As I mentioned earlier, most of my recipes, for now, are going to be Crock-Pot based due to the limited time investment required and so my husband can have a warm meal when he gets home from work.
I highly recommend getting Crock-Pot liners. These things are awesome and make clean-up as simple as waiting for the contents to cool and hen tossing the whole thing in the trash…once you’ve gotten any leftovers out, of course. I’ve gotten generic liners and name-brand liners. They both work well, but I find the ones that are shaped for your Crock-Pot (circle vs. oval) work best.