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Low-Calorie Slow-Cooker Recipes

Enjoy healthy family meals with these six diet-friendly recipes for your slow cooker.

By Michael Tyrrell

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Chinese Hacked Pork
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Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim
Yunhee Kim
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Chinese Hacked Pork

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 10 minutes

Marinate: overnight

Slow Cook: 4 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW

Cook: 1 minute

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Pulled Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Makes: 16 sliders (8 servings)

Prep: 10 minutes

Slow Cook: 6 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW

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White Bean and Ham Soup

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 15 minutes

Soak: overnight

Slow Cook: 6 hours on HIGH

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Beef and Hominy Stew

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 15 minutes

Slow Cook: 6 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW

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Indian-Spiced Turkey Breast

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 10 minutes

Slow Cook: 4 hours on HIGH or 6 hours on LOW

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Creole Sausage and Shrimp

Makes: 6 servings

Prep: 15 minutes

Slow Cook: 6 hours on HIGH or 8 hours on LOW, plus 7 minutes

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For Healthy Slow Cooking

—Avoid browning ingredients in oil. You'll save calories and time.
—Hold back on adding half the spices until the last 30 minutes of cooking; reinforce seasoning by finishing with fresh herbs.
—When using leaner cuts of meat, such as boneless turkey or center-cut pork, reduce cooking times. Trim off excess fat from less lean cuts.
—Opt for reduced-sodium tomato products and broths whenever possible.
—Refrigerate soups and stews before serving. Skim off fat and gently reheat to serve.

Originally published in the April 1, 2012, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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