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Quick and easy slow cooker recipes for busy families

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Posted at 6:39 AM, Oct 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-08 07:01:09-04

TAMPA, Fla. — The fall months can be a busy time for families. Kids are now taking exams at school while participating in athletic events in the afternoons and weekends. Parents are jugging their careers, their family while keeping their home decorated for holidays.

The lack of time can make it difficult to make a healthy dinner. We are spotlighting three quick and easy slow cooker recipes that can make making meals much easier.

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The first comes from You can make some tasty meatballs in your slow cooker.

Just combine your favorite spaghetti sauce, some thawed meatballs and cook for 4 to 6 hours on low. They will be perfect served over spaghetti or stacked onto a meatball sub. You can keep the leftovers for up to 5 days in the refridgerator or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

For do-it-yourself chefs, TheKitchn offers this great recipe for homemade sauce and meatballs using just 13 ingredients you can find in your pantry or fridge.

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Our second recipe for a Pork Roast Dinner comes from

You will need to marinate the pork loin roast overnight before you cook it. There is just 12 ingredients in the recipe, including potatoes, sweet potatoes and sweet onions.

You cook the potatoes, onions and roast in the slow cooker, cover it in the broth you create and cook it for 8 hours.

Once done, take out the roast, cut it into slices and serve it along side the potatoes and onions.

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The final recipe for Texas Chili is from

You need just 11 ingredients, excluding the optional toppings used when serving up the chili.

There is a about 15 minutes of prep time needed before you walk away from the slow cooker. You'll need to first cut up and brown the beef, and cook some onions and tomatoes.

Once everything is combined in the slow cooker, your meal will be ready in 7 hours. You can top the chili with scallions, cilantro, sour cream or tortilla chips.

The leftover chili can be used to make a chili-corn casserole.