Low-Sodium Slow Cooker Cookbook – French Toast – Review

If you need or want to reduce the sodium in your diet, then the Low-Sodium Slow Cooker Cookbook may be just what you need. Designed to be easy prep, and full of flavor, there are over 100 heart-healthy recipes included.

Chapter 1 explains the ins and outs of “Low-Sodium Slow Cooking”. “Why Worry About Salt” discusses the need for reduced salt diets. Next comes “Don’t Be SAD, Get Healthy”, which points out the drawbacks to the Standard American Diet plan.

The first chapter continues with “Why Slow Cook”, thoughts on why using your slow-cooker is a great idea. Then comes “Slow Cooking Tips And Tricks” giving you ideas on how to make the best use of your slow cooker.

“Flavoring The Low-Sodium Way” provides you with several excellent seasoning blends which you can use to enhance flavor. You might want to create them all and put in their own little shaker jars. “Equipment Basics” provides you with an overview of appliances, utensils, and other necessary equipment you may need for these recipes.

“Plan It Out” offers advice on meal planning, complete with a one-week example plan. “Healthy Ingredients For A Healthier You” discusses the best ingredients to use. This also includes a list of which ingredients are best in which season and storage tips.

“About The Recipes” explains what you need to know about the recipe structures and describes the various recipes labels. Last but not least the author recommends you give yourself some time when adapting to a low-sodium lifestyle. An excellent suggestion since any change to your diet can be hard.

After the principles are explained in Chapter 1, the recipe chapters follow:

  • Slow-Cooked Staples
  • Breakfasts
  • Beans And Greens
  • Soups And Stews
  • Meatless Mains
  • Chicken And Turkey Mains
  • Pork, Beef, And Lamb Mains
  • Desserts

The beginning of each recipe chapter includes a list of each of the recipes included with their page number. It also includes a full-color photo of one of the recipes included in that chapter. These are the only photos of recipes in the book.

Well Labelled

The recipes themselves include a brief introduction as well as quantity, prep and cook time, and their appropriate recipe labels. Various labels include:

  • Allergy-Friendly
  • Gluten-Free
  • Low-Carb
  • Low-Cholesterol
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

And the level of sodium included in the recipe defined as:

  • Low Sodium
  • Lower Sodium
  • Lowest Sodium

As promised by the author in her introduction, these recipes are extremely easy to prep. For the most part, they are the kind of “dumped everything in the pot and go” recipe I like best.

As would be expected of a book containing healthy choices, the nutritional information is also included for each recipe. The Suggested Serving Size is followed by Calories, Total Fat, Saturated Fat, Cholesterol, Sodium, Potassium, Carbs, Fiber, and Protein.

Excellent Tips And Extra Information

Many of the recipes also include storage tips, variations, ingredients tips etc. It is this kind of extra information which I find really makes a recipe more helpful, and more personalizable.

After all of the recipes are three appendices. Appendix A includes tips for eating out to help you make better choices at a restaurant. Appendix B includes Measurement Conversion charts. The Dirty Dozen And The Clean Fifteen rounds out Appendix C.

Two indexes are included at the very end, one a recipe index, and another a standard index allowing you to search by ingredient. I find that having the two separate indexes makes a search easier.

For the included recipe I’ve chosen the French Toast because it seems very decadent and so easy! Enjoy!

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French Toast

This French toast will look like a fluffy bread pudding/soufflé when it’s done. To brown the top of the bread, remove the lid but keep the cooker on about 15 minutes before serving. You can serve this with your favorite syrup or, depending on what food you use, you might not need syrup at all.
Low Sodium, Low-Carb, Vegetarian
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Makes: 8 Servings
Calories: 290kcal

Ingredients

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 loaf challah bread, sliced
  • 12 large eggs
  • 4 cups milk, low-fat
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons honey, or maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Spray the slow cooker generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Layer of the bread slices in the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk, cinnamon, honey, and vanilla. Pour the mixture over the bread, making sure all the pieces are soaked.
  • Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours and serve.

Notes

Variation:
Before serving, add fresh fruit, berries, or nuts such as chopped pecans to make this a complete breakfast meal.
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Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 323mg | Sodium: 425mg | Potassium: 432mg | Fiber: 3g
Nutrition Facts
French Toast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 290 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 323mg108%
Sodium 425mg18%
Potassium 432mg12%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 3g13%
Protein 20g40%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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