However, if you do a search for slow cooker recipes, nearly all of them include stuff like 2 cans of condensed something-or-other soup or a packet of onion soup mix. These are highly-processed products and contain loads of suspect ingredients; the sodium content alone is reason enough to try to avoid them. For instance, one serving of Campbell's Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup delivers a whopping 870mg of sodium - that's 36% of the Recommended Daily Allowance.
But how can you tackle a slow cooker recipe that calls for this stuff? I was thrilled to find a from-scratch version in this recipe for Chicken and Dumplings.
Why bother making it from scratch? Because then you control the amount and the quality of the ingredients. For me, that meant using all organic ingredients: whole grain pastry flour, milk and butter from grass-fed cows, and low-sodium stock. It took about five minutes, was easy as pie, and was perfect for my slow cooker dish.
So, the next time you see a recipe that uses ingredients you want to avoid or just plum don't trust, find an option or create an alternative. It's probably easier than you'd think.
|My version of chicken-n-dumplings. And, yes, I made the dumplings from scratch, too.|