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200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes: Healthy Dinners That Are Ready When You Are! Paperback – January, 2005
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About the Author
Best-selling author Dana Carpender was startled to discover that limiting her carbohydrate intake not only helped her control her weight, but produced the health and vitality a low fat diet had promised but never delivered. Fifteen years later, she laughs at people who say "You can't eat that way long-term." Her eight cookbooks are the result of her realization that the key to permanent dietary change is the answer to the age-old question, "What's for supper?" To date they have sold over a million copies worldwide. Dana blogs about low carb nutrition at www.HoldtheToast.com; her weekly blog digest goes out to over 20,000 readers. She is also Managing Editor of CarbSmart magazine at www.CarbSmart.com, as well as a featured staff writer. Dana lives in Bloomington, Indiana with her husband and a menagerie of pets, all of whom are well and healthily fed.
Top Customer Reviews
Dana Carpender is a believer in keeping it simple and freshly prepared whenever possible. None of the ingredients were hard to find at my supermarket except perhaps the low-carb imitation honey that shows up in a few recipes. Of the dozen or so main dish recipes I tested in 200 LCSCR I can honestly say that seven were big hits with my family, a few were just okay and just one was bad. All of them cooked on time and just as predicted. There were some very satisfying desserts toward the end, with several variations on cheesecakes and custards that turn out splendidly in my slow cooker. Although I do not normally have a use for appetizer recipes, there is even a section for that - which contains an outstanding hot artichoke dip.
I am impressed with the author's diligence in keeping most recipes under 10 grams of net carbs per serving. Dana really does stick to the universal "rules" of low carb dieting; lots of veggies and meats, occasional artificial sweetening, a sprinkling of fruits now and then and a bare representation of grains and sugars -- and only when absolutely necessary for flavor, never as filler. She is good at innovating more nutritious subs for common starchy side dish ingredients; fauxtatoes (cauliflower) and mashed turnips are big players at her low carb table.Read more ›
Most of the recipes call for about 8 ingredients. Some ask for more, a few call for less. They are mostly simple, with a few "worth the extra steps" recipes thrown in.
I think any home cook can find a few things to like or love here. You don't have to be on any special diet to enjoy these recipes.
I've known I needed to get it off, but now the first kids are in multiple activities, and it's very rare for us to get home before 7:30 p.m. With normal cooking styles, we'd be lucky to eat by 8 or 8:30! NOT good. And, when I'm tired, it just takes me that much longer to cook.
Last summer I made a serious effort and lost most of it again. But I couldn't find a variety of recipes, and when my kids' activities started up again this year, I had to stop, and (of course) gained most of it back. Low-carb truely IS a lifestyle, and I wasn't following it. I couldn't.
This spring, after experiencing danger signs in my health, I started looking around for a good low-carb cookbook to fit our family lifestyle. I decided I needed to have dinner ready when we finally walked in the door, so that meant getting a good programmable slow-cooker with a keep-warm function.
So many cookbooks SAY low-carb, but they aren't really. They're low-fat/low-carb (DANGEROUS when combined with low-carb), or their idea of low-carb is in one meal what people in Induction can eat in 3-4 days. I bought one slow-cooker book from another author, and out of the whole book, there were only 2 recipes that I could use! I returned it.
So I was thrilled to find this cookbook! Most recipes come in at under 10 carbs; many lower than 6. I can use most of them right now, in Induction!
AND: my kids love these recipes! Not a strike-out yet. We've used it nearly nightly for almost 3 weeks.Read more ›
*Please note optimal weight loss occurs through maintaining an intake of 20 carbs or less "until" you have reached your weight loss goal, after that gradually increase carb intake to find your optimal carb count then stay there to maintain your goal weight* Very easy to do using the recipes in this book-yes even the desserts! As far as exercise, I didn't even exercise the first few months and I stil lost weight rather quickly. Exercise will speed you throught the process and of course tighten up your body; for me it equated to about 6-7lbs a week while I was very over weight, and 4-5lbs a week as I got smaller. Also keep it healthy - don't buy the processed LC snack foods, make them using Dana's recipes (see 500 low carb recipes and 500 more low carb recipes by this author for extensive choices), they taste better and don't have cancer causing partially hydrogenated oils! Very - very important to cut from your diet! Good luck and I hope this review is helpful.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thought this would be a healthy cookbook, as the description indicates, but the recipes use Splenda and unhealthy oils. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Christine A
Returned, many of the recipes are just duplicates of ones all ready in most crock pot cook books.Published 5 months ago by Suzanne Watts
Dana Carpender has done it again! Great recipes for your slow cookerPublished 5 months ago by GERALDINE A. FOWLER
Really am enjoying this book. Most of the recipes have recieved two thumbs up from my husband. The author's frequent use of a little bit of bullion/concentrate in addition to broth... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Archie
I'm sure anyone who is on a low sodium diet will love this cookbook but to me every recipe- and I've tried dozens since purchasing - is TASTELESS AND BLAND. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Bess