Book Review: Snack Girl to the Rescue & Slow Cooker Recipe!
By Lesley Baradel
We met Lisa on our recent trip to General Mills headquarters. She sent us a free copy of her book to review though all thoughts and opinions are our own.
When was the last time you read a funny recipe book? Umm, let’s see — Never! At least that was what I was thinking when I read Snack Girl to the Rescue by Lisa Cain — better known as “The Snack Girl” from Snack-Girl.com.
Snack Girl to the Rescue starts off with her story in a section called “Encouragement and Guidance,” which ended up being my favorite section of the book (yes, even over the recipes section if you can believe that). This section was just so “real.” It was fun to read because of Lisa’s witty humor and there were so many little stories in there that most of us can relate to but never really talk about out loud. Her raw honesty keeps you engaged and waiting for her next “funny.” She pokes fun at the crazy diet fads and also enlightens us on some of the marketing techniques that companies use to get us to buy their products.
The book contains recipes not just for snacks but also for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The recipes have simple ingredients, instructions, and nutrition analysis. She does throw in some good hi-level nutrition tips to keep people on track with simple lifestyle choices that make a difference. I liked her tips on picking out a healthy cereal since the cereal aisle is jam packed with unhealthy choices. If you are seeking to lose weight or live a healthier lifestyle, find a registered dietitian nutritionist or connect with us for personalized nutrition counseling.
Lisa recently posted a recipe on her blog for Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken. I made it for my family with a few dietitian modifications and they loved it. This recipe will be featured in our August menu so look forward to some good eats your family will love.
Here is the recipe — with a few tweaks and a new nutrition analysis.
Place chicken breast in 6-quart slow cooker. Mix honey, soy sauce, hoisin sauce, garlic, onion, and ¼ cup water in a small bowl. Whisk thoroughly and pour over chicken and cook 4-5 hours on low setting or until chicken is cooked through.
After cooking, remove chicken breast from slow cooker and chop or shred.
If you want to thicken the sauce, pour sauce into saucepan. Dissolve corn starch in 2 tablespoons of cold water then add to saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to thicken for several minutes. Pour the sauce over the chicken.
Serve over brown rice and top with green onions and sesames seeds as garnish.
Make Ahead: This is a great recipe to make ahead. When doing so, pour the sauce into a separate container from the chicken and skip step 3. The sauce will harden in the refrigerator. You can then heat and serve the sauce over the chicken when you are ready to eat.
Chef’s Note: Re-purpose the leftovers from this meal into another meal by making fried rice. In a large wok or skillet, heat up one 1 teaspoon of canola oil. Scramble an egg then push the egg to the side. Heat up another teaspoon of oil, add frozen Asian vegetable stir fry mix and stir fry for a few minutes. Then add cooked rice (leftover rice that is already chilled works better) and continue to stir fry for about 5 minutes. Add the leftover chicken and continue cooking until heated through.
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 13g4%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.