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Easy, Fast, Delicious!!
Reviewed in the United States on September 1, 2013
This is one of my favorite cookbooks. I make several recipes from it every week. It is packed with simple but excellent ideas. You will not find any "scrambled eggs plus veggies" or "steamed broccoli" waste-of-space "recipes" here. Even the simplest are unique and creative.
There is a lot of variety in proteins from beef, lamb, chicken, and tons of seafood recipes. There are a handful of harder to find more exotic ingredients but nothing is more than a google search and a credit card away and there are no outrageously priced specialty ingredients. The vast majority of the recipes are things you already have or can find in any grocery store.
Here are some of my favorites:
Berry Pancake: Yum!! And so easy. This is more desserty than I do for breakfast but I've served it for Sunday brunch and everyone loved it. It does need a smidge of sweetener or syrup IMO.
Spaghetti Squash Omelette: So simple and so delicious. Who knew eggs and spaghetti squash went so well together. Sometimes I use fillings sometimes I keep it simple. Either way it's crazy simple and crazy good.
Steak with Romesco Sauce: This is so fast and great use of leftover steak. And it's so good it's company worthy IMO.
Pizza Frittata: Pizza flavors for breakfast? Yes please! I do this dairy free and it's still so good.
Jicama Fruit Salad: Love!! Crispy, slightly sweet, spicy, and refreshing.
Creamy Basil Pesto: The recipe as is is delicious but it also inspired me to use any kind of pesto with it. It's my go to dish for pesto that needs to be used up. I like to add shredded jicama too sometimes.
BLT Chicken Sandwich: A total "why didn't I think of that" recipe. It feels decadent but is really healthy. Using a chicken breast as a bun is sheer genius!
Chicken with Artichokes and Garlic Sauce: This is perfect on it's own but I add asparagus and mushrooms to make it heartier. The simple sauce gives this dish amazing depth of flavor.
Halibut in Butter Sauce: A reason to eat more halibut! The sauce is smooth and buttery with just a hint of acidic tang that goes so well with fish.
Korean Rice Cauliflower Bowl: Don't be tempted to throw everything in a pan together (i did that the first time). Cook them individually and you will be surprised at how it totally takes this from OK to a take-out treat.
Lamb Burgers with Pistachio Pesto: I love lamb and this is an easy accessible way to eat more of it. The pistachio pesto is so good.
Bacon and Mushroom Dip: I use this to dip leftover sliced cook chicken, chicken fingers, and burger sticks (burgers rolled into mozzarella stick shape and baked). Of course it's great for veggie sticks as well.
Cucumbers and Mint: Cooking cucumbers? That sounded so weird I had to try it. Delish!
Grilled Duck Skewers with Spiced Butter Glaze: Delicious and good for beginners new to cooking duck. You can get duck breasts at USWellness if you can't find humane naturally raised duck locally.
White Fish Sesame Salad: Probably the dish I make most often. I've always used previously frozen sole for this and even broiled it comes out very moist. I use half the amount of fat called for and it's just fine. When I'm feeling fancy I serve this over cucumber and zucchini noodles but it's amazing over any kind of veggie salad.
Avgolemono: I was surprised to see this as a sauce because I usually think of it as a soup type dish. Riced cauliflower and leftover cooked chicken are perfect for this! The flavor is really good though and this easy recipe makes this dish not so intimidating.
Cauliflower Caponata: Soo good!!! To cut the carbs I usually leave out the honey and raisins and add diced red or orange bell pepper for sweetness. My only gripe is the serving size says 2 1/2 tablespoons? Who the hell are they kidding?? I eat a cup at a time as my veggie dish.
Walnut Blueberry Relish: This recipe is good but I've swapped cherries and pecans instead and it's even better. I like the walnut blueberry better with chicken but the cherry pecan is amazing on a grilled pork chop. I've served that version to company and it got rave reviews.
The only issue I see is that some recipes don't call for salt and pepper when they really should. I salt and pepper almost everything.
Overall this is an excellent cookbook that gets used often around here. Highly recommended!