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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Favourite Cookbooks For Healthy-ish Eating

I’m sure we all have times when we look into our fridges and can’t think of a single decent meal to make. And this happens to me more often than not. Even if I have a freshly stocked fridge, I’m clueless about what to make nine times out of ten. My husband is an incredibly picky eater and he doesn’t share my love for stews and soups, so this makes it all the more difficult for me. When I run out of ideas for my throw-something-together experiments, I rely on these cookbooks to help me rustle up delicious, healthy meals that cater to both our tastes and preferences. 

‘Ready, Steady, Glow’ by Madeleine Shaw: Nothing gives me more joy than rifling through this cookbook. It’s packed with no-nonsense recipes that are wholesome and easy to follow. I like that the book is divided into two sections – ‘fast’, and ‘slow’, with a handy time guide to show you how long it takes to prepare each dish. There’s a great selection of ‘fast’ recipes and I make them all the bloody time. My top favourites are the savoury beetroot crepes, the sumptuous chicken cashew stir-fry and the hearty chickpea curry. Oh, and the pictures are lush!

‘The Louise Parker Method: Lean for Life’ by Louise Parker: Healthy eating can sometimes come across as a little too preachy and pretentious, but this fitness guide-cum-cookbook offers a refreshing take on it. In Louise’s words, this book is all about the ‘anti-diet diet’. She stays away from anything too faddy and focuses on dishes that make the most of the fresh, local produce. I like to start my day with something sweet and thankfully she has a great mix of sweet and savoury breakfast ideas that are faff-free and unobtrusively healthy. The oat bran bircher with berries is something I have for breakfast almost every single day; it’s simple, unassuming and deliciiiooousss!

‘A Modern Way to Eat’ by Anna Jones: Now, I’m not a vegetarian and I don’t think I’ll ever give up meat, but this book *might* make me my change my mind. That’s saying a lot considering how much I love my greasy bacon fry-up. Anna’s book is all about simple, wholesome veg-led fare with a focus on in-season produce. She has a conversational style of writing and each recipe comes studded with little essays, which give the book a sweet personal touch. Her one pot mushroom and bay biryani is what I make when I don’t I want to spend hours at the stove. Also, the tomato and coconut cassoulet is a husband-approved midweek staple that's quick and oh-so-delicious.

‘Travelling Diva: Recipes From Around The World’ by Ritu Dalmia: I’ve had this book for over three years now and I’ve only just realised how good it is! There’s a smorgasbord of recipes from around the world, all explained in a way that makes me feel like I could nail every single one of them. She has some great options for midweek dinners, which are easy to rustle up and don’t take longer than the time it takes a chug a glass of wine. When I’m craving for some comfort food, I make her Chicken with lime and thyme. It’s quick, filling and keeps the husband happy! 
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