I’ve said it before, but during this Whole Foods in One Hour or Less challenge, I relied on Crock-On! pretty heavily. Stacy blends fast, convenient, and whole foods into one delicious, drool-worthy culinary experience, and this week you have the opportunity to win one of three copies or take advantage of a coupon code for 15% off!
About the Book
In Crock-On!, each page of the book is a recipe – photo on one half, recipe on the other, and a short review written by a blogger who tested the recipe on their own family. The book is divided into six sections, and I’ll give you just a sample of each one:
- Beginning - with the forward written by Stephanie from Keeper of the Home, quick list of substitutions, equipment, and a compelling read on “Why Slow Cook?”
- Soups – recipes like Mexican Chicken Chowder, Deluxe Potato Soup, White Beans & Ham, Hominy Taco Chili
- Sandwiches & Wraps – Cheeseburger Sloppy Joes, Carolina Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches, Buffalo Joes
- Main Dishes – Maple Sesame Chicken, Chicken Tetrazzini, Swiss Steak, Pineapple Pork Loin
- Sides – Broccoli Casserole, Pizza Potatoes, Coconut Sweet Potatoes
- Desserts – Upside Down Apple Pie, Honey Baked Apples and Pears, Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake
These certainly aren’t your normal “hey, eat this bland, weird, healthy whole foods dinner” kind of recipes. These are the kind of recipes that can make my husband enjoy whole foods more. And they have.
Check out a free sample recipe (Cheesy Sausage Potatoes) here (just scroll down and look for the header “Give me an example. Can I see a sample from the book?“).
What I Loved
Even if you’ve never cooked dinner from scratch in your life, you could make these recipes. Nothing unusual in them, most grocery stores have every ingredient, and if they don’t Stacy included a handy substitution guide (i.e. if you don’t/can’t buy sucanat, use sugar, etc.)
They don’t require any awesome skills to make – brown your ground beef, dump everything in crockpot, and turn it on low. The dessert recipes might require a little more finesse, but not much.
If you’re a hard core real food enthusiast who makes everything from scratch, these recipes will be a welcome break. They’re simple. They’re delicious. They’re the kind of thing your husband would probably love to eat (buffalo chicken burgers anyone?) But they’re also whole foods-based. You’ll know where to substitute what you prefer (maybe use tomato paste and spices instead of ketchup, etc).
These meals are also pretty frugal. I have one crock pot book that’s meant to be a step above the rest… and the reality is, we just don’t eat lamb enough for me to crack it open that much… or ever. These are excellent, hearty, vegetable-rich, whole foods-based meals that can fit into most budgets.
Our favorite recipes: Stuffed Pepper “Stoup”, Sloppy Joes, and Fruit Cobbler.
What I Didn’t
These are straight-up delicious dinners, but if your family has dietary restrictions like dairy intolerance, these aren’t all gonna work. You can easily make some recipes gluten-free by use GF pasta, but I’m not sure how GF flour would change the dessert recipes (or how the pasta would cook differently). It might be worth a shot though, because they are fantastic.
(UPDATE: Stacy just told me she knows someone who uses gf flour for the desserts and they are amazing! So yay. Problem solved.)
Since three out of four of us are sensitive to dairy, this limited how many recipes we can enjoy on a regular basis – granted we indulge in a certain level of dairy, so it wasn’t that big a deal. It was worth it to get the recipes we loved.
We also don’t eat a lot of meat at our house, and most of these recipes are hearty, meaty dinners. This is perfect for a family where “no meat = no meal”, but it’s just not necessary for us.
All that to say, I just couldn’t use this cookbook every day of the week – which I would’ve liked too since everything we tried was so stinkin’ good.
Get it 15% off until the end of February
Stacy is offering 15% off with the coupon code Cheap15. Use it at check out anytime now through the end of February. Since this eBook is normally $5 anyway, it’s a very frugal find. Go here for more details.
If you buy the book and win the giveaway, Stacy can simply refund your money. Easy as that.
This week, we’re giving away 3 copies of the Crock-On! eBook to three lucky winners!
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The giveaway will run until Friday, March 1, at 11:59 PM, after which time a winner will be randomly selected from all the entries.
THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who participated and made it a success!
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(Shared on Healthy 2Day Wednesday.)