Put It In The Crockpot

By the time we get to August, you don’t want to add one iota of heat to the equation. If you’re too hot to cook, put it in the crockpot! These recipes first appeared in Message Magazine. It would be delicious with fresh garden veggies as we transition to Fall. You’re gonna love it!
Slow-cooked Candied Sweet Potatoes
Vegetable Spray
4-6 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
1 cup natural sugar
1 1/2 cups orange juice
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla
Your favorite spices – coriander, Jamaican allspice, etc.
Spray pan with vegetable oil spray or rub with coconut oil.  Place sweet potatoes in crockpot.  Mix together all other ingredients and pour over sweet potatoes  Cover crockpot and turn on.  Cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-4 hours or until tender. Serves 4-6
Crockpot Collards
3 pounds of chopped collards
2 medium red onion, sliced
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1-one inch piece of ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon BAKON
3 tablespoons or more to taste, McKay’s NO MSG Chicken Style Seasoning
1 teaspoon natural sugar, optional
Red Pepper Flakes to taste
2 tablespoons olive or coconut oil
4 cups water
Layer dry ingredients  in crockpot OR place all dry ingredients in crockpot and stir..  Pour in water.  Turn crockpot onto low and cook for 6-8 hours or until desired tenderness is reached.  Adjust seasonings if necessary.  Serves 6-8
Your Favorite Vegetable Crockpot Soup  
1-2 cups your favorite garden veggies
1-2 cups your favorite beans
1/2 – 1 onion, chopped
1-3 cloves garlic
1-2 stalks celery
1/2-1 bell pepper, chopped
2-4 tomatoes crushed or chopped
1-2 cups veggie meat (optional)
1-2 cup rice or pasta (optional)
1/2-1 teaspoon of Your Favorite Seasonings – Bay leaf, sage, thyme, rosemary, Italian Seasoning, savory, BAKON, curry, basil, parsley, Pepper-Like Seasoning
2-4 cups water
Add McKay’s Chicken Style Seasoning, Browning Sauce, Bragg’s Liquid Aminoes when soup is almost done.
Place all ingredients in a crockpot and stir.  Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours until all vegetables are tender.  Adjust seasonings.  Serve with salad, cornbread, rolls, crackers.  YUM!  Serves 8-10.
Donna Green-Goodman, MPH writes from Huntsville, AL. She is a health educator, college professor, National Ambassador for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Circle of Promise Campaign, author of Somethin’ to Shout About!,(Orion Enterprises, 1999), Cookin’ Up Good Health, (Still Shoutin’, 2008) and executive producer of her own cooking show “Cookin’ Up Good Health!” which airs on HOPETV. Tune in weekly AND visit Donna at www.stillshoutin.com.