracle that is the slow cooker: It makes getting a healthy, delicious dinner on the table a zillion percent easier. And once you know the magic of returning home to a bubbling pot of something fantastic, it begins to occupy a nearly permanent place on the kitchen counter. Here are four recipes to add to your rotation—or reasons to pull your pot back out, if it’s been a while. (We developed these recipes using a Crock-Pot, but any slow cooker will work.)
This braised chicken dish is so easy to make but, thanks to the mix of spices, tastes incredibly complex. We love this spooned over cauliflower, but it would also be delicious over rice, couscous, quinoa, or whatever grain you have on hand; just make sure to eat it with something that will soak up the lovely juices.
Is there anything better than spaghetti and meatballs for dinner on a cold winter evening? These simmer all day, so the only thing you have to do is cook the pasta (or polenta) when you get home. If you’re doing these during the week, follow the directions through step six the night before, then finish in the morning.