For those of you who know me well, know I have a bit of a Hello Kitty habit, but this is not a post about Miss Kitty, and I don't have one of these cute H.K. crockpots, either. Read on...
I love meals from my slow cooker, especially on wet, cold nights, which if you haven't heard, we have a lot of in Oregon. But so many recipes call for a can of condensed glop and/or a big ol' chunk of meat. Don't get me wrong, I love meat, in moderation, and a little comfort food from my childhood goes a long way, but I wondered if there might be healthier, fresher options out there.
If you have a slow cooker you've probably heard of Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook. It's pretty good and I like it, but I'm really impressed with Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker. So much so that I think I'll buy it, and since it's such a hot item at the library. The recipes are easy to follow, don't mention a can of condensed soup anywhere or rely on tofu-as-the-protein at every meal. Some of the recipes make me wonder why I'd break out the crock pot for something that would take probably about 30 minutes to make on the stove top, like Cranberry Cabernet Conserve or chutneys. The chapters start with the basics then move into stews, soups, chowders, potpies and pastas, veggies, even breakfast options, plus other yummy things, like desserts!
So, if you're trying to eat more meals at home, but want some healthier options than your run of the mill crock pot recipes, this book is a great way to do just that. You can prep it and go. Then after a day at cubeville (work) or on a nice long hike in the gorge, you have a tasty meal waiting for you upon your return.
So on a scale of 1-5, with one being "this borders on crap" to five being "this is cool/great/worth getting/makes me oh-so-happy", I give it a hands down high five! Let me know what you love in your slow cooker. . .