Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Cannelloni (last day of giveaway)

December 6, 2012


Trust me, this one is a winner.   The combination of sweet potatoes and spinach is absolutely irresistible in this incredibly easy-to-make vegetarian slow cooker dish.  But then again, that’s the magic of Best of Bridge – this one is from their latest release, Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook.

And by the way, you can see the Mary and Sally – the Best of Bridge Ladies themselves – prepare this recipe for Sweet Potato Canneloni on CBC’s Steven and Chris tomorrow, Friday, December 7th.  They had a lot of fun taping the show!  If can, watch the show or record it…and you’ll see why I love them so much.

When I met with Mary Halpen and Sally Vaughn-Johnston during their media visit to Toronto last week, we talked extensively about the popularity of these books that has spanned almost four decades.  Early on, their success was unquestionably attributed to the fact that they were offering a collection of easy-to-follow, no-nonsense recipes for busy Moms.  But as time went on, the challenge was to stay on top of the trends without losing their voice in the process.

In fact, one of the most popular searches to this site is for their recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps, which became a trend only a few years ago when Thai became all the rage, just as Chinese takeout was a generation earlier (and their earlier books depict this with many Chinese recipes, including Ginger Beef, a popular dish that I used to enjoy when visiting Calgary that, regrettably, just hasn’t quite made its way to Toronto.

But I digress.

Today, in this latest Best of Bridge edition, we still have the never-fail recipes, the classic hand-written style of Best of Bridge, along with those unmistakeable one-line jokes, and of course, it’s still comfort food, and perhaps even more so with a slow cooker cookbook.


But with all of that, Sally, the newcomer to the Best of Bridge clan, has managed to convert old classics such as Christmas Morning Wife Saver to the slow cooker, while bringing new ones that appeal to this generation that is focussed on healthier, options that tie in to current trends.

When the Ladies first wrote these books more than three decades ago, condensed soup was a popular ingredient because it was so easy.  Years later, when the sodium and fat content were called out, they started to move away from using processed ingredients such as condensed soups, canned mainstays of the time (such as canned mushrooms) and condiments such as ketchup, and now there are so many healthy options that even someone on gluten-free diet can certainly enjoy the majority of recipes in this book following straight from the book or with a few simple gluten-free substitutions.


In case you just arrived, courtesy of Robert Rose Publishing, I’m hosting a random draw, and one lucky winner will receive a copy of Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook.

Entering is easy.  Simply answer this question below:

Here’s the fine print:

  1. Open to residents of U.S. and Canada.
  2. To enter in today’s post, simply answer this question in the comments section:   How often do you use your slow cooker? **
  3. When entering your comment, please ensure that you include your full email address so that if you win, you can be contacted.  You can use your first name only in the comments section, and rest assured, your email information will never be shared.
  4. Contest closes Friday, December 7th at 6 pm EST.
  5. The first name drawn will be contacted by email and required to respond within 24 hours with your mailing address.  No response within this time frame will disqualify the entry and the next name drawn will be contacted.
**You can add two additional entries to win this book by posting a comment on the two previous posts this week where I talk about meeting Mary and Sally and yesterday’s post, which covers the review for the Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook and also features another great recipe from this book for Vegetable Polenta Casserole.

Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Cannelloni (last day of giveaway)

Yield: 4 servings

This is so easy that even little hands can help with stuffing the cannelloni shells.

Excerpted from Best of Bridge Slow Cooker Cookbook by Sally Vaughan-Johnston & The Best of Bridge Publishing Ltd. © 2012 All rights reserved: May not be reprinted without publisher permission.


  • 3 cups tomato sauce 750 mL
  • 1 cup evaporated milk 250 mL
  • 1?2 tsp salt 2 mL
  • 1?4 tsp ground nutmeg 1 mL
  • 1?8 tsp pepper 0.5 mL
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten 1
  • 11?4 cups ricotta cheese 300 mL
  • 1?4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 60 mL
  • 11?4 cups grated peeled sweet potato 300 mL
  • 1 cup packed baby spinach, chopped 250 mL
  • 12 oven-ready cannelloni shells 12
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese 250 mL


  1. Grease the insert of a 3 1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together tomato sauce and milk. Spread 1 cup (250 mL) sauce mixture in bottom of slow cooker. In another bowl, whisk together salt, nutmeg, pepper, egg, ricotta and Parmesan. Stir in sweet potato and spinach.
  3. Using your fingers, fill cannelloni shells with ricotta mixture.
  4. Place filled shells side by side in slow cooker, making two layers if necessary. Pour remaining sauce over shells.
  5. Cover and cook on Low for about 6 hours or on High for about 3 hours, until bubbling. Sprinkle with mozzarella.
  6. Cover and cook on High for about 15 minutes, until mozzarella is melted


Be sure to use oven-ready cannelloni for this recipe. It stands up better to the long, moist cooking than fresh or regular dried pasta.


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Aileen December 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm

I try and use my slow cooker once a week – usually to cook up some curry or chili. It is so nice to come home to a hot cooked meal with minimal effort at the end of the day.



Ann December 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm

Yummy and looks so tasty. A must try for sure


Martha Law December 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

I love to use my slow cooker at least once a week during the winter months and have done so since I got my first one for Christmas back in 1975. My favourite dish is a lamb curry dish . In fact , this Christmas our daughter has requested that we al l bring our vegetables in crockpots , to keep the servings warm.
I have given many crockpots and Best of Bridge cookbooks as gifts.
I love the Best of Bridge cookbooks and have all of them. Manyof my favourite recipes come from them. I definitely want this one too!
Thank you.


Ashley December 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm

In the winter I use it once every week/other week.


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