Sweet and Sour Kielbasa

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This is a quick and delicious, easy Weight Watchers friendly meal for any night of the week. Just add a baked potato or rice (I used brown rice) and a vegetable of your choice for the sides.

INGREDIENTS
1 cup diced onion (1 medium)
14 ounces turkey kielbasa smoked sausage, cut into bite-size slices
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar, packed
1 tablespoon mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (or to taste)

INSTRUCTIONS
Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 2 to 4-Quart
Microwave the onions in a bowl, stirring occasionally, until they are softened. Scrape them into the slow cooker. Add the kielbasa, ketchup, brown sugar, mustard and Worcestershire sauce and stir to combine.
Cover and cook on LOW until heated through and gently bubbly, 4 to 6 hours.

Recipe seen on:
http://www.simplenourishedliving.com

Happy Crocking! – Amber

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Cabbage Soup with Chicken Apple Sausage

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This healthy soup is absolutely delicious! Being a weight watchers recipe, it is a very clean soup but filled with amazing flavor.

INGREDIENTS
6 ounces chicken sausage with apple, thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
1 small head cabbage, shredded (8 cups)
2 medium potatoes, peeled and coarsely shredded
1 large carrot, coarsely shredded
3 garlic cloves, minced
8 cups chicken or vegetable broth
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

INSTRUCTIONS
In a 4 – 6 quart slow cooker combine the sausage, onion, cabbage, potato, carrot, garlic, broth, thyme, bay leaf, vinegar and salt and pepper.
Cover and cook on high for 4 to 6 hours or on low for 5 to 7 hours, until vegetables are tender.
Discard the bay leaf. Taste and adjust seasoniongs, adding more salt, pepper and/or vinegar as necessary.

Recipe seen on:
http://www.simplenourishedliving.com

Happy Crocking! – Amber

BBQ RIBS

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These are so tasty that I do this one all the time, they are THAT good. The meat falls off the bone as you take them out of the crock pot!

INGREDIENTS
4 pounds ribs of your choice
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon oregano

DIRECTIONS
In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients except for the ribs themselves.
Place ribs in slow cooker. Pour sauce over ribs and turn to coat.
Cover and cook on LOW 6-8 hours, or until ribs are tender.

Happy Crocking! – Amber

Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

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This Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew came out amazing and it’s weight watchers friendly. This is one of the first meals I made for my new health regime and I have to say, healthy is tasting pretty good!

INGREDIENTS
2 pounds lean stew beef
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1-1/2 cups beef broth
½ cup tomato sauce (4 ounces canned)
4 medium red potatoes, cut in cubes
2 medium onions, sliced into wedges
1 cup baby carrots
2 cups frozen corn kernels
2 can (about 15 ounces) cut canned string beans, drained
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley

DIRECTIONS
Ideal Slow Cooker: 6-Quart
Season the beef with salt and pepper, then toss with the flour to coat the meat.
Grease the crock pot with nonstick cooking spray.
Place the beef in the slow cooker.
Stir in the broth, tomato sauce, potatoes, carrots, corn, green beans, garlic and thyme.
Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours, or until the beef and vegetables are fork-tender.
Stir in chopped fresh parsley.
Taste and add salt and pepper if necessary.

Recipe seen on:
http://www.simplenourishedliving.com

Happy Crocking! – Amber

Rosemary Pot Roast

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This Rosemary Pot Roast is so divine, your guests will be coming back for more!

INGREDIENTS
PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 pounds boneless beef chuck roast
or stew beef (I used stew beef)
3 small baking potatoes, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1 large onion, cut into 1-1/2-inch pieces
1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Rosemary & Oregano, undrained
1 can (10-3/4 oz each) condensed reduced fat and sodium cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons Hunt’s® Tomato Paste
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
1. Spray inside of 4 to 5 quart slow cooker with cooking spray; set aside. Trim excess fat from beef; discard. Cut beef into 1-1/2-inch pieces; set aside.

2. Combine potatoes and onion in slow cooker. Top with beef and remaining ingredients. Cook on HIGH 5 hours or on LOW 10 hours or until beef is tender.

Recipe seen on:
http://www.readyseteat.com

Happy Crocking! – Amber

Macaroni and Cheese

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The cheesiest, creamiest mac and cheese dish I’ve ever made and therefore, is my favorite. This dish was named Mac Attack with Cheese and originated from an e-book called the ‘Southern Slow Cooker Bible’

INGREDIENTS
6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon onion or garlic salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 (8-ounce) package processed American cheese loaf, cut in small cubes
2 tablespoons unsalted butter*
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs*

DIRECTIONS
1. Place the water and salt in a large saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil and add the macaroni. Cook for 6 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, in a lightly greased medium slow cooker, combine the milk, onion salt, pepper and paprika. Scatter the cheese into the milk mixture.

3. Drain the macaroni and immediately add to the slow cooker. Stir well to evenly blend. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.

4. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, melt the butter in a medium skillet over medium heat. Stir in the bread crumbs and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

5.  Just before serving, sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top of the macaroni, sparingly*. Serve warm.

*Original recipe called for 4 tablespoons unsalted butter and 1 cup of bread crumbs. I cut it down to half and it was still too much, so I used sparingly.

Happy Crocking! – Amber

Bread Pudding

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The best Bread Pudding I’ve ever had!
Very decadent and rich, just try for yourself and see…

INGREDIENTS
8 cups cubed bread
1 cup raisins (optional)
2 cups milk
4 eggs
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

DIRECTIONS
1. Place bread and raisins in a slow cooker.

2. Whisk milk, eggs, butter, sugar, vanilla extract and nutmeg together in a bowl; pour over bread and raisins. Toss to evenly coat.

3. Cook on low until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, about 3 hours. Check after 2 hours to make sure there isn’t burning on the sides.

4. Add whipped cream (optional)

Makes 6 servings

Recipe seen on:
http://www.allrecipes.com

Happy Crocking! – Amber

Turkey Ala King

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Crockpot Turkey Ala King

INGREDIENTS
2 cups cooked turkey or 2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms or 1 cup canned mushrooms (I used fresh)
2 (10 3/4 oz) cans cream of chicken soup
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups frozen peas
16 ounces sour cream

INSTRUCTIONS
1.  In crock pot mix together all ingredients except sour cream.

2.  Simmer on low at least 3 hours. About 1/2 hour before you serve, add sour cream and mix well. When it comes back up to desired temperature, it is ready to serve.

3.  Serve over biscuits or mashed potatoes.

Makes 8 servings

Recipe seen on :
http://www.food.com

Happy Crocking! – Amber

Olive Garden Pasta Soup

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My first ever meal that came out
excellent. It was a huge hit!

INGREDIENTS
2 lbs. Ground beef
1 onion, chopped
3 carrots, shredded
1 cup celery, chopped
2 (28 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (16 oz.) can red kidney beans, drained 1 (16 oz.) can white kidney beans, drained
4 cups beef stock
3 tsp. oregano
2 tsp. pepper
5 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. tobasco sauce
1 (20 oz.) jar Prego traditional spaghetti sauce
8 oz. Ditali pasta

INSTRUCTIONS
Brown ground beef in large skillet. Drain fat. Add beef and all ingredients except the pasta into a large crock pot. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
Before serving, cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and add to soup.