There’s nothing like the slow cooker to make cooking easy, but during the week it can still be rough to get a home-cooked meal on the table. Happily, with only 20 minutes of prep required (or less!), these 16 recipes make crock pot cooking practically effortless. Whether you’re looking for something comforting or healthy to come home to at night, or maybe even a hearty breakfast that’ll power you through the day, we’ve got you covered.

1. Slow Cooker Mac + Cheese: Load up your slow cooker with pasta, cheeses, butter, milk, and spices; and a few hours later, you’re in comfort food heaven. (via Brit + Co)

Butter Chicken

2. Butter Chicken: It takes less time to throw together this creamy, spicy chicken than it would to head to your local takeout joint. (via Kitchen Sanctuary)

Bourbon Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

3. Bourbon Brown Sugar Pulled Chicken Sandwiches: This sweet and tangy shredded chicken is delicious on sandwiches and so much more. (via Cooking for Keeps)

Tacos Al Pastor

4. Tacos Al Pastor: Once you give these pork and pineapple tacos a try, you just may find yourself craving them over and over again. Lucky for you, making the meat in a slow cooker means they’re super easy to whip up. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Classic Black Bean Soup

5. Classic Black Bean Soup: Thick, full of flavor and with just enough spice, this black bean soup is as good eaten with tortilla chips as it is by the spoonful. (via Florida Gal Eats)

Quinoa Energy Bars

6. Quinoa Energy Bars: These healthy breakfast or snack bars bake in the slow cooker, making them a perfect treat to make when it’s too hot out to fire up the oven. (via Food Faith Fitness)

Thai Chicken and Noodles

7. Thai Chicken and Noodles: Here, the noodles are added to the pot during the final hour of cooking, allowing them to soak up all of the essence of the scrumptious sauce. (via Host the Toast)

Vietnamese Beef With Chimichurri

8. Vietnamese Beef With Chimichurri: A dollop of kicky, homemade chimichurri elevates these brothy bowls of tender meat, roasted cabbage and crunchy, colorful garnishes. (via Simple Roots Wellness)

Beefy Roasted Tomato Chili

9. Beefy Roasted Tomato Chili: There are so many layers of comfort and flavor packed into this chili that it’s hard to believe you only need 10 ingredients to make it. (via Crockpot Gourmet)

Slow Cooker Chicken Nacho Taquitos

10. Slow Cooker Chicken Nacho Taquitos: Wrap the cheesy chicken and beans up in tortillas to make taquitos, or pile it atop tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa for an equally delicious meal. (via DIY Budget Girl)

Cranberry-Orange Steel Cut Oatmeal

11. Cranberry-Orange Steel Cut Oatmeal: Steel cut oats take for-ev-er to cook, so making them in the slow cooker is a great way to go. They cook up to toothsome, tasty perfection with hardly any stirring required. (via Amy in the Kitchen)

Korean Beef Short Rib Lettuce Wraps

12. Korean Beef Short Rib Lettuce Wraps: You can find all the ingredients for these Korean-style wraps at your local grocer, no specialty store run necessary. Skip the rice for a lower-carb twist. (via No Spoon Necessary)

Thai Butternut Squash Soup

13. Thai Butternut Squash Soup: The creamy, rich taste of this soup will distract you from the fact that it’s actually healthy. A sprinkle of peanut-cilantro gremolata just before serving takes it to the next level. (Creme de la Crumb)

Veggie Lasagna

14. Veggie Lasagna: Loaded with veggies, this outrageously easy lasagna doesn’t even need a side dish. (via Crockpot Gourmet)

Chicken Tikka Masala

15. Chicken Tikka Masala (Paleo): Serve this Indian classic by the bowlful, or over cauliflower rice to keep things totally paleo-friendly. (via My Natural Family)

Soy Honey Pulled Chicken

16. Soy Honey Pulled Chicken: This pulled chicken offers a welcome balance of sweet and savory goodness in every bite. Enjoy it over grains, noodles, greens or even in a sandwich — whatever strikes your fancy. (via Deb’s Pots)

What are some of your favorite quick-prep dishes to make during the week? Whether you use a slow cooker or not, we’d love it if you shared them with us below!