Slow-Cooker Vegetable Stew
Potatoes and beans make this tomato-based crock-pot vegetable stew super-hearty. You could also add briefly sautéed chunks of zucchini or fresh corn kernels just before serving, or add another can of cannellini beans for more substance. A dollop of pesto on top is also super-delicious. Adding homemade garlic croutons is an easy way to elevate this healthy dinner.
Tip: Long, flat Italian (Romano) beans range in color from green to purple--or even speckled. Find them at farmers' markets from summer through fall. You can also pick them up in the frozen aisle. They're from the same family as garden-variety green beans and have a similar grassy flavor, but are more substantial and meaty.
To make ahead: Refrigerate the stew (Step 1) for up to 2 days.
Equipment: 4- to 7-qt. slow cooker
3 1/2 starch, 1 1/2 fat, 1 1/2 vegetable, 1/2 lean protein