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Book Review: The Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook by The American Heart Association

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It's back to school time which usually means schedules get more hectic and there is less time to put together a healthy meal for the family. It's time to dust off that slow cooker and put it to good use! If you're looking for some new recipes that can be done while you're away at work or running the kids around, this is the book for you. And the best part is that all of the recipes are good for your heart!

The American Heart Association has put together a cookbook that gives you 200 recipes for everything from appetizers to desserts with everything else in between. The book begins with some helpful information about how to maximize your slow cooker and how the slow cooker works. It also has a section about making heart-healthy decisions when it comes to food and discusses how the slow cooker can help you with these decisions. Once the "housekeeping" part of the book is over, it dives right into the recipes. Looking to make comfort food like Smoked Turkey and Rice Soup with Sage or Chicken and Dumplings? This book has you covered! Need to make a dinner to impress but don't want to spend all day in the kitchen? In here, you'll find a recipe for Salmon with Cucumber-Dill Aioli and Cabernet-Simmered Beef Roast with Rosemary. Have you been asked to bring a dish to pass for the school potluck? Why not try Braised Cauliflower with Crisp Garlic Crumbs or Vegetable and Mixed-Rice Pilaf? Are the kids complaining that you never make dessert? Surprise them with an Apple Jumble Crumble or Decadent Chocolate Pudding Cake. It is practically impossible to not be able to find at least one recipe that can please everyone in your household.

Slow cookers can be life savers when you are busy or just don't feel like cooking. Knowing you have a hot meal ready when you get home from a long day keeps you from stopping at the drive-thru or running to a restaurant. The recipes in this book are tasty, heart-healthy, and many of them can be done with minimal prep time. Why not swing by the Karen Yontz Center to check out a copy of this book today?

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