This slow-cooker soup is my secret weapon on busy days. It’s delicious served with oyster crackers tossed in a bit of melted butter and herbs, and then lightly toasted in the oven. —Whitney Jensen, Spring Lake, MI
"Years ago, I fell in love with the spicy flavor and wonderful aroma of this hearty slow-cooker recipe," relates Heather Gray of Little Rock, Arkansas. "You can serve the stew alone or as a topper for meat and poultry. It's great either way!"
Field editor Heather Campbell of Lawrence, Kansas seasons this slow-cooker soup with spices and herbs rather than salt. “It’s especially good with sandwiches and for dipping bread.”
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In Holley, New York, Elaine Ryan puts her slow cooker to work to fix these saucy spuds. The side dish features cubed red potatoes that are cooked in a creamy coating until tender. Be sure to stir the mixture before serving to help the sauce thicken.
For a vegetarian chili that meat lovers would like, this recipe is healthy and tastes great. It takes just a few minutes to prepare, then the chili simmers in the slow cooker leaving me free to do something else. I top bowls with shredded cheddar cheese.—Connie Barnett, Athens, Georgia
Sleepyheads will love the heartiness of this nutritious cooked cereal with cinnamon. It's loaded with chopped fruit and nuts. Eat it with plain yogurt and sliced bananas or blueberries. —John Vale, Hardin, MT
“My family often requests this economical, slow-cooker favorite. It's loaded with fresh Southwestern flavors. One batch makes several servings-but it never lasts long at our house!” —Suzanne Caldwell, Artesia, New Mexico
During the holidays, using your slow cooker not only frees up oven space, but time, too! Sweet potatoes are a must on our family menu, and this no-fuss version will have everyone thinking you spent hours in the kitchen.—Pamela Allen, Marysville, Ohio
Tzimmes is a sweet Jewish dish consisting of a variety of fruits and vegetables and it may (or may not) include meat. Traditionally (as it is here), it’s tossed with honey and
cinnamon and cooked slowly over low heat to meld the flavors. —Lisa Renshaw, Kansas City, Missouri