Review: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker

Review: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker

Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker by Nicki Sizemore is a recipe book that will help to give you confidence in using a slow cooker. There are a variety of recipes that will satisfy many different taste buds. It is one cookbook that will definitely give home chefs tips for simplifying the weeknight meal.

Review: Fresh Flavors for the Slow CookerTitle: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker: Reinvent the Slow-Cooked Meal; 77 Mouthwatering Recipes
Author: Nicki Sizemore
Publisher: Storey Publishing LLC
Genres: Cookbook, Lifestyle
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Rating: five-stars

Summary (from Goodreads):

Countless home cooks remain loyal users of their slow cookers for preparing satisfying, low-maintenance meals. But the tried-and-true slow cooker recipe repertoire is about to change, with author Nicki Sizemore’s fresh spin on slow-cooked meals. Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker is filled with slow-simmered main dishes, plus 35 recipes for sauces and sides, that replace canned ingredients with fresh vegetables, boost flavor with aromatic herbs and spices, and feature a tantalizing array of global tastes in dishes that span the menu. Overnight Pumpkin-Brown Rice Pudding with crunchy pecans is a wholesome, hands-off breakfast treat, Thai Curried Chicken with Rice Noodles gets a spicy kick from curry broth, and Shredded Mole Beef Tacos are accented with the sweet heat of Quick Pickled Jalapeños. Whether you’re feeding a family or entertaining a crowd, each recipe highlights prep work that can be knocked out days in advance, making serving meals worthy of every occasion easy and delicious.

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❃ I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. ❃

Review: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker

Whenever I dust off my slow cooker in an attempt to make light of a busy day ahead, I am always thinking that I should do this more often. Without a large repertoire of slow cooker recipes that are reliable and healthy, it is not a kitchen appliance that I often use. Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker is a book that has totally turned around my love/hate relationship with my slow cooker.

❀ Fresh and Healthy Recipes

The recipes in the book are ones that use lots of fresh and healthy ingredients, including many different ideas for soups, stews, and special occasions. Sizemore gives quite a few tips as to how to prep and prepare the dishes, as well as some extra ideas to create some simple to more complex side dishes. Unique recipes, such as Fajita Stuffed Sweet Potatoes and Swordfish Spaghetti turn the slow cooker into a kitchen appliance that can create more than just your grandma’s pot roast.

Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker

Sweet Potato Potage

I created the Sweet Potato Potage which was inspired by the author’s time spent in France. The smell of fall is intense while this one cooks. Also, the combination of sweet potato, leeks, and apple are simple, yet comforting.

❀ A must-have cookbook

If you are searching for a way to make hearty and simple weeknight meals, Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker is a must-have cookbook. These recipes aren’t your typical slow cooker fare.

About Nicki Sizemore

Nicki Sizemore

Nicki Sizemore is the author of Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker and Build-a-Bowl and the creator of, which features recipes that can be made from scratch in under an hour. In addition to hosting classes and shows online for Bluprint, she is a recipe developer for Fine Cooking, Parents, and All Recipes Magazine. Sizemore has a Grand Diploma in Culinary Arts from the International Culinary Center and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley with her husband and two daughters.


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26 thoughts on “Review: Fresh Flavors for the Slow Cooker

  1. Beware Of The Reader says:

    I don’t own a slow cooker but I love to “slowly cook” my soups and stews especially in this season!

  2. Heidi Robbins says:

    I’m always looking for new recipes to try that are easy! This sounds right up my alley since I like using fresh and healthy ingredients. Thanks for the recommendation!

  3. Marisela Zuniga says:

    I so need to get this book! I don’t really know any slow cooker recipes and this looks like a great book

  4. Sandy Klocinski says:

    I use my slow cooker a lot…not only to make my food, but I make my fur baby’s food as well. I could certainly use this book. Thanks for sharing

  5. Mary Gardner says:

    I love the idea of fresh flavors from the slow cooker because even though it is convenient I sometimes skip using it because I just want something different than my usual slow cooker fare.

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