When I was growing up my mother cooked all of our foods. At that time there really wasn’t any convenient food available and she has always loved to cook, bake and try new recipes. Quite often she just cooks from her head without any specific recipes, but loves to explore and try new things. Spices and herbs have always been part of the experience and we us children were never forced to eat something we didn’t like, just encouraged to try. As I was watching her I learned the basics myself and have always cooked everything from fresh ingredients. I believe my tastebuds have learnt to like that and I don’t usually like any fast foods. My mom definitely inspired me for healthy cooking.
COOKING AT HOME
After I left home to live on my own, I properly started cooking and baking myself. I followed some of he basic knowledge I had, but have always enjoyed trying out new recipes and healthy cooking. I tend to buy cooking books whenever I see one I like. Sometimes by visiting bookstores and sometimes just looking for inspiration on Amazon or online. Quite often it is inspired by a new ingredient or vegetable I want to try. I am not a vegetarian, but I do like my fruits, berries and veggies so tend to use them a lot. I wanted to share a few of my favourite recipe books with you to inspire you to try new things. Cooking doesn’t have to be time consuming, most of the time simple recipes are tasty and definitely more healthy than ready made meals. I hope you will enjoy them!
LOOKING FOR HEALTHY COOKING IDEAS?
Get The Glow By Madeleine Shaw (Hardcover)
Now I have to admit, I bought this book by mistake. I was looking for slow cooker recipes and misread the title. I checked the reviews which were fantastic and ordered the book. I’m glad I did. These recipes are delicious and healthy. I have used my slow cooker as well even though they are not specifically for that. There are 100 recipes for you to choose from and they are divided in to categories of breakfasts, snacks, soups, main meals etc. The book also gives you a six week healthy cooking and eating programme explaining what you should and shouldn’t eat and why. It gives you ideas on how to change your eating habits and a simple six week eating plan based on the recipes in the book. This is a great way to kick start your healthy eating lifestyle change.
I haven’t tried all the recipes of course, but I already have some favourites I have cooked several times over and even served them to my friends. The feedback has been great and it gets me to use ingredients that I wouldn’t always think of. One of my favourite recipe is Orange, Fennel and Pomegranate Chicken (page 202). I love it and have always cooked it in my slow cooker which gives an amazing smell in the house. The ingredients are simple, but oh so tasty. This recipes uses fennel instead of potatoes, rice or pasta so make a great change.
Another favourite is Seared Prawns With A Ginger Sugarsnap Pea Salad (page 164). This is crispy, crunchy fresh tasting delicious salad. It uses radishes which is one thing I don’t often eat. I absolutely love seafood, so this became one of my top salads. I also made the Smoked Salmon and Fattoush Salad with Avocado Mash (page 149) when my parents were visiting and we all loved it. I really love this book and highly recommend it as I’m sure anyone else looking for healthy recipes will love it too.
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Carol Vorderman”s Detox Recipes with Anita Bean (Paperback)
Carol Vorderman does not necessarily first come to mind when you are looking for recipe books, but she has several and they are all really great. What I love about Carol’s books is that the recipes are simple, but tasty and ingredients are easy to find. I have followed her detox plan several time when I felt like a light cleanse and I find it really works for me.
This specific book is for maintaining healthy lifestyle even though the title says detox. The book has mix of vegetarian and mix eating recipes. It starts with some basic information about healthy eating and which ingredients should be part of your diet. This book is divided to categories like breakfasts, soups, snacks, salads etc. All recipes are easy to follow and include spices and herbs. She also uses quite a lot of beans and lentils which is a lovely change. I also find that the ingredients she uses are super affordable, so if you want to save money on your food shopping these recipes are great.
I have had this book for years and I always go back to it and have tried most of the main meal recipes. One of my absolute favourites is Spicy Butter Beans with Sweet Potatoes (page 107). I have cooked this many times and really love it. This is a vegan meal and is a great option for your meat free days. My other favourites are Soba Noodles with Stir-fried Vegetables (page 88) and Spaghetti with Courgette and Mangetout (page 86). I really enjoy this book and can recommend it as the recipes are easy and tasty and I’m sure you will like it too. Perfect for healthy cooking.
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WANT TO EXPLORE VEGAN COOKING?
Easy Vegan Simple Recipes for Healthy Eating (Paperback)
Now this book is one of my new additions and I found it to be great. It’s small and the recipes are easy to follow. I haven’t had a chance to explore it fully, but for the recipes I have tried so far I can tell it will be another book I will return to. I bought this book as I really wanted to get more ideas about vegan healthy cooking as I felt I was eating too much animal based produce. The recipes are divided into categories like soups, snacks, salads, main dishes etc. I think this would be a great first cook book for new vegans or anyone wanting to explore vegan cooking.
Some of my favourite recipes include Roasted Vegetables with Chickpeas (page 175) and Spicy Cauliflower with Red Bell Pepper and Peas (page 176), but my absolute favourite so far has to be Orange Vegetable Pilau (page 136) which is flavoured with garlic, ginger, coriander, cumin and turmeric. It’s so yummy and I have cooked it quite a few times. With this recipes I also use my slow cooker which I find easy.
I still need to explore this book a little bit more, but all the recipes I have tried so far have been really tasty. It would be a perfect first cooking book for new vegetarians and vegans.
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THE WILD CARD
The Vegan Scoop By Wheeler Del Torro (Paperback)
This book is a wild card! Just recently I bought it as I love ice cream and wanted to learn how to make it myself. Eating dairy ice cream does not make me feel very good and I feel tired, so I thought why not try vegan ice cream recipes. I found a small ice cream maker and researched Amazon for perfect vegan ice cream recipe book. After reading many reviews I decided to opt in for this. I have not tried these recipes yet, but it’s looking so good I wanted to inspire for you to try dairy free options as well. I think ice cream making would be fun and I think it would be a great way to inspire children to try new foods as well.
This book includes 150 dairy free ice cream recipes and is divided into sections like classic flavours, fruits, Asian flavours and sides and sauces. I especially like that it has new different type of flavours like basil, lime, rosemary and rose as well as the classics like chocolate, vanilla and berries. I’m a big fan of sorbets and there are few really tasty sounding recipes. I feel this is going to be a good one!
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Hope you enjoyed these book recommendations! Do you have any favourite recipe books? Please share them in the comments
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