I tried MANY crockpot 'recipes' and they were all pretty awful. I know, I know...supposedly they're 'awesome', but like I said, we tried and we weren't interested. What is 'great' to one is 'not so great' to another. To each their own.
I don't really have a need for a crockpot to be honest. I don't work outside the home and don't seem to have a problem getting dinner on the table when I want it.
I use it to cook roasts in. Nothing really to fancy, just meat, onion soup mix and whatever veggies we want. It cooks a lot juicier and flavorful than in the oven and I don't have to keep checking it. Its also good for taking to parties if you make a casserole.
usually 2-3 times per week. when hubby is on call i never know when he will walk thru the door, so it works great so i can feed the kids early and still have a hot meal for him when he gets here. I love my crockpots!