Best healthy cookbooks 2022 for easy and nutritious recipes

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hen it comes to creating healthy meals, you may be fooled into thinking they’re drab salads full of wilted greens or tasteless grains mixed with “health foods” that bring little joy to our stomachs. But that couldn’t be further from the truth.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to lead to a restrictive diet where you can’t enjoy your favorite foods; we’re talking carbs and cheese, of course. Instead, consider nutrition and everything in moderation.

It also doesn’t have to be expensive, time-consuming or complex, and in fact it should be quite the opposite. Most nutritious and tasty meals require very few ingredients, and since they usually contain fruits and vegetables, they are likely to be cost-effective, especially when cooked in batches.

To give you an example of a home-cooked meal that’s delicious and nutritious, takes just…minutes to cook, and feeds a family of four, we made…From Mindful Chef’s…. Range.

So whether you’re looking to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, cook nutritious meals for the whole family, or just want to expand your cooking repertoire, check out our roundup of healthy cookbooks.

Freeze: super nutritious meals to batch cook, freeze and eat to order

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If you find cooking to be a chore, especially after a busy day at work, then master the art of batch cooking with Freeze. Offering loads of delicious and nutritious recipes that are also super quick, this cookbook will teach you everything there is to know about convenient cooking.

It’s also great for those starting out on their journey as a chef, as there are endless tips and tricks, as well as suggestions on how to modify ingredients based on dietary requirements. We love the Easy Midweek Meals chapter which includes Wild Mushroom Risotto, Keralan Vegetable Curry and the most comforting Thai Sweet Potato Curry. There are also chapters on essential garnishes and seasonings, so replace your store-bought pasta sauce with a homemade one that takes minutes to prepare and contains no nasty ingredients.

With smart meal prep solutions, you’ll be able to show the whole office your on-the-go lunch that’s more than just a measly sandwich (to the envy of your colleagues).

Pinch of Nom: 100 homemade recipes to lose weight

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Embarking on a weight loss journey doesn’t have to mean saying goodbye to the foods you once loved and replacing them with boring salad leaves. Instead, with Pinch of Nom, you can try delicious recipes that are so delicious, you won’t notice any weight loss. Every meal we tried was satisfying, tasty and we never felt like we were missing out on anything; there’s even a chapter on fakes for when we’re craving Chinese noodles.

For a healthy family meal try the Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta and if you have a craving for something sweet then the Apricot Apple Oatmeal Crumble is perfect. So whether you’re trying to shed a few pounds or just looking for easy meals that work for the whole family, this cookbook is a must.

Each recipe comes with a list of substitute ingredients which is great for helping you use the components you already have.

Rice & Grains: More than 70 delicious and nutritious recipes

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There is no better cookbook to educate us on the surprisingly large world of rice and grains. While most of us can only name a few grains, Kathy Kordals gives us 70 recipes that include all sorts of special varieties of rice and quinoa, rye, and bulgar.

Each dish is relatively simple, yet incredibly creative and we loved the chicken, carrot and Harissa barley couscous that the whole family ate for Sunday lunch. For a healthy dessert, try Peach Quinoa Almond Pie, perfect for a guilt-free after-dinner dessert. If you’re feeling adventurous, substitute your normal weekend brunch with quinoa corn fritters with crispy bacon and beet yogurt.

The photography that accompanies the recipes is also amazing: we never thought that rice and cereals could look so appetizing.

Ottolenghi test kitchen: love for shelves

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Intuitive cooking can be difficult. You’ve probably spent more time than you’d care to admit in front of your kitchen cabinets or refrigerator, absently staring at the can of tomatoes in the corner or the half-eaten block of cheese and wondering how this can be turned into a nutritious meal. and tasty. . If ever there was a cookbook to help with this age-old problem, it’s Shelf Love.

These evocative Ottolenghi recipes are exactly what you’d expect from the creative chef, but this time they give us more flexibility to use what we have on hand to edit and modify these dishes. Each recipe features a DIY box that allows you to substitute multiple ingredients or simplify the process if you’re short on time.

We made the Creamy Dreamy Hummus with a can of leftover chickpeas and bell peppers from the fridge and followed it up with a tomato salad to use up other veggies we already had.

fresh indian

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Home chefs know that the secret to flavor is often slow cooking. Letting sauces simmer and spices roast for hours produces notes that are virtually impossible to replicate in a fast food meal. Unless you have Sodha’s Fresh India tome on hand. Somehow it manages to recreate this depth of flavors in just a fraction of the time.

The 130 recipes in this book are quick, easy, and designed for everyday cooking. Also, all the recipes are vegetarian and the ingredients can be substituted to make vegan meals as well. Our favorite dish was roasted cauliflower korma and we loved trying puddings like peanut kulfi and pistachio cake.

Deliciously Ella Quick & Easy: Plant-Based Deliciousness

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British food writer and viral sensation Deliciously Ella has finally released a cookbook featuring a plethora of recipes that are truly perfect for any and all meals.

If you’re looking for something simple in the evening after work, check out the 10-Minute Recipes chapter that proves that plant-based eating isn’t complicated or time-consuming. With a little more free time, enjoy delicious pasta, noodles or vegetable dishes from the 20-minute section.

After crowd-pleasing dishes for friends and family that cater to all dietary requirements? The weekend chapter has you covered with recipes like spinach and chickpea curry and mushroom and walnut ragu, guaranteed to be devoured by hungry mouths.

The nutrition information pages are a particularly prominent feature, explaining how to consume all essential vitamins and minerals, such as protein, calcium, and B12 on a vegan diet.

Mind Food: Plant-Based Recipes for Positive Mental Health

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Eating healthy isn’t just good for your body, it’s good for your mind too, which is why this groundbreaking cookbook “helps you reimagine the way you think about mental health in parallel with food,” according to author Lauren Lovatt. Sharing her mental health journey, Lovatt presents a series of plant-based recipes that are creative, informative, and most importantly, delicious.

We’re big fans of seasonal ingredient pages that help us align our minds and bodies with what we eat. The recipes encourage cooking with fresh produce and we were impressed with the Pumpkin Arancini, packed with healthy fats and vegetables. His creative approach to holistic eating is unlike anything we’ve seen before and we love the number of superfoods we feed our bodies with these great meal ideas.

The Ultimate Bite: A Whole New Approach to Making Desserts Year-Round

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It’s not worth knowing what award-winning pastry chef Anna Higham doesn’t know about baking. This revolutionary dessert cookbook covers everything from skills and seasonings, to techniques and tasting. With over 150 recipes along with beautiful illustrations and photography, this cookbook will soon become her baking bible as she learns more about the foods she cooks and how to make her own desserts, all with health and balance in mind. essence.

Divided by season, there are recipes for berries in the summer, apples and pears in the fall, citrus in the winter, and nuts and grains in the spring. Must-have dishes include sage meringues, burnt butter cakes, and black currant leaf oil. Get ready to take your cooking skills up a notch, or five, with this cookbook.

The easy gluten free cookbook

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The Easy Gluten Free Cookbook is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to cook tasty and satisfying meals. These recipes are simple and uncomplicated, and many of them are perfect for an entire family and cater to a host of dietary requirements. They also take an average of 30 minutes, require only one pot or pan, and can be made with five or fewer main ingredients—ideal if you’re looking to whip up a quick after-work meal with just cupboard essentials.

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