Don’t you just love it when those random Amazon purchases end up changing your life?
Before the beginning of the year I wanted to set a new mentality for 2017, add a lot of healthy alternatives to my diet and still cut down on cooking time. I love to cook and bake, but it’s not feasible to spend an hour plus in the kitchen every night with how many other projects we have going on. But on the other hand, I don’t want to settle for quick, unhealthy alternatives.
So after about 15 minutes of amazon review searching and doing my best to judge a book by it’s cover, I decided to give Healthy in a Hurry (William Sonoma): Simple, Wholesome Recipes for Every Meal of the Day a try. Honestly, what sold me was the picture of grilled chicken skewers with spicy peanut sauce. It was game over at that point.
The first recipe we tried was the Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes, Herbs & Lemon, and we we’re impressed by how easy and juicy the whole dish was. The next week I made Walnut Chicken with Basil and Roasted Asparagus with Walnuts and Orange Zest, and after devouring every bit of that dinner in seconds, we decided we were going to cook every recipe in the book.
Since then, here’s some of our favorites that we’ve tried//
Whole-Wheat Pizza with Broccoli Rabe & Turkey Sausage
Vegetable & Lentil Soup
Spicy Seafood Stew with Quinoa (AMAZING)
Walnut Chicken With Basil
Pork Medallions with Romesco Sauce
Quinoa Black Bean Burgers
Spinach, Pear, & Pomegranate Salad
It involves a lot more prep and grocery shopping time than I usually care for, but I don’t think we have ever eaten as healthy or tried so many new things. I usually go through the book on Sunday, finding new recipes to try, then look through the ingredients and add anything to my list that I don’t already have.
It’s also great because we both are working in the kitchen at the same time, something that was a little stressful at first (usually one person cooks and the other cleans), but has become a really fun way to unwind after work. And only once I cut myself – the cheese grater got the best of me.
Most of these recipes we’ve been able to accomplish in about 30 minutes, and the prep usually isn’t too bad either. I’ve been starting to prep as much as I can the night before or on Sunday, but even with chopping and dicing we’re still not wasting too much time.
- Delicious and unique recipes
- Healthy, low-sodium, no-butter, low sugar
- Has a lot of nutritional information along with the recipe
- Pretty quick and you can prep ahead
- Great vegetarian ideas
- Lots of useful tips, quick side recipes, helpful lists.
- There’s a recipe for guacamole that’ll make you lose your mind.
- If you’re a picky eater, you’ll need to suck it up a bit and try something new. Worth it, but can be an obstacle (been there).
- Slightly expensive to start. You’ll need a lot of different oils, herbs, and there’s a lot of fresh veggies which can seem intimidating, but it’s really not adding too much extra costs to our grocery bill.
- Prep on Sunday and review all of the steps and ingredients to make sure you get everything ahead of time.
- Pick recipes that use the same ingredient more than once, cutting back on waste and extra costs.
- Try every single recipe with walnuts. Amazing.
If you’re someone who made a new years resolution to eat healthier but stuck on the same 4 recipes or don’t even know where to begin, this is a book I would highly recommend. Even if you feel comfortable in the kitchen, this will add some amazing ideas to your recipe book that are quick and make you look super professional. Get it or be sorry (tough, but accurate).