200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes: Healthy Dinners That Are Ready When You Are!

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God bless the slow cooker! There¡¯s no denying that this kitchen staple of the 60s, 70s and 80s is back with an updated look and a fierce following, but isn¡¯t it time somebody saved us from the same old carb-heavy recipes it¡¯s known for? Dana Carpender to the rescue! No stranger to the busy lifestyle (after all, she penned the bestselling 15-Minute Low Carb Recipes, didn¡¯t she?) low-carb maven Carpender offers up a host of delectable nearly carb free "fix it and forget it" recipes for anyone with just enough time to throw dinner in the slow cooker before rushing out for a full day of hustle and bustle. You¡¯ll find:

Maple-Glazed Corned Beef with Vegetables

Chicken Minestrone

Curried Chicken with Coconut Milk

Pork Roast with Apricot Sauce

Lemon-Mustard Salmon Steaks

...and much, much more

Customer Reviews:

  • Finally Slow Cooker Dinners My Picky Husband Will Enjoy
    I first got Dana Carpender's 500 Recipes book > 1 year ago. Then I got the 15 minute book, I use it the most as I work FT & my husband does not eat left overs but I do for lunch the next day. I am low carbing but my husband is not, does not believe in such ideas--"It's Just A Fad" he says (where have we heard that before hmmm). I have fixed several of the main dishes including: Pineapple Pork Loin, Pork w/Apricots, Chicken Chile Verde, 3 Minute Roast (quicker in the 15 minute book), & several others. Only one has not been successful, we did not like the I've Got a Life Chicken, but it might have been my brands of ingredients. Making the Traditional Pork Roast tonight.

    Dana's books are fabulous but if I were to try just one the 15 minute book has some slow cooker recipes but the slow cooker one has few quick recipes.
    Beth the Kitchen Klutz (if I can make it work, I know you can, too)...more info
  • The essence of convenience, nutrition and soul satisfaction
    Dana Carpender has made a serious study of adapting classic recipes from around the world to work with modern low carb diets. In this latest offering, 200 Low-Carb Slow Cooker Recipes, she proves once again that you don't need refined grains and sugars to enjoy healthful, satisfying food - no matter your culinary traditions or meat of preference. The key is quality ingredients, simply prepared.

    Dana Carpender is a believer in keeping it simple and freshly prepared whenever possible. None of the ingredients were hard to find at my supermarket except perhaps the low-carb imitation honey that shows up in a few recipes. Of the dozen or so main dish recipes I tested in 200 LCSCR I can honestly say that seven were big hits with my family, a few were just okay and just one was bad. All of them cooked on time and just as predicted. There were some very satisfying desserts toward the end, with several variations on cheesecakes and custards that turn out splendidly in my slow cooker. Although I do not normally have a use for appetizer recipes, there is even a section for that - which contains an outstanding hot artichoke dip.

    I am impressed with the author's diligence in keeping most recipes under 10 grams of net carbs per serving. Dana really does stick to the universal "rules" of low carb dieting; lots of veggies and meats, occasional artificial sweetening, a sprinkling of fruits now and then and a bare representation of grains and sugars -- and only when absolutely necessary for flavor, never as filler. She is good at innovating more nutritious subs for common starchy side dish ingredients; fauxtatoes (cauliflower) and mashed turnips are big players at her low carb table. Eat the 200 LCSCR way and you will probably have better, more varied natural nutrition than ever before in your typical American diet.

    The recipes for lc condiments & sauces are a big bonus to those of us who suffer from sticker shock at the supermarket's low carb pricing practices. Readers of her other lc recipe books may find some of these items familiar, but hey, it is convenient to have them all in one place. And as for convenience, well...slow cooking is the essence of convenience to modern time-challenged dieters.

    Did I make it sound as if this book is one of the best kept secrets for low carbers? I hope so, because it is.
    -Andrea, aka Merribelle.
    ...more info
  • Excellent Companion Volume
    This is a great addition to the Carpender Low Carb Library. I have been trying to adapt slow cooker recipes for awhile and never really mastered it. After trying just 3 of Dana's recipes, I see she obviously has. The Simple Meatloaf is superb. Enjoy!...more info
  • Actually quite good, even if you don't do low-carb
    This is a really nice collection of slow cooker recipes. Since they've been modified for low-carb eating, you won't find a bunch of recipes calling for "cream of whatever" soup mix. What I like most about this collection is the recipes aren't all really high in calories. Sure, some of them are, but there is quite a variety and I appreciate that.

    Most of the recipes call for about 8 ingredients. Some ask for more, a few call for less. They are mostly simple, with a few "worth the extra steps" recipes thrown in.

    I think any home cook can find a few things to like or love here. You don't have to be on any special diet to enjoy these recipes....more info
  • awesome low carb cookbook
    finally a cookbook that truly is LOW carb (not these articles that give you a 30 carb per meal "low carb" title) these are delicious, easy and most under 15 carbs per meal! i would definitely recommend this book to anyone doing low carb / diabetic cooking and sick of making chicken every night:) ...more info
  • They don't all taste the same.
    Sick of crockpot recipes all tasting the same? This recipe book for slow cookers avoids this with plenty of low carb recipes perfect for anyone on a low-carb eating plan....more info
  • Not good for South Beach Dieters
    I gave this one star without even trying a recipe. While this book has a good variety of recipes which are "low carb", if you are following South Beach, don't buy it! It uses lots of butter, cream and fatty meats! I will be returning my copy....more info
  • Just Wonderful!
    Dana Carpender never fails to bring you delicious recipes for "every" low carb(LC)lifestyle. You will find this book versatile with a garden of recipe choices you never thought could be done in a slow cooker! Everything from hot dips to desserts (yes desserts) that will leave you asking "are you sure this is low carb"? She is a gift to those of us who know LC is the magic bullet we've all been looking for... I've lost over 100lbs eating Atkins LC and doing moderate exercise (1hr/3-5x/wk) and Dana's recipes have been my saving grace! This book is worth every penny and praised for every delicious morsel I've consumed while keeping every one of those 100 pounds "lost"!

    *Please note optimal weight loss occurs through maintaining an intake of 20 carbs or less "until" you have reached your weight loss goal, after that gradually increase carb intake to find your optimal carb count then stay there to maintain your goal weight* Very easy to do using the recipes in this book-yes even the desserts! As far as exercise, I didn't even exercise the first few months and I stil lost weight rather quickly. Exercise will speed you throught the process and of course tighten up your body; for me it equated to about 6-7lbs a week while I was very over weight, and 4-5lbs a week as I got smaller. Also keep it healthy - don't buy the processed LC snack foods, make them using Dana's recipes (see 500 low carb recipes and 500 more low carb recipes by this author for extensive choices), they taste better and don't have cancer causing partially hydrogenated oils! Very - very important to cut from your diet! Good luck and I hope this review is helpful. ...more info
  • My favorite cookbook!
    This is my new favorite cookbook. The author includes a lot of good basic information about choosing and using the slow-cooker which I found very helpful. The recipes are of varying degress of difficulty so you can pick and choose based on how much prep time you have available. A wide variety of ingredients and combinations are used which avoids the old crock pot problem of everything tastng essentially the same. In fact, something magical happens to the flavors Carpender has combined: one recipe that I thought sounded terrible was the pork and rutabaga recipe. It is so amazing that I make it almost every week. Another benefit of this book is that (unlike most books I've peeked into) these recipes are truly low-carb. ...more info
  • Disappointing
    I tried two recipes and I didn't like the taste of the meals. It had nothing to do with the technicalities of the recipe but it is the style of food - it was stodgey and tasted like canned food....more info
  • some excellent recipes.
    I'm going to rate this as a 5 star because, with one exception, everything I've made from this book has been excellent. The only exception was the walnuts and blue cheese snack recipe. The instructions say to stir halfway through the cooking time (on low) which is about 90 minutes into the cooking. By then, the bottom layer of nuts was already burned beyond recognition. The remainder were greasy and not really palatable. But the others were REAL WINNERS, so I can forgive one blunder....more info
  • Good, not great
    I found about 10 or 15 recipes that I would actually use, and have tried a few and they were very good. Maybe that is par for the course with cookbooks , and considering the reasonable cost I'm not complaining. I'm happy to find some interesting, low carb recipes, for a slow cooker....more info
  • 200 low carb
    great book, think i will be trying several recipes. Dana's advice and humor are encouraging when discouragement lurks at the door....more info
  • Okay - Not Great
    I've seen many of the recipes this book contains on various Low-Carb websites. I've tried a couple and wasn't thrilled. If I'd been able to look through the book before purchasing it I probably would NOT have bought it....more info
  • YUM
    I already love my slow cooker and this cook book just makes me love it even more. So far I have tried about 15 recipies and the whole family loved them....more info
  • Slow Cooker Recipes
    Thia book has alot of really great recipes. I real time saver !! A must have for Low Carbers...more info
  • Another great Dana endeavor
    My wife and I love everything this lady writes.
    She is an excellent spokesperson for the low carb lifestyle.
    Thanks, Dana.
    Keep up the great work.
    It is appreciated....more info
  • Is this another Dana recipe, mom?
    We're a careful carbing family and I have used and enjoyed Dana's other books. This one on slow cooking is super and is a real hit with my sons, ages 21 and 18, both very active college students. They say they want slow cookers and the recipe books when they move out! When I try something new, they ask, "Is this another Dana recipe?" Usually it is! If you've tried slow cooking before, whether you low carb or not, but have been disappointed with the results, give Dana's recipes a chance. They will probably change your mind about slow cooking while saving you time and money and getting you out of the fast (food) (drive thru) lane and into REAL, healthy eating. ...more info
  • What I think about this book
    It has a lot of neat recipes in it! My husband is the "low-carber" in our family, and he has said that some of them need a little more flavor, usually salt. I've really enjoyed her unique recipes; out-of-the-ordinary seasonings like curry powder, I enjoy that. And some of them are just so darn easy, I love using it! Healthy yet convenient are my two favorite characteristics of recipe books. Thank you Dana!...more info
  • Great food, no matter if you do low-carb or not
    It's been said that a sauce can make a meal--in the sense that a great sauce can make ordinary food seem extraordinary. And if you think about it, what do you really pay for when you eat at a nice restaurant? --A nice sauce, a nice presentation, and a nice atmosphere. But when do we all have time to do this at home?

    While we may not go to all this trouble most of the time at home, using a slow cooker makes it easy to at least have a nice sauce to go with the meat and vegatables. With Dana's book along with "The Everyday Low-Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook: Over 120 Delicious Low-Carb Recipes That Cook Themselves", I feel a lot more like I'm eating out at home.

    Before buying these two books, we almost never used our slow cooker. Now we use it two or three times a week and enjoy our evening meals a lot more....more info
  • This Book Sounds Like A Real Artery Clogger!
    The five-star reviews sound like biased raves from members of the Dana Carpender Fan Club, while other reviews helpfully warn that many of the recipes, while low-carb, use lots of butter and beef, which make them high cholesterol meaning they're most definitely NOT for me! Sounds like it's a cookbook for the Atkins crowd. (Does anyone even DO Atkins anymore?) ...more info
  • They're in lots of your favorite processed foods, so how bad could they be?
    Quote from page 18:

    Guar and xanthan gums - These sound just dreadful, don't they. But they're in lots of your favorite processed foods, so how bad could they be?


    If I had known that the author uttered the line above or relies on the use of artificial sweetners (Splenda and imitation honey), I never would've bought the book.

    The whole point of using a slow cooker is to use natural food and spices/herbs/condiments to create healthy, home-cooked meals. Not to take baby-steps away from processed foods.

    I think the author is misguided. Low carb does not mean "get rid of all the natural carbs and replace with artificial substitutes". It means lessen their amount in proportion to the other ingredients.

    If it wasn't for the over-reliance of Splenda and Guar/Xanthan, I would rate this book much higher, as the recipes sound very good. However, my experience suggests that cornstarch offers a small amount of carbs for an ingredient already conveniently stocked in most kitchens.

    Glibness suggest ignorance, and lowers my opinion of the author in spite of her best efforts elsewhere in the book.
    ...more info
  • 200 low carb slow cooker recipes
    The book is what I expected which serves my needs. I am well satisfied with the book and with the quick delivery....more info
  • Pretty Good
    The recipes i tried so far came out good. beware the chili salsa is very salty. but its a good low carb cookbook. ...more info
  • Dana does it again!
    This is the cookbook I've anxiously awaited from Dana Carpender. I've loved all her other ones, but couldn't wait to see what wonderful things she would do with a slow cooker. Even though I work from home and have time to prepare meals, I love the all day cooking smell and no fuss, no muss benefits of crockpot cooking. The first recipe I tried was Braised Pork with Fennel, a real winner! Then I made Slow Cooker Pulled Pork -- fabulous. Detecting a pattern? If you hate eating dry, tasteless pork chops and roasts, Dana's new book is for you. She shows you how to make meals fit for company using cheap cuts of meat. Be prepared for some surprises, too. Snack mix in a slow cooker? You have to try it to believe it. As always, you need to read this one cover to cover. This lady has a real sense of humor!...more info
  • Dana Is My Heroine!
    I recently bought this cookbook, and already own her Carb Counter, 500 Low Carb Recipes, and 15 Minute Low Carb Recipes. I love her writing style, and she's "been there, done that", as far as low-carbing goes. I have never made something that I didn't like from her books, and the recipes are easy to follow ~ I am no fancy cook. The Teriyaki Ribs were so good my DH wants me to do this instead of grilling them! I made her coleslaw recipe from the 500 Low Carb Recipes to go with it, and my family was in love, and I am the only low-carber in the bunch! I think the best testament to Dana I can give is, I ordered the other three cookbooks of hers I didn't have, today. I have gotten rid of any other author's LC cookbooks I have, as well. You ROCK, Dana!!!...more info
  • 3 Strikes your Out
    I don't usually write reviews, but had to speak out about this book. I I really enjoy using my slow cooker (and use it a lot) and was very excited to try the recipes in this book. I made 3 recipes from this book, the kashmir lamb, the chicken in coconut milk and Hot Asian Pork Ribs. Not one of the recipes turned out well enough to say I would make them again. The taste just wasn't there in these recipes. The descriptions on how good they were was way off in my opinion. Word of warning on the lamp shanks, they smell awful when cooking on low which I was not aware of. We ended up throwing the whole dinner out because of the smell alone. ...more info
  • Lots of Great Recipes!!
    I really enjoyed this book. Lots of ideas and nothing too complicated. Great for busy households who are also worried about weight. The whole family likes the recipes....more info
  • No Canned Cream of [Blank] Soup!
    This is the only slow cooker cookbook I've actually not returned after reviewing and the best low-carb cookbook I've purchased. I've tried the "Broccoli-Bacon-Colby Quiche," "Mom's 1960s Chicken, Redux," and the "Mochaccino Cheesecake." All have been suberb! So good in fact I recently recommended the cookbook to my Mother, who is a gourmet chef who doesn't eat low-carb but just got a slow cooker. It's that good!...more info
  • So easy, so nice!!!
    I have a busy life, and with this book, I get awesome ideas for fantastic dishes that take little time to prepare, and then it cooks while I'm on the go. Coming home to a finished meal is great. No messing with preparation when I'm already fried from a long day!!!!...more info
  • Love this book
    I have all of Dana's books, but this is the one I use the most. I use my crock pot 2-3 times a week and have only been disappointed with 1 recipe (and I have made almost all of them). Everything else I have loved. Our favorite is chicken paprikash. I shred it with a fork and serve it over mashed celery root. This is the only slow cooker recipe book I use, and I just love it. I would recommend it to anyone looking for easy to prepare low carb meals....more info
  • Very Disappointing
    After four tries I have disliked every recipe from this book. They are awful and/or too weird to eat. No doctoring can be done. I've dumped them all. The meat dishes are dry and tough, from a slow cooker! I have other slow cooker books that produce great meals, and I've made up my own with much better results. Don't waste your money....more info
  • excellent even for those not pushed for time
    I have recently discovered slow cooking and this book is fantastic, even though i have more time to cook in the oven i find the process of slow cooking so much more tasty and it makes the meat more tender. A favourite at the momment is the sweet and sour pork, suitably de carbed off course, I have got into the habit off putting the slow cooker onlate at night and then having the food ready to take as a packed lunch in the morning. Pot poasts which i never managed to get just right are now meltingly beautiful, Dana as usual provides a wonderful cookbook...more info
  • Still trying them out
    I would give this a five star review but I am still trying out the recipes and I am not sure about all of them.
    The only downside is that she includes some repeats from previous books since I have the others I feel they are redundant but since they are great recipes I accept it.
    If you need to have low carb foods ready in a hurry then this is NOT for you but for slow cooker use all that I have tried have worked beautifully and don't require an inordinate ammount of preparation time.
    ...more info
  • Low Carb Slow Cooker Cookbook
    A lovely book. It's hard to find low carb recipes for slow cookers. Be sure to know where you can buy things like soy flour and unique low carb cooking supplies....more info


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