7 Surprising Slow Cooker Recipes

I often forget to share the pieces I’m working on for Parade’s Community Table, so forgive me. This one here has been getting raves, viewed more than 20,000 times, so I figured I should mention it here. I’m a late bloomer when it comes to slow cookers, my secret dinner weapon of choice was always the pressure cooker. I’ve fully embraced the magic of my slow cooker now, and that’s what inspired me to do this round up of 7 Surprising Slow Cooker Recipes.

We all know slow cookers are great for soups and stews. They’re fuss-free meals, ready to welcome us with a hot meal after a long day. But, why stop there? Before you relegate your crock pot to the top shelf, or some hidden corner in the kitchen, we’ve got some surprising ways that you can use it, making this kitchen appliance a jack of all trades.

Skip the stove, and use your slow cooker to make caramelized onions, quiche and baked potatoes. It gets even better. Imagine waking up to warm, ooey, gooey cinnamon rolls? Yes, this can really be your life. Looking for a healthier start to the day? You can also make granola in your slow cooker. For this Italian American girl, though, the real genius is using a slow cooker to make lasagna. I’m not sure my nana would’ve approved, but it’s a blessing for busy working mamas. Click here to view the slideshow.

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