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.

Italian Beef Sandwiches

A sandwich full of juicy beef, melty cheese, and tangy marinara sauce? Sign us up! Thanks to the slow cooker, when you're ready for dinner, all you'll have to do is assemble the sammies—talk about instant gratification.

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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