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Welcome to this slow cooker/crockpot blog. I believe slow cookers are the best thing to happen to modern day cooks. I used mine often when I worked outside the home and continue to do so even in retirement. It is so nice to put food on and forget about it. Slow cookers also allow us to cook many things we would normally have to use the oven for; what a relief in hot Texas weather! Some of these recipes are mine, many are ones I have collected over the years.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ZESTY SAUSAGE AND TOMATO

1 lb hot Italian turkey sausage links, casings removed
1 small red onion, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes with roasted garlic
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste with Italian seasonings
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp sugar (I suggest Splenda Granulated instead)
1/4 tsp black pepper
24 whole wheat pita chips

Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the sausage, carrot, onion, and bell pepper; cook breaking up sausage with large wooden spoon or silicon spatula.  Cook until the sausage is browned, approximately 8 minutes.

Transfer mixture to a 5 or 6-quart slow cooker or crockpot.  Stir n the tomatoes, tomato paste, spices, and sugar.  Cover and cook 2 to 3 hours on high or 4 to 6 hours on low, until the mixture simmers and thickens.

Serve with the pita chips.

NOTE:  This is a WW recipe.  Per a serving of 1/3 cup with 2 pita chips: 149 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 0 trans fat, 16 mg chol, 593 mg sod, 12 g carb, 2 g fiber, 7 g pro, 40 mg calcium  POINTS = 3.

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