Fix It and Forget It Lightly: Healthy Low Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker
Posted Jan 15 2013 10:34am
The slow cooker can be a real life saver in the kitchen. It can make getting dinner on the table so easy and effortless, a necessity in these busy times. And it’s especially useful this time of year when we tend to crave soups, stews, chilis and other home cooked comfort foods that work so well in it.
If you are familiar with the Fix-It and Forget-It series, you know that the books are edited compilations of recipes contributed by home cooks from all around the country that are intended for busy folks who have to cook every day, not those who dabble in cooking more as a hobby or whim.
Which means you won’t find fancy gourmet recipes in FIX-IT and FORGET-IT LIGHTLY , but rather a mix of both simple and more interesting recipes designed for everyday. For example, on page 13, there is a recipe for “Slow-Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken” that calls for boneless skinless chicken, taco seasoning mix, flour, red and green bell pepper (cut into strips), frozen corn, chunky salsa and shredded nonfat Mexican style cheese.
Each recipe includes prep and cooking times, ideal cooker size, and information about calories, calories from fat, cholesterol, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar, and vitamins, so those on Weight Watchers have all the nutritional information necessary to calculate PointsPlus values.
Recipes I want to try: Mandarin Orange Chicken, Honey Chicken, Swiss Steak with Onions, Peppers and Tomatoes, Slow Cooker Stroganoff, Wild Rice Casserole, Pulled Pork with Applesauce, Tasty Pork Tenderloin, Mexican Pinto Beans, Cheeseburger Soup , Chicken Barley Chili, Healthy Harvest Applesauce, Mexican Dip, Breakfast Apple Cobbler
Chicken and Turkey Main Dishes
Beef Main Dishes
Pork Main Dishes
Bean and Other Main Dishes
Seafood Main Dished
Soups, Stews and Chilis
Appetizers, Snacks and Spreads
Breads and Breakfast Dishes
Each recipe includes number of servings, prep time , cooking time, and ideasl slow cooker size.
Tips for using the slow cooker, including how to maximize what the slow cooker does best, are included in the introduction.
The book is plastic spiral bound with 3 to 5 recipes per page, arranged in columns. There are only 3 photographs in the entire book, so if pictures are important to you, this IS NOT the cookbook for you.
Who would enjoy this book? Busy home cooks who want to eat lighter and healthier. This book is designed for home cooks who have to cook most everyday. It’s packed with relatively simple recipes that can help you get a light and healthy dinner on the table day in and day out. And it’s Weight Watchers friendly since the recipes include the nutritional information required to calculate PointsPlus values.