Skinnytaste Fast and Slow: Knockout Quick-Fix and Slow Cooker Recipes

Gina Homolka, with Heather K. Jones. Clarkson Potter, $30 (304p) ISBN 978-0-553-45960-9
In 140 low-fat, high-nutrition recipes, Homolka (The Skinnytaste Cookbook) shares time-saving techniques for flavorful dishes that are ready in 30 minute or less, and easy-to-assemble slow cooker meals. Healthy morning fare includes fast and slow breakfasts such as quick avocado toasts five ways as well as slow cooker banana bread with chocolate swirls. For hearty one-bowl meals, there’s quinoa with shrimp and artichokes along with assorted stews, chilis, and soups such as slow cooker butternut-apple soup. Fast and slow mains feature pasta sauces on “zoodles” (zucchini noodles) and “squashta” (squash pasta), assorted tacos, poultry and meat dishes, fish and seafood, and meatless meals. There are also side dishes and desserts. Recipes have icons indicating cooking speed, and are helpfully labeled as vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, or freezable. “Fast Cooking Basics” and “Slow Cooker Secrets” contain useful tips for time management, and there is even a complete month of pre-planned “good for you meals.” These easy-to-assemble dishes keep both family mealtime planning and healthy eating in mind with kid-friendly, “simplified and skinny-fied” dishes. Using Homolka’s strategies, home cooks can deliver balanced, delicious meals even when time is an obstacle. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/03/2016
Release date: 10/11/2016
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