Put your slow cooker to good use this year with hands-free, easy, and totally festive crockpot recipes for main meals, side dishes, and more.
Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
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When you make mulled wine this way, the process is totally hands-off—with crockpot recipes like these the slow cooker does all the work so you can hang out with guests instead of tending to a pot on the stove. Let people help themselves while the delicious scent wafts through your house.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Mulled Wine
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Slow Cooker Pot Roast
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Nothing says "holiday dinner" like a delicious, slow-cooked roast. This Paleo, gluten-free version is warm, comforting, and takes less than 15 minutes to prep. After that, just toss the ingredients into the crockpot and wait for a delicious meal to emerge. Or, try one of these other Paleo-friendly comfort food dinners.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Pot Roast
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Slow Cooker Brussels Sprouts with Maple Syrup
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The Christmas colors aren't the only reason that these slow cooker sprouts are perfect for a holiday table. They are also a great way to balance out those richer, heavier sides. Oh, and the maple syrup, cranberries, and feta don't hurt either. (Here are even more seriously addictive Brussels sprouts recipes. You're welcome.)
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Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
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Make your mashed potatoes in the slow cooker with this easy recipe, and then customize the toppings. You could try some richer options like bacon and cheese (it is the holidays, after all) or stick to fresh herbs and spring onions.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
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Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole In the Slow Cooker
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When you just can't fit even one more thing in your oven, this slow cooker sweet potato casserole will come to the rescue. And since it's Paleo, you'll be able to share with any gluten-free or dairy-free family members. (Did you know sweet potatoes also make a great ingredient for healthy desserts?)
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Paleo Sweet Potato Casserole
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Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
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It's easy enough to make on the stove, but making your cranberry sauce in a slow cooker means you can get it started hours before the guests arrive—and then focus your attention on more important things—like setting up the bar cart. (Stock the booze cabinet with the ingredients needed to craft this easy cocktail recipe that's basically made for holiday parties.)
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Cranberry Sauce
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Crockpot Caramel Apple Crumble
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Don't forget about dessert! This recipe for caramel apple crumble falls on the more indulgent side, but could you actually resist chunks of apple swimming in a pool of caramel? We didn't think so.
Get the recipe: Crockpot Caramel Apple Crumble
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Crockpot Christmas Granola
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Red, green, and white ingredients make this granola Christmas themed and perfect for edible gifting. Thanks to the healthy ingredient list, you just might want to keep a batch for yourself, too. (Check out these other creative ways to make healthy homemade granola.)
Get the recipe: Crockpot Christmas Granola
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Slow Cooker Herb Turkey Breast
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When you're just cooking for a few of your closest friends or family skip the drama of preparing an entire bird and make an herbed turkey breast in your slow cooker instead. A brine ensures the meat will be tender and juicy.
Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Herb Turkey Breast
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