5 Fantastic Crock-Pot Recipes That Are Faster Than Fast Food

5 Fantastic Crock-Pot Recipes That Are Faster Than Fast Food

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Fall is officially the busiest time of year in my house. With homework, baseball, tennis, dance, school activities, homework, and more, we are constantly on the go. It's a fun but frenzied time of year, and, unfortunately, sometimes something has to give -- namely, healthy, home-cooked meals. But since I started using my Crock-Pot more, that's all changed for the better. 

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Instead of running in for takeout here, or calling for delivery there, I've found that if I take just a few minutes to prepare something in my slow cooker in the morning, it makes all the difference in the world for both dinner and helpful leftovers.

Nothing is easier or better than walking in the door and having a delicious, nutritious meal ready and waiting without having to deal with any evening stress. Plus, not only do these hearty meals require little cleanup at the end of a busy day, but they are easily freezable -- so you can double up and get more meals out of your time in the kitchen. It's a win all around! 

Here are five of my favorite quick slow-cooker meals that will have you driving home instead of driving thru for any fast food.

  • Slow-Cooker Steak Fajitas

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    Who needs to run for the border when you have these sizzling at home. The recipe is easy, and you just spoon into tortillas, add toppings, and eat.

  • Crock-Pot Lasagna

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    Pizza pales in comparison to this hearty, rich recipe for a delicious meat lasagna.

  • Slow-Cooker Hawaiian Chicken Over Rice

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    Talk about finger lickin' good, this recipe for flavorful chicken is amazing. Serve it over rice, and dinner is done.

  • Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches

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    Here's a recipe for a meal most everyone will like. After cooking with a variety of herbs all day, the meat is moist and flavorful and perfect making some sensational sandwiches.

  • Crock-Pot Fried Rice

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    You'll need your own chopsticks, but this recipe for delicious fried rice made in your Crock-Pot will most definitely cut down on your takeout bill. Add chicken, shrimp, or tofu, and you've got a complete meal.

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