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.

Hearty White Bean Soup

After trying this recipe you'll never want to make soup on your stovetop again. Simply prep your veggies and then let the slow cooker do the work. Visit My Whole Food Life food blog for the entire recipe.

photo: My Whole Food Life

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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