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Now that fall is officially here, it's SOOO time to make some amazing, slow-cooked recipes. So grab your crock pot, fill it with delicious items, and let that counter-bound appliance do most of the work for you! 
Sweet 'n Red Hot Apple Mash

PER SERVING (heaping 1/2 cup): 121 calories, 1g fat, 63mg sodium, 30g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 23.5g sugars, 0.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

So hot yet soooo coool... This stuff is fantastic as a side dish, snack, or tasty dessert! Mmmmmmm...

 


Ingredients:
8 Fuji apples, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
3 tbsp. Red Hots cinnamon-flavored candies
1 tbsp. light whipped butter or light buttery spread (like Brummel & Brown), room temperature
1/2 tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt 

Directions:
Place apples and Red Hots in a crock pot.

In a small bowl, combine all other ingredients. Add 2 tbsp. water and mix well. Pour mixture over the contents of the crock pot, and stir to coat.

Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until apples have softened and candy has dissolved.

Stir well and serve!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Big Sweet 'n Spicy Veggie Pot

PER SERVING (1 cup): 85 calories, 0.5g fat, 163mg sodium, 20g carbs, 5.75g fiber, 9g sugars, 3g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2*

Since we're totally obsessed with Kashi's Mayan Harvest Bake, we decided to make our own delicious dish based on that meal's AMAZING flavors. YAY! 

Ingredients:
2 cups cubed butternut squash (about half a squash)
1 large eggplant, stem removed, peeled, and cubed
1/2 head of cabbage, cored and cut in chunks
1 zucchini, sliced into 1/4-inch coins
1 large onion, chopped
1 cup chopped carrots
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
One 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground ginger, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. ground cumin, or more to taste
1/4 tsp. chili powder, or more to taste

Directions:
Place all cut veggies in an extra-large bowl and set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine all other ingredients and thoroughly mix. Spoon this mixture over the veggies and stir to coat.

Transfer mixture to a crock pot with a capacity of four quarts or more. If needed, pack it in tightly. (It will cook down.)

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until veggies are very tender.

Stir well and serve!

MAKES 10 SERVINGS


CHEW ON THIS:
Today, September 30th, is National Hot Mulled Cider Day. We like to CHEW our spiced apples, so we're making some Sweet 'n Red Hot Apple Mash!
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