A friend of mine recommended Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook this summer and after flipping through her copy, I knew I needed to pick one up.
One of my goals this year has been to cook dinner more often. I am usually getting it made 2-3 nights a week but I would like to be able to have dinner prepared or at least planned 4-5 nights a week leaving a little bit of room for leftovers or a night out. Anyone who discusses dinner with me will learn quickly that my crock pot is one of my favorite appliances. Unfortunately, I tend to go to the same 4 or 5 crock pot meals.
Since picking up my copy a few months ago we’ve made a number of different recipes from the cookbook. I’ve made the potato soup, slow cooker oatmeal, a couple of the chicken dishes and I have ear marked about 20 pages in the book.
For the most part the recipes in Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook are easy to throw together in the morning before getting out the door. I found that once I got the basic spices and ingredients I was able to pull together what I need for a lot of the recipes.
Some recipes do have a little bit more complicated ingredients so those I have saved for weekends when I have more time to prepare them. A few of them I will put together the night before and just stash in the fridge until morning when I can throw them in my crock pot and head out the door.
Something For Everyone
Our tastes tend to vary in my house. When it comes to meat I prefer chicken but not everyone in my family is okay with chicken every single day of the week.
I’ve struggled to like pork for as long as I can remember. I just can’t get on board with it. We tried some of the pork recipes in Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook and there was enough flavor in them that I was able to actually enjoy pork and everyone else got a break from chicken.
Little man is hit or miss when it comes to some foods but so far he hasn’t told me no for any of the meals we’ve made. He is a huge oatmeal fan and he loved the overnight crock pot oatmeal we made filled with dates, cranberries and other yummy fruit.
Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook doesn’t just stop at main courses. The book is loaded with everything from breakfast to desert.
I’ll be honest, until a few years ago I thought a slow cooker was only good for making soups. I didn’t realize that you could cook things like tacos, chicken, ribs and stuffed peppers in slow cooker. Now we use our slow cooker for other meals and soup has become a rarity.
Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook is loaded with a whole chapter of soups that are not the typical chicken noodle soup. We’ve made split pea soup, baked potato soup and I have five or six more tagged for this Winter. As the snow begins to fall, my cravings for soup gets higher. I can’t wait.
If you are like me and constantly trying to find something new for dinner that doesn’t require hours of cooking once you get home from work, I would highly recommend checking out Not Your Mother’s Slow Cooker Cookbook. Our days are busy and evenings seem short. The slow cooker makes dinner so much easier and doesn’t have to be for soup every night.
Do you use a slow cooker at all?
What is your favorite recipe?