Looking for a little variety in your weeknight meals? Ready to bite the bullet and see what all this slow cooker nonsense is about? Welcome to my office. Last year I thought that this whole meals-in-the-crockpot-thing was too good to be true. You know what they say, if it sounds to good to be true, then it probably is. However, slow cookers are the exception to that little piece of wisdom. I was amazed at how cooking food in a crockpot adds more flavor! The depth of the spices is so much different when it cooks for hours instead of minutes. While I have proven that certain things such as cakes, cookies, etc. do not work in the slow cooker, meals absolutely do. It is worth your time to add a crockpot meal to your weekly rotation. On a side note, have you noticed that health(ier) canned veggies always have really long and boring names? For example, take the can of corn I used in this recipe, it was called organic 50% less sodium whole kernel sweet corn. That’s a mouthful! Hence, I condensed the names of these overly healthy canned foods in the recipe description so that you do not become overwhelmed by the extensive titles. Anyway, for you beginners out there, and you tried-and-true who are looking for a little variety, here’s a recipe that is low-calorie, delicious, and user-friendly.

Turkey Taco Soup: 1/2 lb. lean ground turkey, 2 cups low-sodium tomato sauce, 3 cans low-sodium diced tomatoes, 1 can low-sodium corn, 1 1/2 cups reduced sodium vegetable broth (+ more if needed), 2 zucchinis, 1 yellow onion, 1 tsp. paprika, 1/2 tsp. ground cumin, 1 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning, 1 tsp. Lawry’s no salt sundried tomato seasoning, 1/2 tsp. oregano flakes.

Combine all of these ingredients in the bowl of your slow cooker. Cook on high for three hours or low for six hours. Serve warm with desired toppings. Serves 8-10.

Topping Ideas: Avocado slices, sour cream, chopped cilantro, grated monterey jack or pepper jack cheese, anything goes!

Total Calories: 250-300 calories for 1 cup of soup topped with a 1/4 cup of grated cheese and or chopped cilantro. 

Just look at that succulent, low-calorie goodness!

 

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