Category: Slow Cooker Recipes and Tips


Spinach, Chicken, and Wild Rice Soup

makes about 6 1 1/2 cup servings. and  it uses your slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 3 cups water
  • 1 –14  ounce can reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-10 3/4 – ounce can reduced-fat and reduced-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 2/3 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 teaspoon purslane
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 4 large cloves of fresh crushed garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper (optional)
  • 1/4 cup chives
  • 3 cups chopped cooked chicken (you can even use chicken pulled off bone of roasted chicken  (remove skin) bought at the store– about 1 pound)
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded fresh kale (tear leaves off stems and cut into thing thing strips, young tender fresh kale is the best )
  • Directions

    1. In a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker, combine the water, broth, cream of chicken soup, uncooked wild rice, thyme, garlic, cumin.
    2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3-1/2 to 4 hours.
    3. To serve, stir in chicken, kale, chives,  purslane and let sit for about 15 minutes, stir again then serve.
  • Makes 6 (1-1/2-cup) servings.
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Potato, Sausage, and Egg Breakfast

another great one from diabetic weekly
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 23

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds red or yellow potatoes, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 12 ounces uncooked chicken sausage links, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 large onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 small red sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1 small green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch strips
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 eggs
  • Black pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese (2 ounces)

Directions

  1. Coat a 20×18-inch sheet of heavy foil with cooking spray. Place potatoes, sausage, onion, and sweet peppers on foil. Drizzle with broth. Sprinkle with thyme and the 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Bring up long sides of foil and fold to seal. Roll up short sides of foil to enclose. If necessary, manipulate foil packet to fit in an oval 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Place packet in cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 10 hours.
  3. To poach eggs, half-fill a 12-inch skillet with water and bring to boiling; reduce heat to simmering (bubbles should begin to break the surface of the water.) Break an egg into a cup and slip egg into the simmering water. Repeat with remaining eggs, allowing each egg an equal amount of space in the water. Simmer eggs, uncovered, for 3 to 5 minutes or until whites are completely set and yolks begin to thicken but are not hard. Remove eggs with a slotted spoon.
  4. Carefully open the foil packet to avoid getting burned by escaping steam. To serve, spoon sausage and vegetables onto serving plates. Serve a poached egg on top of each serving and sprinkle egg with black pepper. Sprinkle cheese on individual servings.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 281 cal., 12 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 262 mg chol., 485 mg sodium, 23 g carb. (3 g fiber, 3 g sugars), 21 g pro.

Pork Zuppa

another great one from Diabetic Weekly
  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 1/3cups
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 19

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 12 ounces tiny red new potatoes, each cut into 8 pieces
  • 1 12 – ounce can fat-free evaporated milk
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups chopped fresh kale
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook pork, onion, and garlic over medium heat until meat is browned and onion is tender; drain off fat. Return meat mixture to skillet; add oregano, salt, and crushed red pepper. Cook for 1 minute more. Transfer to a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add broth and potatoes.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. In a small bowl combine evaporated milk and cornstarch until smooth; stir into cooker. Stir in kale. Cover and cook for 30 to 60 minutes more or until bubbly around edge of cooker. If desired, sprinkle with additional crushed red pepper.

Tip

  • For Easy Cleanup: Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 303 cal., 12 g total fat (4 g sat. fat), 53 mg chol., 542 mg sodium, 19 g carb. (2 g fiber, 4 g sugars), 20 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 1; Medium-Fat Meat (d.e): 2; Fat (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 1

From Diabetic Weekly, done in slow cooker….love it

Ingredients

  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 carrots, finely chopped (1 cup)
  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely chopped (2/3 cup)
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (1/2 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8-1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 cup unsweetened light coconut milk
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)

Directions

  1. In a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker place celery, carrots, apple, onion, and garlic. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder, the ginger, coriander, cumin, cardamom, turmeric, and cayenne pepper. Pour broth and the water over all in cooker.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4 hours.
  3. In a resealable plastic bag place chicken, flour, and 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder; seal bag and shake to coat chicken with the flour mixture. Chill in refrigerator until needed.
  4. In a large skillet brown coated chicken in hot oil over medium heat, stirring often. Add three to four ladles of the cooking liquid from the slow cooker to the skillet; stir until thickened and gravylike, scraping bottom of skillet to incorporate flour and spices. Stir chicken mixture and rice into the slow cooker. Cover and cook 1 hour more on low-heat setting. Stir in coconut milk before serving. If desired, sprinkle with crushed red pepper.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 166 cal., 4 g total fat (1 g sat. fat), 21 mg chol., 473 mg sodium, 20 g carb. (2 g fiber, 5 g sugars), 13 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 1; Lean Meat (d.e): 1.5

Aztec Corn Chowder

Use this one frequently from Diabetic Weekly, very tasty and healthy

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup dry yellow split peas
  • 2 14 1/2 – ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 12 – ounce package frozen corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup chopped bottled roasted red sweet peppers
  • 1 4 – ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
  • 1/2 cup tub-style cream cheese spread with chive and onion

Directions

  1. Rinse peas. In a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, combine the split peas, chicken broth, water, corn, red peppers, chiles, cumin, oregano, and thyme. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours. Cool 10 minutes.
  2. Transfer 2 cups soup to a food processor or blender. Cover and process or blend until smooth. Return pureed soup to the slow cooker. Add the cream cheese to cooker; whisk or stir into soup until cream cheese is melted. If necessary, cover and cook about 5 minutes or until heated through.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 6
PER SERVING: 222 cal., 7 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 20 mg chol., 456 mg sodium, 30 g carb. (8 g fiber, 5 g sugars), 11 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Fat (d.e): 1; Lean Meat (d.e): 1; Vegetables (d.e): 1; Starch (d.e): 1.5

Slow Cooker Meals Collage

My slow cookers (I have two) have become my favorite way to cook a one-pot meal. I have prepared everything from chili to a roasted turkey to “baked goods” in these little gems of low-maintenance versatility. I especially like using my slow cooker this time of year because it doesn’t heat up the house. For the most part, a slow cooker allows you to “set it and forget it” freeing you up to handle the business of going about your day.

What worked for me when I was beginning my adventure into slow cooking was taking some of my tried-and-true recipes that my family was familiar with and just converting them to work in the crock pot. Almost any recipe that bakes in the oven or simmers on the stovetop can be converted for your slow cooker. Chili is perfect for the crock pot as are most soups, stews and casseroles. Believe it or not, it is not as difficult as you might think! Just a few basic pointers I have learned will move you on your way.

MEAT: Cooking with a slow cooker helps penetrate meat with intense flavors. Browning beef and pork really helps with sealing in the flavor. A roasted chicken or a nice beef pot roast actually tastes better slowly cooked. Leftover cooked chicken breasts, beef roast, or pork loin all work too!

LIQUIDS: You will need less liquid on meals that are intended to “thicken”. Reduce the amount of liquid the recipe calls for by about half. The slow cooking process will produce more liquid that won’t get boiled away. If the recipe does not include liquid or sauce of any kind, you should add 1/2 cup of water or other liquid because moisture is needed to produce steam for the slow cooker to reach the appropriate cooking temperatures. At the end of cooking, if there seems to be too much liquid, remove the lid and turn the pot up to high, allowing some of the liquid to cook out.

COOKING TIMES: If the original cooking time was about an hour, I usually cook for 4-6 hours on HIGH in the slow cooker, and definitely no more than 6 hours (usually pasta casseroles, quick creamed soups, chicken or seafood dishes, and vegetarian dishes). If the original recipe was for more than an hour, then the recipe often does well when cooked for 8-10 hours or more on LOW (like meat braises and slow-simmered stews like chili). Dishes that do not require long cooking times work best on the LOW setting for 3-5 hours.

VEGETABLES: Vegetables are ingredients I had to play around with. I found, for me, that sautéing my onions and garlic first worked better to distribute the flavors throughout the dish when slow cooking. Root veggies just need to be uniformly cut up and thrown in. Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower can handle a few hours of cooking. Add them at the beginning when cooking a dish for 4-6 hours or add them in the middle when cooking something longer. Quick-cooking vegetables like peas, corn, spinach, and other greens should only be added to the slow cooker in the last half hour (spinach/greens) to last hour (corn/peas) of cooking. If you are not cooking down tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, or summer squash and want your dish chunky, these vegetables should also be added towards the end of the cooking time.

OTHER INGREDIENTS: Recipes for soup and stew containing milk, cheese, or other dairy products, should have these ingredients added in the last 30 to 60 minutes of cooking time. To avoid rice and pasta from becoming sticky, cook them on the stovetop and add in at the end of the cooking time just long enough to be heated through. If you’d like to thicken or enrich the sauce, stir in cream, sour cream, shredded cheese, or a mixture of cornstarch and cold water. And don’t forget to add flavors with salt and pepper, lemon juice or vinegar, and a handful of fresh chopped parsley, basil, cilantro or a lovely homemade herb/spice blend.

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