Turn it on, and prop your feet up. These easy slow-cooker recipes are hands free.

Slow-Cooker Suppers
Credit: William Dickey / styling Buffy Hargett / food styling Rebecca Kracke Gordon

Save time and energy in the kitchen by trying these simple and satisfying slow-cooker dishes. You'll love the versatility and minimal effort. These Crock Pot meals are straightforward: There's no browning meat before putting it in the slow cooker, high and low temperatures are provided when applicable, and a 6-quart oval slow cooker is always used. Plus, prepping ingredients is as easy as opening a bag of frozen lima beans, chopping an apple, or adding a can of chicken broth.

Our Results
We tested with both old and new slow cookers and found that cook times vary between models. In order to be consistent, we used a newer style, 6-quart oval slow cooker when preparing each recipe. We prefer this shape because it gives more surface area, allows the food to cook evenly, and cooks food faster than the older versions. Be sure to check your manufacturer's instructions for more details regarding your model.

"Slow Cooker Suppers" is from the February 2006 issue of Southern Living.