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Cabbage Sausage Soup

Cabbage Sausage Soup

4 C. low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth

1 medium-size head of cabbage, chopped

2 medium onions, chopped

1/2 lb fully cooked smoked turkey sausage, halved lengthwise and sliced

1/2 C. all-purpose flour

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 C. skim milk

 

Combine chicken broth, cabbage, onions, and sausage in slow cooker. Cover. Cook on high 5-6 hours, or until cabbage is tender. Mix flour and black pepper in a bowl. Gradually add milk, stirring until smooth. Gradually stir into hot soup. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 15 minutes until soup thickens. Serve.

 

Yield: 8 servings

Calories: 210

Fat: 11g

Fiber: 3g

Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu

Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu

6 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

1 T. butter

3 T. flour

1/2 cup  milk

1/2 cup chicken broth

1/4 tsp, salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

4 ounces sliced ham

4 ounces sliced Swiss cheese

1 (8 ounce) package herbed dry bread stuffing mix

1/4 cup butter, melted

 

Make a roux on the stovetop with butter and flour, and whisk in broth, milk and salt and pepper. Pour sauce into crockpot. Layer chicken breasts over the sauce, turning to coat. Cover with slices of ham and then Swiss cheese. Sprinkle the stuffing on top, and drizzle butter over stuffing. Cover, and cook on Low for 4 to 6 hours, or 2 to 3 hours on High. 

Crockpot Roast Chicken

Crockpot Roast Chicken

Several celery stalks

1 roasting chicken, 4 to 5 pounds (to fit in crockpot)

Little evoo or butter

salt

pepper

paprika, poultry seasoning, or other desired herb

6 cloves garlic, mashed

1/2 cup chicken broth

 

Spread chicken lightly with oil or butter (you can omit this, but it helps the seasonings adhere).  Sprinkle the chicken, inside and out, with salt, pepper and paprika. Spread half of the garlic in the cavity and spread the rest on the outside of the bird. Layer the celery on the bottom of the crock and set the chicken on top.  This will prevent the chicken from sitting in the fat as it cooks. Add the remaining ingredients and butter and cook on HIGH for 1 hour. Reduce to LOW and cook for 4 to 6 hours longer, until chicken is tender and juices run clear. Serve the hot garlic butter sauce with the chicken.

Vegetarian Navy Bean Soup

Vegetarian Navy Bean Soup

16 oz. navy beans, rinsed
8 C. water
1 C. carrots, finely chopped
1 C. celery, finely chopped & leaves
1/2 C. onion, finely chopped
1 C. tomato vegetable cocktail juice
1 T. chicken-flavor instant bouillon
1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes

In large saucepan or Dutch oven, combine beans and water. Bring to a boil. Boil 30 minutes; remove from heat. Let stand 1-1/2 hours or until beans are tender. In slow cooker, combine beans (and water) and all remaining ingredients; mix well. Cover and cook on low setting for 6 to 8 hours or until beans and vegetables are very tender.

Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 C.

Calories: 211
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 15g

Spicy Wine Pot Roast

Spicy Wine Pot Roast

3 lb. beef pot roast
1 small onion, chopped
1 package brown gravy mix
1 C. water
1/4 C. ketchup
1/4 C. dry red wine
2 tsp. Dijon-style mustard
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/8 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh parsley, for garnish, chopped

Sprinkle meat with salt and pepper. Place in crockpot. Combine the remaining ingredients, except parsley, and pour over meat. Cover and cook on low 10 hrs. Remove the meat and slice. Thicken sauce with flour mixed in a small amount of water and serve over meat sprinkled with chopped parsley.

Yield: 12 servings
Calories: 252
Fat: 17.8g
Fiber: 0g

Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs

Slow Cooker BBQ Short Ribs

2 T. cooking oil
3 lbs. beef short ribs
1 C. BBQ sauce
2 T. Molasses
2 T. white vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1 T. soy sauce
1/2 C. chopped onion

Heat cooking oil in frying pan. Add ribs. Brown on all sides. Drain. Place ribs in 5 qt. slow cooker. Mix next 6 ingredients well in bowl. Stir in onion. Pour over short ribs. Cook on LOW for 8-10 hrs. or on HIGH for 4 to 5 hrs.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 310
Fat: 16g
Fiber: 0g

Slow Cooked Honey-Dijon Pork Roast

Slow Cooked Honey-Dijon Pork Roast

1/2 C. chopped onion
2 apples, peeled and sliced
1 T. Honey
1 T. Dijon mustard
1/2 tsp. coriander seed, crushed
1/4 tsp. Salt
1 (2 to 2 1/2 lb.) rolled boneless pork roast
1 T. Cornstarch
2 T. Water

In 4 to 6 qt. slow cooker, combine onion and apples. In small bowl, combine honey, mustard, coriander and salt; mix well. Spread on all sides of pork roast; place roast over onions and apples. Cover; cook on LOW for 7-8 hrs. Remove roast from slow cooker; place on serving platter. Cover with foil. In small saucepan, combine cornstarch and water, blend well. Add apple mixture and juices from slow cooker; mix well. Cook over med. heat until mixture boils, stirring occasionally. Cut roast into slices. Serve with sauce.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 250
Fat: 10g
Fiber: 1g

Mexican Green Chili

Mexican Green Chili

1 1/2 lb. lean top round, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 (16 oz.) jar tomatillo salsa (green salsa) (mild is advised)
1 (15 oz.) can Mexican style stewed tomatoes
1 (15 oz.) can fat-free beef broth
2 (4.5 oz.) cans chopped green chiles
1 C. chopped onion
2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper
2 tsp. bottled minced garlic
2 tsp. chili oil

Combine all ingredients in an electric slow-cooker. Stir well. Cover. Cook on low heat setting for 8 hours.

Yield: 9 servings
Serving Size: 1 C.

Calories: 156
Fat: 4g
Fiber: 1g

Savory Pot Roast

Savory Pot Roast

3-3 1/2 lb. beef boneless chuck roast
1 T. vegetable oil
8 small red potatoes, cut in half
3 C. baby-cut carrots
1 large onion, coarsely chopped (1 C.)
1 jar (5 oz.) prepared horseradish
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 C. water

Trim fat from the roast. Heat oil in skillet over medium-high heat. Cook beef in oil about 10 minutes, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides. Place potatoes, carrots and onion in 4-6 quart slow cooker. Place beef on vegetables. Mix horseradish, salt and pepper; spread evenly over beef. Pour water over beef and vegetables. Cover and cook on low heat setting 8-10 hours or until beef and vegetables are tender.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 315
Fat: 13g
Fiber: 4g

Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

Sausage and Sauerkraut Dinner

6 small red potatoes, unpeeled, quartered
8 fresh baby carrots, cut into 1/4″ slices
1 med. onion, cut into thin wedges
1 T. brown sugar
1 T. spicy brown mustard
1 tsp. caraway seeds
1 (15 oz) can sauerkraut
1 lb. fully cooked turkey kielbasa, cut into 1″ slices

In 3 1/2-4 qt slow cooker, combine potatoes, carrots, and onion. In medium bowl, combine brown sugar, mustard, and caraway seed – mix well. Stir in sauerkraut and kielbasa. Spoon this mixture over vegetables in cooker. Cover, cook on LOW for at least 8 hours.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 360
Fat: 7g
Fiber: 7g

Sausage Pasta Stew

Sausage Pasta Stew

1 lb. turkey Italian Sausage links, casing removed
4 C. water
1 jar (26 oz) meatless spaghetti sauce
1 can (16 oz) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 medium yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 medium sweet red or green pepper, diced
1/3 C. chopped onion
1 1/2 C. uncooked spiral pasta
1 C. frozen peas
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

In a nonstick skillet, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink; drain and place in a 5qt slow cooker. Add water, spaghetti sauce, beans, summer squash, carrots, red pepper and onion; mix well. Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours or until vegetables are tender. Stir in the pasta, peas, sugar, salt and pepper; mix well. Cover and cook on high for 15-20 minutes or until pasta is tender.

Yield: 8 servings
Serving Size: 1 1/3 C.

Calories: 276
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 6g

Rustic Vegetable Soup

Rustic Vegetable Soup

16 oz. picante sauce
10 oz. frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
10 oz. frozen green beans , thawed,
2 (10 oz). cans fat-free beef broth
2 medium baking potatoes, cut into 1/2″ pieces
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 tsp. sugar
Bay Leaf
1/4 C. parsley

Combine all ingredients, except parsley in slow cooker. Cover and cool on LOW 8 hours or on HIGH 4 hours. Remove Bay Leaf, stir in parsley; serve.

Serving Size: 1 1/2 C.
Calories: 98
Fat: trace
Fiber: 3g

Pot of Pizza

Pot of Pizza

8 oz. extra lean ground beef or turkey
1/2 C. chopped onion
1/2 C. chopped green pepper
1/2 C. (one 2.5 oz. jar) sliced mushrooms, drained
1 3/4 C. (one 15-oz. can) Hunt’s Tomato Sauce or Pizza Sauce
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
1 tsp. Spenda
3 C. cooked noodles, rinsed and drained
1/4 C. shredded Kraft reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
1/4 C. shredded Kraft reduced-fat Mozzarella cheese

In a large skillet, sprayed with olive-oil-flavored cooking spray, brown meat, onion and green pepper. Stir in mushrooms, tomato sauce, Italian seasoning and Splenda. Pour mixture into a slow cooker sprayed with butter-flavored cooking spray. Spread noodles over meat mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Layer cheddar and mozzarella cheeses evenly over the top. Cover and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours. Mix well before serving

Yield: 6 servings
Serving Size: 1 C.

Calories: 305
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 4g

Pork-and-Black Bean Chili

Pork-and-Black Bean Chili

1 lb. lean boned pork loin roast
1 (16-oz) jar thick-and-chunky salsa
2 (15-oz) cans no-salt-added black beans, undrained
1 C. chopped yellow bell pepper
3/4 C. chopped onion
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 C. fat-free sour cream

Trim fat from pork; cut into 1-inch pieces. Combine pork and next 7 ingredients in a 4-quart electric slow cooker; stir well. Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting for 8 hours or until pork is tender. Ladle chili into bowls; top with sour cream.

Yield: 4 servings
Serving size: 2 C. chili and 1 T. sour cream

Calories: 379
Fat: 9.4g
Fiber: 6.2g

Italian Turkey Dinner

Italian Turkey Dinner

2 (1 lb.) turkey thighs, skin removed
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, undrained
2 T. tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. uncooked couscous
1 1/2 C. water
2 C. sliced zucchini

Place turkey thighs in 3 1/2-4 qt. slow cooker. In small bowl, combine tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic; mix well. Pour over turkey. Cover; cook on LOW for 6-8 hrs. About 25 min. before serving, cook couscous in water as directed on pkg. Stir zucchini into tomato mixture. Cover; cook on HIGH for an additional 20 min. or until zucchini is tender. To serve, remove bones from turkey. Stir gently to break up turkey.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 270
Fat: 5g
Fiber: 3g

Hot Texas Chili Soup

Hot Texas Chili Soup

12 oz. red kidney beans, cooked and drained
6 oz. ground turkey, cooked
3 C. canned stewed tomatoes, low-sodium
2 C. tomato sauce
1 1/2 C. chopped onions
1 C. canned green chilies, rinsed, drained and chopped
1 T. + 2 tsp. chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. hot pepper sauce

In 3-quart slow-cooker, combine all ingredients and 2 C. water. Cover and cook on Low 4 hours or on High 2 hours, until onions are tender. Ladle evenly into 6 soup bowls.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 230
Fat: 5g
Fiber: 8g

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup

16 oz. Chicken Breast Halves Without Skin, cubed
30 oz. Black Beans, Canned, undrained
30 oz. Mexican-style Stewed Tomatoes, canned
1 C. Salsa
Minced Garlic
Chopped Cilantro
4 oz. Chopped Green Chiles
14 1/2 oz. Tomato Sauce
2 C. Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese, grated
reduced fat Tortilla Chips

Combine all ingredients except cheese and tortilla chips into slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 8 hours. To serve, put a handful of chips into each individual bowl. Ladle soup over chips. Top with 1/4 C. cheese.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 248
Fat: 4g
Fiber: 9g

Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Dip

Slow Cooker Pepperoni Pizza Dip

 

1 jar (14 oz.) pizza sauce

1 C. chopped turkey pepperoni, (from 6-oz. package)

8 medium green onions, chopped (1/2 C.)

1/2 C. chopped red bell pepper

1 can (2 1/4 oz.) sliced ripe olives, drained

1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz.)

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened and cubed

Broccoli flowerets, cherry tomatoes and carrot sticks, if desired

 

Mix pizza sauce, pepperoni, onions, bell pepper and olives in 1 1/2-quart slow cooker.   Cover and cook on low heat setting 3 to 4 hours or until mixture is hot.   Stir in mozzarella cheese and cream cheese until melted. Serve with vegetables for dipping.

Crockpot Lacquered Chicken Hot Dish

Crockpot Lacquered Chicken Hot Dish

1 T. vegetable oil

2 lb. whole chicken

3 very large onions, peeled and chopped

5 large tomatoes, chopped

1 medium orange, unpeeled, seeded, chopped

1 tsp. sugar

1 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1/2 C. water

1 bouillon cube, crumbled

3 heaping T. red currant, raspberry or red grape jelly

1/4 C. sweet sherry

 

In a medium skillet, over medium high heat, heat the oil and saute the chicken, turning often, until well browned all over. Remove the chicken to a plate. Saute the onion in the skillet until well browned. Turn on the crockpot. Place the tomatoes, orange, sugar, salt and pepper in the pot and set the chicken on top. Rinse the skillet with the water and scrape into the cooker. Add the bouillon cube. Cover and cook on low for 5 to 7 hours. Before serving, remove the chicken to a deep serving dish and keep warm. Turn the pot contents into a skillet, set the heat to high and simmer until thick enough to mound on a spoon. Stir in the jelly and the sherry and cook, stirring until the sauce boils. Do not overcook, lest the sauce lose its shiny quality. If you wish, add some sugar or sweet sherry to further brighten the taste. If sauce is not shiny enough, bring back to a very brisk boil and quickly stir in some jelly. Pour sauce over the chicken. Enjoy this classy hot dish!

Venison Stew

Venison Stew

2 lbs. venison, cubed

3 cloves garlic

2 onions, sliced

3 tsp. vegetable oil

2 bay leaves

1 head cauliflower

3 potatoes, cubed

6 carrots, cubed

1 can tomato sauce

1 Tsp.. salt

1 C. water

 

Throw all in a crock pot and cook until done.

Chinese Crock Pot Dinner

Chinese Crock Pot Dinner

1 lb. Chicken breasts cut into strips

1 large onion sliced

1 small green pepper sliced

1 can tomato sauce – (8 oz)

4 carrots sliced

3 T. brown sugar

1 T. vinegar

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. Soy sauce

 

Cook chicken in a skillet with a small amount of oil until browned. Place all ingredients with pork in crock pot and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours. Serve with hot rice.

Easy Slowcooker Baked Beans

Easy Slowcooker Baked Beans

2 cans (28 oz. each) vegetarian baked beans, drained
1 med. onion, chopped (1/2 C.)
2/3 C. barbecue sauce
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
2 T. ground mustard (dry)

Mix all ingredients in 3 1/2 to 6 qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 4 to 5 hrs. (or HIGH 2 2 1/2 hrs.) or until desired consistency.

Yield: 10 servings
Calories: 190
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 8g

Pork Chops with Jalapeno-Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

Pork Chops with Jalapeno-Pecan Cornbread Stuffing

6 boneless pork loin chops, 1″ thick (1 1/2 lbs.)
3/4 C. chopped onion
3/4 C. chopped celery
1/2 C. coarsely chopped pecans
1/2 med. jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1 tsp. rubbed sage
1/2 tsp. dried rosemary leaves
1/8 tsp. black pepper
4 C. unseasoned cornbread stuffing mix
1 1/4 C. reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 egg, lightly beaten

Trim excess fat from pork and discard. Spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray; heat over med. heat. Add pork; cook onion, celery, pecans, jalapeno pepper, sage, rosemary and black pepper to skillet. Cook 5 min. or until tender. Set aside. Combine cornbread stuffing mix, vegetable mixture and broth in med. bowl. Stir in egg. Spoon stuffing mixture into slow cooker. Arrange pork on top. Cover and cook on LOW about 5 hrs. or until pork is tender and barley pink in centers. If you prefer a more moist dressing, increase the chicken broth to 1 1/2 C.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 272
Fat: 14g
Fiber: 1g

Chicken Thighs w/Barley, Garlic & Chardonnay

Chicken Thighs w/Barley, Garlic & Chardonnay

1/2 pound chicken thighs without skin, boned
4 cloves garlic, sliced thin
1/2 C. barley, rinsed and drained
1 can fat-free chicken broth
1 1/2 C. chardonnay
1 tsp. fresh rosemary leaves, snipped

Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and cook on Low for at least 6 hours (3 1/2 hours on High). Serve in bowls and top with chopped green onions.

Yield: 2 Servings
Calories: 378
Fat: 4g
Fiber: 7g

Ginger Pork Wraps

Ginger Pork Wraps

3 T. grated gingerroot
3 T. honey
2 1/2 lb. boneless pork loin roast — trimmed of fat
1/4 C. hosin sauce
3 C. purchased coleslaw blend
2 T. rice vinegar
12 whole fat-free flour tortilla — (8-10″) heated

In 3 1/2 to 4 qt. slow cooker, combine gingerroot and honey; blend well. Add pork roast; turn to coat with honey mixture. Cover; cook on low setting for 6-8 hrs. Remove roast from slow cooker. With 2 forks, shred pork; return to slow cooker. Stir in hoisin sauce. In med. bowl, combine coleslaw blend and vinegar; toss to mix well. To serve, spread about 1/3 C. pork mixture down center of each warm tortilla. Top each with 1/4 C. coleslaw mixture. Roll up each tightly.

Yield: 12 sandwiches
Calories: 242
Fat: 10g
Fiber: 6g

Turkey-Tomato Soup

Turkey-Tomato Soup

1 lb. turkey thighs, boned, skinned, cut into 1″ pieces (2 medium)
2 small red potatoes, cubed
1 3/4 C. fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 1/2 C. frozen corn
1 C. chopped onion
1 C. water
8 oz. no salt added tomato sauce
1/4 C. tomato paste
2 T. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1/2 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 C. finely chopped fresh parsley

Combine all ingredients, except parsley, in slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW 9 to 10 hours. Stir in parsley; serve.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 223
Fat: 8g
Fiber: 3g

White Bean and Green Chile Pepper Soup

White Bean and Green Chile Pepper Soup

30 oz. great northern beans, canned, rinsed and drained
1 C. finely chopped yellow onion
4 1/2 oz. diced green chiles
1 tsp. ground cumin, divided
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
14 1/2 oz. fat-free chicken broth
1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
1 T. extra virgin olive oil
1/3 C. sour cream (optional)

Combine beans, onion, chilies, 1/2 tsp. cumin and garlic powder in slow cooker. Cook on LOW 8 hours or on HIGH 4 hours. Stir in cilantro, olive oil and remaining 1/2 tsp. cumin. Garnish with sour cream, if desired.

Yield: 5 servings
Calories: 280
Fat: 7g
Fiber: 9g

Slow Cooker Pierogies in Pepper-Shallot Sauce

Slow Cooker Pierogies in Pepper-Shallot Sauce

1 can (28 oz.) crushed tomatoes
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1 C. chopped sweet green peppers
1/2 tsp. olive oil
1/2 T. red wine vinegar
1/2 tsp. Italian herb seasoning
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 lb. potato-filled pierogies, fresh or frozen (thawed)

Combine the first 7 ingredients in the crockery pot. Cover and cook on LOW for 5-9 hrs. or on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 5 hrs. Add the pierogies. Cover and cook for 1 hr.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 179
Fat: 2.1g
Fiber: 4.2g

Tex-Mex Chicken ‘N’ Rice

Tex-Mex Chicken ‘N’ Rice

2 C. converted rice, uncooked; Uncle Ben’s
28 oz. diced tomatoes, Hunt’s
6 oz. tomato paste
3 C. hot water
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 lb. boneless & skinless chicken breast, cut in 1/2″ cubes
2 medium onions,chopped
1 medium green bell pepper,chopped
4 oz. green chiles, diced
3/4 tsp. garlic pepper

In a slow cooker mix together all ingredients except the chiles and garlic pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until the rice is tender and the chicken is white throughout; do not overcook or the rice will be mushy. Stir in the chiles and garlic pepper. Serve at once.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 174
Fat: 1.1g
Fiber: 3g

Tex-Mex Chicken ‘N’ Rice

Tex-Mex Chicken ‘N’ Rice

2 C. converted rice, uncooked; Uncle Ben’s
28 oz. diced tomatoes, Hunt’s
6 oz. tomato paste
3 C. hot water
1 package taco seasoning mix
1 lb. boneless & skinless chicken breast, cut in 1/2″ cubes
2 medium onions,chopped
1 medium green bell pepper,chopped
4 oz. green chiles, diced
3/4 tsp. garlic pepper

In a slow cooker mix together all ingredients except the chiles and garlic pepper. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 to 4 1/2 hours or until the rice is tender and the chicken is white throughout; do not overcook or the rice will be mushy. Stir in the chiles and garlic pepper. Serve at once.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 174
Fat: 1.1g
Fiber: 3g

Barbecued-Beef Sandwiches

Barbecued-Beef Sandwiches

2 lb. boned chuck roast
2 C. vertically sliced onion
1 C. bottled barbecue sauce
1 T. cornstarch
1 T. water
6 (2-oz.) Kaiser rolls or hamburger buns, toasted

Trim fat from beef, and cut into 1-inch cubes. Place beef in an electric slow cooker; stir in onion and barbecue sauce. Cover with lid; cook on low-heat setting for 8 hours. Remove beef and onions from slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Shred beef mixture with 2 forks; set aside. Combine cornstarch and water, and add cornstarch mixture to barbecue sauce mixture in slow cooker, stirring well. Cover with lid, and cook on high-heat setting for 1 minute. Return the shredded-beef mixture to slow cooker; cover and cook 10 minutes. Serve on rolls. Note: You can freeze the barbecued-beef mixture in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 1 C. beef mixture and 1 roll

Calories: 410
Fat: 12.2g
Fiber: 2.5g

Steak and Mushroom Soup

Steak and Mushroom Soup

2 medium onions, about 1/2 pound, coarsely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
2 ribs celery, finely chopped
3 T. unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. crushed dried thyme
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1 1/2 pounds lean beef top round steak, trimmed of all fat and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 14 1/2-ounce can low-sodium diced tomatoes
1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned and thickly sliced
7 C. fat-free low-sodium canned beef broth
1 large bay leaf
1 pound Swiss chard, coarsely chopped

Put onion, garlic, carrots, and celery in a 5-quart or larger crockery slow cooker. In a large self-sealing plastic bag, combine flour, lemon pepper seasoning and thyme. Add beef cubes and toss to coat evenly. Place meat on top of the onion mixture. Cover the meat with the tomatoes and their juice. Top with the mushrooms. Pour beef broth into slow cooker. Add the bay leaf. Do not stir. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 1/2 to 9 1/2 hours or on HIGH for 4 1/4 to 4 3/4 hours. Add the chard and stir the soup, removing and discarding the bay leaf.. Cover and cook on LOW for 30 minutes or on HIGH for 15 minutes. To serve, ladle soup into bowls.

Yield: 12 servings
Serving Size: 1 Cup

Calories: 139
Fat: 3g
Fiber: 2g

Potato and Mushroom Chowder

Potato and Mushroom Chowder

1/2 C. onion, chopped
1/4 C. reduced-calorie margarine
2 T. flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
2 C. water
8 oz. sliced mushrooms, drained
1 C. celery, chopped
2 C. potatoes, peeled and diced
1 C. carrot, chopped
2 C. skim milk
1/4 C. fat-free parmesan cheese, grated

In a skillet, sauté onion and celery in the 1/4 C. margarine until the onion is translucent. Remove from heat. Add flour, salt and pepper; stir. Place in crock pot. Add water, then stir in potatoes, mushrooms, and carrots. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours (or on high for 3-4 hours). If on low, turn to high after cooking time. Add milk and parmesan cheese and cook another 30 minutes. Serve.

Yield:4 servings
Calories: 150
Fat: 4g
Fiber: 3g

Pioneer Beans

Pioneer Beans

1 lb. ground beef
1/4 lb. sliced bacon, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 C.)
1 15-oz. can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz. can butter beans, rinsed and drained
1 15-oz. can pork and beans in tomato sauce
1 C. catsup
1/2 C. packed brown sugar
1/4 C. molasses
1 T. vinegar
1 T. prepared mustard

In a large skillet, cook the ground beef, chopped bacon, and onion until meat is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Drain off the fat. Stir in the drained kidney beans and butter beans, undrained pork and beans, catsup, brown sugar, molasses, vinegar, and mustard. Transfer the mixture to a 2- 2 1/2-quart casserole. Cover and bake in a 350�F oven for 30 minutes. Uncover casserole; bake for 30 minutes more.

Crockery cooker directions. Prepare beans as directed, except transfer meat and bean mixture to a 3 1/2to 4-quart electric crockery cooker. Cover and cook on low heat setting for 5 to 6 hours, or on high heat setting for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Yield: 12 servings
Calories: 256
Fat: 7g
Fiber: 4g

Crockpot Artichoke, Chicken & Olives

Crockpot Artichoke, Chicken & Olives

1 1/2 lb. skinless, boneless chicken breast halves and/or thighs
2 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (8 or 9 oz) pkg frozen artichokes
1 C. chicken broth
1 med onion, chopped
1/2 C. sliced pitted ripe olives (or 1/4 cup capers, drained)
1/4 C. dry white wine or chicken broth
3 T. quick cooking tapioca
2-3 tsp. curry powder
3/4 tsp. dried thyme, crushed
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 C. hot cooked couscous

Rinse chicken & set aside. In a 3 1/2 qt crock pot combine mushrooms, undrained tomatoes, frozen artichoke hearts, chicken broth, onion, olives, & wine/broth. Stir in tapioca, curry powder, thyme, salt, & pepper. Add chicken. Spoon some of the tomato mixture over chicken. Cover & cook on LOW for 7 to 8 hours or on HIGH for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Serve with hot cooked couscous.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 345
Fat: 6g
Fiber: 9g

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

Crockpot Red Beans and Rice

1 lb. dried kidney beans (2 C.), sorted and rinsed
1 large green bell pepper, chopped (1 1/2 C.)
1 large onion, chopped (1 C.)
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
7 C. water
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1/4 tsp. Pepper
2 C. uncooked instant rice
Red pepper sauce

Mix all ingredients except rice and pepper sauce in 3 1/2-6 qt. slow cooker. Cover and cook on HIGH 4-5 hrs. or until beans are tender. Stir in rice. Cover and cook on HIGH for 15 to 20 min. or until rice is tender. Serve with pepper sauce.

Yield: 8 servings
Calories: 250
Fat: 1g
Fiber: 10g

Crockpot Italian Turkey Dinner

Crockpot Italian Turkey Dinner

2 (1 lb.) turkey thighs, skin removed
1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes with Italian-style herbs, undrained
2 T. tomato paste
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 C. uncooked couscous
1 1/2 C. water
2 C. sliced zucchini

Place turkey thighs in 3 1/2-4 qt. slow cooker. In small bowl, combine tomatoes, tomato paste and garlic; mix well. Pour over turkey. Cover; cook on LOW for 6-8 hrs. About 25 min. before serving, cook couscous in water as directed on pkg. Stir zucchini into tomato mixture. Cover; cook on HIGH for an additional 20 min. or until zucchini is tender. To serve, remove bones from turkey. Stir gently to break up turkey.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 270
Fat: 5g
Fiber: 3g

Crockpot Albondigas Soup

Crockpot Albondigas Soup

1/2 lb. 7% or less Ground Beef
1/2 onion – minced
2 cloves garlic – minced
1/4 C. instant rice – uncooked
1 egg
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 oz. chopped green chiles, canned, drained
1 carrot, shredded
14 1/2 oz. stewed tomatoes, canned
4 C. hot water
2 C. low-fat beef broth or water
1 tsp. dried oregano
2 T. chopped fresh parsley or cilantro

In a bowl, combine beef, onion, garlic, rice, egg, salt and pepper to taste. Form into 1 1/2″ meatballs. Place chilies and shredded carrots in bottom of slow cooker. Spoon tomatoes evenly on top. Place meatballs on top of tomatoes. Pour in water, broth, oregano and parsley or cilantro. Cover and cook on LOW 5 1/2 to 6 hours. Garnish this popular Mexican soup with sprigs of fresh cilantro or mint, and serve with flour tortillas.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 105
Fat: 3.9g
Fiber: 1g

Slow-Roasted Rosemary-and-Garlic Chicken

Slow-Roasted Rosemary-and-Garlic Chicken

10 garlic cloves, minced
2 T. chopped fresh rosemary
1 (5- to 6-lb.) roasting chicken
5 garlic cloves
4 (3-inch) rosemary sprigs
1/4 C. orange juice
1 T. balsamic vinegar

Combine minced garlic and chopped rosemary. Remove and discard giblets and neck from chicken. Rinse chicken with cold water; pat dry. Trim excess fat. Starting at neck cavity, loosen skin from breast and drumsticks by inserting fingers, gently pushing between skin and meat. Rub garlic mixture under loosened skin over breast and drumsticks. Place 5 garlic cloves and rosemary sprigs into the body cavity. Place chicken, breast side down, in an electric slow cooker. Cover with lid; cook on high heat for 1 hour. Reduce heat setting to low; cook 7 hours. Remove chicken from slow cooker, reserving drippings. Discard skin from chicken. Place a zip-top plastic bag inside a 2-C. glass measure. Pour drippings into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain drippings into a small saucepan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Add orange juice and vinegar to saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 10 minutes.

Yield: 6 servings
Serving size: 3 oz. chicken and 1/3 C. sauce

Calories: 175
Fat: 6.4g
Fiber: 0g

Sauerkraut Dinner

Sauerkraut Dinner

2 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 medium onions, sliced and separated into rings
2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2-inch thick
2 medium ribs celery, sliced 1/4-inch thick
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 14 1/2-oz. can no-salt-added canned tomatoes with juice
1 32-oz. jar sauerkraut, drained
1/2 C. unsweetened apple juice
1/2 tsp. caraway seeds
1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 lb. fully-cooked smoked turkey kielbasa, cut into 6 pieces

Put potatoes, onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in a 5-quart (5-liter) or larger crockery slow cooker. Drain juice and reserve juice from tomatoes. Coarsely chop tomatoes and add to slow cooker. Top with sauerkraut. In a glass measuring C., combine apple juice, reserved tomato juice, caraway seeds, and pepper. Pour over sauerkraut. Do not stir. Top with pieces of turkey kielbasa. Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours or on high for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 hours. To serve, pile sauerkraut and vegetables onto a large platter. Top with pieces of kielbasa. Serve hot.

Yield: 6 servings
Calories: 282
Fat: 10g
Fiber: 7g