I have a few prerequisites for buying a new cookbook.
- First I must be inspired. Usually that is taken care of in the photography. I quickly flip through and “see” there are many recipes I want to run home and create.
- The book needs to contain a number of recipes I don’t already have or can easily gain access to.
- Cannot be too complicated or fussy. Those days are long gone for me. I used to spend an inordinate amount of time in the kitchen creating masterpieces for the taste buds. With the exception of my son, this effort goes largely under appreciated. In fact, my husband has begged me stop trying to impress him. He has a very basic palette and would rather spend our precious time together doing other things.
My biggest priorities now are:
- Nutrient dense food.
- New ideas for treatment of food stuffs – a light touch is best. Let the ingredients shine. Try new techniques that allow for amazing taste sensations, not replicating an old recipe without the classic ingredients, (sugar, animal fat and processed ingredients).
- Biggest bang for the effort required.
With all these ideas – most of my old standby cookbooks do not fit the bill. Quite frankly most new cookbooks don’t either. I’ve been waiting patiently for “Clean Eats“. Dr. Junger has compiled the recipes along with many contributors and the results are great. I’ve tried many recipes so far, (and would strongly recommend more photos in the next printing, I’ll take them!) with really great results. Even my husband and daughter, who are my toughest customers have been pleasantly pleased. Which says so much!
The recipes have a prep and cook time listed at the top. Don’t have to guess how long it will take. They also define which of Dr. Junger’s programs they adhere to. I am interested in “Clean”, for lower inflammation, better digestion and increased energy and vigour.
So I’m a bit of a raving fan. And I may start pasting my photo’s into my copy. Might be better that way!
Here is a list of what I have tried so far:
- Page 44 Blueberry Quinoa Cereal – really good, I used frozen berries
- Page 60 Root Vegetable Hash – I added paprika
- Page 65 Roasted Beet Salad with Miso Dressing – I changed this a little, added asparagus and pickled garlic and beans on top
- Page 77 Chunky Avocado Salad – my husband made this for me last week! No spirulina, (mine is peppermint flavoured anyway).
- Page 125 Best Dip / Sauce / Salad Dressing Ever – this really is
- Page 156 Lemon Herb Chicken Burgers – clean version, baked instead of fried
- Page 159 Mustard-Baked Chicken – my husband made this and it was easy and excellent
- Page 174 Slow-Cooked Chicken – in a slow cooker, Saturday night – I added gravy for my husband
- Page 188 Shepherd’s Pie – this is really different than the classic, so shouldn’t really have that name, but very yummy
- Page 217 Baked Turnip Casserole with Walnut Sage Cream – this didn’t turn out so well, too dry somehow
- Page 244 Broccoli Cheddar Soup – really good, I gave it a little whiz with a hand blender at the end