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The Italian Salad-Turned-Main
Here's a different take on caprese salad (mozzarella, tomato and basil) that's more substantial too, since it puts chicken in the starring role. The slow cooker helps make a deeply flavored, thick and mellow balsamic sauce. And it's practically effortless to make: just pour a mixture of canned diced tomatoes, balsamic vinegar, garlic, bay leaf, basil and onion over the chicken, and cook for five to six hours. Top with mozzarella and fresh basil, and dinner is ready.

Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Balsamic Chicken Caprese