Making Yogurt in a Slow Cooker

I was teaching an Eat Cheap! class to a group of women today, and the topic of making yogurt came up.  I had just tried this slow cooker technique last week (and am getting ready to make another batch tomorrow), so I was able to speak to the accuracy and ease of this particular recipe.  It makes just over a half gallon of plain yogurt, which is a great substitution for sour cream.  It can also be mixed with all kinds of fruit, nuts and honey for a yummy breakfast or snack.  I used whole milk for the base and plain Greek yogurt for the starter, but it looks like it’s fairly flexible.

Enjoy!

http://www.ayearofslowcooking.com/2008/10/you-can-make-yogurt-in-your-crockpot.html

Apple Salsa/Salad

applesalad

I love this stuff.  Seriously.  And, in the fall, it’s incredibly cost-effective.  This recipe is perfect for a casual get-together, a healthy snack or even for breakfast…like I had this morning.

2-3 apples, grated or chopped

1 c. dried cranberries

1-2 T. honey or maple syrup

juice of one orange

½ t. cinnamon

Mix and allow to sit for 15 minutes. Eat with cinnamon tortilla chips, on your oatmeal or with a fork.