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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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pot roast
    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.

    mac and cheese
      The Recipes Book

      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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      chili
        Karen’s Kitchen Stories

        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.

        baked potato soup
          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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          ribs
            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.

            lasagna
              Weelicious

              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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                CD Kitchen

                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.

                chicken tortilla soup
                  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.

                  red beans and rice
                    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.

                    chocolate cake
                      Betty Crocker

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                      Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                      Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                      Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                      1. Exercise Daily

                      It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                      If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                      Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                      2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                      Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                      One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                      This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                      3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                      Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                      Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                      Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                      4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                      Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                      The basic nutritional advice includes:

                      • Eat unprocessed foods
                      • Eat more veggies
                      • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                      • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                      Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                        5. Watch Out for Travel

                        Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                        This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                        If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                        6. Start Slow

                        Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                        If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                        7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                        Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                        My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                        If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                        I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                        Final Thoughts

                        Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                        Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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