Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes: Veggie Pumpkin Chili, Cinnamon Applesauce

Dec 8 2016
Need to feed a crowd, or just want to stock your fridge with smart dishes you can feast on all week long? These recipes are ready for you!

Hungry Girl's Healthy Chunky Veggie Pumpkin Chili Recipe

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1/11th of recipe (about 1 cup): 131 calories, 1g total fat (0g sat. fat), 515mg sodium, 25g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 6.5g protein

This super-savory, slightly spicy, mega-delicious vegetarian chili will warm you up on a chilly night!

Prep: 15 minutes
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.


Hungry Girl's Healthy Slow-Cooker Cinnamon Applesauce Recipe

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1/8th of recipe (about 1/2 cup): 64 calories, <0.5g total fat (0g sat. fat), 73mg sodium, 19.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 11g sugars, <0.5g protein

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!

Prep: 10 minutes
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.


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