The Kitchen Prep: Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet | Cookbook + Slow Cooker Giveaway!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet | Cookbook + Slow Cooker Giveaway!

My Cuban Seafood Stew recipe, available in
Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet on Amazon!
As much as I think about food, you know what I rarely think about? Experiencing a lack of food. We've all joked about being "hangry" or casually throw around the phrase, "I'm starving!", but there are folks out there who struggle with getting enough to eat daily, and that's no laughing matter. Hunger is a real problem right here in our country -- 46 million Americans, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors, deal with hunger.

Having worked in low-income elementary schools as a teacher years ago, I saw firsthand examples of children and families that depended on the assistance of school programs and local charities to sustain themselves. It was a real eye-opener. And yet, as soon as I was removed from the daily reminder, it was easy for those real-life examples to fade into the back of my mind unless I happened to flip to a channel airing one of those heartbreaking commercials about starving children. It's shameful and I'm not proud of it, but I'm being honest.

Fall is a time when you see a lot of focus on this sort of public issue. I suspect it's because during the fall season we celebrate bounty, and giving and family. And when you reflect on the things you are lucky to have, sometimes you have a moment of clarity and realize not everyone is as fortunate... and that we should do more to help those who need it.

September, consequently, is Hunger Action Month. During this month, a nationwide campaign urges the public to take action on the issue of hunger.

I'm proud to finally be able to share this wonderful collaboration that I was invited to be a part of: Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet: Healthy Slow Cooker Dinners from Our Kitchen to Yours. It's a cookbook made up of healthy, affordable slow cooker recipes shared by a group of more than 30 fantastic bloggers.

The best part? Proceeds from the print version of the cookbook will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida! In addition, Feeding America food banks from across the country are giving the ebook version as a free gift to their donors; if YOU donate right now, you'll get your free ebook and the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping the cause... that's a win-win! :)

Guess what else? Oprah isn't the only one who likes to change the world and give things away. In celebration of this great collaboration, there are some really awesome giveaways going on that you can participate in. 

Starting with a giveaway for your very own slow cooker! 

Please tell me that you've owned one of these at some point. They're sort of life-changing. I mean, you throw stuff in a pot, put a lid on it, and when you get home at the end of a long day, it has done all the cooking for you. Without even burning down your house. That's better than some husbands can do. I'd say owning one is a necessity. {A slow cooker, that is. Not a husband.}

Anyway, if you don't have one or if you need a new one {or, heck, if you just want another because they're so darn fabulous}, our friends at Hamilton Beach are giving you the chance to win one. This is the one they're offering. It's pretty snazzy.

What else do you have for me, you ask? Well, it would sure help to have some mouthwatering recipes to go along with this fantastic contraption. So I'm giving away a print copy of the book, too! And so are all the other participating bloggers, thanks to our sponsors Grimmway Farms, San Miguel Produce & Old Oak Farms.

You can enter to win it here... the more tasks you complete, the more entries you get!

a Rafflecopter giveaway
And as if that weren't enough, the two talented ladies who have really pulled this project together, Christine from Cook the Story and Jennifer from Mother Thyme are hosting their own giveaways for some really great prizes from our sponsors, too. The prizes include free carrots for a year from Grimmway Farms, one prize of free greens for a year from San Miguel and a potato prize pack from Old Oak Farms by RPE Produce {including 40 pounds of potatoes and 1 Bamboo Bowl, 1 cutting board, 1 pepper mill, 1 measuring spoon set, 1 recipe booklet, 1 about potatoes booklet}. Um, whoa.

Ok, so let's recap. Here are all the ways you can get your own copy of Where Slow Food & Whole Food Meet:

1. DONATE and get a FREE ebook version of the cookbook.
2. ENTER TO WIN a Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker AND the print version of the cookbook through my Rafflecopter widget above.
3. PARTICIPATE in one of several Twitter chats for a chance to win a print version of the cookbook. {Scroll to the bottom of Christine's post for information about the Twitter chat dates!}
4. VISIT the other bloggers' sites and check out the ways they're offering the book.
5. PURCHASE the cookbook on Amazon & help end hunger!

Here are the links to their blogs and the names of the recipes they contributed to the cookbook!

Broccoli and Cheese Potato Soup from Big Bear's Wife
Chicken, Potato and Barley Stew from Magnolia Days
Autumn Apple Chicken Sandwiches from Chocolate & Carrots
Pumpkin, Chicken and Spinach Tortellini Soup from An Edible Mosaic
Thai Coconut Curry Beef and Broccoli from Food Faith Fitness
Chicken Burrito Bowls from Two Healthy Kitchens
Barbacoa Tacos from My Baking Heart
Balsamic Orange Roast Beef from a farmgirl's dabbles
Cuban Seafood Stew from The Kitchen Prep
Chinese Beef and Broccoli from Very Culinary
Pork Meatballs in Marinara Sauce from Savvy Eats
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic from Around My Family Table
Tex-Mex Scalloped Potato and Carrot Dinner from Cook the Story
Cuban Black Bean Soup from Food n' Focus
Macaroni and Cheese With Sugar Snap Peas from Brooklyn Farm Girl
Sweet and Spicy Carnitas from Cravings of a Lunatic
Pork Tenderloin Florentine from All Day I Dream About Food
Thai Pork with Vermicelli Salad from Jane's Adventures in Dinner
Mango Chicken from Stetted
Creamy Buffalo Chicken from Mother Thyme
Spiced Lentil Stew from Je suis alimentageuse
Harvest Chili from WonkyWonderful
Whole Tuscan Chicken from The Little Kitchen
Vegetarian Pumpkin White Chili from Kitchen Treaty
Sweet Italian Sausage and Peppers from Sweet Remedy
Chicken Cacciatore from Poet in the Pantry
Lentil, Sausage and Kale Stew from Jeanette's Healthy Living
Italian Beef Sandwiches from Yummy Healthy Easy
Butternut Squash Vegetarian Chili from Nutmeg Nanny

Phew!! That was a LOT of information! But the most important little tidbit I hope you take away is the fact that if we all band together, we can help those who need it. And as comforting as slow cooker meals can be, there's no thought more comforting than that.

If you made it to the end, thanks for reading... now go get your slow cookin' on! :)


LyndaS said...

Your Cuban stew looks amazing!

Christine at Cook the Story said...

Thank you so much for collaborating on this project! Your recipe looks absolutely amazing!

San Miguel Produce said...

Your dish looks fantastic! Thank you so much for doing this, and for including us in the project. It is our pleasure to support such a worthy cause.

Keep it green,

--Your friendly Southern California farmers at San Miguel Produce / Cut 'N Clean Greens / Jade Asian Greens

Karen Delaney said...

Looks great! Great project! Love this stew

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