“Once you start using a slow cooker, you’ll find out how addicting it is to set up the slow cooker, run through your day, and come home to a marvelous meal,” Christina Dymock writes at the beginning of her book, The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook.
At one hundred and sixty-eight pages, this paperback targets those interested in healthy cooking using a crock pot. Full page color photographs of completed concoctions cover almost every recipe. The ending has measurement equivalents, an index, four blank lined pages for notes, and the author’s biography.
With seventy-five recipes included, the author begins her book with the health benefits of slow cooking, promoting using sugar-free, low sodium, fresh fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. Giving information on which slow cooker to buy based on needs, care and cleaning are also provided.
The book is divided into six sections of seventeen poultry, eleven pork, eight beef, seventeen soup and salad, thirteen sides, and ten dessert recipes. Some delicious-sounding choices are bacon-wrapped chicken fingers, one-pot baked potato bar, moo shu pork, slow-cooked molasses roast, spinach and rice soup, steak restaurant mushrooms, wheat bread, and blueberry pudding cake.
The recipes begin with the title of the dish along with serving size and cooking time. Ingredients used in order are on the right side of the pages while the opposite sides have a sentence or two explaining the concoction and simple directions below in paragraph format.
One recipe that serves six is for chicken tortilla soup containing a dozen ingredients. The instructions state: “Place the chicken breasts in the slow cooker. Add all the remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the chicken is cooked through. Use two forks to shred the chicken before serving.” How simple can that be!
There is no listing in the table of contents to look quickly up a dish; however, an alphabetical index can be referenced. No caloric or nutritional information is included, yet the meals appear to cater to a low-fat, low-sugar diet.
For anyone who loves their crockpot or wants to expand their cooking by using this ingenious appliance, this comprehensive book offers plenty of mouth-watering recipes to try.
Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Having written five cookbooks, author Dymock also has written articles for several publications, short stories, and fictional novels including romance under a different pen name.
Thanks to Cedar Fort for furnishing this complimentary book in exchange for a review of the reader’s honest opinion.