As y’all know, I’ve been working on fine-tuning my diet, so I was excited to have the chance to review the Healthy Treasures Cookbook from Designed Healthy Living.
Healthy Treasures Cookbook features dozens of healthy recipes from appetizers to desserts, soups to dressings, and main dishes to side dishes, all with the foundational eating plan of including 3-4 servings of whole grains (much more reasonable than current government guidelines) and 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, along with yogurt, water, herbs, and a small amount of meat protein.
Now, whether or not you follow the food guidelines, you’ll still enjoy finding some healthy new favorites in this cookbook that, for the most part, includes normal, everyday ingredients that you would find in most supermarkets.
Some exceptions to the everyday ingredients include sucanat, a sweetener available at many healthy foods grocery stores, such as Whole Foods or Earth Fare, and Bragg’s liquid aminos, a liquid protein concentrate. I didn’t check to see if that was readily available.
There were a couple of things I really liked about the cookbook. First of all, we really enjoyed the recipes that we tried. The honey mustard baked chicken was really good and one that I will definitely make again.
And, although I already liked quinoa, one of the recipes for it gave me new insight on how to prepare it, making my former method much easier. Basically, now I cook the quinoa separately while sautéing whatever veggies I want to add to it. Then, I mix the two together. This is a lot simpler to me than what I was doing.
Another thing I really liked was all the general information that was included in the book, such as:
- The best types of utensils and cookware to use
- A detailed guide to healthy ingredients (This information led me to change the type of baking powder we use.)
- Information on flour, including the history of white flour
- Tips on getting the most from your fruits and vegetables
- A chart showing the foods with the most and least amount of pesticides, to help you know which should be purchased organic only
- Information on the types of and uses for beans and lentils, as well as tips for cooking them
- A guide to the different types of spices
- Tips for adding healthy proteins
- A guide to the variety of sweeteners available
Finally, I liked the fact that the Healthy Treasures Cookbook explained foods likely to be unfamiliar and gave tips for how to prepare them.
This cookbook can also be used as a component in the Treasures of Healthy Living Bible study and optional homeschool curriculum.
For the most part, the recipes were straightforward and simple to prepare and were things that my family would enjoy. The main thing that I didn’t like about the cookbook is that it doesn’t include nutritional information for each meal.
While all of the meals are created to be healthy, that doesn’t always mean they’re low in fat and calories. And, even if they are, I like having the nutritional information available because it makes it easier to track my calorie intake for the day.
The Healthy Treasures Cookbook is available from the Designed Healthy Living website for $18.99.
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