It’s a very cold time, but also a very busy time as we all jump back into our daily routines after the holidays. Many of us want to feed our families well in the new year, but are also trying to balance a lot of different activities and schedules and other goals.

This is where a good slow cooker and a good recipe can be a lifesaver (or, well, at least a dinner-saver). I thought it would be fun to gather up some of the great slow cooker recipes on MNN.

  • Robin gathered these 10 recipes for Thanksgiving ideas, and many of them are perfect for everyday dinners as well. She has listed everything from slow cooker lasagna to turkey breast and gravy, to scrumptious sides and desserts.
  • Slow Cooker Tuscan Beef Stew: There are few things more satisfying than beef stew on a cold winter day. Making it in your slow cooker saves you some time, too.
  • 5 Slow Cooker Breakfasts: But don’t just save your slow cooker for dinners. Here are five examples of how your slow cooker can be used to serve hearty breakfasts with little fuss.
21 hearty slow cooker recipes
Slow cooker recipes can add convenience to a healthy diet. Here are some lovely recipes perfect for winter.