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.

Minestrone Soup

Warm your whole house up with this tasty soup from Homemade Hooplah. The hearty mix of veggies and beans means that it’s the perfect meatless meal that will still fill you up. Click here to grab the recipe.

photo: Homemade Hooplah

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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