Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Creative Slow-Cooker Meals: A Book Review

About The Book:

From the celebrated coauthor of The Marriage Miracle comes a new kind of cookbook and a new attitude toward planning meals. With an eye toward the whole menu, not just part of it, columnist Cheryl Moeller teaches cooks to use two crockpots to easily create healthy, homemade dinners.
Don’t worry about your dinner being reduced to a mushy stew. Each of the more than 200 recipes has been taste-tested at Cheryl’s table. Join the Moeller family as you dig into:
  • Harvest-time Halibut Chowder
  • Salmon and Gingered Carrots
  • Mediterranean Rice Pilaf
  • Indian Chicken Curry
  • Apricot-Pistachio Bread
  • Shrimp Creole
  • Rhubarb Crisp
... and many more! Perfect for the frazzled mom who never has enough time in the day, Creative Slow-Cooker Meals gives readers more time around the table with delicious, healthy, frugal, and easy meals!
You can read a sample of Creative Slow-Cooker Meals here, in PDF format
About The Author:
Cheryl Moeller is a seasoned mother and a standup comic. She is also a syndicated columnist with her own blog ( and contributes monthly to several online parent websites. Cheryl has coauthored two books on marriage with her husband and has written for andMarriage Partnership. Cheryl does comedy for parenting classes, MOPS groups, wedding or baby showers, church retreats, women’s conferences, and those in line at the grocery store.
My Review:
I love cookbooks! There is just something about a cookbook that can get a person's creative juices flowing. I also love trying out different cooking methods that will help make my family's day flow more smoothly. My favorite cooking tool to accomplish this is the slow-cooker. It is by far my favorite small kitchen appliance. So when I find a cookbook that is specific to slow-cookers, I usually must try it out. Thus, recently I had the opportunity to review Creative Slow-Cooker Meals by Cheryl Moeller
The book is very nicely organized by 10 chapters, covering how to shop local, making simple meals, bulk/bargin meals, vegetarian/vegan meals, dairy free and gluten free meals. I absolutely love that the recipes all types of meals and health concerns. As a diabetic I always look for recipes that can be adapted to meet my specific nutrition needs. I have had the opportunity to try a few of the recipes and they are all very easy to prep and tasted wonderful. Here is one that my family has really enjoyed and is a definite make again:
Spaghetti Night
1lb ground Italian sausage
8oz mushrooms
1 28oz can diced tomatoes
1 28oz can crushed tomatoes
1 6oz can tomato paste
1 onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp.crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
2 tsp. dried basil 
2 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp. salt
2lbs spaghetti, to serve
1. Brown sausage in skillet over medium heat. Drain and transfer to slow cooker. Add mushrooms, diced and crushed tomatoes, tomato paste, onion, garlic, pepper flakes, oregano, basil, thyme, and salt.
2. Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours, stirring occasionally. Serve over cooked spaghetti.
Italian Bread Basket:
1 bag of bread dough rolls, in freezer section
2 TBSP olive oil
1 tsp. garlic salt
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
1 TBSP grated parmesan cheese
1. Drizzle olive oil in bottom of slow cooker. Add rolls, turning once to coat.
2. In small bowl, combine garlic salt, thyme, basil, oregano, sugar, salt, and pepper. Sprinkle spice mixture over rolls. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
3. Sprinkle parmesan over rolls in last half hour before serving.
Both of these recipes are so yummy, and my five year old likes it so much she does not want "just plain sauce" with spaghetti anymore:) 
If you are looking for a easy to use slow-cooker cookbook, I highly recommend this one! I give it a HUGE thumbs up.
BUY IT: You can purchase Creative Slow-Cooker Meals at your favorite bookseller, from Harvest House Publishers
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Harvest House Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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