Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dashing Dish by Katie Farrell

From the creator of the wildly popular cooking and healthy lifestyle website, comes a clean eating cookbook designed to give home cooks a healthy start to 2015. Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating (Nelson Books) by Katie Farrell combines delicious and simple recipes with easy tips for incorporating clean eating habits for a healthier lifestyle.  As a registered nurse, Farrell has spent years teaching others about nutrition, health and overall well being.  Since its inception, her hit website has garnered more than 25,000 monthly subscribers who access her recipes, cooking videos and fitness plans.
For readers new to clean eating, Dashing Dish makes it easy to transition by providing lists of valuable pantry, fridge and freezer items helpful for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The book also includes important conversion charts and offers clean substitutes for some popular unhealthy foods, making the jump to clean eating as simple as possible. (from the publisher)

My Review: Let me begin with the disclaimer that I am NOT a cook! One of my favorite quotes is by Rita Rudner:I read recipes the same way I read science fiction. I get to the end and say to myself "well, that's not going to happen But I am trying to eat healthier, so I decided to check out this cookbook.

For starters, I found out that "clean eating" does not mean the same to everyone. I was thinking Levitical Law clean and unclean foods, so I was startled to find bacon in the very first recipe. Granted, I was also delighted!Of course, I also just browsed through looking a the bright colorful photos of very tempting looking prepared dishes. Some of the ingredients are more suitable for Summer when the price is more reasonable, but most of the recipes were for things readily available in local grocery stores. There is also a wide variety of recipes.

Having the nutritional values and calories is another helpful addition. One of my favorite parts, though, was the inclusion of a staples list of foods to keep in stock. Some of my more 'creative' attempts at cooking have been trying to come up with food made out of whatever I pull out of the cabinet. She also had a list of healthy snack items. Snacking is often my downfall. While I am still not really excited about cooking, I did find quite a few recipes that may raise my enthusiasm. The only part I am less certain of is the sugar substitutes used since I hear so many warnings, but most of the dishes I want to try don't need sweetener. Also, a bit expensive, but there is the convenience of having them all bound together to consider.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book for this review from Icon Media Group
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