Dice hard vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, winter squash and/or rutabagas), and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
Cut any meat you’re adding into bite-sized bits and add it on top of the vegetables. Stick with fresh meats; processed meats like ham, corned beef and sausage can contain upwards of 1,000 milligrams of sodium per serving.
Season with fresh or dried herbs.
Add tender vegetables like corn, peas and okra.
Cover with sodium-free bouillon dissolved in water. For creamy soups or chowders, stir in a half cup of heavy whipping cream (liquid, not whipped), or 1 cup of half-and-half or evaporated milk.
Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours (or on low for 10 to 12 hours).
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrate 15g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Vitamin A 44%
Vitamin C 2%
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1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 head cabbage, chopped (3-4 cups)
1 large potato, peeled and diced
2 cans (14 1/2 ounces) low-sodium, fat-free chicken broth
2 cans (15 ounces) cream-style corn
1 cup chopped lean (8% fat) ham
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1. Heat oil in large pot. Sauté onion, cabbage, and potato over medium heat, stirring often, until soft, about 10 minutes.
2. Add chicken broth, corn, ham, and pepper.
3. Cover and simmer until potato is tender, about 10 minutes
4. Serve hot, sprinkled with cheese.
5. Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.
Number of servings: 10
Per serving: 1 cup
Total Carbohydrate 23g
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1 cup raw broccoli, chopped
1 medium carrot, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 cup cooked ham, chicken or turkey
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/4 cup plain, nonfat yogurt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vinegar
1. In a large bowl mix together broccoli, carrot, celery, raisins, onion and meat.
2. Mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar and vinegar in a separate bowl.
3. Add mayonnaise mixture to salad and mix well.
4. Refrigerate leftovers within 2-3 hours.
Yield: 8 servings
Per serving: 2/3 cup
Sodium 280 mg
Total Carbohydrate 14 g
1. Wash squash; cut in half lengthwise. Remove and discard seeds. Place squash halves, cut sides down, in a 13- x 9- x 2-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Add water to dish to depth of 1/2 inch. Bake at 375° for 40 minutes or until squash is tender; let cool slightly. Using a fork, remove spaghetti-like strands; discard shells. Set strands aside, and keep warm.
2. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; place over medium-high heat until hot. Add onion and garlic; sauté 2 minutes. Add zucchini, and sauté 2 minutes. Add mushrooms; sauté 2 additional minutes. Remove vegetables from skillet, and set aside.
3. Coat skillet with cooking spray; add turkey. Cook over medium-high heat until turkey is browned, stirring until it crumbles. Add vegetable mixture, ham, and next 5 ingredients. Cook over medium heat until thoroughly heated. To serve, spoon turkey mixture over spaghetti squash; sprinkle with cheese.
Yield: 4 servings.
Fat 5.9g (Sat 2.2g Mono l.4g Poly 1.3g)