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For the Love of Food Low and Slow Healthy Crock-Pot Cooking Food Stylist: Aly Wagonseller The chilly winter months call for hearty meals that warm and satisfy– food that sticks to your ribs, fills up the belly and leaves you feeling Art Director: Kristi Stephenson Photographer: Dave Smith like you’re wrapped in a blanket of culinary coziness. Crock­Pot meals are perfect for cooking stews and soups that fit this seasonal bill, allowing you to set it and forget it, while arriving home to the sump­ tuous smells of a home cooked meal. Unfortunately, all too often these kinds of dishes are not the healthiest of options. Filled with fat laden meats and a lack of nutritional additives, and coming at a time when post holiday weight gain is forefront on the mind, we struggle with balancing what we crave during the cold weather and how we’ll look a few months later when it’s bathing suit time. But don’t despair! You can have your comfort food “cake” and eat it too by choosing recipes that rely on healthy fats, leaner meats and the addition of fruits and vegetables that provide much needed vitamins and fiber to your meal. We’ve got some great tasting slow cooker recipes your family will ask for again and again. They’re relatively easy to prepare for weekday dining, allow for substitutions and variations depending on your lifestyle and dietary intake, and are filled with healthy stuff your body 26 will love. Whether you choose a Southwestern inspired green chili packed with sweet potatoes and beans; healthy coconut milk Thai soup; a veggie lasagna you’ll turn to all year round; or steel cut oatmeal that starts your day off with a filling punch of energy, you’ll find a new attitude in Crock­Pot cooking. One that’s sure to leave you satisfied…without the guilt! February/March 2018