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The Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook: Incredibly Simple Prep-and-Go Whole Food Meals Paperback – September 19, 2017
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Healthy Meals Made Easy
Cooking every single meal, every single day can be hard. Most people don’t have the time, or the ability, or both. But you can solve both problems with just a few healthy ingredients and one trusty pot.
Sample Recipe: Quinoa Risotto with Turnip and Kale
Serves 4 / Cook time: 6 to 8 hours on low
Quinoa is one of the most popular superfoods because it can be used so creatively. In this case, it's being used as a risotto substitute. Adding coconut milk (either light or full-fat) to the quinoa creates a creamy consistency. I like to use light in this recipe because of its milder flavor. If you’d rather avoid coconut in general, try adding ¼ cup additional broth instead.
1. Combine the quinoa, turnip, garlic, broth, coconut milk, cumin, salt, and pepper in the slow cooker and mix well.
2. Cover and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
3. When 30 minutes of cook time are left, stir in the kale, re-cover, and finish cooking.
4. Top with goji berries (if using).
Rinse the quinoa thoroughly in a fine-mesh strainer for 30 seconds or so before use to remove the saponins, the natural coating that creates a bitter taste. If you won’t be available to add the kale during the last 30 minutes of cook time, just add it at the beginning it will simply come out very soft.
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
- 1 medium turnip, peeled and chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- ½ cup light coconut milk
- 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups chopped kale
- Goji berries, for garnish (optional)
“With this cookbook, Shannon continues to show that slow cooker recipes can be healthy yet still flavorful. From vegetable lo-mein to carne asada, the Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook has a recipe for everyone, regardless of your dietary needs. I am in love with every single one of these recipes and will continue to make them time and time again!”―Ciarra Siller of Peanut Butter Plus Chocolate
“Being a full-time working wife and mother to a young toddler, I'm always looking for easy ways to provide healthy and hearty meals for my family. Shannon's book delivers! It is filled with amazingly easy and healthy recipes sure to please my whole family. Not only are the recipes simple, but the book is full of slow cooking tips that I am sure many don't know about; I sure didn't! She truly is the Slow Cooker Queen!"―Blake Maser of The Gourmet Peasant
“My slow cooker used to have a special spot in my cupboard gathering dust, but that all changed when I found Shannon. I have tried many of her recipes and they have all been easy to make. Plus, they have been a hit with the family, which is always a bonus. There are so many great recipes to try in this book, the hardest part is deciding which one to start with! ―Sukaina of Health and Food Junkie
About the Author
Shannon Epstein is the author of the popular food blog Fit Slow Cooker Queen. Shannon began developing recipes for her slow cooker at a time when her craving for healthy meals did not fit into her busy schedule. Learn more at fitslowcookerqueen.com.
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Sweet and Spicy chicken..59g of sugar per serving... While these things may taste good, i didnt order "Unhealthy but great tasting slow cooker meals".
The work healthy needs to be removed. Waste of money.
Edit: made the hamburger stew recipe. No taste at all. Good lord how did this book make it to print
The recipes are so easy that I can quickly toss them together before work. Most of the ingredients are pretty normal, which I always appreciate. The instructions are easy to understand and each recipe has tips and suggestions listed with it.
If you are a crocker, crock with this cookbook!
Here in "The Easy and Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook", author Shannon Epstein has absolutely unleashed the potential of the Slow Cooker, without the headaches, without the exotic hard-to-find ingredients, without the trial-and-error, without the guilt, and most importantly without the huge expense! Unlike other recipes posted randomly online, the Author has absolutely done her homework...meticulously documenting each recipe and step, having perfected each dish, herself.
One key value that stands out immediately after your first recipe is: We can trust her - The recipes do work and render spectacular results! I've already tried the Steak Fajitas recipe (Page 128) which in flavor and texture far surpassed anything I had ever tried on my own. The other morning, my family was astounded by the Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal (Page 26). I can't wait for my next step - to go through Section 6 - Chicken & Turkey!
Another major value is for those of us that are health conscious, (or trying to get there, like me) vegetarian or vegan. Read the Introduction thoroughly. In an excellent prelude, the Author focuses around the need for healthy alternatives to what we're currently doing - take out, unhealthy fast meals and processed foods. Every recipe has the healthiest possible version of that dish, well-thought out and fail-safe! There's really something for everyone, including several vegan and paleo recipes.
Another benefit, In my humble opinion, is that the book will pay for itself in a week (or less). Like most folks, I do spend entirely too much on my weekly grocery bill, and often select not-healthiest choices - all due to lack of planning. This weekend, I took the book to the supermarket, with Post-It bookmarks on the recipes I wanted to try first. At the end of this excursion, I had a substantially lower total at the register, than usual. You'll also pay less in electric/gas/propane. The Slow Cooker is also far more energy-efficient that other forms of cooking, I understand.
Be sure to follow @fitslowcookerqueen on social media. I’ve been followers on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, for some time! Her posts are enjoyable and creative! She's responsive and patient with questions, and always very supportive!
Bottom line, it's the best $17 you'll ever spend. Happy Slow-Cooking!
What a disappointment! I planned 3 months of meals, using this one twice per week to give it a good try. After making 6 recipes from the book, there is only ONE I would make again. Not even close! The others were boring, bland and generally “off”. I understand that slow cooker recipes that don’t require some measure of pre-cooking (Braising, sautéing, browning, etc) can definitely be a bit less flavorful and rich, but even after doubling the spices in some of them (after recognizing just by reading the recipe that they needed more for flavor) they still didn’t hit the mark. Odd flavors, bland results, and lots of repetition... I swear at least 25% of the mains recipes include red peppers!
To be fair, I will give a special mention to the ONE recipe that we enjoyed (and enjoyed THOROUGHLY) which was the Jumbilaya. It was extremely flavorful! However, even that one has a MAJOR flaw: she instructs you to put the UNCOOKED BROWN rice into the cooker during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Anyone who has ever made brown rice knows it takes way longer than 30 minutes to cook brown rice at a simmer on the stove, let alone a slow cooker! If I hadn’t known or noticed that it would have been a catastrophic failure as the rice is such an important part of the recipe.
Back to the drawing board!