During chilly months, I fix this jambalaya at least once a month. It’s so easy…just chop the vegetables, dump everything in the slow cooker and forget it! Even my sons, who are picky about spicy things, like this dish.—Cindi Coss, Coppell, Texas
This zesty soup is loaded with chicken, corn and black beans in a mildly spicy red broth. As a busy mom of three young children, I'm always looking for dinner recipes that can be prepared in the morning. The kids love the taco-like taste of this easy soup. —Marlene Kane, Lainesburg, Michigan
From Tallahassee, Florida, Maura McGee shares her recipe for tender chicken in a creamy sauce that gets fast flavor from salad dressing mix. Served over rice or pasta, it's rich, delicious and special enough for company.
Looking for some heat with supper but still want a cool kitchen? Try these slow cooked burritos with a spicy touch the whole family will love! This is a simple recipe to double if you're catering to a crowd. And for those who prefer a spicier dish, add a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. —Margaret Latta, Paducah, Kentucky
With just 15-minutes of prep, you'll be out of the kitchen in no time. This deliciously low-fat dish gets even better served with reduced-fat sour cream and chopped cilantro. Brandi Castillo - Santa Maria, California
Corn and black beans give this satisfying chili Mexican flair the whole family will love. Adjust the cayenne if you have small children or are looking for a little less zip. —Stephanie Rabbitt-Schappacher, West Chester, Ohio
“Staying at home with a 9-month-old makes preparing dinner a challenge, but a slow cooker provides an easy way to make a low-fat meal,” says Sarah Newman of Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. “The tender meat in these fajitas is a hit, and the veggies and beans provide a dose of fiber!”
Garlic, oregano and lemon juice give spark to this memorable main dish. It's easy to fix - just brown the chicken in a skillet, then let the slow cooker do the work. I like to serve this dish to company. -Walter Powell, Wilmington, Delaware
“My family is always very busy. With three kids involved in many different after-school and evening activities, it’s nice to come home to a meal that’s already prepared and ready to eat!” Becky Gifford - Conway, AR
Prepared salsa and convenient canned corn and beans add fun color, texture and flavor to Karen Water's tender chicken dish. "I usually serve it with salad and white rice," suggests the Laurel, Maryland cook. "Our children love it."
"I love using my slow cooker because it's so convenient," writes Jenet Cattar of Neptune Beach, Florida. "This meal-in-one, which includes juicy chicken and tasty veggies in a creamy sauce, is ready to eat when I get home from the office."