What’s in the Crockpot? Episode 3.

The days leading up to Thanksgiving can be really tough. Your mouth is salivating just thinking about the turkey, piles of stuffing, mountains of mashed potatoes and sliver after sliver of pies – or is that just me? In anticipation of Thursday’s gorgefest, I planned a simple crockpot meal that is not only delicious and hearty, but also very friendly to your waistline. Plus it provided plenty of leftovers for lunch/dinner.

What’s in The Crockpot?


Kielbasa-Bean Slow Cooker Soup!


This is a Weight Watchers recipe that doesn’t seem to be on their website anymore, so I’ll share the recipe with you. I promise you – it’s quick, easy and delicious!


58 ounces fat-free chicken broth (four 14.5 oz cans)
16 ounces low-fat smoked sausage (I typically use turkey kielbasa)
15 ounces canned pinto beans, rinsed and drained
15 ounces canned black beans, rinsed and drained
4 medium carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 teaspoon thyme
14 1/2 ounces diced tomatoes, undrained


Mix all ingredients, except the diced tomatoes, in a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for at least 6 hours (or until vegetables are tender).

Stir in tomatoes; cover and cook on high-heat setting until heated through (about 15 minutes more).

Yields about 1 heaping cup per serving for a total of about 8 servings. Each serving is only 5 PointsPlus!

It doesn’t get much easier than this! Please let me know if you decide to cook this recipe and let me know what you think!  Stay tuned for future installments of “What’s in the Crockpot?”


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