If I don’t say so myself, this is a top-notch slow cooker chicken stew.
Chicken stews aren’t new to this house, but when Mr. Mike gave this Mexican version a five star review, I knew it would make the dinner menu again in the future.
Recently my coworkers, Maija and Steve, decided to share their favorite crockpot recipes for lunch. They take turns each week preparing family favorites, then bring them in for a well-deserved break in the day.
You know I had to insert myself into their fun lunch gathering, and it didn’t take long for me to find this Italian Wedding Soup to share with you!
I don’t think there’s a cook in the country who doesn’t have a split pea soup in their repertoire of winter recipes.
Why eat Thanksgiving leftovers until you can’t stand to look at them anymore!
Leftover turkey, potatoes, and cooked vegetables freeze beautifully. Pull them from the freezer and turn them into a quick meal after holiday shopping, or a healthy dinner for the kids while you whoop it up at your company Christmas party.
Whether you freeze your leftovers, or prefer to use them up as quickly as possible, my top ten tempting meal ideas are a nice change from the typical turkey sandwich . . .
If you were going to throw away those small bits and piece of turkey, think again. They add up, and can easily be swapped out for the ground turkey in this recipe.
Apples and squash are the perfect compliment for turkey – especially the dark meat. It has a slightly gamier appeal that stands up well to the sweetness of apples and squash.
Pre-sliced mushrooms, a can of low fat mushroom soup, pasta and cheese come together in this heart-warming dish. If you have leftover green bean casserole, be sure and add it to the mix to get those extra veggies in. Don’t forget to use whole grain or quinoa pasta. Now you have a real meal – whole grains, protein and veggies. Can’t beat that!
If you’re looking for something on the lighter side after all that heavy holiday fare, fresh cabbage and chard, sautéed with garlic and fresh thyme, make this meal a nice low-carb choice for dinner.
This list wouldn’t be complete without a chili recipe adapted from Laloosh.com. Toss your chili ingredients into a slow cooker and let them meld their spicy flavors to perfection while you’re away.
If chili isn’t your thing, this healthy Italian stew boasts an abundance of vegetables, including leafy kale. This is truly a calorie-light meal. Be sure to serve it with a whole grain roll so you can mop up that garden rich sauce.
Yes, I realize brussels sprouts aren’t for everyone, but if you’re a fan, this recipe from Allrecipes.com would be fantastic with your leftover turkey tossed into the pan. Keep the turkey bacon, or replace it with turkey breast. Either way, this brussels sprouts recipe is to die for.
If you’re a pasta lover, this pasta recipe adapted from Roti & Rice fits the bill for you. Garlic, lemon and fresh basil add punch to chickpeas and kale. Roti & Rice used turkey sausage, but chopped or shredded turkey breast would keep this meal light and allow the fresh basil to shine through.
We need a few salad recipes in this list, don’t we? This isn’t your typical leafy green salad recipe. Warm curry adds a bit of sweet heat to fresh grapes, apples, sweet dried cranberries, and salty pepitas. Serve it as is, or scoop it into crunchy endive leaves for a delicious appetizer.
Last, but not least, we need a wrap recipe. Using turkey instead of the original chicken isn’t much of a stretch of the imagination. If you love Mediterranean flavors, then the Greek yogurt, hummus and feta cheese will thrill your taste buds.
That’s the end of my top ten recipes for leftover Thanksgiving turkey. I have more, so feel free to browse through my chicken and turkey recipes. I haven’t started Christmas shopping yet, so off to the mall I go. Happy cooking!
I’ve learned over the years that when I need to take off a few pounds, beans are definitely on my grocery list.
Whether I toss them into my salad, or served them up as a chili or soup, all that fiber keeps me satisfied for hours.
A 15 bean soup is tops on my list. Hurst sells a package of beans that includes Northern, pinto, large lima, blackeye, garbanzo, baby lima, green split, kidney, cranberry, small white, pink, small red, yellow split, lentil, navy, white kidney, and black beans. Quite the list, don’t you think?
You know me, I don’t use their sodium loaded seasonings, I’d rather season to my taste. Besides, the ham hock simmering away with the beans adds such a wonderful smoky flavor, why would I want to ruin it with a stale seasoning packet.
Do yourself a favor and make plenty to freeze for lunches later in the week. Bean soups freeze beautifully, and you won’t have to worry about what’s on the lunch menu.
What’s good for me in this dish?
Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Beans are also filling and a great source of protein. Folic acid is important for the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is important for our nervous system and promotes a healthy heart rhythm. Fiber is important for digestive health.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 307, Old Weight Watchers Points 6
Total Fat: 2.77g
Total Carbs: 48.27g
Dietary Fiber: 18.43g
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com. The statement made here are strictly my opinion and are not meant to replace medical advice from your physician. Please see disclaimer for further details.
Seriously. How can you miss by adding leftover steak to your chili? I say that you can’t. I refuse to waste even a little bit of food if I can possibly help it, so why not add my little bits of steak to some chili beans in a slow cooker.
As much as I love to cook, I love time off too, so an easy chili recipe is one of my go-to ways to use up those veggies and leftover meat.
The steak is lean, the beans are a nutrition powerhouse, and the smoky taste of cumin can’t be beat. Add cheese if you’d like, but I’m a chili purist. I love mine just plain, thank you.
Slow Cooker Leftover Flank Steak Chili
Recipe Serves 4
30 ounces chili beans , rinsed and drained
14 ounces petite diced tomatoes
½ small onion, chopped
½ large bell pepper, chopped
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
1 tsp cumin
½ tablespoon chili seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced
6 ounces flank steak, leftover, chopped into bite sized pieces
hot sauce to taste
Combine ingredients in a slow cooker and cook for 4 – 6 hours on low. Mixture should be reduced by 1/3 and vegetables and beans tender.
What’s good from me in this dish?
Lean beef is high in tryptophan and protein. Chock full of vitamins B12, B6, B3 and B2, beef has cardiovascular benefits, as well as the ability to prevent colon cancer. Beef also contains iron, selenium and zinc.
Beans are an excellent source of antioxidants, folic acid, potassium, dietary fiber and complex carbohydrates. Filling and a great source of protein. Folic acid is important for the formation of red blood cells. Potassium is important for our nervous system and promotes a healthy heart rhythm. Fiber is important for digestive health.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 2.81g
Total Carbs: 39.59g
Dietary Fiber: 12.93g
Weight Watchers Points 5
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com
Here in Seattle we had an amazing summer. Day after day of warm weather. It was just beautiful. Blue skies and green trees. I’m sad to see the days get shorter, and the weather colder.
Still, there are some good things about fall and winter. Soups, stews, and comfort food. I decided to take out the slow cooker and try and get into the spirit of fall.
As a member of FoodBuzz, I come across a some really terrific recipes, and this one from SimplyLife was just what I was looking for. A colorful, hearty minestrone that sticks to your ribs.
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 1.38g
Total Carbs: 63.29g
Dietary Fiber: 10.11g
Weight Watchers Points 5
Nutrition details obtained from whfoods.org, nutritiondata.com, about.com, and abouthomecooking.com I am not a licensed nutritionist, nor a medical professional, and do not mean this information as medical or nutrition advice. See your medical professional if you have questions regarding your nutritional needs.
It’s fall, and I’m not ready for it yet. I love all this warm weather we are having in Seattle! Sunny, blue skies. Seattle at it’s best. Blue skies and green trees. Still, you can feel fall in the air, so it was time to take out the crock pot and make something crock pot like.
My cooking challenge of the month limits me to six ingredients. Slow cooking makes that an easier task. The food cooks until it’s tender and savory. Yum!
We are big fans of brussel sprouts in this house. The local farmers market had tiny brussel sprouts that looked perfect for soup. Beef broth, potato and chunks of tender beef made for a hearty beef soup. Great if you have a meat and potatoes guy in your house!
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 25.32g
Total Carbs: 11.54g
Dietary Fiber: 3.20g
Weight Watchers Points 9
This slow cooker recipe is a terrific contribution from Grandma Karen to this healthy cooking blog.
Grandma says that fennel and basil are an appealing change of pace in this bold-flavored beef stew. Karen added fresh mushrooms, green beans and roasted garlic.
She found this beef stew recipe in Better Homes and Gardens Slow-Cooker Meals of 2008.
Per service: 319 cal., 6g total fat (2g sat. fat.), 89 mg. chol. 596 mg sodium, 23g carb, 4g fiber, 36g pro.
Old Weight Watcher Points 6