Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Entertaining
Chill out with these healthy holiday recipes using your slow cooker.
Slow Cooker Recipe No. 1: Spinach-Artichoke Heart Dip continued...
1 tablespoon whipped butter or stick butter
2 cups fat-free half-and-half (or substitute whole or low-fat
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
Yield: 16 servings
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members Journal as 1/2 cup cream-based
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
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