As a mom with a full-time job, Ellie knows how busy life is when you're juggling your family's needs. Now, you can stop stressing over whether to eat healthily or to eat fast. The recipes here-from Cheddar Apple Quesadilla, Pork Piccata with Spinach and Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Marinated Flank Steak with Blue Cheese Sauce to Chocolate-Cream Cheese Panini Bites and Fig and Ginger Truffles-are ideal, regardless of the time, or experience, you have in the kitchen.
When so much in life is complicated, isn't it nice to know that eating doesn't have to be? After making and enjoying the meals in this book, you will say along with the title, "That was SO EASY!" -- Wiley
I can so blame this one on Beth Fish Reads! She featured SO EASY: LUSCIOUS, HEALTHY RECIPES FOR EVERY MEAL OF THE WEEK by Ellie Krieger awhile back, and I immediately checked it out of the library. SO EASY is my kind of cookbook because it is obviously very easy recipes that are also healthy. I have tried a number of recipes from this cookbook over the past few weeks, and SO EASY is without a doubt my favorite cookbook right now. I have to have this cookbook!
Usually I am happy with a cookbook is I find one or two recipes that are keepers. The cookbook is divided up in sections according to meals: Breakfast - at the ready, Breakfast - at leisure, Lunch - to go, Lunch - at home, Dinner - rush hour, Dinner - kickin' back, Desserts - in a flash, and Desserts - extra special. My favorite section was definitely Dinner - rush hour because that's basically what I need to most. With all of the kids' activities, I'm lucky to get dinner on the table each night.
In SO EASY, the first three recipes I made were absolutely fantastic. I first tried the Garlic Basil Shrimp, and my husband and daughter loved it -- my son couldn't try it since he is allergic to shellfish. We aren't huge fans of cherry tomatoes, so I substituted canned petite diced tomatoes instead. It was fabulous and so fresh!
I then tried another shrimp recipe - Shrimp Fra Diavlo with Spinach which was amazing. I even got my husband and daughter to eat some spinach! Another big hit was the Tri-Color Pepper Steak. This was a very simple recipe that my whole family could eat -- even the boy! He absolutely loved it, and I was thrilled to find an easy, healthy dinner rather than making him an entirely different meal. My husband and I also enjoyed the Tortellini-Spinach soup from the Lunch-to go section which was extremely easy and definitely had a kick!
There aren't a ton of chicken recipes in this healthy cookbook which makes it a little unusual; however, I already have some wonderful, healthy chicken recipes. When I picked up this cookbook, I was looking for some different recipe ideas. I did try the Savory Peach Chicken. I pretty much knew that it wasn't going to be a hit with my husband since he doesn't really like fruit all that much, but I thought it was worth a shot. He was less than thrilled with it so I won't be making it for him again. I enjoyed it though and the kids thought the chicken part was good (if they didn't have to eat the peaches!)
I can't recommend SO EASY enough if you enjoy healthy and easy recipes -- you really can't go wrong with that combination in my mind. I have been raving so much about this cookbook that my sister just told me that she bought a copy for my birthday in April (I was too cheap to spring for the $30 price tag even though it is so worth that price!) Right now, I am going through withdrawal because I had to return it to the library, so April can't come soon enough for me!
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