Creating fragrant, tantalizing Indian, Thai and Vietnamese dishes right in the comfort of your own home, even when pressed for time, has never been easier! Going out for this type of fare can be expensive, and the dishes can be made affordably in your own kitchen with the help of a slow cooker. Just released this month, The 150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and more Slow Cooker Recipes by Sunil Vijayakar an exciting array of vegetable, fish, poultry, meat and rice dishes to suit every palate. The cookbook contains mostly curry recipes in all forms, from main dishes to side dishes. Slow cookers and curries really are a perfect match made in culinary heaven, because slow cooking spices allows them to gradually release their essential oils and fragrance, creating tantalizing and aromatic sauces while even the most economical cuts of meat becomes succulent and tender.

The wonderfully varied collection also includes more than 40 recipes for rice, chickpeas, lentils, beans and peas, in addition to tasty curries, such as these vegetarian delights:

  • South Indian Mango Curry
  • Thai Red Curry with Pumpkin
  • Cumin Potato Curry
  • Channa Masala
  • Spiced Eggplant Dhal
  • Saffron Rice
  • Creamy Spinach & Tomato Dahl

You’ll also find delicious and creative twists on accompaniments, such as Apple & Mango Chutney or Chile & Tomato Chutney, along with slow cooker know-how such as preparing various types of food for the slow cooker. You’ll delight in the authentic, sumptuous dishes, not to mention the vast amount of time you’ll save in the kitchen.

Making its’ debut this March 2012, The 150 Best Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and more Slow Cooker Recipes can be purchased online at and found at Barnes and Noble stores nationwide.

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It’s easy to get your recommended servings of veggies and fruits per day during National Nutrition Month with this smoothie-licious cookbook by Britt Allen Brandon! Serving up a quick, healthy way to consume fruits and vegetables every day, What Color is Your Smoothie? From Red Berry Roundup to Super Smart Purple Tart—300 Recipes for Vibrant Health offers exciting combinations that are delightfully simple to whip up!

Inside this new cookbook readers will find delicious, easy-to-make recipes such as:

Strawberry Guava Smoothie—bright red guava is packed with vitamins A and C. It also contains heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids and belly-filling fiber

Clever Carrots with Spice—orange carrots are full of beta-carotene which prevents cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular disease

Pineapple Banana Cream—yellow bananas are rich with carotenoids which can decrease the likelihood of lung cancer

Spicy Spinach Smoothie—dark green veggies contain phytochemicals which can protect our eyes by keeping your retina strong

Blueberry Blast Smoothie—blue and purple foods contain flavonoids which help prevent short-term memory loss

Mom” and her daughter start their day every morning with a peanut butter and “jelly” smoothie, so this new cookbook is definitely shaking things up in the kitchen! Organized by color, it is easy to find one that includes a fruit or vegetable you are wishing to enjoy that day! One of the recipes that looks intriguing for breakfast is the Wake Up and Smell the Smoothie!

Wake Up and Smell the Smoothie


2 oranges, peeled and deseeded

2 bananas, peeled

1 1/2 cups coconut milk

1 cup ice


1. In a blender, combine the oranges, bananas, and 1 cup coconut milk with 1/2 cup ice, and blend until thoroughly combined.

2. While blending, add remaining coconut milk and ice until desired consistency is achieved.

What Color is Your Smoothie? From Red Berry Roundup to Super Smart Purple Tart—300 Recipes for Vibrant Health (Adams Media, a division of F+W Media, Inc.; March 2012) by Britt Allen Brandon, CFNS, CPT, with Nicole Cormier, RD, LDN can be ordered online at Adams Media Store.

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Heard of agave nectar, but just not sure how to use it or what it is? Chef Stephen Richards, author of Delicious Meets Nutritious and BetterBody Foods CEO, has developed Xagave, a complete sugar replacement, for all of your cooking, baking, and sweetening needs. What is Xagave? It is a low glycemic food (meaning it will not spike your blood sugar levels) that is a Premium Blend of Agave Nectar derived from organic Agave Salmiana (White Agave) and organic inulin from Agave Tequilana (Blue Agave). Certified USDA Organic, Xagave nectar contains no absolutely no artificial sweeteners or additives. In addition, it has been processed at very low temperatures so it qualifies as a raw food. Raw foodists everywhere will rejoice! For those who wish to incorporate Xagave into their daily life, delving into Delicious Meets Nutritious is a phenomenal resource! Filled with family favorites, such as Banana (Nut) Bread, Bourbon Mashed Sweet Potatoes (who needs brown sugar?!), and Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Chef Stephen Richards introduces you to a whole new way of enjoying food without the added sugar and calories. In fact, you will not even miss it!

What “Mom” has found is that cooking with Xagave actually makes some of the normally drier baked goods, such as breads or cakes, much more moist and delectable. Her favorite so far? The Whole Wheat Carrot Pineapple Cake! YUM!

To learn more about the health benefits of Xagave, or to order a copy of Delicious Meet Nutritious, which currently arrives with a free 25 oz. bottle of Xagave, please visit

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