Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes {and Giveaway!}

I love my crock pot, but I can get very frustrated when flipping through crock pot recipes: it seems they all call for canned this and packaged that, which makes me very sad. For oven or stove-top recipes, I can typically figure out some good substitutions for the processed stuff, but the crock pot? It’s kind of a different animal.

Which is why I’m so happy Stacy of Stacy Makes Cents took the guesswork out of the whole thing for me. She’s written an amazing eCookbook (appropriately called Crock On!) with all kinds of great recipes adapted just for the crock pot. The best part is that none of the recipes include creamed-this or powdered-that. Oh, maybe a can of vegetables here and there, but nothing processed or fake in this cookbook!

And she doesn’t cut corners either. I got a crock pot cookbook once that was 95% soup recipes, which was kind of a disappointment. I like soup and all, but we only eat it once a week or so, so that wasn’t super helpful. Stacy’s cookbook, however, goes way beyond soup and brings you recipes for sandwiches, sides, and even desserts!  (Can you say Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Lava Cake?)

The very very very best part? (Kind of like the cherry on top?) The price. You know I like things to be nice and cheap. Well, this book is. It’s only $5. You can totally afford $5! Especially considering what you will get with those five little bucks.

But wait, my friend. It gets even better! Stacy has generously set up a special 15% discount code for my readers, so that each and every one of you can purchase Crock On! for only $4.25!! Just use the code: “authentic15”. (Please leave out the quotation marks. I know you know that, but just in case…) This code will expire January 31, 2012. (Oh, and no worries about wasting your money on the book just in case you win the giveaway. Stacy will refund your purchase if you win! It’s a win-win.)

And just when you thought the deal couldn’t be any sweeter, Stacy has given me permission to give away not one, but TWO, copies of Crock On! Suh-weet! Enter via the Rafflecopter below.
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What do you make in your slow cooker?


  1. I use my slowcooker about once a week!

  2. I love using my crockpot as often as possible!

  3. Pretty standard stuff – pot roast, cooking chicken breasts, and steel cut oats.

  4. :-) Thanks Anne. You rock.

  5. Alicia Ray says:

    Usually I used crockpot at least once a week….but the last year has been very hit or miss.

  6. Lillian Hughes says:

    I use it for pot roasts, chicken, making homemade apple butter. Also great for reheating leftovers insetad of a microwave.

  7. Joy Nicol says:

    Shredded chicken, beef, stew…just the “normal” stuff. I need to use it more because it is so nice to come home and realize that dinner is almost ready!!

  8. I use my crock pot at least twice a week, but it’s usually just to cook meat. I need to get more adventurous!

  9. I only use my crockpot once a month or so. I don’t have many recipes and don’t seem to have things prepped for putting in the crockpot early enough to have the meal ready for dinner.

    Julie S.

  10. I use my crockpot about once or twice a week

  11. Sadly, i don’t use my crockpot as often as I would like. It sorta confuses me; it’s been an enigma to me which I have sadly ignored.

  12. This week I’ve used my crockpot every day! Confession here…I have Stacy’s book in print and it really is wonderful! I would really like it on my iPad so I can access the links and such.
    A note to others…if you don’t win, BUY THE BOOK! You’ll be glad you did! I’ve made lots from it already and it’s all been good!

  13. I use my crockpot a couple of times a week. I use it more often in the summer when I don’t want to heat up the kitchen.

  14. I use it weekly. It makes cooking so much easier.

  15. I have a few slow-cooker recipes I love, but I agree that too many recipes out there use a lot of processed ingredients. I’d love to win this cookbook so I can use my slow-cooker more!

  16. How often I use my Crock Pot really depends on what has been going on in our lives lately! My work schedule fluctuates a lot… and when I have a heavy work load, I sometimes use my crock pot 2-3 times a week!

  17. I use the secret weapon sometimes daily! (sometimes 2 at a time!!)


  18. Chicken stock…good stuff!

  19. I don’t use my crockpot nearly as often as I should – only 3-4 times per month. I plan on using much more often because I’ll be going back to school soon and won’t have any extra time.

  20. I used my crock pot (or try to) use it 2-3 times per week at least! I love crock pots!

  21. Char Caudill says:

    As often as I can!!!!

  22. I didn’t use my crockpot as often as I wanted to because I had a huge one and it was much to big for our family of 3. I made a trade just yesterday with a woman who has 5 kids for her regular size one and I’m ready to use it! I want to use it at least 2 times a week, but I would love to be able to use it every day.

  23. I make all sorts of stuff in my crockpot.. Its a very well used workhorse in my house.. One of the things thats the most favorite of everyone, family & friends is that I make crockpot apple butter.. Very little work or time from me… the Crockpot does it all.

  24. Probably once a month or less, as I also do not like cream of whatever soup recipes.

  25. Not nearly as often as I should LOL – maybe once every 2-3 weeks.

  26. Chicken and beef .. simple stuff and sometimes those yummy meatball appetizer. Thanks for the chance!

  27. courtney k says:

    i use my crockpot at least once a week!

  28. Hmmm….what don’t I use it for?? I am going to try Stacy’s Crockpot Granola tomorrow =)

  29. I don’t use it as often as I like. :( Mostly because I lack good recipes or I get dinner started too late for the crockpot. I do enjoy using it though. :)

  30. Janae Macktima says:

    I use my crock pot 2-5 times a week for beans, chili, bone broth, yogurt, pot roasts, etc.

  31. Donna Sweet says:

    I don’t use my crock pot often, but would like to more :)

  32. Lisa Wilson says:

    I use my crockpot every week, sometimes several times.

  33. I use it once or twice a week. Usually for a roast or a whole chicken.

  34. A couple times a week. I made an breakfast egg bake this year for my guys at hunting season, then I did’t have to get up and make breakfast.

  35. I don’t use our crockpots enough! I love Stacy’s blog and if I don’t win, I’ll definitely purchase Crock On! Thanks for the giveaway (both of you)!

  36. I use it once in awhile, mostly for soup and chicken. I am stuck in a rut.

  37. Julie Haldeman says:

    I love making soup and roasts in the crockpot!

  38. Denise Stufflebeam says:

    My crockpot is older than you are, but I don’t really use it all that much. :( I don’t plan ahead enough…but I want to get this cookbook and get inspired!

  39. I use it a minimum of three times a weeks.

  40. Atleast once a week but sometimes up to 3! I’d use it everyday if I had more recipes!

  41. LD Michelle says:

    I use my crockpot a few times a month. I would use it more, if I had some tried and true recipes, I think.

  42. I use my crockpot(s) almost daily! Yesterday I had black beans cooking in one while a pot roast was cooking in the second. We just moved to South Florida and it never cools off so I depend on the crockpots to keep our electric bill down :)

  43. Tatyana Boynetskiy says:

    I haven’t used my crock pot in a while. I didn’t like the taste of the previous food I made in it ( but then again, I mostly used the cream of… And canned stuff for it.) I would live to give it another shot with real food. Maybe it’ll taste better.

  44. I use my slow cooker probably three times a month.

  45. I usually use it only once a month but it was broken on a recent Boy Scout camping trip so I need to buy another one. I will be using it more as I have a commitment every other week until 6pm and want to cook for my family.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  46. Michelle Chow says:

    Hello, AS. I use my slow cooker about once a month or so. We do not use it as much nor as often as we should. Thank you for this giveaway, AS & SMC.

  47. Heather K says:

    I use my crock pot 1 or 2 times per week… Love it! Thanks for having the giveaway!

  48. I am always searching for new crock pot recipes, what a great resource!

  49. Liz Blunt says:

    I usually make chicken in my crock pot, but I’d sure like to expand my crocking horizons!

  50. dawn finch says:

    I use it only a few times a yr but want to get in the habit of usin g it more

  51. I use my crock pot at least twice a week – I love getting supper prep out of the way early in the day!

  52. I use mine once or twice a week for soups, sauces, and casseroles.

  53. Mary-Ellen says:

    I use my slow cooker once or sometimes twice a week.

  54. Honestly, I don’t use my slowcooker as often as I would like to. {I would say a couple of times a month}. One of the problems is as you stated in your post – canned this, prepared that in a lot of the recipes.

  55. Karen Chaffin says:

    I love my crockpot!! I usually try to use it 2-3 times per week!! It makes dinner so easy!!

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