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Slow-Cooking Surprise: 10 Unexpected Recipes for a Slow Cooker

Get out the slow-cooker: From a warming cider to a scrumptious bread pudding, here are start-to-finish meal components that require only your countertop gizmo.

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Slow-Cooker Bread Pudding

Why toss day-old cinnamon rolls when you can transform them into this crowd-pleasing dessert? 

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Slow Cooker Southwestern Chicken

Throw in some prepared salsa, canned corn and beans to add color, texture and flavor to this tender chicken dish.

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Slow-Cooker Cider

Set this drink on a low simmer and you’ll have a hot mug ready when your guests arrive.

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Slow-Cooker Lasagna

No-cook lasagna noodles take the work out of this traditional favorite, adapted for the slow cooker. Make it a meal with garlic bread and a salad.

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Slow-Cooker Vegetable Soup

Picture coming home from a day at work to the aroma of a savory beef soup greeting you at the door — sounds good, right?

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Slow Cooker Pork and Apple Curry

This curry dish is so simple to make, it’s worth the extra seconds to garnish it with a few chopped peanuts or a little chutney.

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Slow-Cooker Marinated Chicken Wings

Just found out the gang’s coming over to watch the game this weekend? With prep time of a mere five minutes and a total of seven ingredients, these wings are ideal fare.

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Chicken Merlot with Mushrooms

No one will guess that this elegant meal is such a snap to prepare.


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French Dip au Jus

A sandwich made in the slow cooker? Well, not the whole thing, but a slow-cooked savory condiment that will take your roast-beef sandwiches to a totally new level.

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Bacon, Beef and Barley Soup

Served over mashed potatoes, this robust dish makes for a real fill-you-up meal.

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Originally Published in Reader's Digest