I remember watching The Next Food Network Star when Melissa D’Arabian was a contestant. She was personable and down-to-earth. A mother who was set on making delicious meals for her family. When she won the competitions, she was awarded with her own show on The Food Network. With her second cookbook, D’Arabian concentrates on healthy recipes using ingredients you can find at your local supermarket (and not those expensive specialty stores).
Most of the recipes in Supermarket Healthy sound delicious. D’Arabian includes some blueprints for things such as frittatas (which I’ve always wanted to try and make), slow cookers, and melts (sandwiches). These items are versatile and cooks can choose the ingredients they prefer in these items. With breakfast. The cookbook includes breakfasts; snacks; soups and stews; salads, wraps, and sandwiches; veggie mains (vegetarian); pasta; fish and seafood; chicken and turkey; beef, pork, and lamb; sides; and desserts. Another addition to the book are helpful strategies (tips or hints) for the supermarket, working in the kitchen, and entertaining.
Kale Breakfast Salad
Vanilla and Blueberry Cheesecake Pudding.
While a popular complaint about eating healthy is that it costs too much money, I believe the bigger complaint is that it takes to long to prepare healthy meals. Some of D’Arabian’s recipes will still take some time but several of them are quick and easy. I prefer cookbooks with more photos, but there few that were included in this book made me hungry. If you’re looking for something that doesn’t include a lot of processed food (like the Hungry Girl), this might be a good option for you.
***Blogging for Books provided me with a free copy of this cookbook in exchange for an honest and fair review.