All hail slow cooker weather! The load ’em up and leave ’em kitchen gadgets are a saviour for busy families.

As the weather cools down there’s nothing better than coming in from work or sports training and smelling the mouth watering aromas of the hearty dishes that have been slowly cooking while you’ve been away. In most cases it’s a simple matter of throwing in all the ingredients and letting your slow cooker do the rest. Winning!

We’ve gathered up some of our favourite belly warmer recipes from the kitchen masters at New Idea Food to help you get through the cooler months ahead in the gallery below …

10 hearty slow cooker recipes your family will love …