Healthy Slow-Cooker Recipes: Bacon Apple Chicken Stew, Sloppy Joe

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Bacon Apple Chicken Stew

1/6th of recipe (about 1 1/3 cups): 230 calories, 4g total fat (1.5g sat fat) 570mg sodium, 17.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 10g sugars, 31g protein

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 1*

SmartPoints® value 3*

This sweet 'n savory creation is 50 percent soup, 50 percent stew, and 100 percent AMAZING!!!

2 1/2 cups reduced-sodium fat-free chicken broth
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. cider vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. dried parsley
1 1/2 lbs. raw boneless skinless chicken breast
1/4 tsp. each salt and black pepper
3 cups peeled and chopped Fuji apples
2 cups carrots cut into 1/2-inch coins
2 cups roughly chopped celery
1 cup roughly chopped onion
6 slices center-cut bacon or turkey bacon
Optional seasoning: additional salt

In a slow cooker, combine broth with cornstarch, and stir to dissolve. Add vinegar, garlic, and parsley, and mix well.

Season chicken with salt and pepper, and add to the slow cooker. Add all remaining ingredients except bacon, and thoroughly stir.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until chicken is cooked through.

Remove chicken and place in a large bowl. Shred with two forks -- one to hold the chicken in place and the other to scrape across and shred it.

Stir shredded chicken into the stew in the slow cooker. 

Cook bacon until crispy, either in a skillet over medium heat or on a microwave-safe plate in the microwave. (See package for cook time.) Chop or crumble bacon, and sprinkle over each serving!


Slow-Cooker Sloppy Janes

1/6th of recipe (about 2/3 cup): 197 calories, 5g total fat (2g sat fat) 331mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 2g fiber, 7g sugars, 25.5g protein

Freestyle™ SmartPoints® value 4* 

SmartPoints® value 4* 

An HG twist on a comfort-food staple! This recipe is full of veggies, beef, and the PERFECT sauce blend. YUM!

One 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 1/2 tbsp. brown sugar (not packed)
1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp. red wine vinegar
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped bagged broccoli cole slaw
1 1/2 lbs. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. paprika
1/8 tsp. black pepper
Serving suggestion: light hamburger buns

In a large bowl, combine tomato paste, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar. Stir until uniform. Add veggies, and stir to coat.

Place beef in the bottom of a slow cooker. Sprinkle with garlic and seasonings, and mix well. Top with saucy veggie mixture, and thoroughly stir.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until beef is fully cooked and veggies have softened. Stir well, breaking up any large pieces of meat. Enjoy!


Hungry for More?

Click here for a TON of wonderful slow-cooker recipes a la HG. Highlights include the Outside-In Turkey Tamale Pie, the Buffalo Chicken Chili, the Hungry Chick Chunky Soup... oh, who are we kidding? They're ALL great!

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