1. Cook Once, Eat Four Times.
Stretch three pounds of ground beef to four by adding a can of refried beans (hello, extra protein!). Let your slow cooker do the work, then strain, portion and freeze for future use. You’ll have enough to make four delicious dinners.
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5. Use It to Make Sauce.
A warm slow cooker works just as well as a stovetop and makes for one less dirty pan. Don’t bother cleaning it out first—the cooking juices just add to the flavor.
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