Saturday, January 10, 2015

Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D'Arabian (Cookbook Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Blogging for Books. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own.

About the book-

Food Network star and New York Times bestselling author Melissa d'Arabian proves that healthy eating at home is easy, achievable, and affordable. 

Everyone wants to feel good about what they are eating, serving guests, and feeding their families, but most of us don't do our weekly shopping at pricey specialty stores-- we do it at the local supermarket and we don't want it to break the bank. In her second book, Melissa demystifies the task of preparing nutritious and delicious food by showing exactly how you can make your grocery store work for you. She offers helpful strategies for shopping, cooking, and entertaining, as well as meal blueprints and nutritional information throughout. This book will make you confident about the food you're buying, preparing, and eating. Delicious recipes like Almond Waffles with Raspberry-Basil SauceKale and White Bean Caesar Salad in a JarSlow-Roasted Tomato SpaghettiniFlatiron Steaks with Quick Cauliflower Kimchi, and Flourless Fudgy Dream Cookies have something for every type of eater at every meal of the day. No matter your favorite flavors or dietary needs, cooking on a budget is empowering-- and now you can learn how to make every bite count. If cooking at home is the key to healthy living, Supermarket Healthy is the only tool you'll need.

My thoughts-

There is probably nothing more important to me than feeding my family healthy foods. I truly believe this is the foundation of wellness and the best way to defend against horrible diseases. We definitely have our treats, but I think one of the most important lessons I can teach my children is to eat well for the majority of the time and save indulgences for special occasions (this is always a work in process for me because I love sweets, but I do my best and have come along way since my children arrived!)
I thought the highlight of this book were the dinner recipes. I have been cooking healthy meals for a while now so health based cookbooks can be repetitive, but I found many great dinner recipes that I would have never thought of and that I can't wait to give a try. Another thing that I really enjoyed about the book were the pages throughout that give you several options to change up the same type of meal (think omelettes or meatballs (and several other meals) with several different options for variation), It is a good way to make a favorite meal not be redundant. I also loved the breakfast section. I have been trying to cut down on sweet breakfasts in favor of more savory and filling breakfasts, but I love that D'Arabbian has healthified some of my breakfast meals but cutting down on the sugar and making them whole grain. It is nice to have the option to have a sweet breakfast every now and then without feeling like it is dessert or 1000 calories! Overall, I think this is a great cookbook for any home cook to have on their shelve. The pages are beautifully illustrated and the meals represented in every section will have you reaching for this Supermarket Healthy quite often.

About the author-

Melissa d'Arabian was a corporate finance executive before becoming the host of Food Network's Ten Dollar Dinners and Cooking Channel's Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping. She also developed the series The Picky Eaters Project, serves as lead judge on Guy's Grocery Games, and is the author of the New York Times bestselling cookbook Ten Dollar Dinners. Melissa has an MBA from Georgetown University, and lives with her husband and their four daughters in San Diego

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