I haven't done a food post lately so I'm going to share a favorite cookbook I've been turning to more and more-- The Love & Lemons Cookbook! You may be familiar with the blog, but if you haven't also checked out their cookbook, you should! I like to plan out the meals I'm going to cook for the upcoming week before I head to the grocery store. This allows me to only buy what I know I'm going to need so it reduces food waste and saves me money. It also allows me to assess and keep my weekly diet relatively healthy. I can look at my recipes and decide: 1) Is my week too fat or carb heavy? 2) Am I eating enough veggies? 3) Am I getting a good mix of nutrients? For me, this decreases my stress level in the evenings when it is time to pull dinner together. I don't have to do it on the fly and feel overwhelmed or stressed.
Why I love The Love & Lemons Cookbook:
The opening includes suggestions of what should always be stocked in your kitchen. This makes impromptu cooking so much easier. You can't whip a healthy meal up last minute if you don't have healthy and versatile ingredients on hand.
The sections are broken up by key ingredient. This makes seasonal cooking so easy. Honeycrisp apples were on SALE this weekend and I stocked up, but what to do with all of them? All I have to do is open up to the apples section of the book for some great ideas.
Recipes are full of fresh ingredients. No prepackaged seasoning mixes or calorie-laden sauces to be found here. Your meals shine with the flavors of natural, non-processed fresh foods.
While the recipes range in complexity (I haven't encountered any difficult-to-prepare recipes yet), there are plenty of short-ingredient list recipes to be found. You don't have to stock up on a ton of items to prepare a single meal. I often find that if I'm keeping my 'basics' stocked I sometimes only need to purchase 1-2 items to complete a recipe.
What I've been eating:
Green Tomato Basil Grilled Cheese with Roasted Red Pepper & Carrot Soup, Tomato Chickpea Tortilla Soup (I've done a couple of different variations using this as a base recipe), Lemon Rosemary Roasted Potatoes, Grilled Pepper & Quinoa Taco Salad, Red Pepper Feta Frittata, Shiitake & Spinach Miso Soup, Soba with Mushrooms & Crumbled Hazelnuts, Crispy Shiitake BLT, Corn, Tomato & Mozzarella Salad, Brussels Sprout Breakfast Tostadas, Creamy Miso Brussels Sprout Fettuccine, and Flatbread with White Bean Puree & Asparagus Ribbons.
I told you I'm LOVING this cookbook! I don't always make each item precisely how the recipe lays it out. I'll substitute items I already have on hand for ones that I didn't to cut down on grocery costs, add some extra veggies or greens that are not called for, or I'll add some protein (eggs or lean meat) to a recipe to fill it out a little more for us.
I especially appreciate how this cookbook opened me up to a wide array of recipes I never would have looked for on my own. I know the internet is filled with free recipes, but I just don't get exposed to the same level of diversity if I go and search for a recipe online as I do if I own a cookbook that is wildly different from my usual cooking habits. I'm not here to give you free access to their carefully constructed recipes, but I can point you in the direction of their cookbook (👈🏽click here) and website (👈🏽click here).
Happy & healthy eating to you and yours! Are you a meal planner or do you wing it when it comes to nightly dinners? Do you mix vegetarian/vegan into your diets or is that your go to all the time? Any food blog suggestions for me? I regularly check in on the following: Iowa Girl Eats, Gimme Some Oven, and Sprouted Kitchen) but I could use some more diversity in my food blogs! Share your favorites with me!