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1-2 lbs. Great Northern Beans

5 Nice sized potatoes

1 Lrg. Onion

1 Ham Shank or Smoked Turkey

1/2 stick of butter or margarine

Ground Cumin

Dash of Black Pepper


(You can also mix other beans such as pinto or  black beans in with the soup, also other favorites like corn).


Sort and wash your beans.  If you are sensitive to gas, soak you beans over night.

In a stock pot, half fill the pot with water and season with salt, (sea salt is excellent to

use).  Put in your ham or turkey and cook covered for about an hour on medium to

high heat.  Pour in your washed beans into the water, recover and continue to boil.

As beans get done a thick broth will begin to develop.  Put in your skinned cubbed potatoes,

your large chopped or sliced onion, your half stick of butter or margarine.

Let boil until potatoes are almost done, then put in at least 2 teaspoons of gound

cumin and a dash of black pepper.  Cumin will give you soup a rich exotic flavor.

Use it to taste.  Before to watch and stir you soup frequently as stock pots have a

tendency to scorch and burn food.

Make yourself a nick hot cake of corn bread to go with your soup, sit back and enjoy.





White House Garden Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew


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White House Garden Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

White House Garden Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew

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For a healthy and flavorful one pot meal option, this slow cooker chicken recipe for White House Garden Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew cannot be beat. The ingredients for this dish are inspired by Michelle Obama’s White House garden. If you need easy and healthy cooking ideas, then slow cooker recipes like this dish are just what you need.

Serves: 6

Preparation Time:20 min

Cooking Time:5 hr 20 min


Slow Cooker Barbecued Beef

By: Anne Colagioia


 Slow Cooker Barbecued Beef

Slow Cooker Barbecued Beef

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This is one of the best slow cooker dinner recipes for home chefs, as it allows you to captures the delectable taste of barbecue beef without stepping foot outside your house. This classic Slow Cooker Barbecued Beef recipe from Anne Colagioia will please everyone in the family. Made with lean cuts of beef and plenty of vegetables, this is for sure one of the best healthy slow cooker recipes for those on a gluten free diet.

Preparation Time:10 min

Cooking Time:10 hr

  • 2 pounds lean chuck roast, cubed into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium zucchini, grated
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • 1 apple, grated
  • 1 medium onion, finely diced
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2       cup ketchup
  • 1/2       cup applesauce
  • 1/4       cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons steak sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2       cup water
  1. To make the sauce, stir together all of the sauce ingredients and set it aside.
  2. To load the slow cooker, stir together the grated zucchini, apple, carrot and onion and place it into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  3. Add the beef with some salt and pepper to taste and pour over the sauce.
  4. Cover it, set the slow cooker to low and let it cook for 8 to 10 hours.
  5. After about the first two hours you’ll want to skim off any scum that rises to the top.   If you won’t be around to do this step, I’d suggest you start with meat that has been browned prior to adding it to the pot.
  6. When the beef is done, raise the temperature to high, remove the beef, and shred it before returning it to the pot to simmer uncovered until the sauce has reduced to a consistency you’re happy with and then it’s ready to serve.

If you are following a gluten free diet you’ll need to use gluten free soy sauce. Also, be sure to check all of the ingredients that you add to the sauce to ensure there is no gluten.  Instructions for the coleslaw are covered in the video tutorial.

For more gluten free recipes from Anne, be  sure to check out her Featured Foodies profile  page.

To see how Anne makes these recipes, watch this cooking video:

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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

By: Katy Gillis, Gillis Fitness Consulting

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–>You’ll come home to a delicious and nutritious meal when you make this Slow Cooker Orange Chicken recipe from Katy Gillis of Gillis Fitness Consulting. Instead of ordering Chinese food takeout, just fire up the slow cooker and make one of the very best healthy chicken recipes. Good luck finding an easier orange chicken recipe!

Serves: 5

Cooking Time:9 hr


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 large oranges (2 chopped, 2 juiced)
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, cut in eighths
  • 2 large celery stocks, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 4 large carrots, cut into two-inch pieces
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 large sprigs of rosemary
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2       cup water

  1. Layer ingredients, starting with carrots, sweet potato, celery, onion, then chicken.
  2. Squeeze two large oranges over entire dish and sprinkle remaining chopped orange pieces, water, and sprigs of rosemary on top.
  3. Cook on high for one hour, then turn down to low and cook six to eight hours more, depending on your slow cooker.
  4. When done, pourliquid from slwo cooker into bowl and serve as orange gravy.


This recipe comes courtesy of Katy Gillis of Gillis Fitness Consulting (

For more recipes from and information  about Katy Gillis, be sure to check out her Featured Foodies profile page.






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