Now that fall is officially here, it's SOOO time to make some amazing, slow-cooked recipes. So grab your slow cooker, 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 slow cooker.
In a small bowl, combine all other ingredients. Add 2 tbsp. water and mix well. Pour mixture over the contents of the slow cooker, 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 slow cooker 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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