Lighten Up Your Slow Cooker Repertoire with This New Cookbook

published Jan 21, 2015
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The book: Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen

The angle: Over 200 recipes for easy, healthy slow cooker recipes, all expertly developed and tested at America’s Test Kitchen.

Recipes for right now: Southwestern Chicken Soup, French Lentil Stew, Chinese Barbecued Chicken Thighs, Shredded Beef Tacos, Stuffed Sole with Creamy Tomato Sauce, Weeknight Meat Sauce with Rigatoni, Chicken Pot Pie

Who would enjoy this book? People whose slow cookers live on the counter all the time.

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Quick Facts

Who wrote it: America’s Test Kitchen

Who published it: America’s Test Kitchen

Number of recipes: 200

Other highlights: “Fresh” and “healthy” are not words that we generally associate with the slow cooker — but in this book America’s Test Kitchen aims to change all that. This diverse collection of recipes lightens up the heavy stews and braises that generally come from the slow cooker. I’m particularly intrigued by the recipes that use the slow-cooker for slow, gentle steaming, like steaming fish packets and bundles of vegetables.

One thing to note is that most of the recipes in this book cook for three to five hours, and the editors don’t recommend extending the cooking time any longer. This doesn’t fit quite as nicely into an eight-hour work day where we can set the slow cooker in the morning and come home to a hot meal, but as the editors note, the chicken, fish, and other lean cuts used in the book just don’t hold up to longer cooker times.

Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen

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