10/04/2016 02:27 EDT

28 Slow Cooker Dinner Ideas For Those Busy Weeknights

Don't stress over the dinner time rush.

Finding the energy to prepare a filling dinner after a long day at work can be a challenge. Which is why we're such big fans of slow cookers.

In the slideshow below, we've rounded up 28 dinner ideas that can be cooked in a crock pot. From hearty soups and stews to meaty sandwiches and even a vegan curry, these recipes are weeknight dinner game changers.

When people talk about slow cooking they often say 'set it and forget it,' but the reality is there is a bit of prep work to do before you put the lid on the pot. Choosing the right cut of meat is a good place to start — fatty meats require a bit more liquid to get soft and tender, while chicken breasts tend to dry out during a lengthy cook time.

Regardless of what type of meat you choose, always remember to brown it before you add it to the pot. Browning meat in advance enhances flavour and reduces the risk of contamination.

For more slow cooker hacks, check out the video by Cooking Light above.

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