Tasty Tuesday: 15 Bean Soup Crock Pot

I love the fact you can cook 15 BEAN SOUP® beans in a crock pot or slow cooker.  This easy to follow recipe will have a pot full of 15 Bean Soup waiting for you after a day of activities.  When the weather gets COLD, soup is my go to food, what is your comfort food when it gets cold?

Cook Time about 6 hours.     Prep Time about 10 minutes.     Servings 12


1 pkg Hurst’s® HamBeens® 15 Bean Soup®
8 cups water (use chicken, beef, or vegetable broth for added flavor)
1 lb. smoked or ground sausage, or use a hambone with some meat on it. .
1 large. onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tsp chili powder (optional)
1 can diced tomatoes (15 oz.)
Juice from 1 lemon
Optional: Hot sauce or crushed red pepper to taste

Cooking Directions  –  NO SOAK METHOD

  • In a colander or sieve, rinse beans thoroughly. Sort and inspect for any unwanted debris and discard.
  • Drain and pour beans in a slow cooker with 8 cups of stock/water, onions, meat or hambone, garlic and chili powder. (Not tomato or lemon juice yet!)
  • Stir to combine. Set slow cooker on high and cook for 5-7 hours then check to make sure beans are tender. The soup can continue to simmer for several hours and will develop more flavor over time.
  • After the beans are tender, remove the hambone (leave any ham in the pot), stir in the can of diced tomatoes, our Ham Flavor packet, and the lemon juice.
  • Cook for additional 30 minutes then keep warm until ready to serve.

It is recommend serving freshly baked corn bread or serve it over rice.  Keep in mind every time the lid is opened, your cooking time will be longer.

Additional Cooking Tips

  • For even more flavor, substitute beef, chicken or vegetable stock instead of water.
  • You can also try 1 lb. boneless chicken breasts or 1 lb. beef roast, then shred meat before Step 5 above.
  • It’s best to wait until AFTER the beans have become tender or fully cooked before adding any acidic ingredients like tomatoes, citrus, vinegars, etc.

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Tasty Tuesday: Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls

This was given to me by a fellow Weight Watcher and I tweaked it some.  I put it in the crock pot!  I’m not sure of all of the nutrition breakdown BUT it is 3 smart points per 1 cup serving.


  • 2 pounds lean organic grass fed ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onion (or Tastefully Simple Onion Onion)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can Petite Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 3 1/2 pounds chopped cabbage
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup water


Toss it all in the crockpot on low for 6 hours. Serve with quinoa.

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Tasty Tuesday – Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken

Thank you Carla Joy for sharing this recipe.

“Seasoned, browned chicken breasts slow cooked with lemon juice, garlic, and chicken bouillon. A wonderful ‘fix and forget’ recipe that is easy and pleases just about everyone. Great served with rice or pasta, or even alone.”

Prep Time: 15 m     Cook Time:  3 h 15 m
Serves 6 people.  Calories: 192 per serving


  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley


  • In a bowl, mix the oregano, salt, and pepper. Rub the mixture into chicken.
  • Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken in butter for 3 to 5 minutes on each side. Place chicken in a slow cooker.
  • In the same skillet, mix the water, lemon juice, garlic, and bouillon. Bring the mixture to boil. Pour over the chicken in the slow cooker.
  • Cover, and cook on High for 3 hours, or Low for 6 hours.
  • Add the parsley to the slow cooker 15 to 30 minutes before the end of the cook time.

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Tasty Tuesday – Hearty Italian Soup

Makes 12 cups

Time: Prep: 40 Minutes  Cooking: 2 Hours


1 (16-oz.) package mild Italian sausage
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 (48-oz.) container chicken broth
2 (15-oz.) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 (5-oz.) package baby spinach
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese


1. Cook sausage in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat 7 to 8 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove sausage from Dutch oven, reserving drippings in Dutch oven. Sauté onion in hot drippings 3 minutes or until tender. Add garlic, and sauté 1 minute. Cut sausage into 1/4-inch-thick slices, and return to Dutch oven.

2. Stir chicken broth and next 3 ingredients into sausage mixture; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 25 minutes.

3. Stir in spinach and next 2 ingredients; cook, stirring occasionally, 5 to 6 minutes or until spinach is wilted. Top each serving with Parmesan cheese.

Serve with Cornbread and a salad for a yummy dinner on a cold winter night.  I am going to throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let it cook while I am out and about.  Let me know if you try this and what you think….

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Tasty Tuesday –  Crock Pot Turkey Chili

Thank you Skinny Points Recipes » Crock Pot Turkey Chili for this YUMMY recipe….


1.3 lbs 99% lean ground turkey
1 teaspoon oil
1 medium onion, minced
1 red bell pepper, diced fine
1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 cups frozen corn kernels
10 oz can Rotel Mild Tomatoes
8 oz small can plain tomato sauce
1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Optional Toppings:  diced avocado, reduced fat sour cream, reduced fat shredded cheese, baked tortilla chips


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the turkey, season with salt and cook, breaking up with a spoon until turkey browns and is no longer pink; place into the slow cooker. Add the oil to the skillet and sauté the onion, garlic and bell pepper over medium heat for about 4 to 5 minutes. Spoon over turkey into the slow cooker and stir in corn and tomatoes, tomato sauce, cumin, chili powder, paprika and salt, mix until well blended. Pour chicken broth into the crock pot and add the bay leaf.

Cook on HIGH 4 hours or low 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

Nutrition Facts: Smart Points: 4, Pointsplus: 6, Calories: 226, Fat: 3 g, Carb: 21 g, Fiber: 3.5 g, Protein: 31 g, Sugar: 5 g, Sodium: 688 mg, Cholest: 59 mg

All posted nutrition information is approximate and has been calculated using the nutrition calculator on myfitnesspal.com. Skinny Points makes no guarantees of accuracy and use of different brands may change the nutrition information.

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