“Beanalicious Living: A Healthy eating Guide & Cookbook” by Elizabeth Borelli is a book not only with useful information about eating healthy, but, cooking on a budget with wholesome ingredients. From the very first page I was immersed in a mixture of information on the industry and how they are trying to cut corners and make a profit at the price of the America’s health. Foods you have grown up eating are now replacing key ingredients with less expensive additives, but still charging the consumer the same price sometimes more. The reader is given examples on how and what to look for in your food ingredient labels. “Less is more” is the key phrase to living a healthier life. I found the information very useful and easy to use when going shopping for food. My kids now are even looking more carefully at ingredients and making a healthier choice when it comes to what we make at home.
We couldn’t wait to try our first recipe: “Veggie Fried Rice” (pg. 192). At first we were skeptical about using coconut oil, when we are used to having the flavor of sesame oil when making fried rice, but we were pleasantly surprised at how the flavor mixed with the rice vinegar in the Savory Sauce Blend. I have always used Jasmine rice and making this recipe with Brown rice gave it a nutty flavor as well as making this a healthy dish. My family loved it and it was so easy to make.
Our second recipe: “Seven-minute Marinara Sauce” (pg.145). My family has been buying jar sauce for as long as I can remember, because we have found one we simply love and it is so much easier than making from scratch, until now. This recipe was easy, fast and full of healthy ingredients, not to mention it tasted wonderful. We used whole wheat pasta and topped it with shredded block parmesan. The pasta with its sweet flavor blended well with the sauce. We ended up mixing the rest of our Savory Sauce Blend in place of the capers and added some turkey hamburger for a healthy twist. This again was easy and healthy, and a new favorite to add to our family meals.
“Beanalicious Living: A Healthy Eating Guide & Cookbook” by Elizabeth Borelli was both filled with information and delicious recipes. I would recommend this book to whom ever thought cooking healthy was both expensive and time consuming, because once you use the advice the author gives you on how to look at what you are putting in your cart, and then taking those ingredients home to use with her recipes, you will never cook any other way again.
Beanalicious Living: A Healthy Eating Guide & Cookbook
Self Health Cafe, A Wyatt-MacKenzie Imprint (2013)
Reviewed by Cathleen Summers for Rebecca’s Reads (2/14)