Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

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Some recipes are just flat out easy but still deliver surprisingly yummy results as in this recipe for Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs. And they look fabulous, too, once they are cooked. The secret lies in the crock pot approach to cooking. Crock pots are amazing equipment for the kitchen, and every kitchen should have at least one. Let it sit right up and out on the counter, too, so that you use it every chance you have. It makes terrific food, and especially meat, taste fantastic. Meat, chicken, or fish will all fall from the bone when you use this method to cook, and there cannot be a better way to make sauces savory and rich than with this little invention. It is cheap, too, and you can often buy them for practically nothing if you keep your eye on the second-hand store. That is too bad, really, because it means that some one, somewhere, did not come to the realization of what a great piece of equipment they had purchased. So capitalize on their mistake, and get your crock pot for five bucks instead of fifty!

In any event, it is the crock pot that delivers the delicious punch to this blend of ingredients. This dish is so easy even your youngest cook can likely put it together. All of the ingredients are commercial purchases, and pre-cooked, including the meatballs, so this dish is an assembly of ingredients. They are just dumped into the pot, and left to cook a few hours, until the juices of the ingredients sinks into the meatballs (purchased ready to go) flavoring and tenderizing them beautifully.

Cranberries are a high nutrient vitamin that you should certainly try to include in your menu regardless of the season. The good: This food is low in Sodium, and very low in Saturated Fat and Cholesterol. The bad: A large portion of the calories in this food come from sugars. You do not necessarily need to buy the canned cranberry jelly for this recipe, as it is possible to make your own. In general, 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce had about 1g of fiber which is quite low since the average adult should have between 21-25g for women and 30-38g for men. The main benefits of cranberries are their high Vitamin C content and antioxidants. Vitamin C is needed for immune health, skin health, joint and tissue repair, tooth and gum health and more. A 1/2 cup of cranberry sauce provides about 4% of your daily needs, which might not seem like much, but is a good start. Cranberries are also rich in antioxidants which can help to protect your cells from free radical damage that happens through aging, environmental toxins and more. You can never completely avoid free radical damage (it even happens when you exercise), but you can offset the damage with a diet high in antioxidants.

This dish is a great one to serve for a snack at night, or when guests drop in, or even as a main dish. They would taste fabulous against basmati rice or wild rice (which is not really a rice, but tradition has us continue to call this native North American grain as a rice). Enjoy this dish soon. You and your family will love it.

Nutrition Facts for:Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs from Spicy Southern Kitchen
Ingredients: Chili sauce, cranberry sauce, red pepper jelly, brown sugar, hot sauce, frozen meatballs.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 8 servings. * Per Serving:Calories 390, Calories from Fat 148, Total Fat 16.4g 25%, Saturated Fat 6.1g 30%, Cholesterol 47mg 16%, Sodium 1714mg 71%, Potassium 137mg 4%, Carbohydrates 49.7g 17%, Dietary Fiber 3.0g 12%, Sugars 40.4g, Protein 20.5g, Vitamin A 7%, Vitamin C 77%, Calcium 1%, Iron 2%

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