Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from Our Kitchens to Yours

by Jessica on September 8, 2014

Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet Cookbook | http://mybakingheart.com

This Summer was a busy one for us. There were get-togethers, baby showers, dog-sitting adventures, birthdays, campouts at the lake and new volunteer opportunities for me in the Junior League. The big change? Chris switched careers, traveling for a few days here, home for a few there… and I had to readjust to living alone. Sure, I’d done this before. We did date long-distance for the better part of our premarital relationship. However, after two years of adapting to life together day-to-day, this ended up feeling different.

Knowing that I was leaving work to arrive at an empty house and an empty bed was rough (although, sleeping a la king-size all by myself hasn’t been too bad). The hardest part, though, has been cooking for one. But when I utilize the slow-cooker, there’s plenty for me and enough for lunch and dinner the next day. Which is why I’m super-excited to announce the launch of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours.

As one of over 30 bloggers who teamed up to gather healthy & affordable slow cooker dinner recipes, I’m extremely proud of this gorgeous cookbook. And since we wanted this book to help out in a huge way, here’s what we’ve done: ALL of the proceeds from the print copy of the book are going to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

To purchase a print version of the book via Amazon, just click here.

In addition to this, Feeding America food banks from across the country are giving the ebook version as a free gift to their donors. So when you make a donation, the ebook will land in your inbox, ready to read.

Can’t wait for Amazon to ship to your doorstep? Click here and donate now!

September is Hunger Action Month, a nationwide campaign mobilizing the public to take action on the issue of hunger. So to help get the word out about hunger in America and our cookbook, some generous sponsors have jumped on board. Together, San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce are making some big contributions to help end hunger.

They are each contributing food to their local food banks AND they are giving $5 for every print copy of the book that we sell (up to $600). That’s in addition to the proceeds from the book that are already going to the food bank! You’re helping to end hunger in America in a huge way AND you get a beautiful cookbook!

Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Tacos | http://mybakingheart.com #slowNwholeCookbook

Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart

Along with Hamilton Beach, the above sponsors have put together some amazing giveaways to get you excited & to help us make a big splash with the launch of this book!

By following the prompts below, you have up to 15 chances to win one of two prize packs!!

First Prize:
(1) Hamilton Beach Set & Forget® Programmable 6 Quart Slow Cooker
(1) Print Copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours

Second Prize:
(1) Print Copy of Where Slow Food and Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from our Kitchens to Yours

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And this is just from My Baking Heart! In addition to copies of the books and slow cookers, the co-editors of the book, Jennifer and Christine, are also giving away one prize of free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, one prize of free greens for a year from San Miguel and a potato prize pack from Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce including 40 pounds of potatoes and 1 Bamboo Bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet, 1 about potatoes booklet.

To see all of the amazing bloggers who participated in this cookbook and to find out where to go to enter again and again (and again!) to win all of these amazing prizes, visit Christine and Jennifer’s blogs.

To help get the word out about hunger and how our book is helping, we’re also having a bunch of twitter parties. Print copies of the cookbook will be given away at all of them and some will have extra prizes as well. A slow cooker might even appear!

Our main twitter party is September 18 at 9pm Eastern. Just follow #slowNwholeCookbook. We will also be joining Courntey Crozier, a former contestant from The Biggest Loser, for her weekly #justcrunchem twitter parties on September 11th, September 18th and September 25th from 8-9pm Eastern.

Be sure to enter my giveaway above, visit the other blogs and get those donations in!


Disclosure: This is a collaborative effort and compensation was provided in the form of a slow-cooker by Hamilton Beach; however, the photography & opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author. Giveaway prizes are sponsored by Hamilton Beach, San Miguel Produce, Grimmway Farms and Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce. Affiliate links included. Giveaway restricted to United States residents only; ends September 30th, 2014.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Renee September 8, 2014 at 7:29 am

Just stopping by to say “hey” from a fellow contributor to the book. It’s so exciting!!


2 suzi September 8, 2014 at 8:51 am

awesome giveaway-thanks!


3 Christine at Cook the Story September 8, 2014 at 10:06 am

I’m so delighted and grateful that you were able to be a part of this amazing project. Your recipe looks so delicious!


4 Jessica September 8, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Thank you so much for the opportunity, Christine! I’m so honored to work with this group of bloggers and to raise money & awareness for this cause!


5 Amanda Sakovitz September 8, 2014 at 11:52 am

I love to make chili!


6 Lisa Brown September 8, 2014 at 12:04 pm

i like to make chili in a slow cooker


7 Melanie Montgomery September 8, 2014 at 12:32 pm

My favorite is slow cooker hashbrown casserole


8 Natalie F September 8, 2014 at 1:31 pm

We do sloppy joes in the crock pot often, so good. I will have to try your Slow-Cooker Barbacoa Tacos. They look delicious. Very interested in this cookbook.


9 Karen D September 8, 2014 at 2:09 pm

I really like making vegetarian vegetable lasagna in the slow cooker


10 San Miguel Produce September 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Your dish looks fantastic! Thank you so much for doing this, and for including us in the project. It is our pleasure to support such a worthy cause.

Keep it green,

–Your friendly Southern California farmers at San Miguel Produce / Cut ‘N Clean Greens / Jade Asian Greens


11 Jessica September 9, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Thank YOU! 🙂


12 courtney b September 8, 2014 at 8:49 pm

i like a good potatoe pot roast !:) thank you so much! xoxo


13 Kelly Garcia September 9, 2014 at 9:20 am

My favorite slow cooker recipe is pork tenderloin. My kids love it also so tender and juicy.


14 Pam Krick Gurganus September 9, 2014 at 2:19 pm

My favorite slow cooker recipe is breakfast casserole.


15 Cálaeb Temple September 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

i like beef and potatoes in the slow cooker.


16 Tina W September 10, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Beef stew is a favorite here.


17 mita September 12, 2014 at 10:05 am

I like making vegetarian rice.


18 Barbara September 14, 2014 at 5:09 pm

We seniors of central Florida are grateful for your help. Thank you so much! (Most of us don’t use Facebook or Twitter though) I can barely fit enough in my cooker for the two of us and one neighbor; it is too small!


19 julianne September 15, 2014 at 10:16 am

BBQ pulled chicken! going to try some soups in it this fall.


20 Margot C September 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm

I like to make Martha stewart’s pot Roast in the slow cooker


21 christine j September 21, 2014 at 7:42 pm

I love to make chili in a slow cooker


22 Carolsue September 23, 2014 at 11:48 pm

Crockpot Lasagna is my favorite recipe


23 Leela September 29, 2014 at 3:02 am

Pot roast with vegetables.


24 SandyN September 29, 2014 at 10:44 am



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