Crockpots / slow cookers are fantastic. Wield some google-fu and your stomach will thank you! Personally, I tend to throw in whatever veggies I have around, onions n carrots n such, and a chunk o' meat, defrosted. Sploosh in <random spices and condiments>, I'm fond of Worcestershire sauce for beef for example. Pork, I'll stuff in some apples around the onions, and put on a good rub of smoked paprika. Fill mostly to the top of the meat with broth, water n wine, apple juice n water etc etc. Cook until it smells divine. Eat
I remember when I first got my slow cooker, I thought no way is it that easy. Yes, it really is that easy.