Tag: healthy eating

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Review: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook

Book Details: Book Title: The Complete Food Substitutions Handbook Author: Jean B. MacLeod Genre: Non-fiction, Food, Reference Publisher: Self-Published / Indie Publication Date: November 6th, 2018   Book Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ✩✩✩✩ For the Novice and Foodie Cooks, And Anyone Who Is […]

Book Review: Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Burn Fat, Heal Your Body by Nicolas Ty

Book Review: Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight, Burn Fat, Heal Your Body by Nicolas Ty

Book Details Book title: Intermittent Fasting: Lose Weight Burn Fat Heal Your Body Author: Nicolas Ty Publication Date: December 31st, 2017 Genre: Self-Help, Diet, Weightloss My thoughts: Intermittent Fasting is a fascinating insight into a lifestyle concept that is less diet and more habit adjustment. […]

Book Review: Good And Cheap: Eat Well on $ 4/Day

Book Review: Good And Cheap: Eat Well on $ 4/Day

Book Review: Good And Cheap - A Awesome CookbookBook Details:


Title: Good And Cheap: Eat Well On $4/Day

Author: Leanne Brown

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Publication Date: July 14th, 2015

Genre: Cookbook, Budget


My thoughts:


I am not usually a fan of budget cookbooks. These tend to be hastily written, or need ingredients that are really not for someone who is truly on a budget. It is similar to telling someone who has no money to save money by not going to Starbucks, when they never go to Starbucks in the first place – BECAUSE THEY CAN’T AFFORD IT.

Now, I am not – by a long shot, in need for a 4 Dollar a day cookbook, but, I do like to make some simple meals every once in a while (who has the time to cook gourmet meals all of the time? I know I don’t), so I did not only approach this cookbook from a budget perspective, but from how easy the meals were to follow along, and how many “out of the ordinary” ingredients, and tools one needs to create them.


Now, that is where Good And Cheap surprised me. I was happy to see, that the Author managed to make a wide variety of healthy, and tasteful meals, with limited ingredients, that did not take a lot of time, and still were yummy. Not only that, she accompanied the book with beautiful photographs, which made Good And Cheap look less a budget cookbook, but rather a book filled with comfort food, that everyone can enjoy.


Most of the meals are quick – they are even quicker if you prepare your legumes, such as lentils and beans ahead of time and freeze them. The recipes are easy enough to follow along, no matter what your comfort level in the kitchen is, which I loved.

Many of the recipes in this book are vegetarian, based on the truth that meat is a lot more expensive, but a not necessary protein source. I find that to be the truth, and reducing meat in your everyday cooking is much healthier. But, of course, there is something for everyone in here – and plenty of recipes for toppings of your favorite hot dog!


Overall, I truly enjoyed Good And Cheap – much more than I thought I would. The Cold Asian Noodles and the Brusselsprout Hash ended up being my two favorite recipes from the book.


Good And Cheap is by far the best budget cookbook I have read in a while.


My rating:


5 out of 5 Stars


Book Summary:


A perfect and irresistible idea: A cookbook filled with delicious, healthful recipes created for everyone on a tight budget.

While studying food policy as a master’s candidate at NYU, Leanne Brown asked a simple yet critical question: How well can a person eat on the $4 a day given by SNAP, the U.S. government’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program informally known as food stamps? The answer is surprisingly well: Broiled Tilapia with Lime, Spicy Pulled Pork, Green Chile and Cheddar Quesadillas, Vegetable Jambalaya, Beet and Chickpea Salad—even desserts like Coconut Chocolate Cookies and Peach Coffee Cake. In addition to creating nutritious recipes that maximize every ingredient and use economical cooking methods, Ms. Brown gives tips on shopping; on creating pantry basics; on mastering certain staples—pizza dough, flour tortillas—and saucy extras that make everything taste better, like spice oil and tzatziki; and how to make fundamentally smart, healthful food choices.

The idea for Good and Cheap is already proving itself. The author launched a Kickstarter campaign to self-publish and fund the buy one/give one model. Hundreds of thousands of viewers watched her video and donated $145,000, and national media are paying attention. Even high-profile chefs and food writers have taken note—like Mark Bittman, who retweeted the link to the campaign; Francis Lam, who called it “Terrific!”; and Michael Pollan, who cited it as a “cool kickstarter.” In the same way that TOMS turned inexpensive, stylish shoes into a larger do-good movement, Good and Cheap is poised to become a cookbook that every food lover with a conscience will embrace.

Book Review: Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank

Book Review: Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank

Book Details Title: Meditate Your Weight Author: Tiffany Cruikshank Publisher: Crown Publishing Publication Date: April 5th, 2016 My review: Mindfulness, meditation, and healthy living come together to form a comprehensive and detailed program to enhance one’s living standards, in Meditate Your Weight by Tiffany Cruikshank. […]

For The Chocolate Lovers Among Us: Vegan: 101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes – A Review

For The Chocolate Lovers Among Us: Vegan: 101 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes – A Review

I received Vegan: 1o1 Delicious Chocolate Vegan Diet Recipes for free in return for an honest review I love chocolate, and so does my vegan daughter, but finding recipes we both will find satisfying, while not feeling that we are depriving ourselves, are not always the […]

Enabling Healthy Eating For Everyone: Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth A Review

Enabling Healthy Eating For Everyone: Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth A Review

book review, cookbook review, healthy eatingAs a parent of one vegan daughter, a vegetarian son, a husband who loves to eat meat, and me trying to just eat clean and healthy, it is difficult to find a constant supply of recipes and cookbooks that will make everyone in my family happy. On top of that, some cookbooks either need crazy ingredients, or outlandish tools, that are expensive and take away space, I frankly don’t have.

But, spiralizers are a wonderful way to add veggies to meat eater meals, as well as create complete healthy, clean and vegan meals with not much effort.

That is also why I love Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth because it has something for all of my picky eaters. There are the typical recipes that we usually associate with spiralizers – vegan or vegetarian in variety, but there are also those recipes where meat-eaters get their turn, while still staying healthy.

The detail with which the Author depicted how to best choose a spiralizer, which veggies work well and some additional information that adds health and value to your meals impressed me. When I purchase cookbooks I want more than just a mere list of recipes, I want direction, inspiration, and instructions that can give me the tools I need to create my own spin on recipes, not necessarily found in that particular book. Zoodles has done exactly that, which is why I am very happy with it.

On top of that, Zoodles is beautifully formatted and visually pretty, which is absolutely a plus for me when it comes to cookbooks.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review


Book Details:


Title: Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook 

Author: Sonnet Lauberth

Publisher: Rockridge Press

Publication Date: November, 2016

Genre: Non-Fiction, Cookbook


Book Rating:


5 out of 5 Stars


Enabling Healthy Eating For Everyone: Zoodles – Spiralizer Cookbook by Sonnet Lauberth A ReviewBook Summary:


Swap those high-carb noodles for low-carb zoodles. Spiralize your way into a more veggie-filled diet with Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook, your complete resource for turning your favorite produce into delicious pasta.

Working more vegetables into your diet can be challenging. But it doesn’t have to be! From restaurant chefs to home cooks, hip foodies to working moms, spiralizing is becoming increasingly popular as a way to enjoy healthier versions of the pasta and noodle dishes you love to eat. You’ll get all the benefits of nutrient-rich vegetables with all the satisfaction of your favorite flavors.

Certified Health Coach and food blogger Sonnet Lauberth offers new takes on your favorite noodle dishes and shows you how to transform produce into pasta. Her popular blog, In Sonnet’s Kitchen, is aimed at helping others eat healthier. The original recipes in Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook are as delicious as they are nutritious, because Sonnet knows that if food doesn’t taste great you won’t eat it, no matter how healthy it may be.

With Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook you’ll create your favorite pasta and noodle recipes free of carbs, gluten, refined sugars, and grains, but packed with the one thing we all want…flavor! Whether you prefer your zoodles light or hearty, on a plate or in a bowl, raw or al dente, the unique dishes in this spiralizer cookbook will satisfy your craving for pasta while changing the way you think about—and eat!—your veggies.

In Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook you’ll find useful information such as:

  • 75 fresh, flavorful zoodle recipes for pastas, soups, noodle dishes, and salads
  • the benefits of different spiralizer models
  • guidance on the best vegetables to use
  • technical tips for success and safety in the kitchen

You don’t have to give up pastas and noodles to eat healthier. Zoodles Spiralizer Cookbook shows you how to easily transform your favorite noodle dishes into low-carb zoodle dishes.


Author Bio:


Sonnet Lauberth, MA, is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, food blogger, freelance recipe developer, writer, and cookbook author. She bought her first spiralizer in 2008 and has been writing her blog, In Sonnet’s Kitchen, since 2010. Sonnet is passionate about simple, healthy cooking; supporting local farmers; and eating with the seasons.

You can find more of her recipes at www.insonnetskitchen.com.