…Plus the recipes you must try now!
I have an obsession with cookbooks. I could turn the pages for hours and hours looking at the gorgeous photography and dreaming of what it could all taste like if only the chef would come over and personally cook for me. Out of over 50 cookbooks I own here are my favourite’s that inspire me to eat healthy. These books are full of recipes that are packed with flavour and nutrition.
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AINSLEY’S ULTIMATE BARBECUE BIBLE
Inspired by recipes around the world, Ainsley Harriott creates mouth watering, healthy dishes that are perfect for the BBQ and easy to make.
This is my favourite cookbook and my go-to all year round, even outside of BBQ season.
Why I love it: It has a section that covers the basics on flavouring all types of meats before or during cooking. This includes marinades, spice rubs, glazes, sauces plus sides to go with meat like salsas and chutney’s. It’s AMAZING!
What makes it healthy? Ainsley uses lots of herbs and spices with healthy, fresh ingredients.
The snag: You need to order this from Amazon.co.uk (which I did), but it’s SO worth it. Find the book here.
I have tried every marinade multiple times with various types of meats. Here’s one of my favourites:
Moroccan Spiced Marinade
Great with chicken, lamb and steaks. I also use this to marinade butternut squash.
- 1tbsp olive oil
- Juice of 2 small lemons
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp turmeric
- 1 tsp harissa paste or red chilli from a jar (you can also use dried red chilli’s)
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, crushed
- salt & pepper
Mix in a pestle and mortar or a bowl, then pour onto your meat.
Ideally marinade overnight. If you only have 30 mins marinade at room temperature and this will still infuse great flavour.
Written by holistic nutritionalist Joy McCarthy, creator of the popular blog Joyous Health. Joyous Health focuses on eating delicious, clean, whole foods.
Most of the recipes are dairy and gluten-free and are all refined sugar-free.
Why I love it: This book has more than just healthy recipes. It covers ways to improve digestion, increase energy, improve skin, lose weight, lower blood pressure, feel fantastic and so much more.
What makes it healthy? Tips to improve overall health, suggestions for shopping healthy on a budget and recipes that change your mindset about eating. Giving you the tools to eat healthy and live well, without dieting.
You can find the book here.
Here’s a tasty Turmeric Sea Salt Popcorn recipe from the book:
- 3tbsp (45 mL) coconut oil
- 1/2 cup (125 mL) organic popcorn kernels
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) sea salt
- 1/2 tsp (2 mL) turmeric
- Ground black pepper
Makes 4 to 5 cups. For cooking instructions visit Joyous Health. Then go ahead and sneak into the movies!
THE G.I. DIET
Written by Rick Gallop (Past President of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario) and Dr. Ruth Gallop.
Even though this is referred to as a ‘diet’ it’s actually about changing the way you eat forever.
It provides invaluable information on food portions, balancing heart healthy fats, eating whole grains, the importance of healthy proteins and so much more. And of course, it follows the glycemic index, which measures the speed your body digests food and converts it to glucose – your body’s energy source.
Why I love it: It encourages you to eat all types of foods, but gives you information to help you choose the best options to eat healthy, i.e. stone ground bread instead of white bread. The book is also very easy to follow with an index of green light, yellow light and red light foods.
What makes it healthy? It educates you on how your body digests different types of food, which impacts your overall health. You can find the book here.
I QUIT SUGAR
Written by Sarah Wilson, a qualified health coach with the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York. I Quit Sugar provides an 8-week detox program to help eliminate sugar from your diet and teach you to finally eat healthy.
It provides the tools to get equipped and delivers over 100 delicious sugar free recipes.
Why I love it: The 8 week program is very gradual which makes it easy to cut sugar out and replace the sweets with whole foods that make you feel great inside and out.
What makes it healthy? Everything! This book is all about getting back to real food and fuelling your body with the healthy stuff – for good.
You can find the book here.
For a taste of what I Quite Sugar is all about try this Spinach and Fennel Smoothie.
WORLD FOOD CAFE
World Food Cafe used to be a cafe located near Covent Garden in London. It unfortunately closed, but I’m happy I still have access to the insanely delectable recipes from around the world.
Written by Chris & Carolyn Caldicott – a vegetarian couple who travelled around the world and took the traditional recipes they came across and created tasty vegetarian versions.
Why I love it: Such a variety of recipes from all corners of the earth, which are extremely authentic in taste and quality.
What makes it healthy? Ethnic foods in general are healthy – mainly due to the variety of spices and vegetables. This vegetarian take on these classic recipes boosts the nutritional value with even more veg to help us get to our daily 5. You can find World Food Cafe here.
Take a trip to Western India with this Gujarati Carrot Salad recipe from the book. Serves 4-6
- 1 tbsp black mustard seeds
- 4 carrots grated
- 1 tsp salt
- Juice of 2 limes
- handful of mint leaves roughly chopped.
Dry roast the mustard seeds in a hot pan until they start to pop (cover the pan with a lid to prevent the seeds jumping out). Remove from heat and when cool combine wth remaining ingredients.
This is such an easy recipes that takes carrots to a whole new level.
What books inspire you to eat healthy? Let me know in the comments section below.
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