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Recipes that Make Your Holiday Meal Prep Easier

With just a few days left until Christmas, the last minute errands, gifts and to-do lists seem to take forever. If there's one thing you shouldn't have to worry about this holiday season, it's meal preparation and cooking. Think of your slow cooker as your personal assistant this year. When it comes to holiday cooking, all you have to do is assemble the ingredients in your slow cooker. It will take care of the rest. Here are two super simple recipes to make for a house full of people.

Zesty Italian Casserole
With just three ingredients, this recipe couldn't be simpler - or tastier! This Italian casserole is a great meal for feeding guests before the real festivities begin.


  • 1-2 packages of ravioli
  • 1 jar spaghetti sauce
  • 2-3 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded.


  1. Coat your slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Pour a thin layer of sauce on the bottom of your device.
  3. Then layer the raviolis, cheese and sauce repeatedly until the slow cooker is about 3/4 of the way full.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 3 to 4 hours.
  5. Serve warm and enjoy with fresh baked bread.
This mushroom chicken dish is hearty, flavorful and easy to prepare.This mushroom chicken dish is hearty, flavorful and easy to prepare.

Creamy Portabella Mushroom Chicken
Another recipe with less than five ingredients, this mushroom chicken dish is sure to be a crowd pleaser.


  • 1 pint portabella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • Salt and pepper, to taste.


  1. Lay the sliced chicken breasts in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Cover them with the sliced mushrooms and pour the cream of chicken soup on top of that.
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on top to taste, then cover and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 6 hours.
  4. Serve warm and enjoy!

Super Simple
But wait - it gets even simpler. If you thought those easy recipes would cut down on meal prepping this holiday season, wait until you try out the new Crock-Pot® Cuisine Sage Garlic Chicken with White Beans from the Crock-Pot® Cuisine Ready-To-Slow Cook Meals. This handcrafted meal, packed with true Italian zest and flavor, arrives on dry ice right at your doorstep. No preparation is needed. Simply pick out one of the hearty meal options, make your selection, and place the ingredients in your slow cooker as soon as the package arrives. Simply set your device to the right time and sit back and relax while a warm, delicious meal prepares itself.

Due to the slow ramp up, and even heating of a slow cooker, recipes featured on this site can be cooked in a range of slow cooker sizes. Recipes can be increased or decreased by one quart size per the cooking instructions. For smaller sauces and dips that calls for 3 quarts or less, it is not recommended to alter the unit size. Crock-Pot® is a registered trademark and should not be used generically when referring to a 'slow cooker' within the recipes.
Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions has not tested these recipes and is not responsible for the outcome of any recipe. You may not achieve the results desired due to variations in ingredients, cooking temperatures, cooking times, typos, errors, omissions, or individual cooking abilities. Please always use your best judgment when cooking with raw ingredients such as eggs, chicken or fish.


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