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10 Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Always Popular

10 Slow Cooker Recipes That Are Always Popular

With more and more people seeking less processed food in their diets, and more of us feeling short on time, it’s easy to see why slow cookers have recently grown in popularity. There is, perhaps, no other appliance in your kitchen that allows you to create so much food with so little effort. Although remembering to plan ahead can be tricky, once you’ve got that down, everything else is easy. If you are new to using the slow cooker, or just want some guaranteed winning slow cooker recipes, here they are. From the main dish to dessert, these recipes are sure to be among your favorites, and are definitely great for a crowd.

1. Pot Roast

There is something so satisfying about a pot roast, and perhaps there is no other meal that is so perfect for Sunday dinner. This slow cooker recipe makes getting the perfect pot roast on the table easy, and your guests will definitely leave full and happy.

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    Campbell’s Kitchen

    2. Macaroni and Cheese

    Everyone loves macaroni and cheese. Although many people are intimidated by the idea of making macaroni and cheese from scratch, the simplicity of this slow cooker recipe takes out all of the guess work, and leaves you with the perfect comfort food.

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      3. Chili

      Chili is the perfect slow cooker dish, and the perfect meal for when the weather turns cooler. This recipe is great as is, but one of the best things about making chili is that you can add in or leave out whatever you like, making it taste exactly the way you want it to.

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        4. Baked Potato Soup

        Mashed, fried, or oven roasted, potatoes are delicious in any form, but there is something especially incredible about baked potato soup. This dish, with its ability to customize the toppings, makes it perfect for sharing. The fact that it is slow-cooker friendly is just a bonus.

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          Pink Parsley

          5. Ribs

          Sometimes you just want dinner to be easy, tasty, and as mess free as possible. While these ribs may not keep your hands mess free, they are as uncomplicated as it gets. If you can remember to marinate them, then your work is done.

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            Creole Contessa

            6. Lasagna

            Lasagna, although well loved, has a reputation for being difficult to make. This slow cooker recipe does require a little bit of prep work, but it is the perfect lasagna recipe for beginners.

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              7. Cabbage Rolls

              Stuffed cabbage rolls are so tasty. This slow cooker version of this classic dish is for people who are short on time, but still want to be able to pull off a delicious meal. It only takes a little bit of planning ahead before getting these cabbage rolls in your slow cooker, and it is well worth the effort.

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                8. Chicken Tortilla Soup

                It’s hard to imagine not liking chicken tortilla soup with its perfect combination of savory and spicy. This recipe is perfect for a crowd, and is just the thing to warm you up when you need it.

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                  Itsy Sparks

                  9. Red Beans and Rice

                  This slow cooker version of this Cajun favorite is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The ingredients list is short, but it is definitely not short on flavor. Serve this with some hot, buttered cornbread and you have the perfect meal.

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                    Camellia

                    10. Chocolate Lava Cake

                    Slow cookers are not just for making dinner. The next time you want dessert, skip the oven and follow this easy recipe instead. There’s nothing better than throwing everything into one pot and returning a few hours later to a delicious chocolate treat.

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                      Betty Crocker

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                      Last Updated on August 21, 2018

                      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                      30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

                      Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

                      That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

                       1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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                        Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

                        2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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                          If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

                          3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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                            It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

                            4. Corn chips for kindling!

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                              Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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                              5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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                                Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

                                6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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                                  These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

                                  7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                                    You never know when you might need some.

                                    8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                                      Get all the info you need here.

                                      9. Sangria!

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                                        We know what’s really important. How to here!

                                        10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                                          By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                                          11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                                            Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                                            12. DIY shower.

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                                              All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                                              13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                                                Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                                                14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                                                  15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                                    Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                                    16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                                      Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                                      17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                                        It’s that easy!

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                                                        18. Grits repel ants.

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                                                          Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                                          19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                                            20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                                              That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                                              21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                                                For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                                                22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                                                  You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                                                  23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                                    Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                                    24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                                      By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                                      25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                                        26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                                          Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                                          27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                                            That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                                            28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                                              Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                                              29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                                                Get them while you can!

                                                                                30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                                                  With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

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