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.

Mac and Cheese

Ditch the boxed mac and cheese and opt instead of this recipe from Khit of A Bountiful Love food blog. Not only is this recipe easy but it's budget-friendly. Hop on over to Khit's blog for the full how-to.

photo: A Bountiful Love

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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