Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Review: The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook by Christina Dymock

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About the book:
Feed your family the foods they love—with a healthy twist.
Everyone knows slow cookers are a busy mom’s best friend, but it can be a struggle to find healthy Crock Pot recipes your kids will actually eat. Not anymore.
These delicious family-sized meals are perfect for parents and kids alike.
  • Chicken and Artichoke Fettucini
  • Teriyaki Pulled Pork
  • Cajun Rice with Shrimp
  • Butternut Squash Soup
  • Chicken Quesadillas
You’ll even find some tasty ideas for sugar-free desserts, like the Blueberry Pudding Cake. And every single recipe can be made in the morning and ready to eat by dinnertime. With a little prep and planning, you’ll soon be enjoying nutritious, healthy, home-cooked meals every night of the week!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25691818-the-healthy-family-slow-cooker-cookbook
My Review: I'm always looking for easy, healthy recipes that my family will love. Of course, I didn't have time to try out all of the recipes in this book, but I did try out a few. There were some that my family really loved.

I do try to cut down on salt and use more seasonings, but  the Hot Chicken Sandwich recipe didn't have any salt at all and was a little bland for my taste, being seasoned with just smoky paprika, chili powder, green onions, and red peppers. I guess I need to cut back more and let my taste buds adjust and then I'm sure I'd enjoy it more. There were other recipes that were really good and easy. I had a lot of success with the Philly Pulled Beef Sandwiches, Turkey Loaf, but the kids were split on the Moo Shu Pork--some of them didn't like the smell of the cabbage cooking and didn't want to eat much. I really liked it though.

I've never thought about cooking bread in the slow cooker, which is perfect for the summer, so I'd like to try that one next.

This cookbook starts out talking about the benefits of healthy cooking and why a slow cooker can help achieve that. I loved the pictures that accompanied each recipes, but wish there was info about the nutritional value. This book is easy to use and just requires a little prep earlier in the day to produce a delicious meal.

*I received a copy in exchange for an honest review
My Rating: 4 Stars

Buy Links:

http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Family-Slow-Cooker-Cookbook/dp/1462116256/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1434053604&sr=8-1&keywords=healthy+slow+cooker+christina
 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-healthy-family-slow-cooker-cookbook-christina-dymock/1120872799?ean=9781462116256
https://deseretbook.com/p/healthy-family-slow-cooker-cookbook-ppr?taxon_id=20308
 

About the author:
Christina Dymock is a graduate of the University of Utah. She has had careers as an editor at an advertising agency, an adjunct instructor at Salt Lake Community College, and author.
An avid cook, Christina divides her time between the kitchen, her computer, and books and her family of six. (Naturally, the family gets the biggest share.) Because she reads everything, she also feels compelled to write in several genres. Her latest book, Blue Christmas, reached the Amazon top seller list in 7 categories as part of the Christmas anthology, Christmas in Snow Valley.
Christina attends multiple writer’s conferences each year, is a part of several critique groups, and enjoys learning about writing. She has been featured during the cooking segment of several local morning shows, published in Woman’s World Magazine and the Deseret News, quoted in Womans’ World Magazine and Parents’ Magazine, published in seven Chicken Soup books, and has published clean romantic fiction under the name Lucy McConnell.


“The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook” blog tour schedule:
June 10: My Book A Day • connywithay • Bookhounds • Queen of the Clan
June 11: Wakela’s World • the reading fever • Wordpaintings Unlimited
June 12: Bookworm Lisa • Christy Monson Books
June 13: Keenly Kristen
June 14: Musing of a Middle Aged Author
June 15: Every Free Chance Books • Kaisy Daisy’s Corner
June 16: Katie’s Clean Book Collection • The Hand That Rocks the Craddle • The Author’s Hideaway
June 17: The Magical Slow Cooker • Crossroads Reviews • So I am Fifty
June 18: readalot • A.L. Sowards • UtahDealDiva
June 19: Reidhead Random-ness • Fire and Ice
June 20: Wishful Endings • Kimberley Griffiths Little • Heidi Reads…

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