My husband and I have long been trying to make permanent healthy changes to our menus. It can be difficult to balance healthy choices and trying to stay on budget. Especially considering our state has a fairly short growing season which makes produce a bit more expensive throughout most of the year.
Add in the fact that we are both a bit picky with what we eat, and it can make planning out healthy, affordable meals a bit more difficult. So, when I heard about this cookbook, I was quite intrigued by it and hopeful about what I would find.
**I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
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 Sauce, Kale and White Bean Caesar Salad in a Jar, Slow-Roasted Tomato Spaghettini, Flatiron 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.
Pros: I found this cookbook to have a wide variety of recipes in it. A number of them are spins on favorites (Creamy Cauliflower “Baked Potato” Soup) and some of them are just ways to make some old favorites a bit more exciting (Sesame and Pumpkin Seed Breaded Chicken).
One of my favorite parts of the book, however, is that there are recipe “blueprints.” These are basically a create your own recipe with guidelines. Choose a meat, add seasonings, add some other stuff. Cook it this way and you have a tasty dinner. What a great way to create some favorites! Also included in this cookbook are some helpful tips on shopping, what to keep stocked in your pantry, substitutions and each recipe comes with nutritional facts.
I also think nearly everything used in this cookbook are things that would be easy to find in your supermarket. It seems Supermarket Healthy does everything it sets out to do.
Cons: While there are a number of recipes I’m excited to try, there are quite a few that I’m less excited over, but some of that is my own personal preference (for example, I don’t care for any sort of seafood, and there is plenty of it in this book). I would still recommend the cookbook, but would suggest looking through the recipes to make sure there are enough that would appeal to you to justify purchasing the book.
My Thoughts: I am ready to try out some of the recipes in this book, and actually excited to try them! I plan to keep the book around for quite awhile and it will probably find a home on my shelf of cookbooks. It is definitely a book worth looking into if you are interested in trying to find some healthier meals and snacks and aren’t interested in spending a fortune for groceries.
About the Author:
Melissa D’Arabian was a corporate finance executive before becoming the host of Food Networkl’s Ten Dollar Dinners and Cooking Channel’s Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping. She also developed the FoodNetwork.com series The Picky Eaters Project, serves as a lead judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and is the author of the 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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