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.

Vegan Quinoa Chili

No fussy steps in this recipe from Janssen of food blog Everyday Reading. With two types of beans and a handful of spices this recipe is vegan, but if you want to deviate from the vegan recipe add sour cream, cheese or any toppings of your choice. Click over to Everyday Reading for the ingredients and directions.

photo: Everyday-Reading

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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