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7 Simple Slow-Cooker Recipes to the Rescue

January is National Slow Cooking Month which means it’s time to fire up the slow cooker, and if the cold weather doesn’t have you convinced enough, these recipes sure will. We’ve got everything from main meals to dessert, proving you can make delicious food with just one tool—and a little patience.

Beef Goulash

Beef Goulash is a classic Eastern European dish that sounds a lot more difficult than it is. A quick sear of the meat gives it a crispy crust, while the remaining hours in the slow cooker break it down to melt-in-your-mouth tender.  

Beef and Barley Stew

It isn’t winter without a hearty stew to warm you up on a chilly night. This beef and barley one combines veggies, rosemary, and beef with barley that is sturdy enough to withstand the long cooking time.

Split Pea Soup

This traditional split pea soup is cooked low and slow which means you can put it on in the morning and come home to a comforting bowl in the evening. And feel free leave out the ham for a vegetarian version.

Hot Crab Dip

This dip is the most perfect and delicious appetizer for parties and get togethers. Just toss everything together in the slow cooker and let sit for 2–3 hours. To serve, leave it in the bowl, and plugged in on low to keep it warm all day and night.

Zucchini Bread

No one will ever know this sweet treat was made in the slow cooker. It will be the easiest recipe you’ll make and no oven required.

Slow Cooker Spiced Cider

You can, and should make drinks in your slow cooker. It’s the ideal tool if you’re hosting a party and need to keep the drinks toastie.

Scalloped White and Sweet Potatoes

Cheese and potatoes are a match made in heaven, and these scalloped ones couldn’t be better. The combination of cheddar and Gruyere cheese melt right into each layer of potatoes to give you the perfect bite each time.

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