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SP Slow-Cooker Turkey Sausage & Bean Stew (Review)

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Hey Sparker's! emoticon

I'm just lovin' my SP Cookbook and I'm havin' so much fun I decided to Blog about what we are trying! emoticon

The Slow-Cooker Turkey Sausage & Bean Stew is a KEEPER!
This meal makes you feel like you're "cheating" because it's so savory & hearty.

You're NOT though at 268.6 calories per serving! (1 1/2 c.)

Super simple to put together!

My little changes/add-ins: I used Italian Seasoning Blend, Garlic Powder, Light Sprinkle of Celery Salt, Pepper, Dried Parsley, and a Light Sprinkle of Cumin to add a touch of "smokey."
**This is added to the Spark Recipe "Italian Herb Seasoning."

I used Smoked Turkey Sausage as well.

Re: the fresh baby carrots; I decided to start them on the stove first to add flavor and to get them slightly tender before adding to the Slow Cooker.

I added 3 cups of Organic-Free Range Chicken Broth to a pot and then added all of the carrots. Once they came to a boil and I turned heat to a slight slimmer, I let them cook for 5 minutes.

I then added the carrots to the Slow Cooker.

**Instead of using the water the recipe calls for, I used the "Chicken Broth" the carrots cooked in.

This meal makes the house smell so good!

It's the kind of aroma that makes you wanna run around the house with a napkin tucked in your collar, fork and spoon in hand, toe tappin', waitin' for the sound of a triangle chime to let ya know supper is a ready! "Come and Get It!"

A Garden Salad and Multi-Grain-Whole Wheat Rolls went perfect with this dish.

I also love the fact that the recipe mentions two ways you can try this dish:

Using the recipe for Homemade Taco Seasoning or the Homemade Italian Blend.

I can't wait to try it the other way next time!

~*Happy-Healthy Cookin' Everyone!*~ emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MNABOY 10/26/2012 7:26AM

    What would happen if you microwaved the carrots? Boiling them takes out the nuitriants unless you use the water and the carrots, I guess. Could steam them too ?

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STACYH73 10/25/2012 12:13PM

    It was a great meal MomToAki! emoticon

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MOM_TO_AKI 10/25/2012 8:00AM

    It looks delicious.

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STACYH73 10/25/2012 1:14AM

    emoticon Beth.

Mine does that as well with certain recipes.. (simmering on low.)

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WHIRLWIND4 10/25/2012 12:50AM

    Thank you for sharing that Stacy.
I do love some slow cookin stew.
My slow cooker comes to a boil sometimes, does anyone else have that problem?
I mean on the low setting, around the edges for something "wet" like meat with gravy or my favorite rice pudding. Comfort food.

Sounds great, Stacy, Sausage and Bean stew with bread and a salad.

Beth emoticon

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STACYH73 10/23/2012 4:36PM

    emoticon LADYPIXEL!

You're Welcome! emoticon

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LADYPIXEL 10/23/2012 4:03PM

    I've been curious about that! I just need to find some good turkey sausage that isn't enormously high in sodium... and that's difficult. I may end up making my own.

Thanks for posting about it -- and I love your additions!

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STACYH73 10/23/2012 1:59PM

    emoticon Idea SweetCez!

It was RayLienet! emoticon

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STACYH73 10/23/2012 1:57PM

    HAHAHA Walla! emoticon

**Hubby helped w/the chopping and slicing.** emoticon

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SWEETCEZ 10/23/2012 1:57PM

    oooh that look so yummy! i can put tofurkey instead of the turkey sausage..thanks for sharing1

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RAYLIENET 10/23/2012 1:55PM

    sounds yummy!

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WALLAHALLA 10/23/2012 1:54PM

    looks like hot dog soup to me

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