Hello I’m Shannon aka Fit Slow Cooker Queen
I am a home cook living in Los Angeles with my husband and dog. When I got married in 2011, one of the wedding gifts I received was a slow cooker. I had heard of a ‘crock-pot’ before but I didn’t realize that Crock-Pot was a brand and I actually had actually received a slow cooker. Needless to say, my new slow cooker went straight into the pantry and sat in its box unopened. Fast forward 6 months and I found myself at my all-time highest weight. I refer to it as my wedding weight. Don’t get me wrong, this is not a weight loss blog; I have never been overweight. I went from a size 2 to 4. But I had gained almost 20 pounds of pure fat (very unhealthy) and my blood pressure was consistently high. Hypertension is prevalent in my family so I knew I had to embrace a healthier lifestyle. At the time I was an executive at Comcast working long hours away from home so finally took my slow cooker out the box. Pinterest became my best friend but I couldn’t believe how unhealthy most of the slow cooker recipes were. They all called for ‘cream of something’, pre-made mixes, loads of butter, artificial ingredients, high-sodium canned food, etc. Dissatisfied, I decided to start creating my own, healthy slow cooker recipes using mainly all-natural ingredients. I started making almost all my own meals and exercising regularly. Not even a month later I had dropped all that wedding weight but more importantly I was dedicated to my new lifestyle.
A few years ago the husband started competing in triathlons. One day while watching him compete, I got to talking with another ‘tri wife’ who introduced me to Whole30. After reading It Starts With Food, I (we) embarked on our first round of whole30 – no processed foods, no sweeteners, no grains, no soy, no legumes, no dairy, no alcohol….just what I needed. These days I mainly eat either whole30, paleo or low carb. It really depends on the day.
What You Will Find On This Blog
I love developing my own recipes and showing people healthy cooking can taste good. I don’t follow a particular diet so this blog contains a variety of healthy slow cooker & pressure cooker recipes that are paleo, whole30, low-carb, keto, etc. I even have recipes that use rice and pasta! There are several things that you won’t find here. No sugar. I don’t use sugar as an ingredient in any of my recipes. Instead you will find honey or a different type of sweetener. There also are no store-bought seasoning packets; I have tons of homemade seasoning blends that are made using common spices you probably already have. Now that electric pressure cookers (example brand is Instant Pot) are all the rage, most of my recipes now come with pressure cooker instructions as well.
To date I have published 3 slow cooker cookbooks:
The Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook is for busy people looking to make healthy meals they’ll be excited to eat. Stuffed with 125 recipes for delectable dishes requiring minimal prep time, this is the healthy slow cooker cookbook that teaches you how simple eating well can be. Every recipe is designed to create a complete, nutritionally balanced meal―no sides needed. Sink your teeth into mouthwatering favorites like steak fajitas, chicken pad thai, butternut squash risotto, and banana nut oatmeal. The Easy & Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook is the prep-and-go cookbook for every busy chef.
From Cheese Grits to Turkey Chili to Mongolian Beef―you can use the convenience of your slow cooker to spice up your low-sodium diet. The Low-Sodium Slow Cooker Cookbook makes it easy to enjoy time-saving meals that are high on flavor but low in sodium. With 100 recipes that require only 30 minutes or less to prep, The Low-Sodium Slow Cooker Cookbook is your best reference to prep, set, and forget about bland recipes on a low-sodium diet.
Eating a low-carb diet can be hard―but cooking for it doesn’t have to be. The Healthy Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook combines the convenience of your slow cooker with satisfying, low-carb recipes to lose weight and save energy cooking. From Sausage and Egg Scramble to Kale Lasagna to Beef Enchilada Casserole, this healthy slow cooker cookbook offers delicious, wholesome meals that have 20g of total carbs per serving. With 15-minute prep times for each recipe, The Healthy Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook makes losing weight as easy as tossing in ingredients―leaving your slow cooker to handle the rest of the heavy lifting.