Crockpots make lunches and dinners easy, but not when the recipe requires additional cooking. Enter the "dump recipe," in which ingredients are dumped into a slow cooker and cooked for a long time with only chopping or mixing required.
No-boil baked ziti? The Kitchn explains how. You can put pasta, sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella in a crockpot and let it do all the work in an hour on high.
Thinly sliced chuck roast is cooked in beef broth, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, sesame oil, and garlic. Add broccoli and cornstarch/water 30 minutes before it's done for a simple, satisfying meal.
Lil' Luna's beef brisket recipe only requires brisket, dry onion soup mix, garlic powder, brown sugar, and chilli sauce. Shred or slice the beef after 8-10 hours on low.
Before serving carrot ginger soup, use an immersion blender and add the cream at least 3 hours after adding the other ingredients to the crockpot. The Busy Baker can teach you this.
Carrot ginger soup
Add tortellini, sauce, water, spinach, and mozzarella to a pot and cook on high for an hour. The Kitchn recipe calls for fresh tortellini, so thaw frozen ones first.
Cheesy spinach tortellini
In your slow cooker, combine chicken, red peppers, tomato, onion, celery, and spices. Set it low for six hours and relax. AllRecipes recommends adding shrimp three minutes before the end.
Chicken & shrimp gumbo
Dinner at the Zoo's slow cooker meal uses dried bean soup mix. You can skip the meat for a vegetarian version. It contains ham, onion, celery, garlic, tomatoes, and spices.
Why not mac & cheese in the slow cooker if baked ziti works? Creamy, cheesy recipe from Running in a Skirt is ready in 2-3 hours on low.