Category: Slow Cooker


 

Slow Cooker Quinoa Breakfast Casserole with Tomatoes and Spinach

Recipe courtesy of Slow Cooker Gourmet Web

4 hrs 15 mins
Servings4 people
Calories270 kcal
AuthorSlow Cooker Gourmet
Ingredients
  • 1/2 cup quinoa rinsed well and uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups milk I used 2%
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup frozen cut leaf spinach or use a handful of fresh!
  • 3/4 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese colby, monterey jack, cheddar, etc.
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl whisk 6 eggs until beaten. Add quinoa, milk, salt and pepper and whisk until combined.
  2. Gently mix in spinach, tomatoes and 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  3. Spray crock well with nonstick spray
  4. Add egg and quinoa mixture to crock
  5. Top with Parmesan cheese
  6. Cover and cook on high for 2-4 hours until eggs are set and edges are lightly browned
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Quinoa Breakfast Casserole with Tomato and Spinach
Amount Per Serving
Calories 270Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 263mg88%
Sodium 570mg24%
Potassium 421mg12%
Total Carbohydrates 20g7%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
Sugars 5g
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A22.7%
Vitamin C5.9%
Calcium26.4%
Iron13.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Ingredients

  •  Disposable slow cooker liner
  •  Nonstick cooking spray
  •  10 – ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
  •  tablespoon olive oil
  •  cups coarsely chopped fresh portobello mushrooms
  •  1/2 cup chopped orange sweet pepper (1 small)
  •  3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese (3 ounces)
  •  1/2 cup low fat packaged biscuit mix
  •  cups refrigerated or frozen egg product, thawed, or 8 eggs, lightly beaten
  •  cups lowfat milk
  •  tablespoon snipped fresh chives or 1 teaspoon dried chives
  •  1/4 teaspoon salt
  •  1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  •  Salsa (optional)

Directions

  1.  Line a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Generously coat liner with cooking spray. Press spinach with paper towels to remove as much liquid as possible; set aside.
  2.  In a large skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms and sweet pepper; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in spinach, cheese, and biscuit mix.
  3.  In a medium bowl combine egg product, milk, chives, salt, and black pepper. Stir into spinach mixture in skillet. Pour mixture into the prepared cooker.
  4.  Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 1 3/4 to 2 3/4 hours or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, rotating the crockery liner 180 degrees halfway through the cooking time. Turn off cooker. If possible, remove crockery liner from cooker. Cool, uncovered, for 15 minutes.
  5.  Top crockery liner with a cutting board. Holding the cutting board in place, invert to unmold quiche onto the cutting board. Remove the crockery liner and disposable slow cooker liner. Invert quiche again onto a serving platter; cut into slices. If desired, serve with salsa.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 158 cal., 6 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 13 mg chol., 349 mg sodium, 13 g carb. (2 g fiber, 5 g sugars), 14 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 0.5; Starch (d.e): 0.5; Lean Meat (d.e): 1.5; Fat (d.e): 0.5;

Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Sriracha BBQ Sauce

courtesy of Cooking Light

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (3 1/2-pound) boneless pork shoulder (Boston butt), trimmed and cut into 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Sriracha (hot chile sauce, such as Huy Fong), divided
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 12 (1 1/2-ounce) whole-wheat hamburger buns
How to Make It
Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub pork with sugar mixture.

Step 2

Combine ketchup, vinegar, 2/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons Sriracha, and ginger in a slow cooker, stirring well. Add pork; toss to coat.

Step 3

Cook on LOW for 8 hours or until very tender

Nutritional Information

  • Calories 231
  • Fat 6.5g
  • Satfat 2g
  • Monofat 1.9g
  • Polyfat 1.5g
  • Protein 20g
  • Carbohydrate 28g
  • Fiber 5g
  • Cholesterol 46mg
  • Iron 4mg
  • Sodium 619mg
  • Calcium 269mg

 

Step 4

Skim fat from surface of cooking liquid. Remove pork from cooker. Stir in remaining 1 tablespoon Sriracha. Shred pork; return to Sriracha mixture. Place about 3 ounces meat mixture on bottom half of each bun; top with top halves of buns.

Pork and Green Chile Stew

  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Serving Size: 1 1/2cup
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 34

Ingredients

  • 4 fresh poblano chile peppers* or 2 green sweet peppers
  • 1 1/2 pounds lean boneless pork shoulder
  • 3 cups chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh jalapeno pepper*
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crushed, or 1 1/2 teaspoons snipped fresh oregano
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1 10 – ounce package frozen whole kernel corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil. To roast poblano or sweet peppers, halve peppers and remove stems, seeds, and membranes.* Place peppers, cut sides down, on prepared baking sheet. Roast about 20 minutes or until skins are bubbly and browned. Wrap peppers in the foil; let stand for 20 to 25 minutes or until cool enough to handle. Using a paring knife, pull the skins off gently and slowly. Coarsely chop peppers. Reduce oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Trim fat from pork. Cut pork into bite-size pieces. In a Dutch oven, combine roasted peppers, pork, onion, jalapeno pepper, garlic, salt, and dried oregano (if using). Cover and bake in the 325 degree F oven for 45 minutes.
  3. Stir in potatoes. Cover and bake for 30 minutes. Stir in zucchini and corn. Cover and bake about 15 minutes more or until pork and vegetables are tender. Stir in cilantro and fresh oregano (if using). If desired, serve stew with lime wedges. 8 (1-1/2-cup) servings.

Tip

  • *Test Kitchen Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

Servings Per Recipe: 8
PER SERVING: 269 cal., 6 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 55 mg chol., 377 mg sodium, 34 g carb. (5 g fiber), 22 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Vegetables (d.e): 2; Lean Meat (d.e): 2; Starch (d.e): 1.5

Italian Wild Rice Soup

  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 24
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 14 1/2 – ounce can lower-sodium beef broth
  • 1 14 1/2 – ounce can no-salt-added diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano, undrained
  • 1 6 – ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
  • 3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed and drained
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, crushed
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 9 – ounce package fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese (2 ounces)

Directions

  1. In a large skillet cook pork over medium heat until no longer pink, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks; drain off fat.
  2. In a 4- to 6-quart slow cooker combine cooked pork, the water, broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, uncooked wild rice, garlic, Italian seasoning, paprika, fennel seeds, black pepper, salt, and crushed red pepper.
  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Stir spinach into

    Nutrition Facts Per Serving:

    Servings Per Recipe: 8
    PER SERVING: 274 cal., 11 g total fat (5 g sat. fat), 45 mg chol., 315 mg sodium, 24 g carb. (6 g fiber, 8 g sugars), 20 g pro.

    Diabetic Exchanges

    Mark as Free Exchange (d.e): 0; Fat (d.e): 1.5; Vegetables (d.e): 2; Lean Meat (d.e): 2; Starch (d.e): 1

    soup.

  4. Serve topped with cheese.

Chile Verde

  • Makes: 6 servings
  • Serving Size: 2 tortillas and 1 cup pork mixture each
  • Carb Grams Per Serving: 32

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh tomatillos, husks removed and chopped (about 4 cups)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 teaspoons finely shredded lime peel, divided
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow or red sweet pepper
  • 12 6 – inches corn tortillas
  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • Purchased green salsa (optional)
  • Lime wedges (optional)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine cumin, salt, and pepper; set aside. Trim fat from meat. Cut meat into 1-inch pieces. Sprinkle cumin mixture over meat. Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. In the hot skillet brown half of the meat over medium heat. Remove meat from skillet. Add oil to skillet. Brown remaining meat in hot oil. Drain off fat. Place meat in a 3-1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker. Add tomatillos, onion, 1 teaspoon of the lime peel, the lime juice, and garlic. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours.
  3. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Add sweet pepper to cooker. Cover and cook for 15 minutes more. Fill corn tortillas with meat mixture; sprinkle with cilantro and remaining lime peel. If desired, serve with green salsa and lime wedges.

Tip

  • 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: 333 cal., 11 g total fat (3 g sat. fat), 73 mg chol., 314 mg sodium, 32 g carb. (4 g fiber, 3 g sugars), 27 g pro.

Diabetic Exchanges

Fat (d.e): 0.5; Lean Meat (d.e): 3; Starch (d.e): 2; Vegetables (d.e): 1

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

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