Everyday Mom's Meals: Good- for- You Everyday Meals Day 1 {A Review and Giveaway}

Monday, March 3, 2014

Good- for- You Everyday Meals Day 1 {A Review and Giveaway}

Welcome to Gooseberry Patch week on EMM! I'm so excited to share this latest cookbook with you from my good friends at GP, and can't wait to show you just a few yummy recipes you can find in their newest cookbook gem.

Good-for-You Everyday Meals...you know when I read that title, it was like kismet! What better title for your Everyday Mom to dive into and cook my way through!

So, every day this week I will be featuring recipes from this newest title in my collection, each one more delicious than the next!

With everything from starters and main dishes, to sides, salads, snacks and desserts, it has something for everyone!

Each section has so many yummy things to choose from, it was hard to pick only a few to share with ya'll. Believe me, there are enough pages "dog-earred" in my copy, I could share a different one each day, and not finish for months! But I decided the best one to begin with would be something for breakfast!

When I saw this recipe I knew it would be perfect for a busy weekend when we had a lot going on. Why? because it would cook itself while I slept, and breakfast would be waiting on us when we got up Sunday morning. But think about how great that would be on a busy weekday morning when you're rushing around for work and school too! In fact, I think this would also be wonderful to cook on Sunday, cool it down, and keep in the fridge to reheat for breakfast all week long!

I had never tried the steel cut oats before, but had heard they were perfect for the Crock Pot. They hold up really well to slow cooking, and make for a hearty, comforting way to start your day. Oh, and let me just tell you...the house is going to smell amazing when you cook these, which makes crawling out of bed just a little bit easier!

If your mornings are super crazy, but you still want something warm to send your family on its way, this would be absolutely perfect! Oh, and the great folks at Gooseberry Patch have included a copy of Good-for-You Everyday Meals for one lucky EMM fan too! Just scroll down to find the giveaway! And be sure to come back Wednesday and Friday to see what other scrumptious things I made!

Overnight Apple-Cinnamon Oats
Found on page 25, Contributed by Dana Rowan Spokane, WA
2 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
2 c. milk
1 1/2 c. water
1/2 c. unsweetened applesauce
1 c. steel-cut oats, uncooked
1/4 c. brown sugar, packed
1 TBS butter, diced
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
Garnish: maple syrup, milk, applesauce, chopped walnuts, raisins, dried cranberries, etc.

Spray a Crock Pot with non stick spray. Add all ingredients except garnish. Stir. Cover and cook on LOW for about 7 hours. If desired, stir in a little more milk or water for desired consistency. Spoon into bowl, garnish as wanted. Makes 6 servings
*NOTE* After 7 hours, mine had scorched just a bit on the sides, so I probably would do 6 hours next time. If you have a programmable slow cooker, I'm sure it wouldn't do this. Also included with this recipe is this great tip, which I just had to share: Fill a muffin tin with yummy oatmeal toppings...making it easy for everyone to help themselves!

Shown here garnished with maple syrup and dried cranberries

Shared on The Country Cook Mar. 7, 2014


1. This contest is open to US Residents 18 and older ONLY.

2. The winner will be chosen by Random.org 

3. The winner will be notified by email and Facebook. He/she will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. 

4. When leaving comments for entries, they MUST BE SEPARATE ones AND include an email address so it's easy for me to find the winner. If entries are together, it will only count as (1) and if no email, entry will not be considered.

5. If any of the extra entries are items you are already doing, please just remind me!

6. Contest Ends: Friday March 14, 2014

(1) Lucky Winner will receive:
(1) copy of
Mandatory Entry:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite good-for-you dish!

Extra Entry:
1. Become a Gooseberry Patch fan on Facebook. Leave me a comment when you have. 

2.  Follow Gooseberry Patch on Twitter. Leave a comment saying you've done so.

3. Follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest. Leave me a comment when you have. 


Disclaimer: I was given a free cookbook and one to give away to a fan for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Anonymous said...

Wow I love oatmeal and really want to try your crockpot overnight oatmeal. That would have to be my favorite. betcrawford@verizon.net

Merrilyn said...

My favorite good for dish is a lasagna recipe from Taste of Home that has been lightened up. Uses cottage cheese and is delicious. Mlrutledge@cox.net

LaDeana said...


Making this with the kids this weekend. *hint* Use a slow cooker liner for easy clean ups. This could also help with the scorching problem you ran into. :-)

Lisa said...

Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats


LaDeana said...

I am a Gooseberry fan on facebook


LaDeana said...

I also follow Goosberry on Pintrest. One of the best and reliable recipe sites out there.


Anonymous said...


My favorite healthy item is a Strawberry Smoothie


Christy C. said...

Crock pot oatmeal - lifesaving for our earlymmorning starts! Thanks for the opportunity!

Christy C. said...

Liked Gooseberry Patch on Facebook!

Christy C. said...

And following Gooseberry Patch on Interest!

Anonymous said...

A "loaded" green salad is the greatest! Shirley at somewhereseein@yahoo.com

Connie Lee said...

My favorite good for you meal is a chef salad with grilled chicken. lclee59@centurylink.net

Connie Lee said...

I am a fan of Gooseberry Patch on facebook. (Connie Bolick Lee) lclee59@centurylink.net

Connie Lee said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on twitter. (ConnieBolickLee) lclee59@centurylink.net

Connie Lee said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest. (cmblee) lclee59@centurylink.net

Anonymous said...

Lots of great big salads with all kinds of veg. added, green beans, roasted beets a little leftover chicken or steak & a little olive oil & balsamic vinegar.

Anonymous said...

I'm following Gooseberry on FB

Anonymous said...

I'm following Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest

dmh5858 said...

My favorite good for you item is a protein shake! If we are talking normal food, it would have to be either roasted brussel sprouts or cauliflower!

dmh5858 said...

I follow Gooseberry Patch on Pinterest.

dmh5858 said...

I follow gooseberry patch on facebook.