Simple and Savory Slow Cooker Dinners

Slow-cooking makes hearty and economical winter meals a snap to make, and I’ve shared two of my favorite recipes in my column, The Recipe Box, in the March issue of Direct Magazine. Investing a little time to do some advance prep the evening before allows you to quickly combine everything to cook in the morning. Your reward? Delicious dinners waiting for you at the end of the day, with plenty left for quick meals through the week!

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Tropical Zucchini Bread

Y’all know that I have quite a fondness for sweets and baked goods ~ my belief that “diet” equals lifestyle means that balance and moderation are the keys that allow me to enjoy both.  I’m definitely open to using ingredients that will make my favorite treats healthier, as long as I don’t feel that the flavor and texture are compromised.  And if some additional healthy benefits get thrown in there – metabolism-boosting fatty acids, anti-oxidants, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties – well, all the better!  I’m excited to share a great product with you that I think is going to be a favorite in my kitchen because it fits into my lifestyle philosophy perfectly: CoCoNana Coconut Oil from a brand new company, Nana Solutions.

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Cozy Campfire Crisp

Disclaimer: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles provided the Trefoil Cookies and Melissa’s Produce provided the produce and nuts for the recipe in this post.  I was not compensated in any other way, and all the opinions expressed are mine.

I’m not sure how I wound up in a camping mindset when creating my Girl Scout Cookie desserts this year, but I’m excited about both recipes, so I’m rolling with it!  I love teaming up with my friends at Melissa’s Produce and Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles to make fun desserts using great produce and Girl Scout Cookies…my Glampfire Bark using the new S’mores cookie is easy and delicious…and I think I may like my Trefoil Campfire Crisp even more!

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S’mores Cookie Glampfire Bark

Disclosure: Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council provided the Girl Scout S’mores Cookies and Melissa’s Produce provided the dried fruits and nuts for this recipe.  I was not compensated in any other way and all the opinions stated are mine.

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time again, and I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles Council and Melissa’s Produce to create new desserts!  This year marks the 100th anniversary of Girl Scouts selling cookies – that is to say, the first known sale of cookies by Girl Scouts (the branded cookies we are familiar with weren’t sold until the 1930’s).  One of this year’s new cookies is S’mores – crunchy graham sandwich cookies with creamy chocolate and marshmallow filling.  The flavors take me back to fun times around the campfire with my daughter’s troop, which is how my Glampfire Bark came to be!

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Cookbook Corner: My Fat Dad

Disclosure: My Fat Dad is generously providing one copy of the book for a giveaway.  I was not compensated in any way for writing this post, and all the opinions are my own.

Author Dawn Lerman grew up with parents that were on opposite ends of the eating spectrum…among other challenges.  Her father, who at one time weighed 450 pounds, was always on some kind of diet, which he expected the rest of the family to follow with him.  Her mother was so busy with her own concerns that she barely ate at all.  Dawn’s calm at the center of the storm was her grandmother, whom she called Beauty. My Fat Dad is Dawn’s memoir, and it’s filled with stories encompassing family times, growing up, and her evolution as a young cook. Honest, amusing, and at times painful, it will draw you in from the first page. It’s this month’s Cookbook Corner selection, and Dawn is graciously providing a copy of her story for me to share with you (read on to see how you can enter for your chance to win).

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