Every month, I’m going to share a recipe with you. The recipes I share are going to be ones I found in magazines, cookbooks, etc. that I’ve adapted to make healthier to fit within my family’s heart healthy diet. I want to show you that you can make healthy and delicious food that everyone in your family will enjoy, even your kids. This month I’m sharing our sweet n’ sour sausage recipe with you. It’s kind of like a Chinese stir-fry, Americanized and made in the crock pot.
I love my crock pot! It is so nice to put everything in it in the morning/early afternoon, and by dinner time, dinner is ready! It makes cooking dinner fast and easy and it’s a healthy way of cooking. It also makes the meat nice and tender, which my family appreciates (when I bake meat, it’s often a little dry). You can read more about using a crock pot in my post, Heart Healthy Slow Cooker Tips and Tricks. This sweet n’ sour sausage recipe takes only 5 hours in the crock pot and the flavors really blend together nicely.
You only need 9 ingredients to make this sweet n’ sour sausage recipe. I have most of these in my pantry or refrigerator usually so I didn’t have to buy many things. The sausage is usually on sale 2 for $5 every few weeks at Vons, so I just buy it then. I also always have carrots and onions around since we use them so much. The carrots don’t usually go on sale, but I buy a 2 pound bag since it’s the lowest unit price. Onions usually go on sale every couple of weeks at Sprouts, so I buy enough for 2 weeks.Are you looking for a healthier dinner recipe that's quick and easy to make? I adapted a sweet n' sour sausage recipe for the crock pot and made it healthy. Click to get the recipe and read my tips on how to make it!Click To Tweet
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This recipe is really easy to make! You just have to combine all of the ingredients together. I will show you how I do it, in steps, so I can give you some tips along the way.
First, I get all of the cutting out of the way. The recipe originally called for baby carrots, but they’re expensive, even on sale, so I always just buy carrots and quarter them. They’re about the same size as baby carrots that way.
The recipe says 1 – 1/2 cup carrots, but I like to fill up my measuring cup the whole way, so we have plenty of vegetables. Carrots are everyone’s favorite!
Next, I chop the onion into chunks. As you can see, they don’t have to be uniform sized pieces. Just cut them up so they’re not too big.
Sometimes, I decide to cut up the vegetables way ahead of time. So, I just put plastic wrap over the carrots in the measuring cup and put the onions in a small freezer bag. I put it all in the refrigerator and when it’s time to cook, I just dump them into the crock pot.
After cutting up the vegetables needed for the recipe, I cut up the sausage. It’s not raw meat, but I still feel better cutting it up last. I like to quarter the sausage so that way everyone can have plenty of pieces of sausage in their meal.
After adding in all of the ingredients I just cut into the slow cooker, I add in the rest of the ingredients. I think it looks so pretty with all the different colors in the crock pot.
Here it is all cooked 5 hours later! You can see how the juices and spices have combined now to make a really yummy sauce to put over our rice with the sweet n’ sour sausage.
We have our sweet n’ sour sausage recipe over brown rice because it’s a heart healthy rice. Since I cut everything small, you can see that everyone will get plenty of each ingredient on their plate.
This night, we had our sweet n’ sour sausage served with brussel sprouts. (Next month, I’ll be sharing that brussel sprouts recipe.) We also usually have it with bread, either torta rolls or Hawaiian rolls.
This meal makes enough for 2 nights, so the next night all we have to do is heat it up in the microwave. Everyone scoops out how much they want on their plate and we heat each plate up for about 2 minutes. In just about 10 minutes, dinner is ready the second night! Nice and easy!
A healthy, quick and easy dinner made in the crock pot. Just put all of the ingredients in, and a few hours later, dinner is ready!
- 1 pound chicken smoked sausage
- 1 can (20 ounces) pineapple chunks in 100% juice, undrained
- 1 -1/2 cups carrots, quartered lengthwise
- 1 large green pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces (I don't use this, but you can if your family likes it)
- 1 medium onion, cut into chunks
- 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 1/2 tsp sodium free chicken bouillon granules
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
In a slow cooker (crock pot), combine the ingredients.
Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
Serve over rice.
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