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5 Low-sodium Slow Cooker Meals

Vegetable Soup

Slow cookers are ideal for vegetable soups, with or without meat. The basic recipe includes bite-sized vegetables and meat simmered all day in stock. The variations are endless.

Basic Vegetable Soup Recipe

  1. Dice hard vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, winter squash and/or rutabagas), and place them in the bottom of the slow cooker insert.
  2. Cut any meat you're adding into bite-sized bits and add it on top of the vegetables. Stick with fresh meats; processed meats like ham, corned beef and sausage can contain upwards of 1,000 milligrams of sodium per serving.
  3. Season with fresh or dried herbs.
  4. Add tender vegetables like corn, peas and okra.
  5. Cover with sodium-free bouillon dissolved in water. For creamy soups or chowders, stir in a half cup of heavy whipping cream (liquid, not whipped), or 1 cup of half-and-half or evaporated milk.
  6. Cook on high for 6 to 8 hours (or on low for 10 to 12 hours).