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I got the crockpot that goes with these. . The lid locks and everything and I've had no spills, despite keeping it in a wash tub in case it does.
I'll second the slow cooker. I'm on an away rotation right now, so I brought several 1-gallon freezer bags with the ingredients for different slow cooker meals in each one. A couple of days ahead of time, I will move a frozen bag to the fridge and let it thaw for a couple of days. After two days, dump it in the slow cooker in the morning and turn it on low. You'll have dinner ready when you get home.
I have a pretty large Crock-Pot brand slow cooker (7 quarts, I think), but that's because my wife usually uses it to make meals for the both of us. You can get units that have High/Low/Keep Warm, a timer, and other bells and whistles, but all you really need is the basic High/Low kind and I'd get at least a 4 quart one.
If you REALLY want to save time, there are disposable plastic liners that you can toss after you're finished cooking. You won't need to do any scrubbing if you use these bad boys.
No worries, anytime! Have fun, it gets pretty easy. I haven't purchased any myself, but you should strongly consider getting Crock Pot liners for super easy cleanup. It can be pretty annoying to clean it.
Don't forget to make Upvote Soup. I'm waiting for a perfect day to try it, although it's probably more of a fall/winter recipe.
Reynolds Kitchens Slow Cooker Liners (Regular Size, 6 Count) [link]