Saturday, June 20, 2015

Review: The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook by Christina Dymock

 Heidi Reads... The Healthy Family Slow Cooker Cookbook by Christina Dymock

My rating: 4 stars / I really liked it


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!

My Review

I really need to use my slow cooker more, especially now that we are in the hot summer months and turning on the oven seems like a crime :) I was super excited to read this book since a few months ago I started "eating clean" and I'm loving the benefits of a healthy diet. The author starts out with a few pages of the health benefits of slow cooking, slow cooker basics, and how to care for your slow cooker. The recipes are them divided up into six sections: Poultry, Pork, Beef, Soup & Salad, Sides, and Sweet Endings. The recipes are right up my alley- basic, easy, with no fussy ingredients (you know, those hard to find gourmet ingredients that I often have to look up on the internet just to figure out what they are...) There is a definite use of spices and seasonings which I appreciate since I'm not great at knowing which ones to use (or how much) so my food doesn't taste bland. Every single recipe in this book is one that I would feel comfortable making and feeding to my family. Not kidding. I've never experienced that before with a cookbook. I highly recommend it for individuals and families alike! My only complaint is the quality of the images. It's obvious that a professional food photographer was not used since the color, lighting, and sometimes even the focus was off. Of course, as a photographer that's just me being nit-picky. Don't let that prevent you from buying this book!

(Thank you to Cedar Fort Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)

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.

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