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The Healthy Slow Cooker: More Than 100 Recipes for Health and Wellness Paperback – February 4, 2006

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Proves the slow cooker stashed in the back of the cabinet can do more than stews and roasts... nutritional guidelines and tips for using a slow cooker to it's best advantage. (Cherry Hill Courier-Post 2006-03-15)

Information and recipes with high nutrition, reduced sodium and boosted fiber. (Sue Story Truax Omaha World-Herald 2006-03-29)

[One of the top five of] the best of my nearly 20 slow-cooker books... an artful palate and healthful bias come together in recipes. (Kathy Martin Miami Herald 2006-08-10)

One of my favorite slow-cooker cookbooks. (Amy McConnell Schaarsmith Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 2006-07-13)

Focuses on intriguing dishes that will be ready once you get home... enticing soups and stews. (Linda Fradkin Galveston County Daily News 2006-02-08)

About the Author

Judith Finlayson is a food writer and the author of many cookbooks, including the bestselling 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes, Delicious and Dependable Slow Cooker Recipes, and 125 Best Vegetarian Slow Cooker Recipes.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Robert Rose; Assumed First edition (February 4, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778801330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778801337
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Judith Finlayson is a food journalist and author. She began her career writing featured food articles and developing recipes for magazines. She is author of The Convenience Cook and 150 Best Slow Cooker Recipes. She lives in Toronto.

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234 of 234 people found the following review helpful By Library Lady on September 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you read some of the reviews on this site you'd think that the author has you going to exotic and bizarre grocery stores and spending hours preparing these dishes. Its simply untrue. If you're looking for a cookbook that has you open 5 different cans of salty foods and throw em all together for some mushy and unrecognizable (yet fast!) food product then don't buy this one. This one outlines how you can create wonderful, filling, nutritious meals for your whole family. Yep, you are required to chop up fresh fruits and veggies and add in whole grains and beans but isn't this what we should be adding to our meals anyway? I've tried probably half of the recipes in this cookbook and I have enjoyed them all. They freeze wonderfully so you can place them in individual portion sized containers to bring for lunch. This is nutritious and thrifty. She uses almost no processed foods in her recipes (except broths but you can make those yourself) which I appreciate as we try to avoid those foods. I highly recommend this cookbook as her approach to "healthy" food is moderate and logical. BTW, I live in a fairly small area and have been able to find all ingredients needed at my local generic grocery store.
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197 of 201 people found the following review helpful By N. Urbano on February 25, 2006
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I studiously avoided learning to cook for 50+ years but a friend who's very health conscious recommended trying a slow cooker. This cookbook gave me the additional boost I needed. Finlayson is very knowledgeable about nutrition, and somehow manages to make it interesting to read about. Plus, she gives tips on what to prepare the night before, so you can set up the crock pot in the morning, turn it on, and have a great meal by the time you get home. I love the Thai Pumpkin Soup, which has become a favorite in our household. If you're trying WeightWatchers point system, this has an abundance of good recipes.
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262 of 282 people found the following review helpful By Marty Martindale on February 1, 2006
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More than 100 Recipes for

Health and Wellness

By Judith Finlayson

Slow cookers are different now. No longer do you put all ingredients in to return home and find an non-distinctive, mushy, rather flavor-lacking concoction.

After four books, Findlayson has reached important conclusions for better slow cooker creations. Some of these make her feel zucchini, peas, snow peas, fish, seafood, and milk/cream do not respond well to long cooking. She also feels peppers, hot sauces and curry powder do not do well with long cooking. Her solution? Add these during the last 30 minutes of cooking.

Each recipe has a two-page spread with headnotes, preparation tips, make ahead hints, "Mindful Morsels," and "Nuture Wonders" which expand on the nourishment of the main ingredient, The book also gives Nutrients Per Serving and significant vitamin content.

Besides breakfast, even bread items and tempting desserts, The Healthy Slow Cooker helps you make some tempting, exciting dishes. Here a description of some of the recipes:

Beet Soup with Lemongrass and Lime -

Combines garlic, gingerroot, red bell pepper, red chile, lime zest, coconut cream and cilantro.

(The Spanish favorite) Caldo Verde -

Has cumin, onions, carrots, garlic, chickpeas, potatoes, paprika, collard greens and smoked sausage

(A Moroccan favorite) Harira -

Calls for celery, onion, garlic, tumeric, lemon zest, tomatoes, red lentils, chickpeas and parsley.
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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Amy on April 7, 2008
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I think this is an absolutely wonderful book. It makes it possible even for someone like me -- with little cooking experience, even less time, and to boot, a kitchen that is in the middle of a serious renovation -- to prepare delicious and very healthy foods. The food is incredible, the instructions are clear, and the accompanying information is very useful. I can't say enough good things about it. In addition to being healthy, each recipe is unique and subtle, yielding a dish that makes my short time in the kitchen very rewarding. The book is organized well with a layout and pictures that invites browsing through the recipes.

Most of my previous health food endeavors have been limited, primarily, to low-calorie foods. This book takes healthy eating to a different dimension by considering vitamins, ratios of meats to vegetables, and nutritional variety. I've enjoyed reading the information paired with each recipe as much as I've enjoyed the food itself. And that's saying something -- I've prepared perhaps one-third of these recipes, and all have been winners. It includes recipes using a wide variety of ingredients, many of which I would never have tried nor known how to cook without using this book. For me, it's perfect -- this is the kind of food I want to eat, but learning the techniques and cooking it via means other than the slow cooker is not something I have time to do, unfortunately.

My time and budget constraints have meant cutting a few corners prescribed by the recipes, but the recipes have turned out very well for me. The book includes instructions and measurements for grinding your own spices, as well as introductions to exotic and otherwise intimidating (to me) specialty food items that require going beyond the fare at, say, Kroger grocery stores.
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