Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Modern Alternative Mama Cookbook Review

When Modern Alternative Mama, Kate, asked me to review one of her cookbooks, I jumped at the chance.  There are so many myths about food and what is good for you and what is not.  Kate breaks it down for you and gives you great info about what is REALLY good for you!

It was difficult to choose from her list of cookbooks, but I decided to review "Real Food Basics: Family-Favorite Recipes.  Real-Food Style."  All the recipes have short lists of ingredients and are definitely things that would be considered "Family-Favorites" like Kate says.

Choosing a recipe to make wasn't too difficult!  They all sounded wonderful!  I chose the Chicken Marinade so I could cook the chicken in my slow cooker! :)  Did you know making your own marinades are SUPER easy?!  Kate gives you a super simple tip in her cookbook on making your own. This marinade was wonderful.  My chicken turned out super tender and incredibly flavorful!  It was seriously perfect! Did I mention how incredibly easy it was to make this?  It literally only took maybe 5 minutes.  My family really enjoyed it!

Kate has graciously agreed to let me share the Chicken Marinade recipe with you!  Yay!

Chicken Marinade
(From "Real Food Basics: Family-Favorite Recipes.  Real-Food Style.)

Juice of 1 Lemon (or 2 Tbsp. of another acid, like Apple Cider Vinegar - which is what I used)
1 cup of water (or as needed to cover the chicken)
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped (I used Tastefully Simple Garlic Garlic in place of this)
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. sea salt (I used Kosher Salt instead because I don't have sea salt)
1/2 tsp. thyme (or basil)
1/4 tsp. sage

Here's how I did it since I make everything in my slow cooker!  
Mix all ingredients together right in your slow cooker.  

Place 1-2 lb. of chicken into your Crock and the marinade.  (I used boneless skinless chicken thighs)

Let it marinate overnight in the refrigerator.  
The next morning, place your crock into your slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.

Now, ready for some GREAT news?!  One of my lucky readers is going to WIN a FREE copy of Real Food Basics!

To Enter:
  • Click here to visit Modern Alternative Mama. and view the table of contents.  Tell me which recipe you would most like to make by leaving a comment below here on the blog.  (This is mandatory.) Be sure to leave your email address along with your name so I can contact you if you are a winner!

This giveaway will end Sunday, Dec. 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The winner will be picked through random.org and will be contacted by email on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.

If you don't want to wait and want to buy this book now, I have more exciting news for you!  We have a special coupon code for 25% off the book!  All you have to do is Click here to visit Modern Alternative Mama. and type in the code CROCK25 at checkout.  This code will expire 12/23/11.

Good luck!

The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. I was provided with a free copy of the cookbook to review, but was not compensated in any other way for my opinions.
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