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By Michelle Toren

Fix-it and Forget-it Healthy 5-ingredient Cookbook: 150 Easy and Nutritious Slow Cooker Recipes
By Hope Comerford

I use my Slow Cooker about once a week. I love the convenience of putting ingredients in the cooker in the morning and having dinner ready for my family at night. The recipes in this book are quick and easy! I tried the North Carolina Barbecue, and my family loved it! I also like that all the nutritional information is right on the recipe page. 

Cali’ Flour Kitchen: 125 Cauliflower-Based Recipes for the Carbs You Crave
By Amy Lacey

It seems that cauliflower is the new “it” food. You can even buy frozen pizza with a cauliflower crust. The Cauliflower Steak with roasted cauliflower leaves was quick and simple to make. The downside to this cookbook was that the only nutritional information for the recipes is a list letting you know which recipes are gluten-free, grain-free, paleo, Keto, etc. 

5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food
By Jamie Oliver

If you are looking for something a little different but still simple, this could be the cookbook for you. Jamie Oliver is a British chef who believes in fresh, simple food. I tried his Sausage & Apple Bake recipe, and it was really good. The nutritional information is nicely displayed at the bottom of the page, and each recipe has a beautiful picture.

Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook
By Taste of Home

I just recently jumped on the bandwagon and bought an Instant Pot. I needed a trusty book to help me figure out what to do with it. To the rescue came Taste of Home Instant Pot Cookbook, with beautiful pictures and simple recipes. The Apple Balsamic Chicken was excellent! In fact, this was the first really good meal that came out of my instant pot besides macaroni and cheese.

Michelle Toren is a librarian at the Walker Branch of the Kent District Library and a mother of three children, three dogs, one bunny and a cat.

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