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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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                      Last Updated on November 5, 2020

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on Small Tasks

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

                      If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

                      You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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                      2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

                      When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

                      Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

                      3. Upgrade Yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a Friend

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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                      If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

                      Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

                      6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

                      7. Read a Book (or Blog)

                      The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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                      8. Have a Quick Nap

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

                      Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

                        One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

                        9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

                        10. Find Some Competition

                        When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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                        11. Go Exercise

                        Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

                        If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

                        12. Take a Few Vacation Days

                        If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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