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Easy Slow Cooker Recipes for Entertaining

Chill out with these healthy holiday recipes using your slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Recipe No. 4: Chicken Sausage Cornbread Stuffing continued...

2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley (2 teaspoon parsley flakes)

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1 cup chopped red pepper

Preparation:

  1. Preheat slow cooker to low or high heat. Brown the sausage and cut into a coarse dice.
  2. In large nonstick frying pan, saute the onions and celery in canola oil for a few minutes. Stir in sage, rosemary, and thyme and continue to cook and stir over medium heat until mixture is softened (about 2 minutes more). Spoon mixture into large mixing bowl and stir in the sausage and the remaining ingredients.
  3. Coat the inside of the slow cooker crock with canola oil cooking spray and spoon stuffing mixture into crock. Heat on low a couple of hours before the dinner party or potluck, or heat for one hour on high heat. If mixture seems too dry, drizzle more chicken broth over the top and stir.

Cornbread

If you like your cornbread a little on the sweet side, opt for the 2 tablespoons of sugar. If you prefer Southern style, just leave it out. You'll use almost half this cornbread for the recipe above.

       Ingredients:        

       1 cup cornmeal

       1/2 cup unbleached white flour

       3/4 teaspoon baking soda

       3/4 teaspoon baking powder

       2 tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)

       3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

       1 large egg (use a higher omega-3 brand if available)

       1/4 cup egg substitute

       2 tablespoons canola oil

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat an 8 x 8-inch baking dish with canola cooking spray.
  2. In large mixing bowl, combine first 4 ingredients, beating on low to blend. Add the remaining ingredients all at once in mixing bowl and beat on low, scraping sides of bowl after 5 seconds, until a smooth batter forms.
  3. Pour batter into prepared baking dish and bake for approximately 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool.

Yield: 10 servings

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1/2 cup "starchy foods with fat" OR 1/2 cup "side salad mixed"

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 180 calories, 7 g protein, 23 g carbohydrate, 7 g fat, 1.5 g saturated fat, 30 mg cholesterol, 3.5 g fiber, 470 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 35%.

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