Last week I received a digital copy of Stephanie O’Dea’s new book,
I was ecstatic when I got the book and couldn’t wait to get slow cookin’!
To start, the book is beautiful. There are pictures of the delicious meals throughout the book, that literally make your mouth water. There were two pictures that stole my heart – well, maybe my taste buds – carrot and coconut curry bisque and chile rellanos. As I started swiping through the pages of the book, I thought about what I have in my freezer. I have four chicken breasts, three pork chops and two chicken thighs left. We want to eliminate meat from our diet. We want to do this for many reasons, and you can read about that here, but I have all of this meat in my freezer, and I figured what a better way to use it, than in these delicious recipes in the book. Furthermore, there is an entire section on meatless main dishes that made me even more eager to get cooking. From the first section through to the end of the book, there is a huge amount of vegetarian and vegan recipes. Thank you Miss Stephanie!
365 CrockPot Suppers is divided up into eight (dinner) categories:
- Soup and Stew
- Beef and Lamb
- Meatless Mains
- Fish and Seafood
I wanted to make the recipes in true Stephanie style, and use my crockpot every day for the month. Another blogger, Alycia Carmin from @AlyciaQuilts has ingenuously thought up the term “CrockTober”, which certainly fits my goal.
I started making my list of recipes I wanted to try right away. Stephanie writes a “verdict” at the end of each recipe where she explains how her kids liked the recipe, how it turned out, and if she would make it again. This really helped me choose my recipes to make. The kid-friendly aspect helped out a bunch in choosing recipes, especially with a two year old in the house.
I chose recipes to try from each category in the book, minus beef and lamb and fish and seafood. I didn’t choose any recipes from these categories because I didn’t have any beef or seafood in the house.
These are the recipes I picked for the month:
Soups & Stews:
- Carrot and coconut curry bisque
- Mushroom and wild rice soup
- Tangy black bean soup
- Baby onion and summer vegetable stew
- Sweet corn chowder
- Kale and white bean soup
- Snowy day squash and chicken stew
- Caribbean black beans
- Vegetarian 16 bean soup
- Black bean and (soy) chorizo chili
- Honey sesame chicken
- Sweet and sour chicken
- No-bourbon chicken (maybe?)
- Moo Shoo Pork
- Ratatouille sandwiches
- Sweet potato and black bean wraps
- Hot dogs for a crowd (in my case.. for a two year old)
- Arroz con queso
- Brazilian black bean and vegetable stew
- Chilie rellanos
- Loaded vegetable chili
- Nutty for acorn squash
- Root vegetable and sweet potato shepherds pie
- Spinach frittata
- Zucchini frittata with sweet potato
- Lentil and sweet potato curry
- Mushroom risotto
- Spinach and feta risotto
- Macaroni and cheese
- Mushroom and bean ragout
- Chili and cornbread casserole
- Black bean pie
I am excited to get started!
Stephanie’s book is available for purchase on Amazon or in Barnes and Nobles book stores. It retails for $24.99 and $11.99 for the Kindle version. She also has two other books, Make it Fast, Cook it Slow and More Make it Fast, Cook it Slow.