Silver and Gold Magazine Fall 2017 - Page 18 FOOD + recipes BRING OUT THE SLOW COOKER! M aking family meals by using the slow Pulled Pork • Beef & Barley Stew • Chicken Noodle Soup • Beef Ra- gout with Rigatoni • But- ter Chicken • Corned Beef and Cabbage • Spiced Sweet Potatoes • Potato Chowder • Couscous with Vegetables and Chickpeas • Mexican Style Chili • Coconut Rice Pudding • Chicken Meatballs • Sweet & Sour Chicken • Baked Apples with Cider Butter Sauce • Ribs • Chocolate Fondue • Shoulder Lamb with Roasted Vegetables • Peppers and Pork Chops cooker may just be one of the best lessons you can teach your children. As times get busier in this fast paced world, everyone appreciates having a meal prepared when you get home. Here are some additional benefits to a slow cooker: - A slow cooker uses less electricity than an oven - Because of long, low-temperature cooking, we can make a fantastic meal using less-expensive cuts of meat - Having a home-cooked meal waiting for you eliminates the temptation of buying fast food after a busy day - A slow cooker doesn’t heat up the whole kitchen the way an oven does - Placing all the ingredients in a slow cooker cuts down on prep time and cleanup - The low setting allows for meals to cook in six to ten hours, while the high setting will cook in four to six hours 18 T o reach and/or maintain a healthy weight, your diet should be full of foods that are stocked with nutrients without overwhelming your body with calories – like butternut squash. One serving contains just 82 calories, making it a welcome addition to many meals that won’t make you feel guilty later. Studies found that an extract from Butternut Squash has very effective anti-obesity qualities. It impacts a variety of cellular processes, including the formation of fat known as lipogenesis. Essentially, this extract stops the body from producing new fat to store. – Courtesy Dr. Axe ( Click for more articles + recipes: