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8 Easy Slow Cooker Dinners for Lazy Weekends

Slow down -- it's the weekend. Sure, you want to enjoy home-cooked dinners with family and friends,  but let your slow cooker do all the hard work. Once you've done the shopping, it takes just a few minutes to prepare all these glorious dinners.

1. Slow Cooker Spanish Beef Stew

Just 15 minutes of your time, and this could be your Saturday night dinner. Serve with steamed white rice and a good glass of red wine, and you'll almost feel like you're on vacation.

Slow Cooker Spanish Beef Stew

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

Prep this on Sunday morning for an exotic Sunday lunch. Serve with some quick cooking couscous, and freshly chopped herbs.

Slow Cooker Chicken Marrakesh

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3. Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

This hearty stew is the perfect meal for a cozy night in. Serve with white rice or even some crusty bread, to soak up all that wonderful sauce.

Colleen's Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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4. Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

Think homemade lasagna sounds like too much hard work? Think again! This slow cooker version couldn't be easier, and only takes 15 minutes of your time to make.

Randy's Slow Cooker Ravioli Lasagna

Photo by lutzflcat

5. Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken

This recipe has so few ingredients, but so much flavor. It's perfect for a fun family supper. Serve with tortillas, guacamole, and shredded cheese, then let everyone serve themselves.

Slow Cooker Spicy Chicken

Photo by mommyluvs2cook

6. Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

This meal will make your home smell like a fancy Italian restaurant, and nobody will believe that it took  just 15 minutes to put together.

Slow Cooker Pork Cacciatore

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7. Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker

A rich and gutsy stew that's ideal for a family night in. Serve with some pasta and sour cream.

Smoked Paprika Goulash for the Slow Cooker

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8. Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork

If you're expecting company, but don't want to spend half your day in a hot kitchen, this recipe is for you.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Braised Pork

Photo by Alrecipes Magazine

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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.