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Cooking Light Cooking Light Slow Cooker - Fall 2020

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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Quarterly
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2 min.
masthead

EDITOR Anne C. Cain, MPH, MS, RDN DESIGN DIRECTOR Tempy Segrest PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTOR Paden Reich ART DIRECTOR Emily Johnson OPERATIONS EDITOR Diane Rose Keener CONTRIBUTING COPY EDITOR Jacqueline Giovanelli CONTRIBUTING PROOFREADER Susan Roberts McWilliams PHOTOGRAPHERS Caitlin Bensel, Victor Protasio PROP STYLIST Kay E. Clarke FOOD STYLIST Margaret Monroe Dickey ADDITIONAL CONTRIBUTORS Mary Claire Britton, Stephen DeVries, Thom Driver, Tami Hardeman, Katelyn Hardwick, Alison Miksch ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT Renae Mabie SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & GROUP PUBLISHER Mark Josephson mark.josephson@meredith.com MEREDITH PREMIUM PUBLISHING EDITORIAL ADMINISTRATION EDITORIAL DIRECTORS Jennifer Dorland Darling, Jill Waage CREATIVE DIRECTOR Michael D. Belknap ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Speer Ramundt BUSINESS MANAGER, EDITORIAL Cindy Slobaszewski LEAD BUSINESS OFFICE ASSISTANT Gabrielle Renslow DIRECTOR, MEREDITH FOOD STUDIOS Allison Long Lowery DIRECTOR, MEREDITH TEST KITCHEN Lynn Blanchard MEREDITH PREMIUM PUBLISHING VICE PRESIDENT & GROUP PUBLISHER Scott Mortimer VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING Jeremy Biloon EXECUTIVE ACCOUNT DIRECTOR Doug Stark DIRECTOR, BRAND MARKETING Jean Kennedy ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, BRAND MARKETING Bryan Christian SENIOR BRAND…

1 min.
editor’s letter

Most of you are likely familiar with the convenience of using a slow cooker, and it may already be your go-to appliance for satisfying, no-stress meals. But did you know that there are actually nutritional benefits to using a slow cooker? Slow cookers cook food at a low temperature (usually around 199˚F) for anywhere between 4 to 8 hours. Because of the lower temperature, the nutrients in the food remain more stable than in other methods of cooking. By virtue of being sealed in the slow cooker, any of the nutrients usually lost in the liquid from heat are simply reabsorbed into the meal. Cooking over a longer period of time can also increase flavor and reduce the need for added seasonings or sauces. Instead, the richness comes from spices and…

3 min.
what healthy means now

There is a lot of noise out there about what defines healthy eating—some of it rings true, while some of it is hype. For over three decades, Cooking Light has been a trusted source not only of reliable nutrition information but also of delicious ways to put that information into practice in the kitchen. So, what is the Cooking Light approach to healthy eating? ALL FOODS CAN FIT We want people to enjoy a variety of wholesome, nutritious foods that promote health. And while the focus is not specifically on weight loss, it is certainly possible to lose weight while using our recipes and following the healthy eating guidelines we suggest. MORE PLANT-BASED FOODS, LESS MEAT The recipes offer delicious ways to increase fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean sources of…

5 min.
slow cooker confidential

INSIDER TIPS Here are some tips for making the most of your slow cooker. Fill Correctly If you don’t have the slow cooker size recommended, and you want to use one that’s a bit smaller or larger, just remember that you should fill the cooker at least half full but no more than two-thirds full. Following this guideline will help the contents reach a safe internal temperature quickly and evenly. Even slow cookers of the same capacity vary significantly in the heat they produce and the speed at which they cook. So whatever size cooker you use, you’ll need to be familiar with how it works and modify your cook time accordingly. Go High or Low If you need to speed up or slow down the total cook time, here’s a formula that should help:…

10 min.
slow cooker menus

Menu Planning Tips 1. Keep sides simple. If you focus on the main dish, an easy salad or toasted bread is really all you need to round out the meal. 2. Simplify cleanup. Choose no-cook salads or sides, or sides that have minimal prep in the microwave so that you don’t mess up a lot of other pots and pans. 3. Take shortcuts. When possible, use prechopped, canned, or frozen veggies so you don’t have to spend time chopping and slicing. If you’re serving the slow-cooker mixture over rice, use a pouch of microwavable rice or other grain. 4. Pay attention to color and texture. Since most slow-cooker dishes have been simmered for hours, balance the meal with fresh, crisp, colorful salads and vegetables. 5. Pay attention to the cook time. Most slow-cooker recipes are…

12 min.
good morning

Gluten-Free Breakfast Banana Bread HANDS-ON 15 MIN. TOTAL 2 HR. 25 MIN. Use your favorite gluten-free flour for this slow-cooker version of classic banana-nut bread. If you don’t have a wire rack that fits the inside of your slow cooker, crumple sheets of aluminum foil to place in the cooker so that you can elevate the loaf pan above the bottom surface. 1¾ cups gluten-free all-purpose baking flour (about 7.5 oz.)1 tsp. baking soda½ tsp. salt1½ cups mashed ripe banana (from 4 bananas)⅔ cup turbinado sugar2 large eggs, lightly beaten⅓ cup canola oil½ cup chopped walnuts, toastedCooking spray1 cup warm water 1. Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine banana, sugar, eggs, and oil…