Today is a great day to make good use of a new cookbook in stores, The Crock-Pot Ladies Big Book of Slow Cooker Dinners, while we have another weekend of weird winter weather. Rain, sleet, snow, ice, and then repeat. This is a great day to put supper in the slow cooker early and let it do it’s thing all day while we stay inside away from the elements. This book is written by; Heidi Kennedy, Katie Handing and Sarah Ince and the circle graphic on the cover is very true – it states “Quick-to-Fix Meals from the Ladies Who Make Slow Cooking Fun and Delicious”. Every meal I have tried out of this book has been easy, and tasty and I keep going back for more meal options.
Using a Slow Cooker
The beginning of the book is filled with lots of helpful advice on slow cookers. Everything from deciding whether to use the LOW or HIGH settings to cook, how to do a slow cooker temperature check and even slow cooking for the freezer. This book is a great reference for all of your slow cooker questions.
Now on to the recipes, and there are a LOT of recipes in this aptly named Big Book of Slow Cooker Dinners. My first recipe was Spicy Jalapeno Popper Dip.I choose to try this out with cut- up veggies instead of the traditional chips. It was a huge success! All the ingredients were easy to get at my local grocery store (as I find in most of the recipes in this book).
Next I tried out a main dish, and you are going to laugh, but it intrigued me and I had to go for it…Stupid Chicken. They explain that it has a silly name but it is stupidly easy to make. They were not kidding, just chicken, diced tomatoes, savory herb with garlic soup mix, bow-tie pasta and parmesan cheese. This was a GREAT dinner and it was so simple I will be making it again!
Tonight’s dinner is going to be Tangy Pineapple Pulled Beef. It is smelling so good I can’t wait to try it. I love pineapple, so I love trying recipes with that as one of the ingredients. As soon as I get done with this post, supper is on! My next recipe to try is going to be Our Favorite Root Beer Pulled Pork. I can’t wait to see which one makes the better sandwich.
I do want to call out that chapter 7 is a whole section on Vegetable Main Courses. So if you are looking for meatless options, The Crock-Pot Ladies Big Book of Slow Cooker Dinners has you covered there too! There are also some great veggie sides such as Mashed Pesto Cauliflower that you will want to try as well.
My biggest surprise with this cookbook was the number of desserts that you can make. I’ll admit it, in all the times I’ve used by crock-pots I have never attempted a dessert. I choose Lush Pina Colada Dump Cake. It was so successful that I eventually decided to dish up individual portions to put in the freezer so I was not tempted to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!
This cookbook has so many options in it, and it uses normal, easy to get ingredients so I encourage you to add it to your cookbook collection. You will have a lot of meal options to cover every season of the year!
If you would like to purchase it, this link is for Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Crock-Pot-Ladies-Book-Cooker-Dinners-ebook/dp/B07L6TS42L/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+crock+pot+ladies&qid=1550963900&s=books&sr=1-1
Disclosure: Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group – Harvard Common Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.