Book :: Clean Living for Healthy Families

by Jules on 13/06/2013

in Books, Whip-Up

Today we introduce a new reviewer to whipup. Bianca blogs at Sadie and Lance where she collects and recollects many fleeting crafty pursuits, cooking adventures and the odd observation.

Bianca’s first review is Clean Eating for Busy Families: Get Meals on the Table in Minutes by Michelle Dudash, R.D. for Fair Winds Press.

Whip Up Book Review Clean Eating Cover

Clean Eating author, Michelle Dudash knows food. She is a registered dietician, Cordon Blue-certified chef and recipe writer for a number of well-known publications including Martha Stewart and Better Homes and Gardens.

I like the idea of a cookbook that is both practical and inspiring. Clean Eating for Busy Families delivers on both those accounts. The recipes are contemporary and designed with healthy eating and speedy preparation in mind. The 30-minute meal is not a new concept; nope it wasn’t Jamie Oliver that invented it! But it is a smart one. It’s also not just families, obviously, that might be interested in clean eating or speedy meal preparation.

When I first flicked through the book, I bookmarked so many recipes that caught my eye. Braised Pork Buns with Quick Pickled Cucumbers and Bean Sprouts? Yes, please! Jamaican Jerk Chicken with Sweet Potato Planks? Oh my! Moist, one-bowl chocolate cake? Lazy bakers rejoice!

The book is split into sections, salads & appetizers, meat & poultry, meatless mains, side dishes and desserts. Each recipe has nutrition information, serving sizes and preparation times. There are also tips for getting the most out of seasonal ingredients, making ‘green’ sustainable choices and notes about some key ingredients, such as where on a chicken the “tenders” come from (the underside of the chicken breast, by the way). It’s also worth noting that the measurements are in ounces and grams so it’s user-friendly.

Whip Up Book Review Clean Eating Recipe

To get a feel for the recipes I tried out the Hoisin Chicken & Bok Choy Stir-fry recipe. It was delicious, the recipe was easy to follow and the ingredients all at hand. It was pretty quick too. I really liked the extensive instructions that came with this recipe for substituting the chicken for tofu.

No matter which country you’re in (I’m in Australia), this book is for anyone (not just families) interested in learning some new recipes for healthy delicious meals. The recipes are interesting and simple and include some inspired recipes to spice up your usual menu.


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1 Knitting Log July 16, 2013 at 2:11 pm

Further understanding the impact healthy families can have and their characteristics undoubtfully helps. I think that you were right on with this article. I like this one Jules.


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