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Slow Cooker Recipe No. 1: Spinach-Artichoke Heart Dip continued...

Alfredo Sauce

1 tablespoon whipped butter or stick butter

2 cups fat-free half-and-half (or substitute whole or low-fat milk)

4 tablespoons Wondra quick-mixing flour

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon white pepper

4 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

Melt butter in medium, nonstick saucepan. Stir in 1/3 cup of the fat-free half-and-half, 4 tablespoons Wondra flour, and nutmeg and pepper. Slowly stir in remaining half-and-half. Bring mixture to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to gently boil, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens (about 4 minutes). Stir in 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese.

Yield: 16 servings

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Nutrition Information: Per serving (just the dip): 75 calories, 6 g protein, 5 g carbohydrate, 3.5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 11 mg cholesterol, 2 g fiber, 150 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 42%.

Slow Cooker Recipe No. 2: BBQ Sausage Bites

Ingredients:

1 cup BBQ sauce

16 ounces reduced-fat sausage of your choice

Preparation:

  1. Turn slow cooker on HIGH and pour the barbecue sauce into the crock.
  2. If using large link sausage (like Hillshire Farms Turkey Polska Kielbasa), slice into 1/3-inch thick slices. If using smaller link sausage, cut into 1-inch long segments. Stir the sausage pieces into the barbecue sauce in the slow cooker, Heat about 45 minutes until hot.
  3. Reduce heat to LOW for the party and keep it on low until the sausage bites are all gone. Serve the sausage bites with toothpicks, if desired.

Yield: 8 servings

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Nutrition Information: Per serving: 90 calories, 5 g protein, 2 g carbohydrate, 5 g fat, 2 g saturated fat, 35 mg cholesterol, 0 g fiber, 510 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 50%.

Slow Cooker Recipe No. 3: Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons light or regular mayonnaise

3 tablespoons fat-free sour cream

3 tablespoons Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs (panko crumbs can be substituted)

3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

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