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Slow Cooker Meals for Busy Days

As the days get shorter and busier, there seems to be less time to get dinner on the table. If you can spare ten minutes in the morning while everyone eats breakfast, dinner can be taken care of before you walk out the door. There’s nothing better at the end of a long, chilly day than to come home to the smell of something delicious cooking, and having a warm meal ready to eat when you are!

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  • Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken 1 of 8
    Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken
    Simmer chicken thighs in sticky barbecue sauce until it can be pulled apart with two forks - perfect served on soft buns or straight-up, with crunchy coleslaw. A great solution if you're in a chicken rut!
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Giant Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs 2 of 8
    Giant Slow Cooker Chicken Meatballs
    How much fun are these to come home to? Chicken meatballs so enormous you only need one on a pile of spaghetti.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Classic Pulled Pork 3 of 8
    Classic Pulled Pork
    Pulled pork is easy enough for a weeknight meal - and perfect comfort food for chilly fall days. Serve on soft rolls, or bake a quick batch of biscuits.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce 4 of 8
    Slow Cooker Spaghetti Sauce
    Why open a jar when you could simmer a meaty tomato sauce with a splash of red wine all day long? It's a perfect family-friendly meal to come home to at the end of a long day.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Beef Bourguignon 5 of 8
    Beef Bourguignon
    More than just beef stew, this classic French dish is simple enough for a weeknight meal, and will warm you up at the end of a cold day.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese 6 of 8
    Slow Cooker Mac & Cheese
    Real mac & cheese, in the slow cooker! Cheesy comfort food, ready to eat when you are.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Wild Mushroom Soup 7 of 8
    Wild Mushroom Soup
    Soup is perfect slow cooker food - creamy mushroom and crunchy walnuts make a perfect fall meal. Grab a bagged salad and some crusty bread and dinner's done.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe!
  • Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker 8 of 8
    Baked Potatoes in the Slow Cooker
    Yes, you can bake potatoes in the slow cooker! And load them with chili, cheese, or whatever you like.
    Family Kitchen has the recipe! Photo credit: istockphoto.com/LauriPatterson

For more delicious ideas, check out Julie’s blog, Dinner with Julie!

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