Slow Cooking Meals that are Good for You…and the Planet, too!
February 28, 2011
Hearst Magazines recently released Slow Cooker, Casseroles, Soups & Stews, a special bookazine featuring 105 easy, hearty recipes for simple slow cooker suppers, classic casseroles and savory soups and stews, developed and tested by the editors of Good Housekeeping, Redbook, and Country Living. It hit the newsstands nationwide on February 15 and will be on sale until May 17.
Despite the challenge of changing the recipe to the metric system, we enjoyed two of the recipes already: Latin Chicken and Curried Red Lentil Soup. My husband couldn’t resist adding an additional dash of this or that. He is what you would call a bold cook. He considers recipes to merely be the foundation of his own masterpiece.
Lucky for me because I eat like royalty on the weekends.
While the recipes call for slow cooking, they can be easily integrated into your culinary routine with a little foresight. We washed and soaked the black beans overnight, then cooked them slowly for a few hours. With a crock pot, you’d be better off (we don’t have such things in Germany). But not only were the recipes delicious; they also left a lasting flavor of wholesomeness, like we had done something not only good for ourselves, but for the Earth, too. We purchased locally grown ingredients without packaging, lengthy transport, hormones or pesticides. As I told my kids,
“When you eat food, you eat its energy, too. Imagine eating an apple that bobbed across 3,000 miles to get to your door. You’d be eating the pace of that apple. Now imagine eating Slow Food. How does that make you feel?”
Slow cooking resonates beyond your own plate to a whole new world of savory delight. I can’t wait to try out the other recipes this coming weekend. It gives me another reason to look forward to Friday!
About the bookazine:
Slow Cooker highlights hearty dishes and everyday favorites, including barbecued chicken, short ribs, chili, lasagna, tasty mac and cheese, flavorful soups—from old-fashioned vegetable to Thai chicken—as well as classics like Coq au Vin and new ideas such as Latin Chicken with Black Beans and Sweet Potatoes. Crisp side salads, like the Healthy Makeover Caesar and Spinach & Nectarine Salad, and fresh-baked breads complete the experience of this special recipe collection.
In addition, the bookazine features expert, step-by-step tips on using your slow cooker for effortless homemade meals, with nutrition information and low-calorie options, as well as a guide to the top kitchen equipment for making soups, stews, and casseroles.
About Hearst Magazines
Hearst Magazines is a unit of Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com), one of the nation’s largest diversified communications companies with interests in magazines, newspapers, digital media, business media and television. As one of the world’s largest publishers of monthly magazines, Hearst Magazines publishes nearly 200 editions around the world, including 14 U.S. titles and 20 magazines in the United Kingdom, published through its wholly owned subsidiary, The National Magazine Company Limited. Hearst Magazines is a leading publisher of monthly magazines in the U.S. in terms of total circulation (ABC June 2010) and reaches 73 million adults (Spring 2010 MRI).