I’m having fun putting my slow cookers through their paces this summer. They have taken up permanent residence helping me keep the kitchen cool while turning out a variety of light and healthy dishes like this warm slow cooker 3-bean salad.
Everywhere I turn I am seeing easy, healthy and delicious summer slow cooker recipes: in magazines and books, as well as online.
Recipes, like this one for a warm slow cooker bean salad—an old Pennsylvania Dutch recipe—perfect for summer picnics and potlucks.
It’s super simple to make. Just dump everything into your slow cooker, give it a stir, and let it heat on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
Designed to be served warm, I have also been eating it cold as a tasty side dish all week.
Skinny on Slow Cooker 3 Bean Salad
Low in fat and high in fiber, this warm slow cooker bean salad is a tangy, tasty way to boost your vegetable intake.
With a healthy amount of vinegar and no sugar it’s tangier than a lot of the jarred and canned 3-bean salads.
If it’s too zesty for your tastes add a bit of sugar/sweetener to taste.
According to my calculations each serving has 100 calories and *2 Weight Watchers Points Plus and works with WW Simply Filling.
Following Weight Watchers Freestyle Program, this is now *0 Freestyle SmartPoints.
- 1 can (14 to 16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14 to 16 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) cut green beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) corn, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (14 to 15 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
- 1/4 cup white vinegar, or more to taste
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon pickling spice
- 1/2 teaspoon mustard seed
- hot pepper sauce, to taste**
Ideal Slow Cooker Size: 4 to 5-Quart.
Place all the ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir gently to combine.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
**the intensity of pepper sauce increases during slow cooking. For more tang increase vinegar. For less, decrease and/or add sugar/sweetener to taste.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: *2
Weight Watchers Freestyle SmartPoints: *0
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
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