Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cookbooks and Weekly Meals

This week, I am making some old favorites but also some new recipes. I got a new cookbook for my Kindle: The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth.


It was only $2.99, and the recipes sound really good and “beyond” what I would usually consider making in a slow cooker. The authors also stress the importance of buying pastured meat, chicken and eggs, which I like.

I have also been re-reading The French Women Don't Get Fat Cookbook .


Mireille makes a big point that eating should be a pleasure, something I think we often forget, which is a shame. However, she also points out throughout the book that it’s important to balance things out. That is, if you splurge on something, you’ll have to cut back somewhere else. It all has to balance itself out in the end. I really like her approach. I also enjoy all her little stories and most of the recipes are simple and showcase fresh ingredients. Many of the recipes are not very different from what I normally cook, but they are nice reminders of “forgotten” ingredients, and there are some combinations I hadn’t thought of before.

Here the meals for the week:

Meal 1: Slow cooker chicken soup with veggies. I’m not following a recipe. I’ll simply put some bone-in chicken in the crock pot with spices and cook on high for about 3-4 hours, until the chicken is done. Then I’ll remove the chicken meat and return the bones to the pot. I’ll continue cooking the bones on low for another 10 hours or so (which turns the soup into a flavorful stock). I’ll also cook some veggies in the soup. Before eating the soup, I’ll cool it so that I can remove the fat, which forms on the top.
Meal 2: Meatballs from The Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth cookbook, mashed potatoes (which have been on the kid’s “wish list” forever), carrots & peas. I would have never thought to make meatballs in the slow cooker. I’m really curious to see how they’ll turn out.
Meal 3: A big salad with a few Crepes with mushrooms. I’ll follow the crepes recipe from The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook.
Meal 4: Spiced lentil soup with carrots, onions, and celery, flavored with curry, cardamom, and turmeric.
Meal 5: Leftovers.

Questions: Do you like to read cookbooks? I enjoy reading cookbooks with stories, but I honestly don’t follow recipes very often. But they do inspire me to cook. What’s the last cookbook you’ve read? What’s the last recipe you cooked from a cookbook? What’s on your menu this week?

Be well,
Andrea

32 comments:

  1. I"m the same, I like reading cookbooks but rarely follow their recipes, usually they serve as inspiration.
    I really want to have some crepes now! ;)

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    1. Once I read about the crepes I had to make some sweet ones for breakfast yesterday. Hubby & the kid loved them! :)

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  2. this looks like a great cookbook- I love looking through them for meal ideas!

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    1. I'm looking forward to mixing our meals up a bit more... :)

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  3. I love cookbooks, but probably too much. Lately I've been trying to make Pinterest my new "virtual" cookbook, because I don't have any more room for more hardcover books. Literally, no room! I wonder if that slow cooker book is available online on Amazon through the iPad. I will certainly look into it because I'm OBSESSED with the slow cooker!

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    1. I know, my bookshelf is overflowing, too... I've also been using Pinterest more again.

      I got the Kindle version of the book, which I think you could read on the iPad with the app. While Kindle books are a great space saver, I have to say that I prefer having the hard copy when I'm making a recipe...

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  4. I read cookbooks all the time! Sometimes I'll find a recipe that I make right away, but mostly I just tuck away ideas...

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    1. My problem is that I tuck too many ideas away and never make them... :)

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  5. I've been trying to use my slow cooker more. That looks like a good cookbook. Interested to hear how you like it! :-)

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    1. I'll let you know after I've made a few recipes...

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  6. I love to read cookbooks! But I have a bad habit of collecting them and then not using them. I have no idea why...

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    1. Seems to be a common problem for many of us... :)

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  7. Hi Andrea! My kids also love(!!!) mashed potatoes.... and hamburger gravy (that kind with sauteed onions, Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup in it and a pinch of nutmeg). That's what they often ask for, or tuna hotdish.

    I haven't used the crock pot for so long! I often keep extra candy in it, and then put it up on the pantry shelf, 9 feet up, making it too complicated to get. :D

    :-) Marion

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    1. That's a clever way to keep candy out of the way... :) I've been using my crock pot more lately, and I really love how easy it makes life.

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  8. I'm glad to hear you've found some fun cookbooks! I don't read cookbooks for pleasure (Peter, on the other hand ... ), but I do like to flip through and mark recipes that catch my eye. A slow cooker would be something I would love to try :)

    Have a great week, Andrea!

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    1. I love my slow cooker and can't believe I haven't used it more. The new slow cooker cookbook has so many recipes I want to try...

      Have a great week, too!

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  9. Chicken soup in the slow cooker is a great idea. I'll have remember that.

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  10. I adore all kinds of cookbooks - and my husband laughs at me that I read them like literature, but I do!

    My favorite finds are old cookcooks with handwritten notes - I always look for them when I garage sale.

    Your menu sounds delicious!

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    1. Old cookbooks with handwritten notes are so precious!

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  11. Slowcooker cookbooks are my fave, I own many and keep buying more, I have a slight addiction :P

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  12. I love reading cookbooks. Both of these books sound excellent.

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    1. I'm really enjoying them, and the slow cooker meatballs turned out great.

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  13. I LOVE cookbooks, have way too many, but can't part with them. So..we'll just have to build a bigger kitchen to accommodate! Your menu looks great Andrea!!!

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    1. A bigger kitchen sounds like the perfect solution to me... ;)

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  14. I'll have to check out that cookbook! I am very into French philosophies these days ;) I've been reading the two French parenting books and calling G "bebe," so now we think we're French.

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    1. The French parenting books have been on my list!

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  15. I'd like to see that French cookbook - I'm going to check it out. Thanks Andrea!

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    1. There are many great, simple recipes.

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  16. I have a serious addiction to cookbooks and I read them like novels! I also love using a slow cooker - nothing better than coming home from a busy day to a meal already cooked!

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    1. Yes, I can't believe I haven't used my slow cooker more in the past.

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