Another cookbook review for you! This time it’s all about easy and healthy meals made in the slow cooker. Whether the temperature is cold or hot outside, your slow cooker can be your best friend, saving you time in the kitchen. With the help of The Healthy Slow Cooker: 135 Gluten-Free Recipes for Health and Wellness, it can also help you produce delicious, healthy, gluten free meals, too.Putting a label of “gluten free” on foods can make some folks worry about taste. Remember, only grains have gluten, so meat, vegetables, fruit and dairy are naturally without gluten. This cookbook doesn’t call for a lot of crazy ingredients. It uses herbs, spices and real food ingredients in combinations that will make your taste buds dance.
The author, Judith Finlayson, not only put together great recipes, she also included blue “Mindful Morsels” and yellow “Natural Wonders” boxes throughout the book. The small blue boxes talk about nutrients in the recipes. The larger, yellow boxes are essays on ingredients and specific vitamins and minerals. Each recipe also includes the nutrition value per serving and tips on purchasing and preparing ingredients. At the end of the book, each recipe is given both Canadian and US diabetic values. Really, there is a lot more to this book than recipes!
I marked a bunch of recipes to try. There are a lot of world cuisines represented in recipes like Sweet Potato Coconut Curry with Shrimp, Down Home Tomatoes with Okra, Mixed Vegetables in Spicy Peanut Sauce, Best Ever Bolognese Sauce and Portuguese Caldo Verde. I was torn between making Warm Black Bean Salsa, Moroccan Style Lamb with Raisins and Apricots and Creamy Morning Millet with Apples.In the end, I opted for the millet dish, but seeing as it is Spring, I added strawberries instead of apples. I am looking forward to Autumn and cheaper, more tasty apples being available so I can try the recipe as it is written. I really liked it with the strawberries. The aroma of it cooking was amazing. I was not disappointed with the results. Topped with honey and a sprinkling of cinnamon, it made a hearty breakfast.
- 1 cup millet
- 4 cups milk, (almond, coconut or soy will work)
- 3 cups sliced strawberries (fresh or frozen)
- ¼ tsp sea salt
- Spray inside of slow cooker crock with vegetable spray.
- Add millet, milk, strawberries and salt.
- Cook on high for 4 hours.
- Stir and serve.
- Top with honey or maple syrup, nuts, seeds, or a sprinkling of cinnamon.
fine print: I received this cookbook from the publisher at no cost. All opinions are my own.