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1-Slow Cooker Cornbread Stuffing

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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 cup celery diced, about 6 stalks

  • 1 yellow onion diced

  • 6 – 7 cups cornbread crumbs

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

  • 2 cups chicken broth fat free, low sodium

  • 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

Directions

  • In a large skillet add oil and cook celery and onion on medium-low heat until tender, about 4 minutes. Combine in a large mixing bowl cornbread crumbs, black pepper and salt. Add all remaining ingredients to cornbread mixture, stir well.
  • Lightly spray the inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Add cornbread mixture and spread evenly. Cover and cook on low 4 hours.
  • For additional browning, pre-heat oven to broil, use oven mitts and remove, oven safe, slow cooker insert, place on the middle oven rack. Broil 5 – 8 minutes or until desired color is reached.

Notes

Whole grain bread crumbs can be substituted for cornbread crumbs or combine the two for an equally yummy stuffing.

2-Slow Cooker Apple Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 12 sweet apples good choices are gala, honey crisp, pink lady or red delicious

  • 2 teaspoons water

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • pinch of nutmeg

Directions

  • Wash apples, peel, core and slice into quarter chunks.
  • lace apples and water in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or until desired consistency.
  • Add cinnamon and nutmeg just before removing from the slow cooker.
  • Allow to cool completely.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

3-Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Mash

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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch slices

  • 1 cup apple juice no sugar added, 100% juice

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon ground

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons nutmeg ground

  • 1 teaspoon allspice

  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves ground

Directions

  • Prepare your sweet potatoes and place in slow cooker. Add 1/2 cup of the apple juice (NOT the full cup) and half of the spices.
  • Cook on low 4-5 hours, until potatoes are tender.
  • When potatoes are fully cooked through, using a hand blender, blend the sweet potatoes inside your slow cooker insert, adding the second 1/2 cup of juice and remaining spices.
  • Top with pecans and enjoy.

4-Slow Cooker Garlic Mashed Potatoes

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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds russet potatoes

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth low-sodium, no sugar added

  • 10 garlic cloves chopped

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup non-fat plain Greek yogurt

  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk or more for consistency

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • Prep your potatoes as usual by washing and cutting out any bad spots. Puncture holes in the potatoes with a fork (please don’t stab yourself! Do this carefully!)
  • Place all the potatoes in the microwave for 15 minutes on high or until they are nearly fully cooked. Caution in removing them from the microwave, they will be HOT (we learned this the hard way. Ouch!) Allow potatoes to cool enough to be able to handle them.
  • While they are in the microwave, saute the garlic in the olive oil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Cut cooled potatoes into slices and place in slow cooker with chicken broth. Pour the garlic on top of that and mix everything up briefly to distribute.
  • Cook on low for 1 to 1-1/2 hours or until the potatoes are completely cooked and soft. Remove the insert from the heating element with potholders and place on a heat-safe surface.
  • Using a hand blender or potato masher, mash the potatoes together with the milk and yogurt. Add salt to taste.

5-Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound brussels sprouts cleaned and halved

  • 1 head of cauliflower medium, cleaned and cut into bit-sized pieces

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon onion powder

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese fresh, grated fine

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil approximately

Directions

  • Using an oil sprayer, lightly spray a cookie sheet with olive oil.
  • Spread out the veggies on the cookie sheet and spray them with a light coat of oil as well. If you don’t have an oil sprayer, simply put the veggies in a bag with the oil and shake them around until well coated with oil.
  • Sprinkle with the spices and parmesan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 35-45 minutes, or until the veggies are soft and cooked to your liking.
  • Allow to cool a bit and serve.

6-Italian Roasted Vegetables with Summer Basil

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Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant small, peeled and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 zucchini sliced into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 red bell pepper stem and seeds removed, cut into 4 slices

  • 1 red onion cut into 8 wedges

  • 2 tomatoes sliced in half

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup sweet basil fresh, chopped

  • 1 lemon juiced

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl add all vegetables, drizzle with olive oil, lemon juice and basil, and toss to coat. Line rimmed cookie sheet with foil, add vegetables and loosely cover with foil. Roast 20 minutes. Remove foil and roast 5 additional minutes.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt to taste. Enjoy with your favorite grilled meat or eat as a standalone dish.

Notes

TIP: This recipe is easily adapted for the outdoor grill. Add the veggies tossed in extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice and basil, to a large piece of foil, fold over and press the edges together. Place foiled wrapped vegetables directly on grill. Grill about 20 minutes or until tender.

7-Slow Cooker Barbecue Beans

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Ingredients

  • For the Barbecue Baked Beans
  • 1 sweet onion diced

  • 60 ounces cannellini beans cans drained and rinsed

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce our recipe follows

  • 1/2 cup sweetener unrefined, choices include: Madhava Coconut Sugar, honey, molasses, pure maple syrup, sucanat, sorghum… we used the Coconut Sugar

  • 2 tablespoons yellow mustard

  • 1/4 cup tomato sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • For the Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil

  • 1 sweet onion finely diced

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 8 ounces tomato sauce can

  • 1/2 cup molasses or sorghum, mild

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 2 teaspoons chili powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions

  • For the Barbecue Baked Beans
  • Add all ingredients to the slow-cooker, Cover, turn to low and cook 6-8 hours.
  • For the Barbecue Sauce
  • In a medium saucepan add canola oil, turn to medium-low heat and saute onion and garlic until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the remaining barbecue sauce ingredients, stir and simmer until sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes. This sauce tastes great on your favorite grilling meats or in place of ketchup.

8-Mac & Cheese with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat macaroni shells dried

  • 12 ounces cheddar cheese cut into 1 inch cubes

  • 1 1/2 cups skim milk

  • 3 teaspoons dijon mustard

  • 1 egg large, slightly whipped

  • 1 egg white slightly whipped

  • 10 sun dried tomatoes packed in olive oil, diced

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt fat-free, plain

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 cup almonds minced with skin for garnish – optional

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Cook macaroni to al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, be careful not to overcook. Return to cooking pot, cover while preparing sauce.
  • Prepare cheese sauce by adding cheddar and milk to a saucepan, cook on low until cheese is melted and creamy.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together mustard, egg, diced sun-dried tomatoes, yogurt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt to taste. While shells are still hot, pour mixture over and stir.
  • Next, pour warm, melted cheese and milk mixture over shells and stir to combine. Add Mac & Cheese to a casserole dish. If desired, sprinkle shells with a little additional shredded cheddar cheese. Top with minced almonds. Bake 20-25 minutes or until Mac & Cheese is slightly brown around the edges, cheese is melted and almonds are golden.

9-Caprese Quinoa Salad

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup quinoa dry, rinse well, and cook according package directions

  • 15 1/2 ounces garbanzo beans drained

  • 1 tomato chopped

  • 1 cucumber chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves diced

  • 5 basil leaves large, sliced, or 10 small

  • 1 teaspoon ginger root grated

  • 1 lemon juiced

  • 2 baby carrots diced

  • 1 cup broccoli sprouts optional

  • 1 cup low-fat mozzarella cheese chopped, or you can also use feta cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • extra virgin olive oil to taste

  • balsamic vinegar to taste

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes before serving.

10-Kale Slaw with Toasted Walnuts

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Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup walnuts minced

  • 1 kale bunch

  • 1 carrot large peeled and shredded

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar

  • 1/3 cup fruity extra virgin olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger ground

  • 1 garlic clove minced

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt salt more to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place walnuts on a cookie sheet and toast until fragrant, about 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature.
  • Cut center stalk away from leaves and discard. Rinse kale and pat dry with a paper towel. Using a knife, cut kale leaves into thin strips. Add kale leaves, 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, rub kale until it begins to wilt, about 3 minutes. Add carrot shreds, toss and set aside.
  • Add to a blender, remaining red wine vinegar and olive oil along with honey, ginger, garlic, black pepper and kosher salt to taste, blend until combined.
  • (Optional, if you prefer not to use your hands…steam kale just until wilted, add carrot shreds. Add all remaining ingredients, except walnuts, in a blender and blend until combined and smooth. Add to kale and carrots, toss to combine…sprinkle on walnuts).
  • Add toasted walnuts to Kale, drizzle with dressing and toss to combine.

11-Marinated Tomato Salad

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Ingredients

  • 6 tomatoes medium, diced

  • 1/2 cup green scallions chopped

  • 1/2 cup green bell peppers chopped, optional

  • 1/2 cup onion chopped

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Directions

  • Combine vegetables; sprinkle with honey and salt and pepper to taste. Add vinegar and stir.
  • Allow to sit 2 hours in the fridge before serving.

12-Slow Cooker Savory Mexican Oats

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup steel cut oats

  • 1 cup salsa

  • 2 tablespoons cilantro chopped

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth low sodium no sugar added

  • 1 cup corn frozen – thawed

  • 1 cup red pepper chopped

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker, cover and cook as directed below.
  • Time: 2-4 hours or until oats are cooked through.
    Temperature: Low

Notes

Recommended slow cooker size: 4 quarts

13-Red Cabbage and Apple Slaw

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups red cabbage shredded

  • 1 cup red cabbage coarsley chopped

  • 2 rome apples organic cored and cut into 1 inch cubes – leave peels on apple

  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar or juice from one lemon

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Directions

  • Add cabbage and apple cubes to a large salad bowl, toss to combine. In a medium bowl or blender, combine vinegar, oil and honey. Salt and pepper salad to taste and drizzle with dressing, stir to combine.

14-Slow Cooker Pomegranate Spiced Applesauce

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Ingredients

  • 4 granny smith Apples peeled and cored

  • 2 whole cloves

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/4 cup sucanat substitute with coconut palm sugar or honey

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • 1/2 cup 100% pomegranate juice no sugar added

Directions

  • Slice apples into quarters and add to the slow cooker along with the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low 6 to 8 hours or until apples are chunk consistency.
  • Remove cloves and serve.

15-Beautiful Watermelon Salad

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Ingredients

  • Watermelon Salad
  • 4 cups red leaf lettuce torn

  • 20 watermelon cubes or triangles – 2 inch, seeded, and drained

  • 2 bartlett pears peeled and cut bite-size

  • 20 broccoli florets bite-size; blanched 3 minutes and cooled

  • 2 tablespoons almonds diced

  • Watermelon Dressing
  • 1/4 cup light olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 1/4 teaspoon cajun seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon mustard

  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Directions

  • Combine Watermelon Dressing in a jar and shake well.
  • Arrange lettuce on 4 luncheon plates. Place watermelon, pears, and broccoli florets among leaves. Sprinkle with almonds; drizzle with shaken Watermelon Dressing.

16-Rainbow Salad with Honey-Lemon Dressing

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Ingredients

  • Salad
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into strips

  • 1 yellow bell pepper cut into strips

  • 1 green bell pepper cut into strips

  • 6 radishes thinly sliced

  • 1 small red onion quartered, thinly sliced

  • 1 small cucumber cut in half and thinly sliced

  • optional basil leaves for garnish

  • 1/4 cup blue cheese or feta cheese crumbles

  • Honey-Lemon Dressing
  • 1 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1 garlic clove pressed

  • 1/8 ground black pepper

  • kosher or sea salt to taste

Directions

  • Salad
  • Combine all salad ingredients in a salad bowl, toss to combine, drizzle with Honey-Lemon Dressing (below), and top with blue cheese crumbles.
  • Honey-Lemon Dressing
  • Whisk all the dressing ingredients together until smooth and combined. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

Honey-Lemon Dressing Yields: 4 | Serving size: ¼ of recipe | Calories: 93 | Total Fat: 7 gm | Saturated Fats: 1 gm | Trans Fats: 0 gm | Cholesterol: mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 9 gm | Dietary fiber: 0 gm | Sugars: 9 gm | Protein: 0 gm | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 4 |

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