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    30 Impossibly Easy Dump Dinners You Haven't Made Yet

    All of these can be made in a slow cooker or Instant Pot.

    When it comes to lazy cooking, dump dinners are our go-to.

    Many of these easy dump dinner recipes can be prepared ahead of time, stored in the freezer, then tossed into the slow cooker or Instant Pot. Others have little to no prep, and the only effort required is gathering the ingredients and combining them to cook. Pretty easy, huh?

    1. Instant Pot Burrito Bowls

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    Everything goes into the Instant Pot at once except for your favorite toppings (guacamole, jalapeño, pico de gallo, etc...) which you can keep off on the side. Pressure cook for about 10 minutes and you've got ready-to-eat chicken burrito bowls.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Burrito Bowls

    2. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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    Making this winter comfort food favorite may feel intimidating. But all you have to do is combine the beef and marinade in a ziplock bag then pop it into the slow cooker with veggies. Let it cook on high for 6-7 hours, and voilà.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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    Place cream, chicken broth, chicken breast, butter, garlic, and spices into your slow cooker and cook for about three hours. For tender (but not mushy) broccoli, just add it into the sauce a bit before before the chicken is done cooking.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Cajun Chicken Alfredo With Broccoli

    4. Slow Cooker Lasagna

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    Making lasagna doesn't have to be such a headache. Just layer ground meat, lasagna noodles, ricotta cheese, spinach, shredded mozzarella, and pasta sauce into your slow cooker. Let it cook on high for 3-4 hours, and you've got yourself an Italian feast.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Lasagna

    5. Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

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    You can substitute ground beef for turkey or chicken. Or, if you want a meatless meal, use black beans or quinoa.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

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    The only active work you'll have to do is cooking the gnocchi (or any pasta) according to the package directions. Then enjoy it with this rustic, Tuscan-inspired ragu.

    Recipe: Tuscan Sausage White Bean Ragu With Buttered Gnocchi

    7. Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili

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    If you're trying to meal-prep, you can combine all the ingredients except for the coconut milk and stock in a bag and freeze it until you're ready to cook it.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Lentil Curry

    9. Dump and Bake Ratatouille

    A bowl of ratatouille with eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and capers.
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    The hardest part of this recipe is chopping the veggies. Combine eggplant, pepper, zucchini, and tomatoes in a baking dish with tomato paste, olive oil, and garlic and bake.

    Recipe: Dump and Bake Ratatouille

    10. Slow Cooker Jambalaya

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    This Cajun recipe may look daunting, but all you have to do it toss sliced sausage, shrimp, chicken breasts, veggies, garlic, and seasoning into the Crock-Pot. Then, wait for dinner to cook itself.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Jambalaya

    11. Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

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    This creamy, fragrant marinade is made with yogurt, lemon juice, cumin, cinnamon, cayenne, and ginger. Keep a few frozen bags of marinated chicken for when you're craving a lighter version of your favorite takeout food.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Indian Butter Chicken

    12. Stuffed Shells With Spinach

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    Coat your Crock-Pot with marinara sauce, then layer the pasta shells and fill them with a mixture of spinach, ricotta, mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic, and Italian seasoning. After a few hours in the slow cooker, dinner is ready.

    Recipe: Stuffed Shells With Spinach

    13. Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

    A bowl of white rice topped with sticky Mongolian beef and scallions.
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    Serve this Asian-inspired chicken over rice, lo mein noodles, or stir-fry veggies for a hearty and satisfying meal.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef

    14. No-Boil Crock Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

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    When you can dump your mac 'n' cheese ingredients into a slow cooker and wait for it to cook itself, it's just as easy as opening the boxed stuff...but it's way more delicious.

    Recipe: No-Boil Crock Pot Mac 'n' Cheese

    15. Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan

    A slice of cheesy, breaded eggplant parmesan with fresh basil.
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    Just layer marinara sauce, breaded eggplant, and lots of mozzarella cheese in the slow cooker and let this ultimate comfort food cook itself.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Eggplant Parmesan

    16. Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

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    Taco Tuesday just got a serious upgrade thanks to these crispy carnitas. In the oven, carnitas can take a lot of time and effort, but in the slow cooker you just set all of the ingredients and let the pork cook until it's fork tender.

    Recipe: Crispy Slow Cooker Carnitas

    17. Curried Butternut Squash Soup

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    There's no pureeing or roasting required. In fact, the only real work you have to do is assemble everything at the base of your slow cooker.

    Recipe: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

    18. Cauliflower "Mac" and Cheese

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    There's only five minutes of hands-on prep time required to make this better-for-you version of the cheesy classic comfort food.

    Recipe: Cauliflower Mac 'n' Cheese

    19. Slow-Cooked Brisket and Onions

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    Your slow cooker is the secret to tender, melt-in-your-mouth brisket. If you're cooking for a crowd, you can make this stress-free recipe a day in advance and reheat it when your guests arrive.

    Recipe: Slow Cooked Brisket and Onions

    20. Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

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    It doesn't get much more comforting than this Italian recipe. And for this version, you don't even need to turn on the oven.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Baked Ziti

    21. Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

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    Make a big batch of this hearty soup and freeze it in singe-serve portions for up to three months.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup

    22. Crock Pot Meatloaf and Veggies

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    Make the entire meal — sides and all — in a single pot.

    Recipe: Crock Pot Meatloaf and Veggies

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    Craving a piping bowl of soup on a cold fall day? Ten minutes of prep time and a little bit of patience is all you need.

    Recipe: Crock Pot Sausage, Spinach, and White Bean Soup

    24. Whole Cauliflower Curry

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    Looking to shake up meatless Monday? Slow-cook a whole head of cauliflower with peppers and potatoes in a flavorful sauce of vegetable broth, curry powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

    Recipe: Whole Cauliflower Curry

    25. Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli

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    Prepare this meal ahead of time, but leave out the soy sauce if you want to freeze it for later. Then, when you're ready to cook just toss everything into your pressure cooker.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Broccoli

    26. Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

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    Spaghetti squash takes about an hour to roast in the oven, but this Instant Pot version is ready in just minutes. Just place a halved spaghetti squash into your slow cooker and cook it for seven minutes. Then, shred it into strands with a fork, return it to the Instant Pot, and mix it with butter, garlic, and spices.

    Recipe: Garlic Parmesan Spaghetti Squash

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    A can of cream of chicken soup goes a long way in this decadent recipe.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff

    28. Instant Pot Meatball Lasagna

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    Add water to your Instant Pot and then layer in meatballs, pasta, and marinara sauce. Right before it's done cooking, add a generous sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Meatball Lasagna

    29. Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

    Two bowls of stuffed cabbage soup with fresh herbs.
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    Just stir together all of the ingredients and let them cook on high for four hours. You can substitute the cauliflower rice for regular rice or quinoa.

    Recipe: Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage Casserole

    30. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

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    It doesn't get much easier than this Greek-inspired recipe. You don't even have to boil water for the rice. Add all your ingredients to your Instant Pot making sure to add the peppers and zucchini last. Cook, then serve with a sprinkle of feta and tzatziki.

    Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken and Rice