Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup with sour cream & chives

8 med. potatoes, diced with skin
4 cups water
1 cube chicken bouillon
5 Tbsp dried onion (or 1 lg onion, finely chopped)
8 oz – 2% medium cheddar cheese, cubed
4 oz – 2% colby jack cheese, cubed
8 oz fat free cream cheese, cubed (ish)
2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
1-1/2 cups nonfat milk
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
20 oz. extra lean ham, diced, (5% fat)

Night before – Dice, blanch, and drain potatoes. Dissolve bouillon in water per package instructions and add dried onions to broth. Cube, dice, and mince cheeses, ham, and garlic.

Morning before work – Throw everything into the crockpot and stir. Set to low for 10-12 hours.

Come home, stir, and serve with a dollop of sour cream and garnish with chives.

Serves 16
Per serving  1 cup

Calories – 224.9
Carbohydrates – 23.8g
Sugars – 3.3g
Fiber – 2.3g
Fat – 6.5g
Saturated Fat – 3.3g
Cholesterol – 33.4mg
Protein – 17.0g
Sodium – 882.7mg

Slow Cooker Chili con Carne

Chili con Carne with sour cream, cheddar cheese, and corn bread

12 oz. lean ground beef
2 cups red kidney beans (dry)
1 lg onion, diced (or chopped)
1 med. red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbsp Garlic, minced
3-1/2 cups tomatoes, diced (equals one large can)
7-1/4 c. Tomato Sauce (equals 2 large cans)
3 Tbsp Chili powder
3 Tbsp Chili Sauce (Heinz)
1 Tbsp Paprika
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp Bay Leaf, crumbled (or 1/4 tsp powdered)
1-1/2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

Soak the beans per package directions. Brown the beef and drain well.

Toss everything in the pot, stir, and cook on low for 8-10 hours (or your entire work day + commute)

Serves 16
Per serving 1 cup

Calories – 144.8
Carbohydrates – 19.2g
Sugars – 7.4g
Fiber – 5.3g
Fat – 4.9g
Saturated Fat – 1.9g
Cholesterol – 15.9mg
Protein – 7.8g
Sodium – 776.2mg

CrockPot Spaghetti Sauce

Spaghetti Sauce served over tri-colored rotini noodles with parmesan

 21 oz lean ground beef
12 oz. chicken sausage
3 – 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes, no salt added
3 – 14.5 oz cans tomato sauce, no salt added
2 med. (or 1 lg) onion, chopped
3 Tbsp garlic, minced
4 c. mushrooms, sliced (approx. 434g)
2 c. bell pepper, diced (approx. 195g)
5 Tbsp oregano, dried
3 Tbsp basil, dried
1 tsp bay leaf, ground (or 3 whole bay leafs broken in half)
1 tsp cayenne pepper, ground

Brown ground beef and sausage in a large skillet. While the meat is browning, chop vegetables, stirring meat occasionally.

When beef and sausage are done, drain off the fat and toss meat, vegetables, spices, and tomato sauce into a slow cooker. Stir to mix ingredients evenly.

Cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8-10 hours.

Number of Servings: 20
Serving Size: 1 cup  (approx. 243g)

Calories – 159.0
Carbohydrates – 10.5g
Sugars – 4.4g
Fiber – 2.8g
Fat – 7.4g
Saturated Fat – 2.7g
Cholesterol – 42.5mg
Protein – 12.7g
Sodium – 164.3mg