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30 Excellent Slow Cooker Recipes For Lazy People

30 Excellent Slow Cooker Recipes For Lazy People

Sometimes, you’re just not into cooking. Takes time. Can get tricky. You can cut yourself. Don’t want to miss the newest episode of your favorite show. But, you love to eat.

You love enjoying a nice dish, and want to start the good habit in life, cooking. Does it really need to be that tough? Absolutely not.

Take a look in your kitchen for slow cooker. This handy all-in-one cooking appliance can be used in many recipes, and produce delicious meals without effort. It’s basically made for the people who don’t want to spend hours in kitchen. First thing that comes to mind when you think about slow cooker – a soup. Or a stew. However, you can prepare a variety of meals with it, considering the way of preparing food. A tasty dinner, lunch or a dessert.

Big advantage of using a crock pot is – you just get the ingredients, mash them all together, put them in and forget about it. An alarm after needed hours is a smart move, to remind you that your meal is done.

Using the slow cooker, you won’t miss your favorite show on TV. Here are the slow cooker recipes that will change your cooking:

1. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

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    For this one, you’ll need a skillet and slow cooker. Ten ingredients (probably already in your kitchen), and just 10-15 minutes of preparation.

    Then, you just leave it for 3 hours if you set on “High” or 6 hours if you set on “Medium”. Set the alarm, relax, and let crock pot do the rest.

    Can’t be easier.  It’s healthy, delicious, and you didn’t brake a sweat making it.

    2. Slow Cooker Make-Ahead Scrambled Eggs

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      When you usually don’t have time to cook, and want to make something tasty, you use scrambled eggs. It’s easy, and done quick.

      With this slow cooker recipe, you can have them prepared and waiting for the next 8 hours for your needs. Excellent idea if you need to snack, and have no nerves to cook again after lunch.

      Preparation is easy, and you can make variations suiting your taste.

      3. Spicy Fajita Soup

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        The Fajita soup tastes delicious, and the preparation is easy; put the ingredients in a crock pot, and let them cook slow, 4-6 hours. Extras like tortilla and cheese topping are fine but not necessary. (Or can be bought on the side)

        Healthy, tasteful meal.

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        4. Savory Bean and Spinach Soup

        beans and spinach soup

          Bean and spinach soup can be served as a whole meal, served with bread. The process is same like the before mentioned soup, just pour the ingredients and cook for 5-7 hours. (Depending on setting)

          Season to taste, and surprise your partner with tasty meal, nutritional and good-looking. People won’t believe you made it yourself.

          5. Honey Ginger Apple Shredded Pork

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            Have you tried this combination perhaps? It’s well-known in Paleo circles these days. Paleo diet has been a blast on the Internet lately, and we know that it is healthy, and losing a pound or two wouldn’t hurt you, right?

            With this slow cooker recipe, you can stick to the diet, and prepare meal in advance. Same principles as always, put the ingredients in crock pot, and cook them for 8 to 10 hours. Enjoy combining apples and pork.

            6. Slow Cooker Beef and Broccoli

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              Beef is low-fat, tasty and stacked with protein. Broccoli is one of the healthiest green foods you can eat. Rice is great for the bowels, and keeps you full for long time. And yes, its tremendously easy to make this meal.

              7. Baked Potatoes from the Crock Pot

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                This one is really easy. Wrap potatoes in foil, put them to slow cooker, and leave them. They’re done in nearly 4 hours and prepared in five minutes. Can’t get any easier than this. And, they are more healthy when not fried.

                8. Easy Slow Cooker Vegetarian Chili

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                  Vegetarian food can also be great, and well prepared in slow cooker. This meal will need about 4-6 hours, depending on heat setting. There is a lot of veggies involved, so health benefits are obvious here.

                  9. Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Country Ribs

                  Sweet & Sour Ribs

                    You need 8 ingredients, and slow cooker. That’s all. And the taste is unbelievable. (Takes around 6-10 hours, depending on setting  the cooker)

                    10. Slow Cooker Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

                    Slow-Cooker Hot Artichoke and Spinach Dip

                      Same as always, mix the ingredients and put them into cooker for 2 to 4 hours.

                      This delicious dip is awesome appetizer and starter, even though can be used for a meal with friends. Serve it on a crunchy bread and enjoy.

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                      11. Slow Cooker Cheesy Italian Tortellini

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                        This slow cooker recipe is a bit “harder” to make. You need to bake beef and sausage 5 minutes, and then put that in slow cooker for next 7 hours with rest of the ingredients. 15 minutes before the end, adding Italian tortellini to mixture can’t be that complicated, right? Only thing left to do is to enjoy the meal.

                        *Tip – this meal is caloric, be sure to have it before 6 PM. Healthy eating must induce consuming lighter food after 6 PM, as this habit is not difficult to implement in your daily life.*

                        12. Slow Cooker Garlicky Shrimp

                          This one doesn’t need many hours to complete. It only takes 50 minutes, and some small preparation. Shrimp are good protein source, and it’s recommended eating seafood once a week at least.

                          13. Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Bake

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                            This is a healthy meal your whole family can agree on and you will love the ease of prep. Small preparation before cooking in pot, (4 minutes) and than 3 hours and 15 minutes of cooking.

                            14. Crock Pot Potato Chowder

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                              Potato chowder is yummy! This meal, when is “seasoned” with little bacon and chives on top, tastes amazing. Cooking time – 8 to 10 hours.

                              You will be able to set it up in 10 minutes, and go to work, and when you’re back, you’ll have your delicious meal waiting. Simple as that.

                              15. Slow Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos

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                                In slow cooker, combine chicken, garlic, salsa, chiles, chili powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Cover and cook on high, 4 hours (or on low, 8 hours).

                                After it’s done, tear the meat apart in small pieces, add spices to taste and enjoy the easy made delicious tacos. Much more healthier than regular tacos bought on the street.

                                16. Slow Cooker Chicken and Chickpea Curry

                                Slow-cooker chicken and chickpea curry

                                  This scrumptious meal can turn your house to an restaurant, smell-vise. Cooking lasts for 6 hours, or when chicken gets tender, and during this period your house will be filled with delicious smell which will last for hours after. Preparation of ingredients before cooking in crock pot takes only 5-6 minutes.

                                  17. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl

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                                    When you get used to crock pot and using it every single day (which will happen if you try at least two of the recipes from here) you can start on some bit “complex” meals. Even though they’re still so easy to make.

                                    Put in, cook, remove chicken, add rice, return chicken and cheese, serve. Easy.

                                    18. Grape Jelly Meatballs

                                    Grape Yelly Meatballs

                                      One of the easiest yet.It can be done for 5 minutes prep, and 4 hours cooking. Three ingredients. These are a party hit!

                                      Small suggestion: they are yummy, but caloric. The good advice for consuming them is to make sure you eat them during the day, and don’t overdose.

                                      19. Slow-Cooked Fisherman’s Wharf Seafood Stew

                                      Slow cooked seafood

                                        Easy recipe. Mix the ingredients in crock pot, and cook for 8-9 hours. 20 minutes before the end, add meaty stuff, and let them cook together. Extraordinary delicious, and healthy meal.

                                        Seafood should be implemented in your weekly feeding regime for health reasons, and it’s tasty.

                                        20. Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken

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                                          Excellent recipe for weight watchers. Low calories, high protein, and healthy and delicious meal. Cut the chicken, put it in crock pot with spices and sauces, and cook on Low for 2 hours.

                                          21. Leg of Lamb in the Slow Cooker with Mint, Rosemary & Garlic

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                                            Preparing this will take around 30 minutes. You need to make the paste for meat, and bake lamb in skillet until it goes brown on all sides. And then, put it in slow cooker for 8 hours. It will melt in your mouth later.

                                            22. Slow Cooker Barbecue Beef Sandwiches

                                            slow cooker barbecue beef sandwich

                                              Your slow cooker does all the work. Real barbecue taste from a crock pot. Cooking lasts for 8 hours, and then you just cut it thin with onion and enjoy.

                                              23. Mocha Hot Chocolate

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                                                Ice cream, milk, and espresso. Delicious combination. When crock pot mends them together you’ll forget about regular coffee.

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                                                24. Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge

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                                                  Melt the ingredients in your crock pot, and pour into baking dish. Let it harden, and than cut on small cubes. Delicious.

                                                  25. Slow Cooker Pumpkin Spice Latte

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                                                    2 hours of cooking will make this latte with pumpkin taste unforgettable. And you’ll prepare it for 5 minutes, and all the rest will be done by your crock pot.

                                                    26. Crock Pot Cherry Dump Cake

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                                                      Delicious desert. Easy to make, and you get to mix and crumble dry cake mix with butter. 2 to 4 hours cooking in cooker, depending on heat.

                                                      27. Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal

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                                                        This seriously could NOT be any easier! And, you’ll wake up in the morning with a house that smells delicious and a slow cooker full of piping hot oatmeal!

                                                        28. Slow Cooker Bananas Foster

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                                                          This delicious low calorie treat will be done in about two hours. Rum and honey give exquisite taste to banana slices, while slow cooker melts them to perfection.

                                                          29. Mulled Cranberry Punch

                                                          Mulled Cranberry Punch

                                                            You can make a healthy fruit punch for an vivid afternoon sip. It can replace a tea as well as cocktails at your brunch party.

                                                            30. Easy Slow Cooker Applesauce

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                                                              This low calorie dessert is delicious and healthy. Combined with whipped cream it is a pleasure for all senses.

                                                              The slow cooker can make your life easier. You will prepare meals like professional without too much effort. Don’t be afraid to make a first step, you can enjoy your specialty even today.

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                                                              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                                              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                                              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                                              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                                              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                                              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                                              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                                              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                                              • (1) Research
                                                              • (2) Deciding the topic
                                                              • (3) Creating the outline
                                                              • (4) Drafting the content
                                                              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                                              • (6) Revision
                                                              • (7) etc.

                                                              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                                              2. Change Your Environment

                                                              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                                              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                                              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                                              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                                              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                                              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                                              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                                              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                                              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                                              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                                              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                                              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                                              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                                              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                                              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                                              6. Get a Buddy

                                                              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                                              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                                              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                                              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                                              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                                              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                                              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                                              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                                              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                                              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                                              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                                              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                                              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                                              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                                              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                                              Reality check:

                                                              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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