It seems like the people who liked this cookbook were people who follow the author’s blog. I do not fall into this category.
The first half of the book is about eating healthy. It’s very, very basic information – most of it is common sense and if you’ve looked at any diet or healthy eating books, you’ve probably heard it all before. Basically, eat less processed foods, eat more fruits & veggies and whole grains, exercise, and try to eat a variety of foods. I didn’t find anything novel in this section.
The second half of the book consists of pretty easy recipes. It is split up into breakfast, mains, sides, snacks, dips, and desserts. There were NO photos of the food at all. Personally, I like to see appetizing food because the visual beauty of the food entices me to try the recipes. Most of the breakfast recipes were for muffins or pancakes (4 muffin recipes, 3 pancake recipes). This was very disappointing. The muffins were whole wheat, but if you read about healthy eating, you probably know that you should have some sort of protein for breakfast. I was also disappointed in the types of recipes presented. For example, the breakfast burrito (1 of the 2 breakfast recipes that contained protein) was to put bacon (how is bacon healthy?), scrambled eggs, onion, and cheese in a tortilla and then microwave it. I’m all for simple recipes, but this type of recipe is ridiculous. Unless you think that boiling an egg is cooking, you don’t need a recipe for this type of thing. Another example is that there is a recipe for Greek yogurt and jam. Really?!
It’s a bit ironic, too, that she talks about eating less processed food at the beginning of the book, but her recipes call for processed ingredients like bacon, jam, tortillas, sliced ham, packaged taco seasoning mix, etc. Taco seasoning is easy. There is no need to buy the packaged stuff that is full of sodium and other chemicals.
I tried some of her recipes. No surprise that the ones that tasted good were the ones that called for cheese and meat. The more healthy recipes like the “poached boneless, skinless chicken breast for every day” were bland, boring and tasteless. The thyme and garlic clove that the recipe called for wasn’t enough seasoning. It needed salt, pepper, paprika, and other herbs to make it edible. In fairness, the author admitted that the chicken breast was bland and suggested using it as an ingredient in other recipes, such as chicken salad or Mexican chicken soup. I found that the chicken breast that was precooked and then put into the chicken soup got to be overcooked and tasted like rubber.
The redeeming section of the book, to me was the section on “Kale & Other Healthy Snacks.” I liked the kale chips and apple chips (I only used cinnamon and didn’t add the extra sugar because the apples were sweet enough),
If you decide to purchase this book, I would recommend buying a hard copy rather than the ebook. The ebook was formatted differently and split in odd places so sometimes tables were split between 2 pages.