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10 Essentials for Crock-Pot Recipes

One Pot Meals

If you've ever slaved over a dinner only to have your family pick it apart, pass on all the nutritional stuff, eat the greasy main course and then move on to dessert, you'll love one pot meals. Everything cooks together, making it easier to get young children to sample new things. You can count on a lot of flavor transfer, too, so those little mushrooms taste meaty, and that slice of zucchini is wearing a gravy overcoat. Once you train your family to expect meals in a pot, serving all the food groups becomes a much more democratic process.

Cleanup and stowing leftovers is super easy, too.