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An easy, fresh and tangy alternative to canned cranberry sauce, I love this Weight Watchers cranberry relish. With just 4 ingredients you can make this no-cook recipe in minutes in your food processor. Skinny on Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish I love the fresh tangy flavor of this cranberry relish, but the flavor was a little...

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Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish

Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish

An easy, fresh and tangy alternative to canned cranberry sauce, I love this Weight Watchers cranberry relish. With just 4 ingredients you can make this no-cook recipe in minutes in your food processor.

Skinny on Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish

I love the fresh tangy flavor of this cranberry relish, but the flavor was a little too tart for me so I increased the sugar to 1/2 cup, which is still a significantly less than the original Ocean Spray version. It’s a delicious accompaniment to chicken, turkey, pork or fish. I also love it stirred into vanilla yogurt or oatmeal and spread onto turkey sandwiches.

Be sure to use a thin skinned orange. If you are concerned that using the entire orange with its peel will be too strong or bitter, add some fresh orange zest instead. Then remove the peel and white pith before cutting the orange into chunks and adding it to the cranberries.

If you want to give the relish a different spin, try adding chopped cilantro or mint and minced jalapeno pepper. A little chopped fresh ginger is good too. You can make this relish up to 5 days ahead.

According to my calculations each serving has 75 calories and 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

Enjoy!

Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish
 
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Simple, fresh and delicious this Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish makes a versatile condiment for breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert.
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Serves: 10
Ingredients
  • 12 ounces fresh or thawed frozen cranberries
  • 1 thin skinned orange, unpeeled, cut into large chunks and seeds discarded**
  • ⅓ cup sugar (or to taste. I used ½ cup)
  • 1 medium red apple, unpeeled, cored and chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts
Instructions
  1. Combine the cranberries, orange and sugar in the food processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the apple and walnuts and pulse a few more times until well incorporated.
  2. Serve at once or store covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/4 cup): 75 calories, 2 g fat, 15 g carbs, 2 g fiber, 1 g protein and 2 Weight Watchers Points Plus.


**If you are concerned that the flavor from using the entire orange peel will be too bitter, add some fresh orange zest instead. Then remove the peel and white pith and cut the orange into chunks.

Source: slightly adapted from Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook, Fourth Edition

*PointsPlus® for Weight Watchers Cranberry Relish calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love gathering with friends and family to enjoy great food and give thanks.  Through the years I’ve been experimenting with ways to make lighter Thanksgiving recipes that don’t sacrifice taste. Some of my favorite simple strategies for lightening up classic recipes include: Substituting naturally lowfat buttermilk or...

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I love gathering with friends and family to enjoy great food and give thanks.  Through the years I’ve been experimenting with ways to make lighter Thanksgiving recipes that don’t sacrifice taste. Some of my favorite simple strategies for lightening up classic recipes include:

  • Substituting naturally lowfat buttermilk or Greek yogurt for butter in the mashed potatoes.
  • Slimming down the pie(s) by skipping one or both crusts or by making a light cookie or graham crumb layer instead of a traditional pie crust.
  • Using all or part whole-wheat bread and substituting chicken broth for most of the butter in the stuffing.
  • Skimming most of the fat from the turkey drippings before making gravy.
  • Reducing the sugar in the cranberry sauce.

My Favorite Lightened Up Recipes Perfect for Thanksgiving

Soups

8 Skinny Healthy Pumpkin Soup Recipes
Easy Chai Crock Pot Pumpkin Soup
Skinny Easy Artichoke Soup
Slow Cooker Squash Apple Soup
Slow Cooker Curried Carrot Soup

Salads

Brussels Sprouts Salad with Maple Mustard Dressing
Cranberry Jello Mold
Mixed Green Salad with Goat Cheese and Dates
Mixed Greens with Pears and Blue Cheese
Skinny Waldorf Salad

Side Dishes

Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and Onions
Apple Glazed Carrots (Slow Cooker)
Apple Raspberry Cranberry Sauce (Slow Cooker)
Broccoli Corn Casserole (Slow Cooker)
Brussels Sprouts (Slow Cooker)
Green Bean Casserole (Slow Cooker)
Sausage Apple Stuffing (Slow Cooker)
Mashed Potatoes with Spinach and Dill (Slow Cooker)
Mashed Sweet Potatoes (Slow Cooker)
Skinny Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin Pie Spice
Skinny Pumpkin Cauliflower Mash
Sweet Potato Apple Casserole (Slow Cooker)

Breads

3 Favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipes
12 Low Calorie Pumpkin Bread Muffin & Scone Recipes
Cranberry Nut Bread (Slow Cooker)
Low Fat Pumpkin Cranberry Scones
Pumpkin Bread (Slow Cooker)

Main Dishes

Turkey Breast (Slow Cooker)

Desserts

11 Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Cookie & Bar Recipes
Apple Cobbler (Slow Cooker)
Apple Pear Cranberry Crisp
Cranberry Apple Cake (Slow Cooker)
Easy Crock Pot Pumpkin Crumb Cake
Enlightened Pumpkin Panna Cotta
Healthy Baked Apples
Healthy Low Fat Pumpkin Cake Recipes
Healthy Pumpkin Pie Recipes
Low Calorie Pumpkin Cheesecake (Slow Cooker)
Low Fat Impossible Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Pudding (Slow Cooker)
Skinny Healthy Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

Leftovers

Chicken Salad with Apples (Substitute leftover turkey for the chicken)
Crock Pot Turkey Broth
Crock Pot Turkey Vegetable Barley Soup
Easy Healthy Chicken Divan (Substitute leftover turkey for the chicken)
Leftover Turkey Noodle Soup
Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole (Substitute leftover turkey for the chicken)
Slim & Healthy Leftover Turkey Recipes
Turkey Leftovers Soup (Slow Cooker)
Turkey Wild Rice Casserole (Slow Cooker)

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I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. With it’s focus on food, friends, family and giving thanks, what’s not to love? Using your slow cooker(s) is the secret to an easy Thanksgiving dinner. Since I began using my slow cooker(s) to make my side dishes and desserts I’ve never looked back. It takes the...

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10 Favorite Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes

Favorite Crock Pot Thanksgiving Recipes

I love Thanksgiving. It’s one of my favorite holidays. With it’s focus on food, friends, family and giving thanks, what’s not to love?

Using your slow cooker(s) is the secret to an easy Thanksgiving dinner. Since I began using my slow cooker(s) to make my side dishes and desserts I’ve never looked back. It takes the stress out of trying to coordinate timing and jockeying for oven space.

I still use the oven to roast a big turkey,  but you can prepare your entire Thanksgiving meal in slow cookers if you only need a turkey breast. While most of your Thanksgiving meal cooks unattended you can enjoy your family, catch the parade and maybe even a little football.

Here is a list of my favorite 10 Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Recipes you can make in your crock pot. Some are traditional recipes adapted for the crock pot – like pumpkin bread and green bean casserole. Others offer up some delicious twists, such as mashed potatoes with spinach and dill and sweet potato apple casserole. They are all delicious and relatively low in fat, calories and Weight Watchers Points Plus.

10 Thanksgiving Recipes You Can Make in Your Crock Pot

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast

Slow Cooker Turkey Breast turns out moist and delicious and is a great option for small families not wanting tons of leftovers.

 

Slow Cooker Sausage Apple Stuffing

Slow Cooker Sausage Apple Stuffing

 

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

 

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Spinach and Dill

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes with Spinach and Dill

 This may sound like a strange combination but everyone who has tried these slow cooker mashed potatoes with spinach and dill gave them an enthusiastic thumbs up.

 

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

Slow Cooker Green Bean Casserole

 

slow cooker apple raspberry cranberry sauce

Slow Cooker Apple Raspberry Cranberry Sauce

 

Healthy Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Bread

 

Crock Pot Pumpkin Soup

Crock Pot Chai Pumpkin Soup

If soup is part of your Thanksgiving Dinner tradition, I hope you’ll give this easy crock pot Chai Pumpkin Soup a try.

 

low calorie slow cooker pumpkin cheesecake

Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake

I’ve got this Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake in the freezer ready and waiting to be enjoyed for dessert on Thanksgiving. I’m hoping it’s as successful as last year’s slow cooker pumpkin pie pudding.

 

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Slow Cooker Pumpkin Pie Pudding

Everyone loved this slow cooker pumpkin pie pudding when I made it last Thanksgiving. My sister declared it better than traditional pumpkin pie. It’s so easy and delicious I may never make pumpkin pie again!

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(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Recipes – Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup) I love broccoli cheese soup and have posted several versions through the years here on Simple Nourished Living. This easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup is the easiest tastiest yet. With just 4 ingredients it’s a snap to put together and turns out creamy...

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Easy Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

(Weight Watchers Friendly Crock Pot Recipes – Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup)

I love broccoli cheese soup and have posted several versions through the years here on Simple Nourished Living. This easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup is the easiest tastiest yet. With just 4 ingredients it’s a snap to put together and turns out creamy and delicious.

Skinny on Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup

Just toss everything into your crock pot and let it cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.  Then process with a hand blender or regular blender in batches until smooth.

This easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup is so simple and deliciously satisfying it’s now part of our regular rotation.  According to my calculations each serving has 134 calories and *3 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

Enjoy!

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Easy Crock Pot Broccoli Cheese Soup
 
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This simple and delicious easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup with just 4 ingredients is a new family favorite.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 10 ounces frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 can (10.75 ounces) chicken rice soup (I used Campbell's Healthy Request)
  • 1-1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 4 ounces reduced fat Velveeta or American cheese cubed (or your favorite cheese**)
Instructions
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 1-1/2 to 3-Quart
  2. Place the broccoli, chicken rice soup, chicken broth and cheese in the slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours or until the broccoli is very tender. Carefully process with a hand blender or in a blender in batches until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving: (1 cup): 134 calories, 4.2 g fat, 16.7 g carbs, 3 g fiber, 8.6 g protein and *3 Weight Watchers Points Plus


**If you use a cheese other than Velveeta wait and add it just a few minutes before serving.

Source: adapted for the slow cooker from  The Dinner Doctor

*PointsPlus® for easy crock pot broccoli cheese soup calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Low Calorie Crock Pot Pumpkin Cheesecake

Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake

 

(Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe #235 – Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake)

It is possible to have your cheesecake and your skinny jeans too. This creamy and delicious low calorie slow cooker pumpkin cheesecake with less than 200 calories per serving proves it.

Pumpkin cheesecake is one of my favorite fall indulgences. But the slices served up at most restaurants often have 800 or more calories. So, I set out to make a pumpkin cheesecake that would be sweet and satisfying but a lot lower in fat and calories. And because I’ve had several requests for slow cooker pumpkin cheesecake, I wanted to make it in the crock pot.

Watch How To Make Low Calorie/Low Fat Pumpkin Cheesecake

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This low calorie slow cooker pumpkin cheesecake turned out even better than I had hoped. It’s so good I’m planning to make it again for Thanksgiving.

Skinny on Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake

The slow cooker functions as a water bath, bain-marie, providing a constant humidity to set the cheesecake to creamy perfection. After it’s done you turn off the slow cooker, remove the lid and let it cool for 2 more hours before removing it, wrapping it up and refrigerating it overnight.

The result? A creamy, perfectly set, crack-free cheesecake everyone will love.

According to my calculations each slice has 197 calories and 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

Enjoy!

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This easy Creamy and Delicious Low Calorie Slow Cooker Pumpkin Cheesecake is a winner.
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 1 package (8 ounces) fat free cream cheese
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced fat cream cheese
  • ¾ cup lightly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅓ cup graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 6- or 7-Quart Oval Slow Cooker
  2. Special equipment: 6 to 8-inch round baking pan or casserole dish (If you use a pan with removable sides and bottom, line the outside with heavy duty foil to prevent water from leaching into the cheesecake and ruining it.)
  3. You are turning your crockpot into a bain marie, or water bath. Make a trivet for the bottom of your slow cooker from aluminum foil. Loosely roll a large piece of foil (about 20 inches long) into a 1-inch cylinder. Form a ring with the foil measuring about 7 inches in diameter. Fill a 6- to 7-quart slow cooker with ½ inch of water and place the foil ring in the bottom. (Alternatively I use the metal rings from mason jars)
  4. Make the filling: Beat the cream cheese, brown sugar, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice with mixer until smooth and creamy. Beat in the canned pumpkin until it's well incorporated. Gently beat in eggs, 1 at a time, just until blended.
  5. Spray the baking pan with nonstick spray and sprinkle the bottom with the graham crumbs. Pour and scrape the pumpkin mixture into the pan and spread it out evenly.
  6. Gently place the cheesecake on the foil ring in the slow cooker. Layer 2 to 3 long lengths of paper towels towels across the top of the crock pot and set the lid in place.  (This prevents condensation from the lid from dripping back into your cheesecake.) Cook on HIGH FOR 2 to 2-1/2 hours hours or until puffed and set but still a bit jiggly in the center. Remove the cover, and paper towels. Turn off the slow cooker, and allow the cheesecake to cool for 2 hours. Remove from the slow cooker, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before slicing into wedges to serve.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/8th): 197 calories, 9 g fat, 22 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 9 g protein and *5 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

*PointsPlus® for low calorie slow cooker pumpkin cheesecake calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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Very tasty. Nicely spiced. Excellent as is, or kick ‘em up a notch by topping these mini bean and cheese bites off with a little salsa or guacamole. Mini bean ‘n cheese bites will be a big hit with guests and they also make great after school treats. Get all the flavors of a bean...

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Skinny Mini Bean and Cheese Bites

Mini Bean ‘n Cheese Bites

Very tasty. Nicely spiced. Excellent as is, or kick ‘em up a notch by topping these mini bean and cheese bites off with a little salsa or guacamole.

Mini bean ‘n cheese bites will be a big hit with guests and they also make great after school treats. Get all the flavors of a bean and cheese burrito in a bite-sized snack.

Oh yeah, let’s not forget about Sunday football game time snacks either, where these mini bites will be a welcomed addition.

The Skinny on Mini Bean and Cheese Bites

Did you know that these light and flaky mini phyllo shells have 0 grams trans fat and no cholesterol per serving?

And two mini empty shells have only 30 calories.

These bean and cheese bites have just 75 calories per serving (3 pieces) and 2* Weight Watchers PointsPlus®.

Optional garnishes: guacamole, salsa

First there were BFF’s… Now there’s BCB’s (Bean & Cheese Bites)!

Skinny Mini Bean-n-Cheese Bites

Mini Bean-n-Cheese Bites

Mini Bean and Cheese Bites
 
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Serves: 5
Ingredients
  • ½ cup fat-free refried beans - we used Rosarita Vegetarian
  • 2 wedges The Laughing Cow Cheese - we used Swiss Garlic & Herb
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ⅛ teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 (one) 15-piece box Athens mini phyllo dough shells
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F degrees.
  2. Add refried beans, cheese, cumin and chili powder to a bowl and stir until well mixed.
  3. Distribute bean mixture evenly among the phyllo cups - about one rounded teaspoon
  4. each.
  5. Place filled cups on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and bake until mixture is hot and shells are golden brown, about 15 minutes. (We cooked ours in a toaster oven at 375F and they were done in about 8 minutes)
  6. Cool slightly, serve and enjoy.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (3 filled shells): 75 calories, 2.4 g fat, 10.2 g carbs, 1.4 g fiber, 3.7 g protein and *2 Weight Watchers Points Plus

*PointsPlus® for Mini Bean and Cheese Bites calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

Simple Ingredients for Bean and Cheese Mini Bites

Ingredients for Easy Bean and Cheese Mini Bites

Source: Hungry Girl

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Here’s my healthy weekly meals with Weight Watchers Recipes with Points Plus for next week. In addition to keeping me on track, I hope they provide you with some healthy ideas and cooking/eating inspiration. I usually spend a little time Saturday putting together a list of recipes I want to make and a shopping list....

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Here’s my healthy weekly meals with Weight Watchers Recipes with Points Plus for next week. In addition to keeping me on track, I hope they provide you with some healthy ideas and cooking/eating inspiration.

I usually spend a little time Saturday putting together a list of recipes I want to make and a shopping list. Sunday I shop, prep and often make a dish or two in the crock pot so I go into the week with healthy food choices ready and waiting. This helps me avoid the temptation of last minute drive-throughs and dialing for takeout.

This week will be extra busy. I have a lunch date Monday, Mom and I are going to Tucson Tuesday to see my sister and we have a fundraiser event Wednesday evening. That means planning and cooking ahead will be extra important.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

My Weight Watchers Friendly Weekly Healthy Meal Plan (11/17/14)

Breakfast

I like to keep things simple when it comes to breakfast. I usually rotate between a few breakfast options day in and day out, only changing it up slightly with the seasons. This week I’m going to alternate between oatmeal and mini egg frittatas I’ll have either one or the other with 1/2 a banana (0) and a large mug of decaf coffee (0).

  1. Quick Cooking Steel Cooked Oats cooked with Almond Milk (6)
  2. Light English Muffin (3) with Peanut Butter (3) 
  3. Scrambled eggs/egg whites (3) with Light English Muffin (3)

Lunch

I also like to keep lunch quick and easy. I’ve found that limiting my choices is one of my best strategies for easily maintaining my weight. I usually opt for soup and/or salad or leftovers. Once or twice a week I meet Mom and/or  a girlfriend for lunch which is fun and keeps things interesting so I don’t get bored.

This week the days I’m home for lunch I’ll alternate among:

  1. Simple Chunky Tomato Soup (4) and Tuna Salad lettuce wraps (3) (1/2 cup tuna canned in water, drained and mixed with 1/2 cup chopped celery, 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon nonfat plain Greek yogurt; stuffed into lettuce leaves)
  2. Baked Potato Topped with Cottage Cheese and Salsa (7)
  3. Leftovers

Dinner

Because we are a family of two, we often have dinner leftovers that we are happy to eat again on a subsequent night. So I usually only end up cooking 3 or 4 nights a week :-) I know I’ll be out at least 2 nights this week, so with leftovers, I’ll only cook 3 nights:

  1. Slow Cooker Beef Short Ribs (8) (new recipe – not on site yet) with Baked Potato (4) and steamed broccoli (0) with low fat balsamic dressing (1)
  2. Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala (5) and Brown and Wild Rice (1/2 cup – 3) Tossed Salad and fat free dressing (0) and
  3. Broiled or Baked Tilapia seasoned garlic and lemon pepper  (4) with Spinach (0) and Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes and onions (2)
  4. Leftovers

Snacks

Again, I try to limit my choices when it comes to snacking and only eat when I am truly hungry. I’ve worked hard to break myself of the snacking when bored habit, but it still can happen if I have too many tempting snacks around!

  1. Apple Slices with a little Peanut Butter (3)
  2. Raw veggies with dip made from nonfat Greek yogurt and salsa (0)

Dessert

We don’t eat dessert everyday. But I like to have something around if we want a little something sweet after dinner. I often make a sweet treat over the weekend that we can enjoy during the week. One of my strategies for not over-indulging in sweets is to limit myself to homemade ones. They seem more worth the calories/points.

  1. Cranberry Ice Cream Parfait Pie (new recipe, not yet on the site, that I want to test for Thanksgiving)

Previous Weekly Meal Plans:

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(Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe #234 – Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala) Here’s a lightened-up version of the classic Italian-American chicken dish made in the slow cooker. You just toss everything into the slow cooker and in four hours you’ve got an easy, healthy and delicious dinner ready and waiting. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, this...

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Crock Pot Chicken Marsala Recipe

Weight Watchers Friendly Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

(Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe #234 – Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala)

Here’s a lightened-up version of the classic Italian-American chicken dish made in the slow cooker. You just toss everything into the slow cooker and in four hours you’ve got an easy, healthy and delicious dinner ready and waiting. Easy enough for a weeknight dinner, this slow cooker chicken marsala is impressive enough to serve to guests.  (If you’re not convinced here’s a skinny chicken marsala recipe for the stovetop.)

Skinny on Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala

The recipe called for marsala wine, but didn’t specify dry or sweet. According to Betty Crocker you should use sweet marsala to prevent the dish from being too acidic. Unfortunately, I read this after pouring in dry marsala. We both thought it was delicious anyway.

Cooking chicken breasts in the slow cooker can be tricky. They’re usually done in four hours or less.  If you overcook them they’ll be dry and stringy. I substituted chicken tenders for the chicken breasts with good results. According to my calculations each serving has 235 calories and *5 Weight Watchers Points Plus.

Enjoy!

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Simple and delicious slow cooker chicken marsala, lightly coated chicken breasts slow cooked with with Marsala wine and mushrooms, is easy enough for a weeknight dinner, and impressive enough to serve to company.
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Recipe type: Slow Cooker
Serves: 6
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 5 ounces each)
  • 8 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • ¾ cup Marsala wine (Betty Crocker suggests sweet marsala, but I inadvertently used dry)
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons chopped parsley, for garnish, optional
Instructions
  1. Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4-Quart
  2. Coat slow cooker insert with nonstick cooking spray. Combine the olive oil, shallot and garlic in bottom of slow cooker.
  3. In a shallow dish stir together the flour, salt and black pepper. Pound the chicken to an even thickness and coat it with the flour mixture and add to the slow cooker. Scatter mushrooms over chicken and add the Marsala.
  4. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 hours or until the chicken is tender. To thicken the sauce, turn the slow cooker up to HIGH. Combine the cornstarch with 2 teaspoons water and stir it into the chicken mixture. Cover and cook until the sauce has thickened 10 to 25 minutes. Stir in parsley. Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve.
Cook's Notes
Nutrition Estimates Per Serving (1 chicken breast and ¼ cup mushroom sauce): 235 calories, 5 g fat, 9 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 29 g protein and 5 Weight Watchers Points Plus

Source: adapted from September 2014 Family Circle

*PointsPlus® for slow cooker chicken marsala calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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