Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker by Nicki Sizemore says it all with the introductory chapter which is entitled “Rethink the Old”. I love using my slow cooker, but this book has really opened my eyes to some new ways that I can make use of this appliance. At the start of the book she goes over all the tips and techniques that she uses for cooking with a slow cooker, including a great comparison between a slow cooker and a multicooker. If you are new to cooking this way, this is a great book to get started because she offers such good advice on sauces, freezing, clean up etc. If you are a slow cooker pro this is also a perfect book for you because you are going to see recipes and techniques that you don’t normally find.
Recipes in Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker
Here are some of the incredible recipes you will find in the following categories; vegetables, chicken, turkey and pork, beef & lamb, seafood and breakfast & brunch.
- Thai Vegetable & Peanut Curry
- Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potatoes + Guacamole (you have to try this one!)
- Chicken Tikka Masala
- Asian Pork Lettuce Wraps
- Moroccan Lamb Shanks with Pomegranate & Mint + Cauliflower Couscous
- Best Beef Chili + Jalepeno-Cheddar Spoon Bread Muffins
- Slow-Cooked Cod + Tomato and Sweet Corn Salad
- Overnight Pumpkin-Brown Rice Pudding
- Spinach, Prosciutto & Gruyere Strata
Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker is filled with beautiful photography which will inspire you to try new dishes. I also love the way that she includes details in the recipes about what will involve Stovetop Prep, then onto the slow cooker portion. There is even a section of “for serving” where there are ingredients for completing the meal. For example, the recipe for Squash Curry + Cilantro, Apple & Cashew Chutney includes cooked rice, Naan bread (optional) and the recipe for making the Cilantro, Apple and Cashew Chutney on another page. She also includes “Slow Cooker Jump Starts” if you prefer to do prep cooking on a free day, and make your weeknights run more smoothly. For the same recipe this section gives tips that you can cook the stovetop ingredients and refrigerate and chop and refrigerate the butternut squash up to 3 days ahead. What a great help when you are meal planning!
I highly recommend Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker for any cook that is looking for an easier way to bring great meals to the table.
Disclosure: Thank you to Storey Publishing 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.