If you want to avoid waking up early to start a meal that you may not be interested in by the time you get home from work, try this beef pot pie that starts off in the slow cooker. This is a meal to look forward to after a particularly grueling day. It makes a very tasty stew, but if you have a little more time and energy, it makes an even better pot pie.
This recipe easily adapts to cooking in a slow cooker. Just toss everything in and cook it on low for seven to eight hours, leaving you free to go to work or get errands done. Then, raise the heat to high, and uncover it for the last hour to allow it to reduce even more.