One complaint I have with “healthy” or “weight loss” cookbooks is that many of them feature recipes that would not appeal to the rest of my family. As a mom, feeding the family is my number one goal when cooking meals. I don’t usually think of myself first when choosing what to cook.
While I do cook healthy, I also feed a house full of boys, so my healthy meals involve some carbs, some meat, some veggies, and even a dessert or two. So, I was admittedly skeptical of the appeal of Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook: Eat Up and Slim Down with More Than 350 Healthy Recipes when I first dove into it. Happily, I found that it includes one-pot meals, including slow cooker meals; hearty main and side dishes, sweet treats; smoothies, shakes, and other drinks; and plenty of ideas for snacks and add-ons.
Author/sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison are busy moms themselves with large families, and they write that the recipes in this cookbook are foods they feed their own families. When I saw the recipe for cheddar-herb biscuits, I knew this book might be a winner. And then I found chocolate and jelly donuts and lazy lasagna! Now we’re getting somewhere.
The lengthy introduction is actually the most useful part of the book as the authors provide a wealth of information on serving sizes, portions, kitchen tools, ingredients, and substitutions. This chapter is the key to understanding how you can actually cook and eat foods such as those mentioned above and still be eating healthy. Another great feature is the heft of the book itself–more than 500 pages of inspiring ideas for tons of variety and combinations.
You don’t have to be on a weight-loss plan or even be following the Trim Healthy Mama plan to enjoy using Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook. As a busy homeschooling mom, I am finding that not only has this cookbook added some delicious new recipes to my family’s meal plan, but it has also helped me better organize and plan our meals by giving me easy, quick, and “basic ingredient” ideas. Let me tell you, the salads in a jar are genius for busy school days.
The publisher provided a review copy of Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook.