Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Entertaining
Chill out with these healthy holiday recipes using your slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Recipe No. 2: BBQ Sausage Bites
1 cup BBQ sauce
16 ounces reduced-fat sausage of your choice
- Turn slow cooker on HIGH and pour the barbecue sauce into the crock.
- 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.
- 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
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1/2 cup hearty stew
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
3 tablespoons light or regular mayonnaise
3 tablespoons fat-free sour cream
3 tablespoons Italian seasoned dry bread crumbs (panko crumbs can be
3 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 can (6 1/2 ounces) crabmeat (or 1 cup fresh crabmeat), rinsed and
Dash or two Tabasco
Black pepper to taste
18 medium sized mushrooms, stems removed
- Preheat slow cooker to high heat.
- In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, fat-free sour cream, bread crumbs,
Parmesan cheese, and garlic. Fold in the crabmeat. Add Tabasco and black pepper
- Spoon heaping teaspoons full of crab filling into mushroom caps.
- Arrange mushroom caps (crab side up) in the bottom of the preheated slow
cooker. Add cover and cook on HIGH for about 2 hours. Reduce heat to LOW and
serve the crab-stuffed mushrooms from the slow cooker, if desired.
Yield: 9 servings (2 mushrooms per serving)
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1/2 cup vegetables with
1 tsp fat maximum.
Nutrition Information: Per serving: 59 calories, 5 g protein, 4 g
carbohydrate, 2.5 g fat, .6 g saturated fat, 16 mg cholesterol, .5 g fiber, 177
mg sodium. Calories from fat: 38%.
Slow Cooker Recipe No. 4: Chicken Sausage Cornbread Stuffing
8 ounces reduced-fat, fully cooked chicken sausage (such as Aidell's
Chicken Apple Sausage)
1 cup small diced onions
1 cup small diced celery
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon fresh chopped sage (or 1 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped rosemary (or 1 1/2 teaspoon dried)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme (or 1 teaspoon dried)
3 cups crumbled prepared cornbread (see recipe below)
3 cups cubed whole-wheat bread (toasted in a toaster to stiffen)
1 cup chicken broth (double-strength, if possible)
1 large apple, cored and diced