Healthy Eats: Favourite Recipe Books

For those of you that know me, know that I love food and I love to cook. In recent years, I have been trying to develop more healthy habits in all aspects of my life, including in the kitchen. I thought I would share a few staple cookbooks we have in our kitchen that have consistently produced nutritious and delicious meals. 

The Oh She Glows Cookbook

by Angela Liddon 

I was first introduced to this cookbook when I was participating in a fitness challenge and was so impressed with it that I continued to use it far beyond the challenge. In fact, I probably get ideas from this cookbook on a weekly basis. This cookbook is vegan friendly and is a great gift!

The beginning of the book discusses the foods that you should stock in the pantry (which I find very useful) as well as ideal kitchen tools and equipment that make cooking that much easier.

Some of my favourite recipes from this cookbook include: Overnight oats, Apple pie oatmeal, Strawberry mango guacamole, Roasted beet salad, African peanut stew, Tortilla soup, Sweet potato & black bean enchiladas, Power bowls, Roasted rainbow carrots, Kale chips and Roasted brussels sprouts. There are over 100 recipes in this book!

I use recipes as inspiration or to guide my cooking as I tend to modify them based on what I like.

 

It's All Easy

by Gwyneth Paltrow

This is one of Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbooks and my sister (who has phenomenal taste & is also a great cook) introduced it to me.

This cookbook also begins with a list of ingredients and tools to stock in the pantry (most of which are listed in The Oh She Glows Cookbook). This is great because I can pretty much create any recipe out of these two cookbooks with what is recommended for the pantry.

Some of my favourite recipes in this cookbook include: Granola, Ginger chia pudding, Bibimbap salad, any of the Kye’s-Style wraps, Beet chips, Chai tea, Black bean soup, Congee, Poke bowls, Zucchini cacio e pepe, Cauliflower Mac’N’Cheese, Ramen, Turkey meatloaf, Cauliflower tabouleh, Salmon skewers, Szechuan-style green beans, Zucchini “noodles” with kale* pesto, Cauliflower & kimchi “Fried Rice”, Fresh coconut milk, and Cashew cream.

This recipe book has plenty of variety including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and no refined sugar options as well as meals that are ready in under 30 minutes. 

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Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry

by Elana Amsterdam

This cookbook contains Gluten-free, grain-free and dairy free recipes (perfect for those people who suffer from food allergies). When I found out a few years ago that I have a wheat and gluten sensitivity I went through phases of following a gluten & wheat free diet. I noticed how great I felt when I followed this method of eating. So in an effort to transition into a paleo friendly lifestyle (along with the rest of the world), I decided to invest in this cookbook.

Again this book lists what to stock in the paleo pantry and surprisingly enough, they are very similar ingredients to those listed in ‘The Oh She Glows’ and ‘It’s All Easy’. There are also vegan and nut-free recipes in this book.

A few of my favourite recipes in this book include: Colourful winter salad, Avocado kale salad, Cauliflower rice, Balsamic rosemary beets, Paleo shepard’s pie and Key-lime ice cream.

 

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