Monday, April 13, 2015

Pure Food

Bring more whole, real ingredients into your kitchen and replace processed foods with the 120 plant-based recipes in Pure Food.

A busy mother of three who was frustrated with trying to find healthy, organic snacks for her kids, Veronica Bosgraaf decided to make one herself, the Pure Bar. Now nationally available and widely beloved, the bar kick started a nutrition overhaul in Veronica’s home. Clean foods and a new, simple way of cooking and eating replaced anything overly processed and loaded with sugar.
Organized by month to take advantage of seasonal produce, Pure Food shares Veronica’s easy vegetarian recipes, many of which are vegan and gluten-free, too.

• January: Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, Winter Garlic and Vegetable Stew, Chocolate Rice Pudding
• April: Asparagus with Turmeric-Spiced Almonds, Egg Noodles with Wild Mushrooms and Spring Greens, Roasted Cauliflower with Quinoa and Cashews
• July: Watermelon Mint Salad, Grilled Garlic and Summer Squash Skewers with Chimichurri, The Perfect Veggie Burger
• November: Caramelized Pear Muffins, Parsnip and Thyme Cream Soup, Wild Rice and Pecan Stuffing

With 18 color photographs and tips for "cleaning" your kitchen and lifestyle—from drying your own herbs to getting rid of chemical cleaners—Pure Food shows the simple steps you can take to make your cooking and living more healthful.

My thoughts: It's no secret around here that my husband and I kind of went crazy on starting plants for our garden this year, trying new varieties and plants, as well as just expanding the garden a lot more than it has been in years previous. So, this cookbook has come at the perfect time! I love how it is split up into months and centers around the fresh produce that is commonly available at that time. If you have a garden, are a member of a CSA, or just enjoy supporting your local farmers markets, then this is a wonderful resource for you! I love that the recipes are easy to follow and that they don't require one to run out and totally restock one's pantry with a bunch of ingredients that you will just use for one recipe (that is kind of a pet peeve of mine. lol). Instead, these recipes are kid and adult friendly! The perfect place to start for cooking more wholesome dishes.
I received this book from Blogging for books in exchange for my honest review.

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