I love getting a new cookbook. Sometimes I just pick one to look through while relaxing to get some good ideas, other times before we go food shopping I get a few out and pick recipes to plan what we need to buy that week. I’ve been so busy recently that I haven’t been taking the time to cook new recipes, so I’m hoping by writing this blog post it will get me more organised to start doing this again. Planning our meals before shopping is definitely a more cost-effective way to shop, and we eat better for it too! It’s easy to get into the habit of buying the same thing each week (everyone likes routine and we end up buying the same products and brands automatically) so always going back to cookbooks and trying new things really wakes things up.
Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward
I loved reading Ella’s story of how she got into her healthy eating and her love for veg. This book made me sort out my cupboards and do a mega healthy food order for all the basic staples. I actually have two favourites from this book: the Roasted Squash, Olive, Avocado and Rocket Salad, and the Coconut Thai Curry. Sorry about the food stain on the page of the book, it has been loved!
Ella’s portions sizes were all over the place in this book (as it was her first) and it’s something she mentioned she was working on improving for her new book. Because of this I tend to alter the portion sizes and make up the quantities of ingredients I put in. I’ve recently bought her second book but haven’t made any of the recipes from it yet. Maybe that one will make it into my next favourites list!
“Awesome ingredients and incredible food that you and your body will love”
Hemsley Hemsley by Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley
This is another book I really enjoy, especially all the information in the first section. They are two sisters who believe in “the art of eating well”. It’s such an interesting cookbook! My mid-week go-to recipe is the Beef Ragu and Courgetti — it’s super YUMMY!! I love how these two still include meat and fish in their diet. I like to have a balanced mix between Ella Woodward’s very veggie recipes and Hemsley Hemsley’s more meat and fish based recipes.
Persiana by Sabrina Ghayour
This is a book based on the Middle East & beyond. My sister had this and after trying a recipe at her house I had to go out and buy it — the food they had cooked me from it was super tasty! I love the front cover, and the book itself is beautiful. I’m really looking forward to cooking more recipes from this one. There’s lots of pomegranate used throughout which is a massive winner for me as I LOVE pomegranate. No joke… I eat it all the time and my boyfriend thinks I’m mad! My favourite recipe from this book is the Ras el Hanout Chicken Wraps served with the Tomato Salad with Pomegranate Molasses. These two recipes are great to serve at dinner parties as they look really impressive and always go down really well.
Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks
If you haven’t heard of him you need to get on Instagram and search @thebodycoach. He makes really great little videos (unless you’re my boyfriend who finds them a little irritating — although he is slowly warming to them!) and he has such a great attitude and humour (“In with the Lucy Bee!” and “MIDGET TREES!” to quote a couple of his famous catchphrases). He posts so many recipe ideas online too, it’s definitely worth following him! After I discovered him I couldn’t resist ordering his book, it’s full of 15 minute meals you have no excuse not to make. There’s so many good recipes I can’t chose just one as my favourite for this book!
River Cottage Light & Easy by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
This cookbook is a great, I use it a lot in the summer when it’s warmer and when I prefer lighter dinners which are quick to knock up. I like to make the most of being outside in the summer, especially with the lighter evenings, as we don’t really have much of a summer living in England and it’s my favourite season! I’m still working my way through this cookbook and trying as many recipes as I can, however my current favourite is the Lamb with Cauliflower and Chickpeas. It’s quick and easy to make and you can make it all in one pan, which means less washing up… YAY!
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