Blenders and toaster ovens are great, but our favorite kitchen appliance has to be the slow cooker. A weeknight lifesaver, it’s the best way to get a healthy and delicious meal on the table without spending hours hunched over the stove. But it’s not just for beef stew, either—click through the slideshow below to see all the possibilities.

Spinach Bacon Dip

This genius recipe from Slow Cooker Gourmet is perfect for feeding a crowd, whether it’s game day or a family gathering. Serve it with warm crusty bread and tortilla chips for an appetizer that will disappear in a flash. To get the recipe, click here.

photo: Slow Cooker Gourmet

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What is your #1 favorite crock pot recipe? Share the love and let us know in the comment section below!

— Erin Lem