Friday, January 27, 2012

Tosca Reno's "The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook"

I've made almost every recipe in this book!  Typically, I will make a few recipes and depending on how they turn out, I may or may not continue with a book.  It is very rare when the right combination of ease, direction, and other information make a recipe book worth returning to again and again.  This is one of those books and I wholeheartedly recommend it!

The contents include:
  • Foreword by Dr. Lisa Hark, PhD, RD
  • Introduction 
  • Breakfast
  • Soup
  • Grains
  • Sauces, Spreads and Salsas
  • One-Dish & Easy Meals
  • Proteins
  • Vegetables
  • Pasta 
  • Sweets & Breads
  • A Festive Occasion
  • Q & A
  • Index
  • Credits
Normally, I don't read forewords.  I did for this book.  I was interested why Tosca Reno would write a book like this.  I think the fact that she is living embodiment of what we all wish we could do; change our lives for the better, get control of our health, feel good, and have a purpose in life.  Her insight gave this book character and depth.  In her words, "I want to live a long, healthy life with my husband and children, so I work hard at Clean Eating.  I don't want to miss a single day God has planned for me."  I agree!!! 

All the recipes have nutritional value per serving at the end.  They also highlight the servings per recipe, time it takes to prepare and cook.   I find this immensely valuable information when I am attempting to plan out my meals for the week.

The first one I would like to highlight is Quinoa Pilaf.  Many of you may not have heard of this grain.  Let me tell you, it's worth seeking out.  

Here's a photo (out of the book) by Donna Griffith.  When you make this recipe, it will look just like the photo.

All copies reprinted with permission.

Try this recipe and let me know how you like it. 

Now, if that wasn't enough to convince you... try the Moroccan Chicken and Lentils from page 150:

Once again, here's a photo (out of the book) by Donna Griffith.  
All copies are reprinted with permission.
After making this, you should have  no doubt as to the wholesome goodness that awaits you in the book.  This book is full of good, healthy recipes. Try it out and let me know what you think.  


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