Healthy Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Recipes: Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese, Southwest Bean & Corn Soup

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Hungry Girl's Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese

1/5th of recipe (about 1 1/2 cups): 255 calories, 5.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 549mg sodium, 39g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 8.5g sugars, 13.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 6*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 6*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 4*

Game-changer alert: This is one of our best-ever cheesy macs...

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes plus 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours

5 oz. (about 1 1/2 cups) uncooked high-fiber elbow macaroni
4 cups cauliflower florets
3 cups butternut squash cut into 1/2-inch cubes (click for tips)
1 1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder 
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1/2 cup fat-free milk
5 wedges The Laughing Cow Light Creamy Swiss cheese
1/4 cup light sour cream
3 slices Sargento Reduced Fat Medium Cheddar cheese

In a large pot, cook pasta very al dente, for about half the time indicated on the package. Drain well.

In a large bowl, combine cauliflower, squash, garlic, and seasonings. Transfer mixture to a slow cooker. (A 4-qt. slow cooker is best.)

Add cooked pasta and milk to the slow cooker, and gently stir. Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours, until squash is tender and pasta is fully cooked.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, stir cheese wedges until smooth. Add sour cream and cheese slices, breaking the slices into small pieces. Microwave for 40 seconds. Stir well. Microwave for another 40 seconds, or until cheeses have melted.

Stir cheese mixture until smooth and uniform, and add to the contents of the slow cooker. Stir to coat.


Hungry Girl's Southwest Bean & Corn Chowder
Southwest Bean & Corn Soup

1/8th of recipe (about 1 cup): 147 calories, 1.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 521mg sodium, 29g carbs, 5g fiber, 9g sugars, 5.5g protein

Green Plan SmartPoints® value 4*
Blue Plan (Freestyle) SmartPoints® value 3*
Purple Plan SmartPoints® value 3*

Your whole family will go nuts for this zesty recipe...

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 3 - 4 hours or 7 - 8 hours

3 1/2 cups fat-free low-sodium vegetable broth 
One 15-oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
One 14.75-oz. can cream-style corn
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes with green chiles, not drained
1 cup frozen sweet corn kernels
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped bell pepper
1/2 cup fat-free milk
1 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 cup instant mashed potato flakes
1/4 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


Combine all ingredients except potato flakes, sour cream, and cilantro in a slow cooker. (A 4-qt. slow cooker is best.) Mix well.

Cover and cook on high for 3 - 4 hours or on low for 7 - 8 hours.

Add potato flakes and sour cream, and stir until uniform. Serve sprinkled with cilantro.



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