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Product Details

  • Series: Best of the Best Presents
  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Quail Ridge Press, Inc. (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934193763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934193761
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Book
Appetizer Meatballs
11/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 egg whites
2 4 slices whole-grain bread, no sugar added, toasted and processed in food processor for bread crumbs
1 (18-ounce) jar marinara sauce, no sugar added
Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Shape meat into balls just slightly smaller than a golf ball, and place in bottom of slow cooker (no liquid, no oil). They should all fit snuggly in a single layer in a 5-quart slow cooker. But if you have a smaller cooker, then simply layer the meatballs between sheets of parchment paper, cut to fit your insert. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, or until internal temperature of the meat reaches at least 165°.
Nutritional Data
This data will change based on bread and sauce used. Sodium can be lowered with low-sodium marinara.
Serving size: 1 meatball
Calories: 65; Total Fat: 3g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Trans Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 21mg; Sodium: 117mg; Carbohydrates: 4g; Dietary Fiber: 1g; Sugars: 2g; Protein: 6g --quailridge.com

About the Author

Gale Compton (1957- ) made the decision to drastically change her eating habits after a second breast cancer diagnosis in less than a year. Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker cookbook is the product of her love for the culinary arts and a decision to make health a priority in her life. Gale spent her formative years in her native south before joining the army at 18 and later living in central Europe for seven years. After partnering with west coast clean eating enthusiast Tiffany McCauley, together they built a hugely successful facebook community with a focus on healthy slow cooking recipes. The two produced their first published cookbook in January 2012, Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker, which has enjoyed critical acclaim as well as multiple appearances on a nationally syndicated television show. Ms. Compton is also one of the founders of the 2012 launched webite, Skinnyms.com, which is dedicated to broadening the slow-cooker concept to appeal to healthy eating and fitness enthusiasts from all walks of life. Tiffany McCauley discovered her love for cooking at age eighteen as an au pair in Stuttgart, Germany. She developed a passion for creating delicious recipes from scratch. However, after gaining 114 pounds over a 15 year period, and with the birth of her son, she learned the importance of good health. Her desire and commitment to teach her son proper nutrition inspired her to change her eating habits and take control of her weight. In 2010, Tiffany returned to school to earn a degree as a registered dietitian and is currently working towards that goal. To date, she has lost nearly sixty pounds by following the eating style applied to the recipes in this book. In 2011, Tiffany achieved a lifelong goal of running a 5K marathon. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area, Tiffany currently lives in northern California with her husband, a U.S. Marin Corps veteran, and their four-year-old-son.

Customer Reviews

The editing of this book is poor.
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I would recommend it to everyone who loves eating healthier or just loves good food!
Janet
The Savory Chicken and Cabbage Stew is delicious!!
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Jan Thompson on February 18, 2012
Format: Paperback
This cookbook blew my mind. It was recommended to me by a friend as a source of healthy, low-fat/low-cal recipes, but when I bought it, I quickly found that these recipes are just great in general, whether you're trying to be health-conscious or not.
It contains healthy versions of your usual slow-cooker fare like soups and chilis, but there's also so much more inside! There's beverages (like a yummy peppermint hot chocolate and spiced cranberry punch) and even desserts -- the cinnamon and pecan bread pudding and the chocolate peanut butter cake are both very scrumptious! I was also pleased to find recipes you wouldn't typically think of making with slow cookers, like blackened salmon with dill sauce and chicken and dressing!
The best thing about these recipes is that they're all extremely easy, and each recipe comes with nutritional information. So even if you're not trying to watch your figure, you'll still enjoy this cookbook very much!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Huerta on March 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
I LOVE this cookbook! I am full time student, married to a super-busy business husband and we have little time to prepare dinner on nights where my school runs late and his emails keep coming. Before the book, we relied on junk food for dinner on these particular days, which was more often than not. Now our slow cooker does the cooking during the day, and best of all, its health conscious and low calorie! My husband loves chili, but our recipes were pretty loaded: high cal and high fat. The Spicy Chili with Fire-Roasted Tomatoes recipe can be thrown together in the morning, cook all day, and my husband and I come home to a hot, delicious meal that is only 112 cal per 1/2 cup. AWESOME.

I was surprised to find that the book isn't just about low calorie and healthy meals, but also has sections for beverages and desserts and sweets, like peppermint hot chocolate, banana and pumpkin bread and even -get this- baked apples for the slow cooker. Basically, this book has you covered on meals, desserts, pastas, sweets, everything that you can prepare early and come home to after work, school or errands. Not to mention, it is FULL of the yummiest pictures that really get you hungry; you will be just waiting for that slow-cooked dinner all day just like we do.

This cookbook is a keeper in our house!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on December 27, 2012
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I really like the recipes in this book. I'm always looking for healthy slow cooker books, and this is a pretty good one. I like that the recipes have nutritional information, and that they use fresh, readily available ingredients. On the whole, they're mainstream, family-friendly recipes. I really like the Vegetable Soup, and the Hamburger Pie (with homemade mashed potato topping, yum!) is in my slow cooker as I write this review.

The only thing I don't like, and the reason I only gave it 4 stars, are the ridiculous portion sizes. Most recipes have a portion size of 1/2 cup and make 12-14 servings. Come on! It's not a problem doubling the portion sizes, which then makes them normal, but it's the principal of the thing. The recipes are healthy. The authors didn't need to make the portion sizes abnormallly small to make them look healthier.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jess on April 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
Unlike some of the low-star reviewers for this book, I actually prepared a few of the recipes found within. I didn't find them to be particularly tasty for various reasons, despite following the recipes to the letter. This is a bummer, considering that I really enjoy the Skinny Ms website's smoothies and some of their no sugar added dessert recipes.

Actual recipes tried, and results:
- Mandarin Beef (p. 174) was a nice idea; my family really wanted something to fit our desires for takeout Chinese without the excessive calories. The recipe turned out a bit more like a well-seasoned pot roast with rice than Mandarin Beef. The oranges dissolved during cooking and the spices lost their intensity. It was tasty, but not what I was looking for.
- Orange and Cranberry Turkey (p. 160) seemed like it would be too simple to mess up but it is, indeed, possible. The taste was a bit underwhelming and bland, and it came out a bit more like pulled turkey sandwiches than the elegant presentation given in the book. I pulled out my Stonewall Kitchen Pomegranate Grille sauce and some whole wheat buns and declared it to be barbeque.
- While I should have known better after two failed recipes, Sushi Rice (p. 109) seemed like another possibly decent recipe. Maybe it's my slow cooker, but my rice was still crunchy after spending four hours on "low" temp. I was actually afraid of the opposite issue--rice dissolving into mochi paste--but despite my slow cooker massacring the Mandarin Beef, this wasn't the case.

Given this evidence, I can't recommend this book unless you somehow have the magical slow cooker that will turn these recipes into something palatable. Unfortunately, I'm not in possession of that machine.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scott Turner on February 22, 2012
Format: Paperback
My family just got our copy of Skinny Ms. Slow Cooker over the weekend and have already tried two recipes. Wow, the chile was delicious! Seriously, it's some of the best I've ever tasted. The banannas foster was also yummy, and even my picky kids agree. It was fun to search for the new ingredients in the story, and I had no trouble finding them in Wal-Mart. The book's photos are full color and both attractive and appetizing. I'm not really drawn to this book for the diet aspect, but just the delicious recipes. I can't wait for the sequel!
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