Posted in At the Library, Review

French Cooking for Beginners

Warm Goat cheese salad

Recipe from the book

  • 4 cups plus 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 1 shallot thinly sliced
  • 1 teasp sea salt
  • 1/4 teasp black pepper
  • 1 8oz of goat cheese
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 8 oz of baby greens

4 cups olive oil, vinger,shallots,salt and pepper mixed together for vinaigrette.

Cut goat cheese, into 8 rounds , cover with bread crumbs and brown lightly. About 3 minutes.

Toss Salad with shallot vinaigrette and place on a plate with 2 goat cheese disc.

A great beginner book for classic French cooking. Starting with explanation of French cooking,pantry ingredients ,shopping like a Parisienne and basic recipes to try.

Posted in At the Library, Review

How to Bake for beginners

Book Review

This is a great beginner book to get you started in baking. I am an okay baker but this book has inspired me to learn more and bake more. Enjoy this book at any point of year baking journey.

Baking tips for success:

Bake for the love of it. Your oven is your best friend. And always read the complete recipe. Buy the best ingredients you can afford. Bake with confidence.

Posted in Lisa Book Club

Lisa Book Club

Tuesday book is a great plant based cookbook.  Full of great recipes and tips to eat healthy.

Spiced  Sweet potato fries

2 to 3 sweet potato

2 T olive oil, 1/2 tsp salt,garlic powder, red pepper flakes,black pepper

Preheat oven 450 . Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss together sweet potatoes and seasoning and place on baking sheet in a single layer and bake until crispy brown.  About 25 to 30 minutes. 

Back cover.

Book reviews: I enjoyed this cookbook . Lots of great pictures ,recipes and tips about the health benefits of  vegetable, fruit, grains,herbs and teas. Lisa

Posted in kindle unlimited

Dairy Free Meal Prep

Take the guesswork out of dairy free meal prep with 6 weeks of plans and 70 tasty recipes

Whether you want to avoid allergens, save money and time, or eat healthier, preplanned dairy free meals have a multitude of perks. Simplify your daily routine with Dairy-Free Meal Prep, a complete guide and dairy free cookbook with 6 weeks of meal plans and 70 scrumptious recipes.

Helpful info about meal planning, convenient grocery lists, and step-by-step prep directions mean you’ll be able to spend less time in the kitchen and more time living your life. With simple recipes like Chicken Pasta with Creamy Vodka Sauce, this dairy free cookbook is so easy and enticing, you’ll never miss dairy again.

This dairy free cookbook includes:

  • Why ditch dairy?—Learn the benefits of eliminating dairy, from increased mental clarity to better digestion.
  • Meal prep pointers—Discover a guide to meal prep in this comprehensive dairy free cookbook, including storage tips, must-have kitchen equipment, and tips for thawing and reheating.
  • Dairy free staples—Try your hand at foundational foods like Cashew Milk, Cheese Sauce, Green Goddess Dressing, and beyond.

Keep every meal free from dairy with the nutritious, well-balanced, and delicious recipes in this beginner-friendly dairy free cookbook.

Library Book collection:

Have someone with dairy problems. This book is a good starting point to start your dairy free journey. For health reasons or other reason check out the many recipes and shopping list included in this book.

Posted in Book Spotlight

The 30-Day Vegan Meal Plan for Beginners

A delicious, doable vegan meal plan with dietician-approved recipes

Make it simple to serve up flavorful foods you can feel good about. The 30-Day Vegan Meal Plan for Beginners is the ultimate starter guide, offering 100 recipes and a monthlong plan for adopting a vegan diet. Empower yourself with this vegan cookbook featuring a professionally curated menu that’s healthier for you and the world around you.

This top choice among vegan cookbooks includes:

  • Hearty, varied meals—Discover recipes packed with wholesome ingredients like vegetables, beans, tofu, nuts, and whole grains sure to leave you satisfied.
  • Vegan basics—Get a crash course in exactly what veganism means as well as how it can help you, animals, and the planet.
  • Easy shopping—Weekly grocery lists and handy tips for shopping vegan ensure you always have the right ingredients on hand.

Go beyond other vegan cookbooks with recipes and a meal plan that make it easy and delicious to eat plant-based.

Book Review (Kindle Unlimited)

This book was clearly written by someone who was trying to help me be successful not only in understanding how to adjust to making vegan dishes, but also how to plan and shop for this new journey I am on. And the recipes from a pro/celebrity chef are written with great tips and possible adjustments to fit various tastes and calorie goals. Perfect for a new cook like me. ( Copy supplied by Publisher )

Posted in Book Spotlight

The Pescatarian Keto Cookbook:

The fresh, flavorful seafood and veggie cookbook for a fat-burning keto diet

Eating a low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet can boost your energy and help your body burn fat—and it doesn’t have to include tons of bacon and butter. Break free from common keto constraints with this pescatarian cookbook. The simple, accessible recipes and meal plan feature fresh vegetables and seafood that taste delicious and help shift your metabolism into fat-burning mode.

Get the basics on adapting a pescatarian diet to achieve ketosis. Discover recipes strategically planned to fit the macro ratio, so you don’t have to calculate all your nutrients. Whether you’re already pescatarian and looking to begin a keto diet, or a keto convert looking for an alternative to typical meat-heavy dishes, this pescatarian cookbook is your answer.

  • Flavorful fish & veggies—Dig in to 100 recipes for breakfasts, snacks, soups, salads, vegetarian and vegan entrees, fish and shellfish entrees, desserts, and more.
  • An easy 12-day meal plan—Kick-start your journey with a two-week, macro-balanced pescatarian meal plan, complete with shopping lists.
  • Healthy fats, keto benefits—Unlock the fat-burning benefits of a keto diet with a higher intake of healthy fats from foods like salmon, trout, nuts, avocado, and olive oil.

Take the next step in your journey to better health with the perfect pescatarian cookbook for a keto diet.

Book Review (kindle unlimited)

From Callisto Publisher’s Club :  This book is filled with vegetarian and seafood recipes that use lots of veggies and healthy fats. That is the perfect way to start your New Year healthy and easy. Lisa

Posted in net galley, Review

Instant Loss on a Budget

Description

Best-selling author Brittany Williams returns with Instant Loss on a Budget, featuring delicious, crowd-pleasing meals that are as friendly for your wallet as they are for your waistline.

After a decade of yo-yo dieting and a lifelong battle with the scale, Brittany Williams topped out at 260 pounds and knew she needed to make a lasting change. She shed an astonishing 125 pounds in a year—and has kept it off for 3 years—by getting off the diet rollercoaster and getting back to basics. She ditched processed foods, curbed her takeout habit, and cut back on inflammatory ingredients like gluten, dairy, and sugar. Through her best-selling books and popular blog, Brittany has inspired millions of fans and readers to lose weight, improve their wellness, and forge a healthier relationship with food.

As a busy mom of three, Brittany knows how important it is to create nutritious meals that will please the pickiest eaters without breaking your budget. Featuring 125 recipes that all cost less than $10 to make—most can be made for less than $5—Instant Loss on a Budget is proof that wholesome food doesn’t have to be expensive. In fact, Brittany feeds her family of five for just $75 to $100 a week!

Brittany has mastered the art of creating recipes that taste indulgent, yet are surprisingly good for you. With recipes like Chocolate Brownie Donuts, Mini Everything Bagels, Smoky Baby Back Ribs, Barbeque Chicken with Cilantro-Lime Coleslaw, and plant-based options like Tikka Masala Lentils, The Ultimate Veggie Thin-Crust Pizza, and Cauliflower Mac and Cheese, this book offers something for every reader and every craving. You can even indulge your sweet tooth without sabotaging your progress with desserts like Frozen Chocolate-Peanut Butter Pie and Raspberry Crumble.

Complete with balanced meal plans, budgeting advice, and cost-cutting hacks, this gluten-free and dairy-free cookbook makes it easy to set goals and stick to them. Investing in your health is the best investment you can make: Discover how much lighter and happier you can feel with Instant Loss!

Net galley book review:

Brittany does it again in this current cookbook. Even better than the first two, is being able to really see how truly cheap you can eat healthy in this New Year. ! I love that in every one of her cookbooks she starts them out with educating you on thins, as well as with tips and tricks on how to be successful when cooking her recipes. Perfect for new cooks or ones wanting to learn some new cooking tips. Cant wait to try some of these recipes.

Posted in Connect 5 Books

Connect 5 Friday : Healthy Eating

It’s Friday and how has your first week of 2021 been, One of our family goals has been improving our diet : healthy eating. So that what’s my post is about. Lisa

Make healthy meals fast with just five ingredients

Getting balanced meals on the table during a busy day can be a challenge. Simplify your life with The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook. With more than 150 recipes that use only a handful of ingredients, you can create a wide variety of flavorful, nutritious meals. Plus, most recipes are ready in 30 minutes or require just one pot or pan―so you can eat healthy while keeping life simple.

Start by exploring the basics of fast and healthy cooking, including a rundown of pantry and kitchen staples, advice for meal planning, and guidelines for clean eating. Dive into the recipes with shopping tips and easy-to-find ingredient lists that won’t break the bank. With this healthy cookbook, you can find the perfect balance between saving time and providing nourishing food for yourself and your family.

Comfort classics with a lighter spin, from the creator of the healthy-eating blog Well Plated by Erin.

Known for her incredibly approachable, slimmed-down, and outrageously delicious recipes, Erin Clarke is the creator of the smash-hit food blog in the healthy-eating blogosphere, Well Plated by Erin. Clarke’s site welcomes millions of readers, and with good reason: Her recipes are fast, budget-friendly, and clever; she never includes an ingredient

Quick, delicious recipes to bring back family dinners

Over the past 60 years, the average family dinnertime has declined from around 90 minutes to just 12, while rates of obesity and diabetes have skyrocketed. As the family sit-down meal approaches extinction, The Healthy Family Cookbook comes to the rescue with simple ways to put a variety of wholesome, flavorful meals on the table for your family.

Popular cooking instructor and author of Kitchen Matters shares her easy, healthy recipes and kitchen hacks that make home cooking a breeze — without compromising flavor or nutrition.

For the first time ever, America’s Test Kitchen is bringing their scientific know-how, rigorous testing, and hands-on learning to KIDS in the kitchen!

Using kid-tested and approved recipes, America’s Test Kitchen has created THE cookbook every kid chef needs on their shelf. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, your friends, or your family,

Posted in net galley, Sunday Net Galley Pick

Fresh from Louisiana: The Soul of Cajun and Creole Home Cooking

Master the art of all the most delectable styles of Louisiana cooking, from Cajun to Creole, rural Acadiana to down-home New Orleans, in more than 100 easy-to-use recipes.

George Graham—a lifelong Louisianan, a former chef and restaurateur, and now an award-winning food writer and blogger—is a brilliant cook, a warm, funny, and engaging storyteller, and an ace photographer. He brings all these talents alive in Fresh from Louisiana, his second cookbook, following on the heels of his masterful Acadiana Table. George makes Louisiana cooking not just easy for home cooks to learn, but fun and interesting, too.

The recipes range from George’s pitch-perfect versions of classic Louisiana dishes to imaginative, brand-new ideas that use the signature flavors of the region’s cuisines in utterly new ways. You can start a glorious Louisiana meal with a Corn and Crab Bisque, a Crawfish Boil Chowder, or Mini Bell Peppers Stuffed with Crabmeat. For a main course, why not try a Pork Roast with Apple Pan Gravy, Crisp Chicken Thighs with Creole Jasmine Rice, or a Gulf Shrimp Pasta Primavera? There are lots of desserts, too, like Praline Pumpkin Pie, Macadamia Nut Ice Cream Sandwich, and Sweet Potato Pie Brûlée, plus sidessandwichescooling drinks, and breakfast and brunch fare.

For soul-satisfying everyday dinners with family to amazing weekend feasts with friends, this beautiful book—with more than 100 color photos—brings the intriguing and delicious flavors of Louisiana home, wherever you might live.

Net Galley Review :

Fresh from Louisiana is an authentic cookbook from George Graham. It is written by seasons with beautiful photographs of each recipe. There are fun stories written throughout as well as tips and a guide of where to shop for high quality Louisiana ingredients. Great for readers not lucky enough to live in this great state. Where good food is a way of life and always fun to read the stories around the food. Lisa

Posted in net galley, Recommended by lisa

Making Artisan Breads in the Bread Machine:

Beautiful Loaves and Flatbreads from All Over the World – Includes Loaves Made Start-to-Finish in the … Start in the Machine and Finish in the Oven 

Delicious, comforting, and authentic artisan breads are expensive to buy at your grocery store or local bakery. Now you can use your bread machine to make them at home for a fraction of what store-bought breads cost.

Veteran chef, baker, and food writer Michelle Anderson has put dozens of models and sizes of bread machines through their paces and knows better than anyone what a bread machine can do. Would you like a boule or a baguette with your next picnic or brunch? Would the delectable aroma of a just-made ciabatta or focaccia create the perfect atmosphere for your next pasta supper? Michelle shows you the fastest and easiest ways to make these and many other rustic and comforting breads. Her recipes include breads made from start to finish in the bread machine and others that, because of their shape, are started in the bread machine and finished in a regular oven—the latter still a much easier method than starting from scratch on a counter-top.

Rugbrod (Danish rye bread), Irish Soda Bread, San Francisco Sourdough, German Peasant Bread, Pane Siciliano…there’s a wide and wondrous world of amazing breads to discover in the pages of this book. You’ll even find chapters on cheese breads and herb breads, and an especially delicious one on sweet breads to have for dessert or with your morning coffee.

Millions of people are rediscovering the simple, soul-warming pleasures of freshly made, home-cooked bread. It’s not a lot of work at all—if you own a bread machine and have a copy of this incredibly inventive and eminently reliable cookbook.

Net Galley Book review:

Making Artisan Breads in the Bread Machine includes a comprehensive look into how a bread machine works before listing 100 recipes you can try at home. The recipes found within the book look and sound tasty. I am somewhat disappointed that only about 25% are made entirely in the bread machine. But I understand to get a certain look to a crust the oven is the only way to go. If you have a bread maker ( or on Christmas list) check this book out and enjoy these tasty bread….. Lisa