By Vicky McDonald

It's back-to-school time, and back to routine. It's a busy time for everyone in the family, especially the parents. Between making school lunches, helping with homework, and after-school sports, there's little time to even think about dinner. To make the transition a little easier, we're sharing our top-rated slow cooker recipes that kids really love. Most of these recipes take 15 minutes or less to prep, and then your slow cooker does the rest. When you all come home after a busy day your home-cooked dinner will be ready and waiting.

1. Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Rave Review: "Even the PICKIEST kids will eat this! My kids love this dish! It's super easy and very tasty!" — Holly Shattuck

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2. Slow Cooker Beef Stew

Rave Review: "This recipe was great. It was easy and fast to prepare. My son asked if I could make this every night so I call it a winner." — KITTIE

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3. Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Rave Review: "My nieces (ages 10 and 14) can be VERY picky so I was careful to choose something to make that I thought might please their palates. Well — winner, winner, chicken dinner! This was a huge hit with everybody!" — Jersey Tomato

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4. Slow Cooker Sausage with Sauce

Rave Review: "This recipe went over well with the entire family. This recipe is definitely going to be on the rotation with our family. It's very rare that I am actually able to find a recipe that everyone enjoys." — Girlyone123

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5. Slow Cooker Butter Chicken

Rave Review: "My family loves this dish — even my very picky 15-year-old considers it one of his favorites. We make it about twice a month." — goneabroad71

6. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Rave Review: "Delicious! whole family loved it. I will be making it again & again!" — CBrow

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7. Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Rave Review: "My kids love this and ask for it weekly." — BTang

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8. Laura's Quick Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Rave Review: "This is wonderful! Just the right amount of "heat" to it and very filling. Even my four-year-old daughter loved it." — lala3237

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9. Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Rave Review: "I have used this recipe for a long time and I love it. Delicious over angel hair mixed with olive oil and fresh ground salt and pepper. My kids who are 3 and 5 love this chicken too!" — smorehead

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10. Melt-In-Your-Mouth Meat Loaf

Rave Review: "This turned out great! I had my reservations that it would hold together, but it did! Next time, I'll use foil in the bottom as others suggested." — KelliontheCoast

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