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20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed: We often think a slow cooker's job is to cook the main event of a meal, but did you know you could make all of these marvelous side dishes in a slow cooker — "baked" potatoes, stuffed peppers, and macaroni and cheese included?

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

Long-braised meat might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of slow-cooker recipes, but this kitchen workhorse's functionality doesn't begin and end there. There are plenty of killer vegetarian dishes that can be made the hands-off way,

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

Garlic Mac & Cheese 16 oz. macaroni noodles 4 tablespoons butter 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped or minced 4 oz. cream cheese 3 cups whole milk 2 cups shredded cheese (cheddar, colby jack, or a mixture) 2 eggs salt + pepper chives to serve with (optional)

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

Long-braised meat might be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of slow-cooker recipes, but this kitchen workhorse's functionality doesn't begin and end there. There are plenty of killer vegetarian dishes that can be made the hands-off way,

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

If there's one category of food that most kids grant their seal of approval, it's Italian. Lasagna, pizza, spaghetti, and meatballs lend themselves perfectly to little people's palates. So what mom wouldn't want to combine a guaranteed kid-pleaser and a

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

When cooking dinner, it's easy to neglect side dishes in favor of the main event. Which is where these ridiculously easy vegetable sides come into play; all are made in the slow cooker and are essentially set-it-and-forget-it recipes. Keep reading to

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

Baked beans are a BBQ staple. The next time you plan on bringing a batch to a Summer party, step away from the canned aisle and turn to one of these easy recipes that yields incredible flavor with minimal effort. After attempting homemade baked beans,

14 Totally Brilliant Thanksgiving Recipes Made in a Slow Cooker

20 Slow-Cooker Side Dishes You Never Knew Existed

While the chefs are slow cooking à la sous vide, we'll stick to a good old-fashioned crockpot. Toss in all the ingredients in the morning, plug it in, and let the cooker do all the work for you during the day. Don't you love coming home to a warm,