Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes: Veggie Pumpkin Chili, Cinnamon Applesauce
This super-savory, slightly spicy, mega-delicious vegetarian chili will warm you up on a chilly night!
Cook: 3 - 4 hours on high or 7 - 8 hours on low
One 28-oz. can crushed tomatoes
One 15-oz. can pure pumpkin
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
2 cups chopped portabella mushrooms
1 1/2 cups chopped zucchini
1 1/2 cups chopped onion
One 15-oz. can chili beans (pinto beans in chili sauce), not drained
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup canned diced green chiles
Optional seasonings: additional cayenne pepper and salt
Optional topping: light sour cream
In a slow cooker, combine crushed tomatoes, pumpkin, garlic, and spices. Mix well.
Add all remaining ingredients, and thoroughly stir.
Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours.
MAKES 11 SERVINGS
What's more comforting than a big pot of homemade applesauce? This fruity side dish has the perfect balance of sweet and tart, thanks to a mix of Fujis and Granny Smith apples!
Cook: 2 1/2 hours
4 cups peeled and sliced Fuji apples (about 4 medium apples)
4 cups peeled and sliced Granny Smith apples (about 4 medium apples)
2 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. Truvia spoonable calorie-free sweetener (or another natural brand that’s about twice as sweet as sugar)
2 tsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
Place apples in a slow cooker sprayed with nonstick spray.
In a medium bowl, combine cornstarch with 3/4 cup water. Whisk to dissolve. Add all remaining ingredients. Whisk well.
Pour cornstarch mixture over apples, and stir to coat.
Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours, or until apples have completely softened and liquid has thickened.
Thoroughly mash and mix.
MAKES 8 SERVINGS
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