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slow-cooker-corn-bisque

Slow Cooker Corn Bisque

Ingredients

1 32 ounce carton reduced-sodium chicken broth
2 16 ounce packages frozen whole kernel corn
1 1/4 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup sliced sweet onion
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
Hot water (optional)
Assorted Toppers, such as chopped avocado, red sweet pepper, or tomatoes; sliced green onions or jalapeno chile peppers; flaked lump crabmeat; cooked shrimp; crumbled, crisp-cooked bacon; toasted corn kernels; shredded cheese; julienned radishes; snipped fresh chives or cilantro; and/or Frizzled Leeks* (optional)

Directions
In a 6-quart slow cooker combine the first four ingredients (through onion); sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the thyme. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 7 hours or on high for 3 to 3 1/2 hours. Cool slightly.

Stir in the next four ingredients (through sugar) and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Transfer mixture, one-third at a time, to a blender; cover and puree until smooth. Return to cooker. If needed, stir in enough hot water to reach desired consistency.

Serve immediately or keep warm, covered, on warm or low up to 2 hours. If desired, serve with assorted toppers.

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Beef and Veggie Soup

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cans (8 ounces each) tomato sauce
2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained, optional
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn
1 cup shredded carrots
1 cup chopped green pepper
1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
1 cup chopped fresh tomato
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and tortilla chips, optional

Directions
In a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.

Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the tomato sauce, beans if desired, vegetables and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours or until thick and bubbly, stirring occasionally. Serve with cheese, sour cream and chips if desired. Yield: 8-10 servings (about 2-1/2 quarts).

Freeze Beefy Vegetable Soup in serving-size containers for quick, no fuss lunches.

Recipe found here: Beef and Veggie Soup

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Coffee-Braised Short Ribs

Ingredients
4 pounds bone-in beef short ribs
1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 pounds small red potatoes, cut in half
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup reduced-sodium beef broth
1 whole garlic bulb, cloves separated, peeled and slightly crushed
4 cups strong brewed coffee
2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons butter

Directions
Sprinkle ribs with 1 teaspoon salt, coriander and pepper. In a large skillet, brown ribs in oil in batches. Using tongs, transfer ribs to a 6-qt. slow cooker. Add potatoes and onion.

Add broth to the skillet, stirring to loosen browned bits. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in garlic and remaining salt; add to slow cooker. Pour coffee over top. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove ribs and potatoes to a serving platter; keep warm. Strain cooking juices into a small saucepan; skim fat. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in vinegar. Remove from the heat; whisk in butter. Serve with ribs and potatoes. Yield: 8 servings.

Recipe found here: Coffee-Braised Short Ribs

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Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Slow Cooker Pork Chops

Ingredients
3/4 cup all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic pepper blend
1/4 teaspoon seasoned salt
4 boneless pork loin chops (4 ounces each)
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth

Directions
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine 1/2 cup flour, mustard, garlic pepper and seasoned salt. Add pork chops, one at a time, and shake to coat. In a large skillet, brown chops in oil on both sides
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Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Place remaining flour in a small bowl; whisk in broth until smooth. Pour over chops. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until meat is tender.

Remove pork to a serving plate and keep warm. Whisk cooking liquid until smooth; serve with pork. Yield: 4 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Pork Chops

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Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

Ingredients
1 package (16 ounces) rigatoni or large tube pasta
1-1/2 pounds ground turkey or beef
1 small onion, chopped
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 cans (15 ounces each) pizza sauce
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup, undiluted
1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.

Drain pasta; place in a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beef mixture, cheese, pizza sauce, soup and pepperoni. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through. Yield: 12-14 servings.

Recipe found here: Slow Cooker Pizza Casserole

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Chunky Cinnamon Apple Sauce

Chunky Cinnamon Apple Sauce

Ingredients
8 to 10 large tart apples, peeled and cut into chunks
Sugar substitute equivalent to 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
Combine apples, sugar, water and cinnamon in a 3-qt. slow cooker; stir gently. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until apples are tender. Yield: 5 cups.

Recipe found here: Chunky Cinnamon Apple Sauce

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Hearty Cheese Tortellini

Hearty Cheese Tortellini

Ingredients
1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
1/2 pound 90% Lean Ground Beef
1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 cup (4 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions
In a small skillet, cook sausage and beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the marinara sauce, tomatoes and mushrooms. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours or until heated through.

Prepare tortellini according to package directions; stir into meat mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Yield: 6 servings.

Recipe found here: Hearty Cheese Tortellini

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