5 Slow Cooker Recipes That Will Make Your Life Easier
By NICKOLAUS HINES AND MARIA SCINTO
The joy of a warm bowl of mashed potatoes can be too easily ruined due to timing. But if you use a slow cooker, you can make sure that warm, perfectly-cooked potatoes are ready whenever you are. This slow cooker mashed potato recipe is easy to make, and the number of dishes you dirty is minimal.
Few foods can warm you up on a winter day like chili. This no-fuss white chicken chili recipe uses chicken, onion, garlic, corn, sour cream (or cream cheese), and Great Northern beans — a nutty type of white bean that holds up to slow cook times.
Green bean casserole is a classic side dish, especially during family gatherings when turkey or ham is the star. The traditional recipe is easy enough to make, but you can make things even easier on yourself — and free up some oven space — by putting it in a slow cooker.
This recipe is the perfect sauce for spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Parmesan, baked ziti, and anything else you douse in marinara. When you use a slow cooker, you don't have to worry about doing a whole lot of extra work — this recipe only takes about five minutes of prep.
This slow cooker chicken tortilla soup recipe uses chicken and a few canned and packaged ingredients for a no-fuss meal. One thing to keep in mind is that you'll have to be near your slow cooker, as the chicken and seasoning is put in at one point, and the rest of the ingredients are added two hours later.