Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cookbook Review: Pure Food



I don't usually have allergies but last week, something knocked me down hard. I know it was allergy based because of my symptoms but I think it also went to my sinuses. I was miserable for several days. I'm feeling better but still can't taste or smell 100%. I was very excited to look through the newest cookbook in my collection while I was sick though. It's called Pure Food by Veronica Bosgraaf. Her cookbook is all about eating clean with seasonal, plant-based recipes. She has actually laid her book out in chapters of the months of the year. So it gives you a good idea of what to fix during those months with the seasonal produce that will be available at that time.

This book has many yummy sounding recipes with several pictures of the recipes situated right in the middle of the book. I do wish the pictures accompanied each recipe and that there were more pictures, but I am a picture lover when it comes to cookbooks. I feel with a cookbook, you never can have too many pictures because we eat with our eyes first. Some of the recipes that I am anxious to try are Lentils and Rice with Caramelized Onions, Cacao Chip Banana Bread, Raw Chocolate Chip Cookies, Garlic and Thyme mashed potatoes, Almond Butter and Cacao Nib smoothie, Green Chile Enchiladas with Avocado Sauce, and more! There's even a recipe to make your own almond milk!

If you're looking to increase your veggie intake and add more plant based recipes to your meals, you really should check out this book. It has so many different recipes and while meat is absent from this cookbook, you could definitely add it in many of the recipes or leave the recipe as is for a meatless meal. I'm really looking forward to making some things out of this book!

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, these opinions are my own.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Cookbook Review: Inspiralized



I've mentioned that we have been trying to eat healthier. It's been baby steps but my ultimate goal is very little, if any processed foods. I'm not sure that I will be able to eliminate them completely but the fewer processed items we eat, the better. One idea that has completely intrigued me, is making noodles out of veggies. I'm sure many of you have seen them around in recipes online or cookbooks. The most common seems to be using zucchini as "zoodles" as some refer to them. My youngest won't eat many veggies and I am looking forward to trying zucchini noodles in his spaghetti. If he will eat them, I think most picky eaters will. I will definitely report back when I am able to make them.

With my interest in veggie noodles, I was excited to receive the Inspiralized cookbook by Ali Maffucci. Ms. Maffucci goes into all the ins and outs of spiralizing your veggies. She gives some great pointers and lots of information on what veggies to use. The book has beautiful pictures and the recipes look delicious. I am going to have to wait to try any of them until I order either a julienne peeler or a spiralizer. I thought I already had a julienne peeler, but can't seem to find it anywhere. So hopefully I can make something out of it soon. My main criticism of the book would be that I would have loved to see some step by step photos of the recipes, maybe not all of them but some would have been great. I've never did anything like spiralizing, so it would have been helpful to have some step by step pictures.

Some of the recipes that sounded interesting were Huevos Rancheros, Savoy Cabbage Breakfast Burrito, Lemon Garlic Broccoli with Bacon, Chicken Carrot Noodle Soup, Italian Zucchini Pasta Salad and so many more. I love veggies so this cookbook is right up my alley! So many yummy looking recipes and healthy to boot! If you're looking for a way to up your veggies this would be a great book for you to check out.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, these opinions are my own.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cookbook Review: Lighten Up, Y'all



I've been trying to eat healthier lately so I was excited when I received my new cookbook Lighten Up, Y'all by Virginia Willis. Many of the typical southern favorites aren't always the healthiest, so it was so neat to see a cookbook with the premise of making southern food healthier. I'm all about that!

This book features so many beautiful pictures. Every recipe doesn't have a picture, but many do. There is a recipe for pimento cheese that I am anxious to try. The recipe for grilled potato salad sounds yummy and would be wonderful to try when it gets a bit warmer. There's even a recipe for Summer Squash Lasagna! That sounds really good. Flipping through this book definitely gets me excited about the warmer months and the yummy produce that follows, especially at the farmer's market. I can't wait!

One recipe that I would like to make soon that would be good for these colder months is the Smothered and Covered Chicken and Gravy. Good comfort food! And the Vegetable Corn Bread looks absolutely delicious to serve with some yummy soup! Hopefully I get to make something out of the book soon and will definitely share it when I do! If you like southern food, but are trying to be healthier in your food preparation, this would be a great book for you to check out.

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Disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. However, these opinions are my own.