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.

Sweet Potato Chili

As a kid food blogger Kari of GI365 disdained chili, but she decided to revisit this hearty winter dish as an adult. By adding sweet potatoes and taking out the beans, Kari realized she created a stellar recipe for those who wanted to a dish beyond the traditional chili. Check out the recipe from G1365 by clicking here. 

photo: GI365

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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