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As the weather cools and the rhythm of the school term sets in, we’re looking for easy dinners that will warm us up with minimal effort – slow cookers offer exactly that!

Anyone who has a slow cooker will tell you how great they are. The ‘dump and go’ approach to cooking means you can have dinner cooking away at home while you go to work or run errands, allowing you to return home to a fully cooked meal without slaving away over a cooktop.

These five recipes are bringing the winter warmth right now!

Taco pasta
A combination of two of our favourite foods, prepared in a matter of hours without us having to lift a finger? We’re sold. This slow cooker taco pasta by Kristine’s Kitchen features cheese, ground beef, pasta and heaps of hidden veggies, meaning the kids are bound to love it, too.

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Creamy basil chicken
Ditch the pre-cooked chicken in favour of this creamy, flavourful one by The Recipe Rebel! It features garlic, diced tomatoes and both dried and fresh basil to really pack in the Italian-inspired flavour, and can be served over pasta, rice or with some roast veggies or a crisp salad on the side.

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Butter chicken
This takeaway favourite is so easy to make at home with the help of your slow cooker. Savoury, creamy and packed with hidden veggies, this butter chicken recipe by Well Plated ticks all the boxes. Once served, take a fluffy piece of naan bread and use it to scoop up the remaining sauce from inside your slow cooker – we won’t tell anyone!

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Jambalaya
Originally a French dish which has been adapted by locals in Louisiana, USA, jambalaya is a budget-friendly way to feed a crowd (or your family, with leftovers). It is loaded with flavour thanks to the array of spices this recipe by Budget Bytes calls for, and can feature just about any protein you like, be it chicken, seafood or beef!

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Beef cheeks in red wine
Yes, you would certainly find this meal on the menu at a fancy restaurant, but with this simple recipe by Well Nourished, you can enjoy the deliciousness at home, too! The fluffy garlic mash and steamed greens on the side make it even better. Join the waitlist to gain access to this delicious recipe (and so many more!).

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