Supermarket Healthy: Recipes and Know-How for Eating Well Without Spending a Lot by Melissa D'Arabian promises to help you eat healthy on a budget - and without all those weird ingredients you can never find on your local supermarket shelves. The description reads:
Food Network star and New York Times bestselling author Melissa d'Arabian proves that healthy eating at home is easy, achievable, and affordable.
Everyone wants to feel good about what they are eating, serving guests, and feeding their families, but most of us don't do our weekly shopping at pricey specialty stores-- we do it at the local supermarket and we don't want it to break the bank. In her second book, Melissa demystifies the task of preparing nutritious and delicious food by showing exactly how you can make your grocery store work for you. She offers helpful strategies for shopping, cooking, and entertaining, as well as meal blueprints and nutritional information throughout. This book will make you confident about the food you're buying, preparing, and eating. Delicious recipes like Almond Waffles with Raspberry-Basil Sauce, Kale and White Bean Caesar Salad in a Jar, Slow-Roasted Tomato Spaghettini, Flatiron Steaks with Quick Cauliflower Kimchi, and Flourless Fudgy Dream Cookies have something for every type of eater at every meal of the day. No matter your favorite flavors or dietary needs, cooking on a budget is empowering-- and now you can learn how to make every bite count. If cooking at home is the key to healthy living, Supermarket Healthy is the only tool you'll need.
I was really excited to get this book because I try to eat healthy, but I don't like having to go to special stores to track down ingredients I've never heard of and my family might not enjoy or eat. In addition, we're on a very tight budget and can't afford to spend a ton of extra money on groceries. I did like this cookbook, but it wasn't exactly what I expected. Many of the recipes are extremely time consuming or difficult to make, and I'm looking to get dinner on the table quickly on weeknights. Also, a lot of ingredients are used that are on the weird side, such as kale, kelp noodles, Japanese eggplant, saffron threads,cotija cheese, canned sardines, and miso paste. Also, there are nowhere near enough pictures. I like to see a recipe before I make it and that is severely lacking with this cookbook.
However, with all that said, I did see a handful of recipes I'd like to make from this book. I appreciated Melissa's easy writing style, clear instructions, and hints and tips throughout the book. While it's not quite what I personally expected, I imagine that others who have a larger budget and/or are more into eating different types of foods will like this cookbook much more than me. I'm excited to try some new foods and recipes!
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.