When it comes to eating healthier, one of the common complaints I hear is “Healthy foods are too expensive and too time consuming to prepare.” Okay, that is two common complaints. While I personally feel it is worth some investment of time and resources, we do need to be practical. For that reason I love resources that show people ways for busy people to eat healthy on a budget. That is why I requested to review Melissa D’Arabian’s new cook book Supermarket Healthy – Recipes & Know-How For Eating Well Without Spending a Lot.
I received a review copy of Supermarket Healthy by Melissa D’Arabian through the publisher and Blogging For Books. I actually do not watch the Food Network (should I?) so was not familiar with Melissa D’Arabian. I just thought the concept might fit well with the Feeling Fit, Bit by Bit approach to food and moderation.
My Experience Using Supermarket Healthy
I tried three different recipes featured in this book to get an feel for how doable the recipes are and whether they are tasty. I was happy with both, the instructions were clear and easy to follow. I am a reforming “kitchen-phobe” so if I think a recipe is doable, it likely is. I will make my own sauces, develop my own recipes and make things from scratch, but all of this is recently acquired skills. I still lack the skills to make dainty, attractive fo0d and my meals turn out more rustic than pretty in appearance (as you know if you have seen the images in my cooking posts including this one!).
I was surprised that some of the recipes were including in a cookbook on healthy eating, but I do think there is room for moderation and “sometimes foods” in a healthy lifestyle.
I liked the recipes I have tried and especially like some of the resource content in Supermarket Healthy. Supermarket Healthy features some very helpful “Blueprint” pages that basically give you a guideline to develop your own recipes in the future. I love this as it helps the reader apply the content to their lifestyle beyond the recipes in the book. Thinking back to my recent “kitchen-phobe” days, I would have appreciated this book. However the collection of recipes also makes it suitable for more experienced cooks as well.
About Supermarket Healthy
According to the publisher, Supermarket Healthy “proves that healthy eating at home is easy, achievable, and affordable.”
Supermarket Healthy includes recipes such as:
- Breakfast: Healthy Breakfast Benedict; Kale Breakfast Salad; Cinnamon Popovers
- Snacks: Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites; Almond-Chocolate Panini; d’Arabian Family Protein Bars
- Soups and Stews: Creamy Cauliflower “Baked Potato” Soup; Pork and Rice Noodle Pho
- Salads, Wraps, and Sandwiches: Southwestern Chicken Salad with Smoked Paprika Dressing; Fried Green Tomato, Bacon, and Spinach Sandwich; Artichoke, Red Pepper, and Mushroom Melts
- Veggie Mains: Portobello Steak-Frites with Sweet Potatoes; Acorn Squash “Fondue”
- Pasta: Rigatoni with Turkey Meatballs; Tuna Noodle Bowls
- Fish and Seafood: Oven-Baked Crab Cakes with Tangy Yogurt Sauce; Grilled Orange-Glazed Tuna
- Chicken and Turkey: Spicy Honey-Mustard Chicken; Lemon-Thyme Turkey Pita Burgers
- Beef, Pork, and Lamb: Slow Cooker Beef Rice Balls; Lamb Tagine with Squash and Prunes
- Sides: Creamy Brown Rice “Risotto”; Curry-Glazed Carrots
- Dessert: Flourless Fudgy Dream Cookies; Roasted Fruit and Homemade Ricotta
Supermarket Healthy Summary:
- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter (December 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307985172
- ISBN-13: 978-0307985170
About the Author MELISSA D’ARABIAN
MELISSA D’ARABIAN was a corporate finance and strategy executive before becoming a stay-at-home mom to her four daughters. Well-known as the season five winner of Food Network Star and as the host of Food Network’s Ten Dollar Dinners and Cooking Channel’s Drop 5 Lbs with Good Housekeeping, she also developed the acclaimed FoodNetwork.com series The Picky Eaters Project, serves as a lead judge on Guy’s Grocery Games, and is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Ten Dollar Dinners. Melissa has an MBA from Georgetown University and lives with her family in San Diego. Visit her at www.melissadarabian.net.
The Food Network website features a couple recipes from Supermarket Healthy, Visit here for details for a peek at several of the featured recipes.
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