Wednesday, April 13, 2016

5 Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook by Stephanie O'Dea

5 Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook by Stephanie O'Dea

As much as I love perusing cookbooks and trying new dishes, there are a few things that will turn me off immediately:
  • Lack of photos. How can I know if I want to make this recipe without a tempting photo of the finished meal to entice me? 
  • Too many ingredients. If I see a recipe that has dozens of ingredients, I turn the page and never look back. 
Luckily, for folks like me who can't be bothered by fussy meals, there's 5 Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook. First, the book is filled with helpful photos. Second, there are only a handful of ingredients to worry about. Third, it's slow cooker cooking on top of all that. You assemble your few ingredients, turn on the slow cooker, and by the time you get home from work, dinner is done. It's a lazy cook's dream come true.

Chicken Parmesan Casserole
Chicken Parmesan Casserole

The book is divided into various sections based on the type of meal, such as appetizers, soups/stews, and pasta/casseroles, to name a few. Due to a food restriction in her own family, the author notes that all the recipes are gluten-free. There's also a chapter devoted to vegetarian meals.

A couple of the recipes that I made are Barbeque Jack Chicken and Baked Ravioli. For the chicken recipe, there are only three ingredients (chicken, pepperjack cheese, and barbeque sauce). The ravioli recipe has a couple more ingredients, but still manages to stay below the five ingredients or less of the title.

Smoked Sausage and Beans
Smoked Sausage and Beans

The recipes in this cookbook are real time-savers, while still managing to be delicious. Search the VBPL catalog for 5 Ingredients or Less Slow Cooker Cookbook. If you enjoy this cookbook, you might also like Taste of Home: Casseroles, Slow Cooker & Soups and 365 Slow Cooker Suppers.

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