They say the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. In reality, the way to anyone’s heart is through food. Who doesn’t love food? While food is always awesome, preparing it is somewhat… less awesome. So here are some simple tried and true ways to prepare delicious meals easily and with minimal effort. All you need is a crockpot and a lot of time before Valentine’s Daydinner.

Few kitchen appliances have the range and versatility of the slow cooker
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The Basics: Slow Cooker Meatballs

Here’s the reason most household own a crockpot in the first place. Meatballs are delicious, and as most culinary experts agree, the only way to make delicious meat even more delicious is to cook it slowly. That’s why there are many recipes for crockpot meatballs, and here are just a few of them. Any one of these amazing treats goes well with pasta, rice, part of a meal, or just a delectable appetizer on its own. No matter what meatballs you cook up in the kitchen, you’ll be sure to have a satisfied partner this Valentine’s Day.

Meatballs are mother nature's ball shaped meat that doesn't occur in nature
Amazing juicy balls pack momma

The Greatest Chili in the World

Coined by the enigmatic yet charismatic author of “Cooking Comically,” there is no more solid foundation of love than making incredible tasting chili without any stress or fuss. This chili will tell your partner “I love you” with every amazing, flavorful bite. Dubbed the 2am chili because that’ll be the time you want to start cooking it, nothing will fill your Valentine’s Day home with a more delicious aromatic theme unless you have a world class chef making you breakfast. Your kitchen will never quite be the same when your significant other realizes your true cooking potential. And if your true love asks you for more amazing and amazingly easy recipes, just get the book to learn how. And no, we were not paid to advertise that.

“As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe - we are happiest when we are creating.” - Gary Hamel
The best chili is chili made in a crock pot at 2am on a Tuesday morning
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Healthy Alternatives to Meaty Goodness

It’s not just about amazingness, deliciousness, and great slow cooked meat, some couples want to use their slow cooker and still maintain their waistlines without increasing them. That’s why there are plenty of healthy alternatives to slow cooking that packs the same flavorful punch with just a fraction of the caloric intake. There are so many different possibilities when it comes to healthy crockpot recipes, that we can only name a limited selection for the purposes of this article.

  • Tomato, Kale, and Quinoa Soup
  • Wassail Recipe
  • Corn Chowder
  • Crock-Pot Italian Chicken and Broccoli Rabe Chili
  • French Onion Soup with Cheesy French Toast
  • Slow Cooker Short Rib Sauce with Bucatini
  • Cinnamon Apples
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie
  • Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup
  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Baked Oatmeal with Bananas and Nuts
  • French Dip Panini
  • Caramel Apple Crumble
Even healthy things can emerge from slow cooking
Healthy stuff pritikin

No matter what, it’s up to you and your partner to figure out the quintessential Valentine’s Day slow cooker recipes that best compliments your lifestyle. So get cracking and see what tickles your fancy. Did you know you can even make desserts in there? Go crazy!

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