The one thing I love about slow cookers is that you have the ability to cook dinner while you go to work, do errands or do upkeep of the house. The All-Clad 4 Qt. Electric Slow Cooker w/ Black Ceramic Insert is a great little slow cooker.
http://www.metrokitchen.com/product/all-clad-4-qt-slow-cooker-sd710851 There are just 2 of us at home, so this size is perfect for up to 4 people. It is really easy to use and the cleanup is a snap as well! Without a doubt, the slow cooker makes it easier on you if you have a busy life style. One of my favorite dishes is a Spicy Chicken Salsa Soup. I can just add in all the ingredients after a long day at work and set it for 2-3 hours and leave it alone while I clean the apartment or sit down and relax or do a favorite hobby to unwind. As I said cleanup is also easy as pie! Just lift the insert out of the slow cooker, put the left overs away either in the fridge or freezer for a later time . The insert IS dishwasher safe but my personal preference is to hand wash it and let it dry. I have not had anything stick to the inside of the insert either, everything just slides right off. I highly recommend this slow cooker from All-Clad.
Here’s my recipe for Spicy Chicken Salasa Soup in the All-Clad Slow Cooker:
4 chicken breasts
2 jars of salsa
1 box chicken broth or stock
1 or 2 cups cut fresh green beans
1 cup canned corn
1 or 2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
1 red bell pepper
Any hot sauce to taste (Depending on how spicy you like it)
5 shakes of red pepper flakes (or more if you want)
Optional: Pasta, rice (cook separately), shredded cheese, sour cream
1. Put the chicken breasts in the crock pot.
2. Cover with the salsa.
3. Cook on high for 2-3 hours until chicken is cooked and shreddable.
4. Start chopping pepper and green beans.
5. Shred the chicken.
6. Pour in broth.
7. Put in veggies and beans.
8. Let cook an hour or until veggies are soft to your liking.