Parragon Book Buddy – Natural

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.I have to admit, this is by far the biggest cook book I’ve ever had the pleasure to review from Parragon Books. Not only is it large in presence but it also has a solid feel with over 300 pages stuffed with ideas and inspiration. The picture above doesn’t do its justice as in reality the cover of the book is embossed but as much as I wanted to show it, I simply couldn’t photograph it in any way that it would be visible.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment contains eight main chapters:

  1. Wake Up!
  2. Energy-Fuelling Lunches
  3. Super-Charged Snacks & Sides
  4. Dressings, Sauces & Dips
  5. A Feast of Vegetables
  6. Power-Packed Protein
  7. The Sweet Stuff
  8. Healthy Nectars

The titles are pretty self-explanatory so they give you a very good idea what type of dishes you might find inside this cook book.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.In addition, as with most books from the Love Food series, this cookbook provides tons of information about naturally good ingredients. You can find in there all the knowledge you could seek about food superheroes like chia seeds, wheatgrass, coconut oil or water and well as many more.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.All the recipes in the book come providing the number of servings, preparation and cook time as well as a lovely clear picture of the final dish ready for serving. I love cookbooks that come with nice photography as it makes me more inspired to actually recreate the dish. Plain text might be good for some but I like to see what to aim for and how close I can get my copy cat dish to its desired form and plating.

To add to this, Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment also gives you the expected nutritional value for each dish being calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, carbs, fibre, protein and salt.

Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment – 320 pages of wonderful recipes that use fresh, natural and simple ingredients to help provide a healthier and cleaner approach to everyday eating.For us 2016 is a back to basics year; we have big changes coming and one of them is to go back to our roots when it comes to food… eat natural, eat clean and most of all eat healthy, so this cook book was a wonderful gift which I am sure will get a lot of use and you will most likely see a lot of recipes on the blog which were inspired by it.

Do you have any food related plans and resolution for 2016?

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Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment
ISBN 978-1-4723-9243-5
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 320
RRP: £20
Hardcover

*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Natural – Wholesome Recipes for Pure Nourishment” cookbook.

Parragon Book Buddy – Christmas Recipes & Crafts

Christmas Recipes & Crafts” from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas.

"Christmas Recipes & Crafts" from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas.Christmas is a truly magical time of the year. There’s the crisp, cool bite of winter, the smell of pine needles, twinkling lights and, if you are lucky, even a few jingle bells jingling, too. And that’s just outside. Inside cosy homes everywhere, the smell of fresh baked mince pies and biscuits mingle with the scent of the freshly cut Christmas tree… this is the beginning to the introduction… isn’t it a wonderful way to put you in the festive spirit?

The cookbook is stuffed with everything you might need for a perfect Christmas feast. Starting with the morning meal like rich orange crepes or pain au chocolate cinnamon rolls, via starters, main meal, sides and sauces and of course a selection of desserts and baked goodies; there is even a chapter on Christmas drinks like eggnog, mulled wine or a hot brandy chocolate. And if you don’t fancy a rummage through the entire cookbook, simply open up to the Christmas favourites section where you will find 14 recipes which will keep you, your family and friends well fed through the entire day.

Christmas Recipes & Crafts from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas. Each and every recipe is clearly presented, providing you with an estimated cook time, number of servings and of course the ever essential ingredients list and method; and you can see the final dish just to give you a rough idea what to aim for.

The last chapter of the book features crafts; there are 10 projects to pick from and they vary from stockings, snowflake cards to a Christmas wreath. There are even templates, which you can use to make your crafting project easier.

Christmas Recipes & Crafts from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas. The book itself is beautiful. The pages are smooth and shiny and they feel very luxurious. Each recipe has a clear pictures and the food photography is lovely, it really makes you want to recreate it and devour as soon as it is ready.

Christmas Recipes & Crafts from Parragon Books offers a wonderful selection of ideas for the perfect homemade Christmas. I know that most of us like to stick to the old favourites when it comes to Christmas but if you are open to something new or in need of some festive inspiration, I can truly recommend this book.

Do you like to experiment and try new dishes this festive season?

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Christmas Recipes & Crafts
ISBN 978-1-4723-9253-4
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 224
RRP: £15
Hardcover

*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Christmas Recipes & Crafts” cookbook.

Clean & Green – Almost Green Cleanser

Clean & Green – Almost Green CleanserAll varieties of shakes, juices and smoothies are usually, very popular during the summer time. We have an abundance of fresh fruit and veggies to consume and so we try to mix them up in order to create something special. Some of these mixtures will no doubt have a pure self-indulgence purpose but some can be very tasty and a healthy addition to our daily diet.

This “almost green cleanser” was inspired by the Green Cleanser recipe from Clean & Green by Parragon Books. This lovely book is packed with an amazing selection of green juices, smoothies, shots and soups… and just as the title states they are all green 🙂

Most recipes don’t require any cooking (well… the soups do); all you need to make most of them is a blender or a juicer. So if you have these two kitchen appliance I would highly recommend buying Clean & Green.

But back to my almost green cleanser… I called it almost green as the original recipe calls for avocado, which would make the final smoothie really green. I skipped the avocado and replaced it with pineapple and redcurrants… so let’s start with the ingredients:Clean & Green – My Almost Green Cleanser

  • 30g curly kale
  • 2 springs of parsley
  • 2 kiwi fruits
  • 2 slices of fresh pineapple
  • 1 apple
  • Handful of redcurrants
  • Handful of crushed ice (optional)

Method:

Wash, trim and peel (if needed) your fruit and veggies.

Cut them into smaller pieces which will be more suitable for your juicer.

Feed all the ingredients, one by one, into your juicer.

Pour into a glass filled with crushed ice and serve and enjoy!

Clean & Green - Almost Green CleanserDo you like fresh juices and smoothies during the hot summer months?

Does the hot weather inspire you to eat more fresh fruit and veggies?

What would be inside your favourite green cleanser?

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Clean & Green
ISBN 978-1-4723-8936-7
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 128
RRP: £10.00
Paperback; perfect bound

*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.

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Parragon Book Buddy – Casual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy

Parragon Book Buddy – Casual Cooking – Go On, It’s HealthyToday I would love to share with you a new cookbook that I received from Parragon Books – “Go On, It’s Healthy“. This 192 pages cookbook has a wide range of delicious recipes to help you enjoy a wholesome, nutritious diet, every meal of the day. Wake up with a vibrant recipe from Rise & shine! Or knock up a sustaining small meal with Smalls, sides & shares. Whip up a quick and healthy snack with Snack attack, or a nourishing family meal with What’s for dinner? Finally, finish off with a light sweet treat with All things sweet.

“Go On, It’s Healthy” is the perfect cookbook for anyone looking for healthy meal options. In addition to mouth-watering recipes this cookbook also contains a lot of top tips which will help you to determine what a healthy diet really is and how to incorporate it into our everyday life and interesting facts about common ingredients we use in everyday cooking.

I found a section about making healthy swaps particulate helpful – I knew that I can replace golden syrup with honey, but I had no idea that to reduce sugar intake I can also replace them both with a rice malt syrup (it is a fructose-free sweetener made from fermented cooked rice). This is just an example of a clever swap we can make in order to improve our eating habits and take them to a “healthy level”.

We all have different requirements when it comes to our diet. I might want a reduced fat recipe but someone else might be more interested in a reduced sugar or a high fibre meal. “Go On, It’s Healthy” takes this into account; if the recipe falls into one of these five categories:

  • Reduced saturated fat
  • Reduces sugar
  • Reduces calorie
  • High protein
  • High fibre

…it will be clearly marked as such.

Parragon Book Buddy - Casual Cooking – Go On, It’s HealthyThis actually makes your decision about recreating each meal much easier. To add a bit extra, each recipe has a clear count of calories, fat, saturated fat, fibre, carbs, sugar, salt and protein, so if you follow the recipe to the letter, you know exactly what you ate in terms of nutrition value.

I didn’t have the chance to cook anything from my new book as yet but I love the selection of different healthy meals in it. When I do get the time to cook this properly I think I might start with an Indian spiced slaw, followed by the turkey & rainbow chard roll-ups going on to some wholemeal banana flatbreads bites and finishing with what I consider to be a fantastic looking superfood chocolate bark 🙂

Casual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy - Indian spiced slawCasual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy - turkey & rainbow chard roll-upsCasual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy - wholemeal banana flatbreads bitesCasual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy - superfood chocolate barkOne thing you can be assured off is that as soon as I have created some of these they will be posted on my blog for you to read about and maybe if you’re tempted you will cook them too.

…Yummmm, I am basically drooling already.

Do you have any top tips when it comes to healthy cooking?

Do you use any clever ingredient swaps to help assure you and your family are getting all the necessary nutrition they need and deserve?

Parragon Book Buddy – Casual Cooking - Go On, It’s Healthy***
Casual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy
ISBN 978-1-4723-8487-4
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2015
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 192
RRP: £9.99
Paperback; perfect bound

*I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.
**All pictures in this post are from “Casual Cooking – Go On, It’s Healthy” cookbook.

Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Cheese

Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan CheeseHigher temperatures, more sunshine and warmer weather in general is very conducive to swopping bulky meat for some light veggies. Lately we have been experimenting a little with some new vegetarian dishes, inspired mainly by our “Eat Your Greens” cookbook from Parragon.

The cookbook, as the name would suggest, is focusing on greens. It covers everything from light bites, via might mains to a bit on the side; in addition it has an extensive green juice section. Every recipe has a clear picture of what your final dish should look like as well as detailed instructions on how to prepare it, including preparation and cook times.

We have tried a few different recipes from this cookbook so far and they were all truly delicious. So today I would like to share with you the Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan recipe.

The recipe will serve four as a side dish or two as a main course. You will need 20 minutes to prepare it and a further 20 minutes to cook it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large broccoli
  • 6tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2tsp sea salt
  • 1/2tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Zest of one lemon
  • Few handfuls of toasted pine nuts
  • 25g Parmesan cheese shavings
  • Lemon wedges to garnish

Method:

Preheat your oven to 200C.

If you have unroasted / untoasted pine nuts, you might want to pop a few handfuls onto a small baking dish and pop them into the oven for a few minutes… just a few minutes as we don’t really want to burn them just toast them slightly to help release all the natural oils inside and that wonderful aroma from toasted nuts.

Wash and cut the broccoli into single florets.

Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Cheese in the makingPlace your broccoli into a large bowl; add oil, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper and gently toss around to assure even coverage.

My Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan Cheese in the makingSpread out in a large roasting tin.

Cover tightly with foil and roast at the bottom of the earlier preheated oven for 10 minutes.

Remove the foil and leave them to roast with no cover for a further 10 minutes, turning them around mid-time.

Keep a watchful eye to make sure that your broccoli do not brown too much.

Remove from the oven and tip into a shallow, pre-warmed serving dish and with any cooking juices you might have in the roasting tin drizzle them over the top.

Sprinkle with pine nuts and lemon zest; add slithers of Parmesan cheese; garnish with lemon wedges and serve.

This was the first time we have had broccoli served this way and I have to admit we all loved it!

My Roasted Broccoli with Pine Nuts and Parmesan CheeseDo you like broccoli?

What is your favourite way of serving it?

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Food Heroes: Eat your Greens
ISBN 978-1-4723-6450-0
Published by Parragon Books Ltd in 2014
Part of Love Food
Number of pages: 128
RRP: £6
Paperback; perfect bound

*  I received this book for free from Parragon as a part of my Book Buddy pack.