Amelia Freer Cook. Nourish. Glow.
This is the first recipe book from nutritional therapist Amelia Freer and it was launched following the success of her No. 1 bestselling book Eat. Nourish. Glow. Whilst her first book was all about educating us of the health benefits of eating nutritiously and what foods are good for us versus what foods we should not be eating, it's a great book to read for anyone wanting to make a positive change to their diet and lifestyle (see our review here). Cook. Nourish. Glow. is a recipe book containing over 120 easy-to-prepare meals and snacks.
It's not easy to take a couple of healthy ingredients and make a meal of it or to transform them into something tasty. Amelia is great at adding the right flavours to her main ingredients. One of the first recipes is for Spicy Carrot Salad. The two main ingredients are carrots (obviously!) and pumpkin seeds (sounds rather boring, right?!) but then she adds fish sauce, lime and tabasco sauce and it is immediately transformed into a very tasty side dish for any meal.
Many of the recipes in her book are quite versatile, so they can either be served as a side dish as part of your main meal or they can be eaten for lunch on their own.
As well as full recipes, the book has lots of sauce, salsa and dressing recipes so when you become more confident in the kitchen you can make your own and put together your own meals.
An 'On The Go' chapter is full of ideas for food that you can prepare and take with you when you are out, so if you are in a hurry in the morning and don't have time to eat, or if you have to work through lunch on a particular day, you can still eat healthy with Amelia's recipes without grabbing a take-away sandwich which is going to make you feel sluggish by the time you have finished it.
There is even a naughty chapter where you can get your sweet fix in a healthy way!
Some of my favourites recipes from the book are steam-fried cabbage with poached salmon (so simple, nutritious and more importantly delicious), vegetarian chilli with cauliflower rice (so so tasty!) and super green soup with cashew cream (the greenest soup I've ever had, packed with nutrition and again very tasty).
We couldn't recommend this book enough, particularly if you are starting out on a new healthy lifestyle but need some ideas to make healthy food tasty. If this is the case, we recommend that you read Eat. Nourish. Glow first. If you are already a healthy eater, I bet you will get loads of ideas from here that you wouldn't have thought of.