Summer temperatures are sweltering hot outside and so the last thing we want to do is create a stifling kitchen while making meals. Summer is a season for salads, smoothies, stir-fries and simple meals that don’t take a lot of work or heat to create. Most of us can relate, right?
I know what you’re thinking, you cannot bear another dinner salad. I seriously get that, they have a bad reputation for being boring, plain and overall humdrum. But, that’s all changed. With the right creative recipe book and a little inspiration, your meals can turn into a tasty, healthy, and appealing dishes you and your family will love. I found just the books that will put the spark back in your kitchen and have you embracing wholesome meal solutions with excitement.
Salads & Dressings
Salads and Dressings have revived the salad in such an appealing and diverse way with their huge variety of ingredients, they’ll motivate you to amp up your salad dishes and expand your repertoire with over 100 vibrant and tasty recipes. Salads are no longer just about lettuce, tomatoes and green onions. Cleverly crafted recipes bursting with flavor and steeped in nutrients have been created so you can whip them up quickly and effortlessly.
Salad varieties include:
♥Fish and seafood
♥Poultry and meat
♥Grains and pulses
♥Fruit and vegetables
♥Dressings and sauces
The book starts you off with a few instant salads made with raw foods (fruits, veggies, nuts and seeds) or precooked (smoked fish, cook & cured meats, cheese and canned grains and pulse) foods. When you’re in a hurry, but want a healthy meal, these recipes will allow you to toss the ingredients together and head out the door.
The next section teaches you how to layer ‘on-the-go’ salads with an easy to reference icon. This helps you convert a salad recipe into a portable lunch-box ready meal. Look for the icon at the bottom of the recipe, but note that not all recipes can be adapted to this feature.
I love the idea of layering salads and now you can adapt your favorite salad into an on-the-go lunch. Plus, you don’t need any special container, you can use something you have available in your home. Just follow the steps and keep liquids and heavy components at the bottom, topped by lighter items you wish to keep crisp.
There’s also a quick visual tutorial sharing some great salad skills like cutting a lemon into segments, dicing an onion, chopping herbs and more. The rest of the book dives right into the yummy recipes.
Super Clean Super Foods
We’ve all heard of superfoods, but I think many envision bitter foods that are good for you, but are very unpalatable. Super Clean Super Foods will set the record straight and educate us on 90 of the most nutritious foods that not only boost our health but taste good.
Superfoods are packed with health-boosting minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats and phytochemicals that fuel our bodies with the needed energy we need to thrive. Their benefits are enormous — from improving brain power, blood health, heart health, eye health, hormone balance, immune boosts, better sleep and so much more.
The Super Foods recommended in this book are broken down into specific categories –
♥nuts & seeds
♥fish, meat, dairy, and eggs
♥herbs, spices, and powders
Each category highlights a group of foods that are deemed superfoods. They share a few interesting facts, what vitamins and minerals are in each food, along with the benefit they bestow on the body. They also suggest how to add these foods to your diet and incorporate them into your recipes.
Yes, cherries are considered a superfood. They revitalize the liver and are considered the ultimate liver tonic, cleanser, and rejuvenator. They sharpen the mind, purify the bowels, plus they are one of the best endocrine boosting foods. Plus they’re delicious. What is not to love.
This book also hones in on a specific area of health concern that you or a family member may be dealing with such as brain health, heart health, skin health or even boosting your energy. Adding the suggested foods and drinks can improve our health if we are willing to take the steps.
Sprinkled throughout the book are 20 superfood-packed recipes, as well as ideas on how to make better food choices. I love this book, it’s so informative and well laid out. It will demystify superfoods and clean eating and help you edge in more nutritious and tasty foods into your daily meal plan.