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.

Ranch Chex Mix

The slow cooker isn’t just for main dishes—try out this awesome party mix from Oh, Sweet Basil. You can customize it by adding your favorite crunchy snacks, and the tangy ranch coating is super addictive. Grab the recipe by clicking here.

photo: Oh, Sweet Basil

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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