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.

Mexican Corn and Bean Soup

The kids won't mind eating their veggies when they're part of this fun, colorful Mexican-inspired soup. Top with some melty grated cheese, and they'll gobble it up in no time.

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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