Chef and award-winning food writer, Angela Nilsen, brings us a much needed cookbook in this age of healthy living. Although she says, "this is not a diet book", the recipes provide a healthier version of the recipes you love.
The book is divided into six chapters covering absolutely everything and anything from starters, soups and salads to devilishly good desserts and lots more of course.
The book is very user friendly; it contains health symbols which make it easier to determine if the recipe is low fat, what the sugar and fibre contents are and which vitamins you get from the dish.
My favourite dishes from some of the chapters in the book have to be:
1. Starters, soups and salads
Potato salad. It’s an all-time favourite and this healthy version brings a lovely rustic tone as she keeps the potato skin on to boost fibre and finds a healthier alternative to mayonnaise.
2. Satisfying Family Meals
Burgers with roasted pepper salsa. Nilsen removes all these other condiments that we pile on, like cheese and sauces, and simply adds a roasted pepper salsa on top of the patty, still preserving that wonderful burger experience.
3. Light Entertaining
Salmon en croute. This version of salmon en croute uses filo pastry which is lighter, crispy, flaky and definitely healthier.
4. Devilishly good desserts
Chocolate tart. Yes, I know, I was also shocked to find chocolate tart in a "health" cookbook but I was really excited because now I didn’t have to cheat my health reform with slabs of chocolate. Writing about her chocolate tart, Nilsen says that it's a tart with two-thirds less fat than the classic choc tart. The best news ever!
I could go on reviewing some of my favourite dishes in this book, but that would spoil the whole surprise that you get when you open up this wonderful recipe book.
This is one recipe book I’m keeping close to me, especially for this summer. We've worked so hard on these "summer bodies" to just gain everything back from a lack of understanding healthier ways of preparing our favourite meals. But don’t worry, we won’t gain it all back; and the great news is that, we don't have to starve ourselves either.
Thank you Chef Angela Nilsen.
I give this book, 4 stars (out of 5).