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.

Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Since this delicious recipe takes eight hours in the slow cooker, prep your meal in the morning and by the time evening rolls around your dinner is ready. Visit the Food Network clicking here for the full how-to and to discover what secret ingredient really makes this recipe standout.

photo: Food Network

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— Erin Lem