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322 These allergy friendly pancakes are egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free but they are also perfectly fluffy and delicious!

Allergy-Friendly Pancakes: Gluten, Dairy, and Egg Free Pancakes

Your kids love pancakes, but with so many different food allergies, it’s hard to find one that pleases everyone. Well, look no further. Our kitchen-tested and kid-approved recipe is one your family will love.
Check out this quick video to see how simple they are to make.

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3 20 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

20 Thanksgiving Leftovers Recipe Ideas

What do you do with all of your holiday leftovers?

20 Thanksgiving Leftover Recipe Ideas

There are only so many times you can eat it the same way, then there comes a point where you just can’t handle another plain slice of turkey. It gets to be too much.

That’s why we love coming up with creative ways to repurpose leftovers here at MOMables!  We have everything you need, right here! That includes your abundance of leftover turkey in the fridge waiting to be enjoyed. Here are 20 delicious ideas we’ve compiled from our own blog and around the web to kick-start your recipe making.

From MOMables:

Turkey Broccoli Quiche: Great packed up for lunches, or enjoyed at dinnertime, this fresh recipe idea is a great idea for using those leftovers in a new way.

Turkey Broccoli Quiche

Turkey Stuffing Burgers: Turn that leftover stuffing and turkey into a burger patty! Enjoy it on leftover rolls or a bun. Garnish with cranberry sauce or relish.

Homemade Pasta Helper: Better than boxed! A great homemade recipe that’s adaptable for any meat, which makes it great for turkey leftovers.

Thanksgiving Cupcakes: What kid can turn down any food with cupcake in the title? A fun way for the whole family to nibble on the bite-size treats as a meal or an appetizer.

Thanksgiving Quesadillas: My daughter loves quesadillas in her lunch box, so this recipe will be a hit at my house after Thanksgiving! Simple and delicious.

Pot Pies: Instead of chicken, dice up that turkey, and bake it in a delicious pot pie for dinner. They also freeze great so you can enjoy them in the future.

Pot Pie

Southern Gumbo: This time of year, when the weather gets cooler, there’s nothing better than a warm bowl of stew or gumbo at dinnertime. This Southern Gumbo recipe is perfect for using up holiday leftovers.

Chicken & Hummus Bistro Box: This fabulous lunch idea might feature chicken, but can just as easily be packed with turkey instead. A great non-sandwich option.

More of our favorites:

Stuffed Peppers:  Daily Unadventures in Cooking shares an easy and yummy new way to enjoy those leftovers with their Stuffed Peppers recipe.

Thanksgiving Pizzas: Not only do they look beautiful, but these Thanksgiving Pizzas by Family Fresh Cooking would also be perfect packed up for lunch!

Turkey Chili with Kale: This was too delicious not to share! The Kitchn shows how to make a healthy chili with turkey leftovers. You could even serve it over rice for another spin on this hearty dish.


Thanksgiving Eggs Benedict: Leftovers aren’t just for lunch or dinner. Check out this recipe for a fun twist on breakfast.

Turkey Reuben Panini: Growing up, my father loved hot Reuben sandwiches.  This recipe by PaniniHappy would’ve been a hit in my house.

Turkey Quinoa Meatballs: Who says turkey can only be a sandwich? Turn it into a delicious meatball instead, thanks to Fitnessista.

Turkey Taco Wraps: Speaking of quinoa, here’s another healthy idea–turning it into a hearty taco instead.

Club Eggrolls: Use turkey instead of chicken for these easy prep, quick-fix eggrolls from DinnerDishes&Desserts.

Turkey Nachos: I’m a chip addict. Nachos are right up my alley for leftovers thanks to this delish idea from Whole Foods Market, including cranberry salsa to go with it.


Turkey Casserole: A great weeknight dish that you can prep ahead and bake up for dinner during your busy workweek.

Turkey & Cranberry Sushi: I never would have thought to make Sushi out of Thanksgiving leftovers! This clever recipe is thanks to ClosetCooking.

Cranberry Sauced Muffins: It’s not only about the turkey when it comes to Thanksgiving leftovers. Here is a yummy muffin recipe to use up that extra cranberry sauce.


Family Friendly Thanksgiving Appetizers and Bites

What are you thankful for?

10-Family-Friendly-Thanksgiving-Appetizers-Bites-MOMables.com_-621x700Thanksgiving is day of thankfulness, family, and food.

Typically, in our family, we have a mid-afternoon meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, veggies, homemade noodles, and more. I’m a busy bee in the kitchen all morning, preparing all the delicious foods and attempting to meet everyone’s dietary needs in our family. Of course, that makes for a long wait for the kiddos (and even the adults sometimes).

That’s why the day before I try to prep some yummy and easy appetizers that everyone can nibble on as they arrive and hang out together before our grand Thanksgiving dinner.

The best part is that many of these make great leftovers for school & work lunches! Whether you need more holiday recipes or just everyday lunch ideas, MOMables has you covered. Always thinking ahead. ;)

Creamy Avocado Dip: This delicious dip recipe found on the MOMables blog is great for dipping veggies and crackers for family and guests. The avocado in the dip not only adds nutrition but also fun color as well.

Spicy Roast Chickpeas: We love these popable spicy treats! Thanks goes to Alison, a MOMables contributor, for this yummy protein-packed recipe.

Antipasti Bites: MOMables Contributor Chef Corey is always whipping up great dinner and appetizer recipes on her personal blog, just like these Antipasti Bites. Bonus: They take less than 20 minutes to put together!

Antipasta Bites

Spinach Artichoke Cups: These cups are easy to assemble and fun to eat. Our recipe yields 36 of these bad boys, which is perfect for feeding your waiting army of guests.

Ham & Cheese Apple Wraps: These bite-size wraps are a great grain-free option for the entire family. Always a hit with kids and adults alike. No cooking or baking involved! It would be a great way to have the kids help in the kitchen while you’re busy with Thanksgiving dinner.

Easy Baked Cheese Twists: Easy to make and delicious to eat, these are another family favorite. I can already bet you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

Baked Cheese Twists

Hummus Crostini: Thank you Chief MOM Laura for sharing this easy appetizer idea over at SuperGlueMom! Your guests will be wowed with this no-nonsense idea. (I’m sure it’s already on Baby G’s Thanksgiving request list!)

Creamy Radish Dip: Another fantastic dip recipe thanks to Kendra at MOMables! My daughter especially loves the fun pink color, thinking it was made just for her. ;)

Watermelon Pops: You can’t go wrong with fresh fruit. Jazz it up, and add fun for the kids by inserting a Popsicle stick into the rine. It makes it easier to eat and more fun for them.

Watermelon Bites

Baked Mozzarella Sticks: Another hit thanks to Chef Corey. No one wants fried, greasy sticks before a heavy meal. Instead bake these, and let everyone enjoy!

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10 Nut-Free School Lunch Ideas

Do your kids have nut allergies? Or is your school enforcing nut-free lunches? Here are some ideas to combat that!

10 nut free lunch ideasAs a parent of a child with a severe nut allergy, I am forever grateful knowing she is safe at school being in a nut-free class.

With food allergies on the rise, more and more non-allergic families are finding rules being implemented to ensure student safety by having nut-free classes or even entire school buildings.

I can’t tell you how often I hear “what can I pack if I can’t send PB&J?”

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

MOMables not only has great resources on the blog for nut-free recipes and ideas, but you can also subscribe to the Classic Lunch Plan, which is nut-free or lists substitute suggestions on each of the menu items. Perfect for those lost on how to keep things peanut- and tree nut-free, but still nutritious and exciting in the lunch box.

To help get you started and thinking outside the peanut butter sandwich, here are some great lunch ideas we offer free from the blog here at MOMables:

  • Mini Tuna Balls: These little balls of fun are made with only three ingredients! Super simple and fun for both kids and adults. Eat them alone, with mac & cheese, or on top of a yummy salad.

mini tuna balls

  • Ham & Cheese Lunch Bites: Not only a fun nut-free lunch idea but grain-free as well. They also make a delicious breakfast bite.
  • DIY Pizza Lunch: Nothing beats a homemade lunchable, or as we like to call them, MOMables. ;) Let the kids build their own pizza and enjoy!
  • Pizza Swords: A new way to send those leftover slices sitting in the fridge. Cut up the pizza, add extra meat, and/or olives on food skewers.
  • Homemade Nuggets: Not only a great lunch alternative, but for dinner too. They freeze great for easy meals in the future. Never buy store-bought again!
  • LadybugPasta: There’s something about giving a dish a fun name that can make it more appealing for kids. That’s exactly what this dish does! Cold pastas are a great lunch box alternative.

lady bug pasta lunch


  • Ranch Chicken Wrap: Using up leftover grilled or rotisserie chicken is a great idea for lunches. Make chicken salad, slice it with BBQ sauce for dipping, or add it to a wrap like we did here for a yummy sandwich.
  • Meatloaf Swords: Speaking of leftovers, use up dinner the next day with this great idea. We also include our own recipe that helps sneak in some extra veggies for your picky eaters.
  • Pumpkin Pancakes: Breakfast for Lunch is always a fun change up. Try our Pumpkin Pancake recipe for a yummy fall favorite. You can also make a large batch ahead of time and freeze for quick grab & go breakfasts or lunches.
  • Apple & Cheese Quesadilla: Quesadillas don’t have to just be filled with meat. Try filling it with Apple & Cheese! When you grill or toast the quesadilla, the cheese melts and marries the two flavors together, creating the perfect bite.

apple cheddar quesadillas

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Microwave Mac and Cheese Cups (GF version included)

Kids love Macaroni & Cheese. It’s just that simple.

mac and cheese cupsMy daughter loves Mac and Cheese as much as the next kid. However, because I don’t eat dairy, I often find it a waste to make her an entire box of her favorite kind instead of a single serving just to fit her needs.

Not only that, let’s face it: The box variety is just not healthy. Most have added food dyes and chemicals I can barely pronounce when I check out the ingredient label!

Thankfully, we can now make our own Microwave Mac & Cheese Cups at home! With MOMables, there are just so many ways to make your kid’s favorite meals and snacks without all of the artificial ingredients! Come check us out!

They’re so simple, whether you use regular or gluten-free noodles (I’ve included direction notes for both). These are simple and quick to make, plus they’re the perfect single serving for a snack, side, or lunch.

MOM Tip: The key is to stir throughout, as instructed. This will keep the noodles cooking evenly and help keep them from overboiling.

Also remember that all microwaves are not created equal, so cooking times may have to be slightly adjusted depending on how hot yours does or does not get. Just keep an eye on the bowl, especially your first time making them, and note the differences.

Microwave Mac & Cheese Cups (GF Version Included)

mac and cheese cups
  • Author:
  • Yield: 1 1x


  • 1/3 cup pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 cup + 1/8 cup water
  • 1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Add pasta and water into a large soup bowl or mug.
  2. For regular noodles: Microwave for 6 minutes. Stop, and stir at the 2 1/2 minute mark, then stir every 45 seconds to 1 minute thereafter.
  3. For gluten-free noodles: Microwave for 5 minutes. Stop, and stir at the 2 1/2 minute mark, then stir every 45 seconds to 1 minute thereafter.
  4. After the microwaving is complete, add in the cheese. Stir.
  5. Microwave again for 25 seconds.
  6. Add the milk, stir, and serve.

*Gluten-free recipe notes use a corn-based pasta.

grilled garlic parmesan zucchini

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini

What do you do with zucchini? There are so many delicious ideas!

grilled garlic parmesan zucchiniZucchini is one of my favorite vegetables. It has become a household staple for us since my daughter began eating gluten-free. It’s so versatile and filling!

We love using it to make pasta, zucchini chips, and even pizza bites. That’s why this Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini is so wonderful; it’s like grilled garlic bread, only no bread and so much healthier! Perfect for our gluten-free family.

Don’t you love how versatile some things are? Being able to use the same ingredients in different ways in several meals is part of what MOMables is all about. Come check it out!

If you don’t have a grill, you can also broil these in the oven on low for about eight minutes by placing them on a tray on the middle rack.

This recipe is also great packed up for lunches. Just make sure they’re cooled completely before packing them in your lunch container. Round off the lunch with a hard-boiled egg and fresh fruit for a complete and healthy meal, MOMables style!

Grilled Garlic Parmesan Zucchini

grilled garlic parmesan zucchini
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  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 3 medium zucchinis, washed, ends cut
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 ½ tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat the grill to a medium-high setting (about 375F) and lightly oil the grates, or preheat the oven to 375F, and grease a baking sheet or line it with a silicone mat.
  2. Slice your zucchinis lengthwise into three flat slices, and place them on the grill or the baking sheet.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, parsley, garlic, and Parmesan cheese. Combine until it becomes a spreadable paste.
  4. Spread the mixture evenly onto all the zucchini slices.
  5. Cook the zucchini for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cheese is melted and the zucchini is soft and cooked through.
  6. Serve immediately.



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How to Freeze Pizza Dough

Do you know how to freeze pizza dough?

how to freeze pizza doughFriday night has become known as “Pizza Night” at my house. My daughter, who’s a very routine person, gets upset if I ever change it up. She loves her pizza!

That’s why I freeze pizza dough to make sure I always have some on hand for our family or if we have guests. It’s especially important in our house since we’re handling multiple food allergies and dietary restrictions.

For those looking for a delicious pizza dough recipe, MOMables has you covered. Our homemade brick oven recipe is sure to be a hit with your family and guests. I know when I make this for my friends, they’re always asking me for the recipe!

MOMables has tons of recipes and tips that will make your lunch-packing chores so much easier. If you would like some extra help doing this, you can sign up for our weekly meal plan and have recipes, tips, shopping lists, and more sent right to your inbox!

how-to-freeze-pizza-dough-horizontalHere’s the trick for making the brick oven dough recipe, or your favorite dough recipe, and freezing it for later use:

  • Mix all your ingredients together, as usual.
  • After you’ve added the yeast, do NOT let it rise. Instead, shape the mixture into a ball, and cover it lightly with flour.
  • Wrap the dough with plastic wrap. (I like to spray the wrap first with a little cooking spray to help keep the dough from sticking.)
  • Place the wrapped dough ball into a labeled freezer bag, and freeze it until ready to use.

When you’re ready to bake that bad boy, here are the next steps:

  • The morning of, remove the dough from the freezer, take it out of the bag, and unwrap it.
  • Place the dough in a large bowl in a warm place. Cover, and let it rise for the next 7 to 8 hours.
  • After it has finished rising, prepare the recipe as you normally would.

Not into tackling homemade dough? Try out DIY Frozen Pizza recipe instead.

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Easy-Peasy Frittata Recipe

Are you among those who think frittatas are out of your league? Think again!

easy peasy frittata recipeI used to think frittatas were difficult to make because they sounded so “fancy.” I also couldn’t make an omelette if my life depended on it, so how was I going to make a frittata?

They are actually easy to make and don’t require flipping, which for someone like me who also used to struggle with pancakes, this is a very good thing.

Frittatas are delicious because you can load them with whatever fillings you want. They’re thick, easy, yummy, and filling. They’re great as a quick-fix breakfast, for a weeknight when you have that blank stare looking into your refrigerator unsure what to whip up for dinner, or even made and planned ahead for lunches!

That’s right–they’re fabulous for lunches, too. I love to make my frittata, slice it, and pack it up for the family. They’re just as good cold as they are hot, so no need to worry about how to pack.

Are you struggling to pack variety in your kid’s lunch boxes? Are they getting bored with their lunches? Sometimes have a slightly guilty feeling for packing the same sandwich over and over again? Join MOMables, and you can get a weekly meal plan sent straight to your inbox! You’ll get recipes for every day along with pictures to show you what the final product should look like. You even get a grocery list to streamline the process even more!

One of the things I love most about this particular recipe is that the ingredients are probably already in your fridge and freezer. Plus, the added peas are a great way to sneak extra veggies into your meal.

Want to amp it up even more? Try adding diced ham bits as well.

Easy-Peasy Frittata

easy peasy frittata recipe
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  • Yield: 6-8 1x


  • 10 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat the oven’s broiler.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, milk, and salt. Whisk until well blended.
  3. Add the peas and cheese. Whisk again.
  4. In a 10- to 12-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium-low heat. Swirl the pan around to coat evenly over the entire bottom and sides of the pan.
  5. Pour the egg mixture into the heated pan. Using a rubber spatula, give it a quick stir to evenly distribute the peas.
  6. Increase the heat to medium. Allow the egg mixture to cook without stirring, about 8 to 10 minutes, until the edges are cooked and the center-top is semi-liquid.
  7. Transfer the skillet to the broiler, and continue to cook until the top and center are fully cooked, about another 4 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven, and allow the frittata to cool before slicing.


healthy green popsicles

Healthy Green Popsicles

Do you need a healthy treat to help your kids cool down?

healthy green popsiclesSummertime means hot days and parents looking for great ways to help their kids recover from long days in the sun. That’s why we love making homemade Popsicles here at MOMables!

Not only do you save money by making them yourself, you also know all the ingredients. That means they’re healthy and that there isn’t any of that icky stuff you can’t even pronounce.

MOMables is all about knowing what you’re putting into your kid’s lunch boxes. That means natural, healthy ingredients that will keep your kids happy! You can join us and receive our weekly meal plan sent straight to your inbox!

To make a good homemade Popsicle, it’s best to invest in a good set of pop molds. Check out the MOMables store to see our favorite ones.

This recipe will have you seeing GREEN. ;) The spinach adds the beautiful color, but all the kiddos will taste is the sweetness from the pineapple and the yummy flavor of the banana.

Put your ingredients into a blender, and process them until they’re completely smooth. Pour the mix into your molds, freeze for 3 to 4 hours, and they’re ready to devour!

Trick: If you’re having trouble getting the mold off the stick after freezing, run it under some hot water to help loosen it, and then try pulling it apart. Repeat as necessary.

Healthy Green Popsicles

healthy green popsicles
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  • Yield: 6 1x


  • 2 medium to large ripened bananas
  • 2 cups diced pineapple
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup water (or juice from the pineapple)


  1. Place all the ingredients into the blender.
  2. Process until completely smooth, 3 to 4 minutes.
  3. Pour into the molds.
  4. Freeze for 3 to 4 hours.


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Gluten-Free Flax Pumpkin Pie Cups

Do you love to bake in the fall…or just any time of year for that matter!? I do! The spices and wonderful scents that fill my kitchen are undeniably amazing.gluten free flax pumpkin pie cups

These Gluten-Free Flax Pumpkin Pie Cups are moist and delicious and are the perfect treat to put in your child’s lunch box! They are like eating pumpkin pie without the heavy crust. This recipe is also gluten-, egg- and nut-free.

Here at MOMables, we do our best to give you ideas in your weekly meal plan that are perfect for the lunch box, but the great thing is that the recipes can be used for multiple meals!

gluten free flax pumpkin pie cupsFUN FACT: Flax is a great source of fiber, calcium, and magnesium. It has a nutty aroma, which complements the pumpkin spices in these cups.

Gluten-Free Flax Pumpkin Pie Cups

Yields 12-14 cups

  • Author: MOMables
  • Cuisine: Baking


  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons ground flax
  • 6 tablespoons hot water
  • 1 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon xantham gum (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Optional Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons orange zest, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F, and lightly coat muffin pans with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix 2 tablespoons of the flax with the water. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, blend together the remaining 1/2 cup flax, the flour, xantham gum (if using), baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, salt, and brown sugar.
  4. Add the pumpkin, honey, yogurt, and applesauce. Mix until a batter forms.
  5. Add the vanilla. Add the flax and water mixture, which should now have a gel-like consistency, and mix well again.
  6. Fill each muffin cup about three-quarters full.
  7. Optional topping: Mix together the orange zest, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over all the cups.
  8. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.
  9. Cool in pans for 5 to 8 minutes, then remove and cool for 10 minutes before enjoying!


19 crockpot buffalo chicken meatballs

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Are you tired of the same old greasy wing bucket? These buffalo chicken meatballs have a hidden zest that make them irresistible.

crockpot buffalo chicken meatballsFor my family, weekends are all about hanging with great friends, usually watching some kind of sporting event while eating good food!

When I think of party food fixings, my first thought is “Dude Food.” It needs to be party-friendly because, let’s face it, it’s going to be enjoyed by folks parked in front of the television or while standing around on the back porch, which means it should be simple and enjoyed with either your fingers, a toothpick, or a fork.

crockpot buffalo chicken meatballs

MOMables is all about making your food lives easier and more efficient! If you need prep ahead help or simply new ideas to fill your kid’s (or adult’s) lunch boxes, then you can join us here!

Related: Top 5 Lunchboxes We’ve Tested

My fella’s favorite football food: Buffalo Chicken Wings. The spicier, the better, too. So I decided to turn his go-to game-day food into a party favorite that can be kept warm in the crockpot for hours so you don’t have to worry about reheating during breaks.

Simple and spicy = Mom Touchdown!

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

crockpot buffalo chicken meatballs
  • Author: MOMables
  • Yield: 10-12 1x
  • Cuisine: Lunch


  • 2 pounds ground chicken
  • 8 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon creole seasoning (or favorite all-purpose seasoning)
  • 2 cups Buffalo sauce


  1. Coat crockpot with cooking spray or line the bottom with parchment paper or aluminum foil.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the chicken, blue cheese, garlic, and creole seasoning until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Begin rolling the meat mix into balls about 1 1/2 inches in diameter (a little smaller than golf balls), and place the meatballs at the bottom of the crockpot. Continue rolling and stacking them until all the meatballs are formed. Pour Buffalo sauce over the meatballs, and cover.
  4. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Halfway through, about 2 1/2 hours in, stir the meatballs to distribute the sauce and cook evenly. After 4 hours, check for doneness. A meat thermometer inserted in the center of a meatball should read 165F.


This process works for all types of meatballs. Now, you can let the crockpot do all the cooking while you do something else.


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