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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

                      Featured photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreyww/ via flickr.com

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                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                      Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                      The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                      1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                      Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                       I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                      To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                      And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                       2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                      Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                      3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                      Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                      4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                      The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                      5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                      Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                      6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                      Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                      7. Positive people smile a lot!

                      When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                      8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                      They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                      9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                      One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                      10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                      Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                      How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                      I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

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