Thursday, October 25, 2012

Crock Pot Momma

I was given the most amazing cookbook: The Vegan Slow Cooker by Kathy Hester.  My sister-in-law is not only the best, but boy oh boy does she know me well!!!  As she is aware that I am pretty into nutrition, she was also aware of my transition from vegetarian to soft core vegan.   For those of you who are not quite sure what that entails, let me inform you.  While true vegans avoid all animal products, I avoid them in their whole form.  For example, I don't eat any meat products, milk, eggs or butter... but that doesn't mean I am going to turn up my nose to a cookie or cupcake made with these ingredients, that is just plan silly!

Let me start by confessing. I went through a period of my life where the cookbook collecting was getting a bit out of control... I hoarded them at garage sales, flea markets and of course, my Geena’s cabinets. While  they really added some style to my kitchen, the lack of attention they were getting just left me feeling empty and unaccomplished. Most crock pot cookbooks I had found were really meat based and therefore just weren't for me. I knew this book was different. From the moment I flipped through its crisp new pages, I knew, THIS was the book I had been searching for.  

As a full time "home boss",  educator and fitness professional, I have little extra time to be trying out new recipes all the live long day.  I am not one of those girls who cooks to relax, unwind or because I really enjoy it.  I cook because I want to be in charge of what goes into my body and because it makes me feel good to prepare meals for my hard working TH. If you were to ask him what I made for dinner most nights, he would probably throw out something like, “salad and vegetables”. While I have truly become one sassy salad maker I do try and mix it up for my boo.

So, I decided to follow in my bestie/non-biological sister's footsteps and reach out to accomplish a long time goal: Being a Crock Pot Momma!

There are tons of great, fool-proof recipes that I can just toss in the pot and get out the door. They are all vegan and many feature gluten-free options too. Not only do I come home to a delish smelling home, but dinner prep only consists of setting the table and throwing together one of my “sassy salads”.  The best part is, not only can I feed my family each night using a whole-food plant based approach, but say I am entertaining some cave-men on the weekend, I can throw some free-range organic meat in there and please the masses!

Get excited for installments of Recipe Rave Reviews, coming soon……

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  1. I never knew what to call my eating habits, but I guess I am soft-core vegan. I don't eat meat, milk, butter or eggs just on their own. However, I eat baked goods and cheese. I just could not get into the soy cheese thing when I was vegan. Soy cheese is practically an inedible substance and I just can't live without pizza. I definitely want to try out that crock pot book!
    Penniless Socialite
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    1. Tara, I am so happy to have a fellow soft-core vegan reading TW! Life is too short not to have cheese, I mean COME ON! Thank you for your comment and I hope you enjoy our crock pot momma series.

      Strive to Thrive,

  2. I'm with you on that Tara. I've just never been able to find a good, even just semi-decent vegan cheese! I'm so glad you loved the book Em! I can't wait to hear which are your faves! Love, your sis

    1. Thanks for your comment Sis, it is great to have some family reading and thriving!



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