Thursday, February 2, 2012

Review and Giveaway: Healthy Treasures Cookbook

As y’all know, I’ve been working on fine-tuning my diet, so I was excited to have the chance to review the Healthy Treasures Cookbook from Designed Healthy Living.

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Healthy Treasures Cookbook features dozens of healthy recipes from appetizers to desserts, soups to dressings, and main dishes to side dishes, all with the foundational eating plan of including 3-4 servings of whole grains (much more reasonable than current government guidelines) and 9 servings of fruits and vegetables, along with yogurt, water, herbs, and a small amount of meat protein.

Now, whether or not you follow the food guidelines, you’ll still enjoy finding some healthy new favorites in this cookbook that, for the most part, includes normal, every day ingredients that you would find in most supermarkets.

Some exceptions to the every day ingredients include sucanat, a sweetener available at many healthy foods grocery stores, such as Whole Foods or Earth Fare, and Bragg’s liquid aminos, a liquid protein concentrate. I didn’t check to see if that was readily available.

  There were a couple of things I really liked about the cookbook. First of all, we really enjoyed the recipes that we tried. The honey mustard baked chicken was really good and one that I will definitely make again.

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And, although I already liked quinoa, one of the recipes for it gave me new insight on how to prepare it, making my former method much easier. Basically, now I cook the quinoa separately while sautéing whatever veggies I want to add to it. Then, I mix the two together. This is a lot simpler to me than what I was doing.

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Another thing I really liked was all the general information that was included in the book, such as:

  • The best types of utensils and cookware to use
  • A detailed guide to healthy ingredients (This information led me to change the type of baking powder we use.)
  • Information on flour, including the history of white flour
  • Tips on getting the most from your fruits and vegetables
  • A chart showing the foods with the most and least amount of pesticides, to help you know which should be purchased organic only
  • Information on the types of and uses for beans and lentils, as well as tips for cooking them
  • A guide to the different types of spices
  • Tips for adding healthy proteins
  • A guide to the variety of sweeteners available

Finally, I liked the fact that the Healthy Treasures Cookbook explained foods likely to be unfamiliar and gave tips for how to prepare them.

This cookbook can also be used as a component in the Treasures of Healthy Living Bible study and optional homeschool curriculum, which I’m reviewing today on my homeschool blog.

For the most part, the recipes were straightforward and simple to prepare and were things that my family would enjoy. The main thing that I didn’t like about the cookbook is that it doesn’t include nutritional information for each meal.

While all of the meals are created to be healthy, that doesn’t always mean they’re low in fat and calories. And, even if they are, I like having the nutritional information available because it makes it easier to track my calorie intake for the day.

The Healthy Treasures Cookbook is available from the Designed Healthy Living website for $18.99, though it’s currently on sale for $16.14.

Be sure to visit my homeschool blog to read my review of the related Bible study and homeschool curriculum.

I’m giving away a copy of both the cookbook and the Bible study – one cookbook here on Eclipsed and one Bible study on my homeschool blog, so be sure to enter both!

**This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to commenter #4.**


How to enter:

  • Visit Designed for Healthy Living’s recipe page, them come back here and leave a comment on this post telling me which recipe you’d most like to try. (Mandatory entry)

For a bonus entries (optional):

  • Share about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, or Twitter. (Please include @Kris_RunnerMom in your tweet to make sure I see it.)

Rules: Leave a comment for each entry (up to two separate entries). This giveaway is open to United States residents, ages 18 years and older only. Giveaway ends on Monday, February 6. The winner will be selected at random using Random.org.

The winner will notified via email and given 72 hours to respond. In the event that the winner cannot be contacted by email or does not respond within 72 hours, the prize will be forfeited and and alternate winner selected.

Click to read the complete rules. By entering this giveaway, you indicate that you have read and agreed to abide by these rules.

I received this product free for the purpose of reviewing it. I also received monetary compensation for the time invested in writing the review. The opinions expressed are my personal, honest opinions. Your experience may vary. Please read my full disclosure policy for more details.

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15 comments:

  1. Since I am a Baker, I would love to try to make the chocolate chip cookies although I don't have of the ingredients but the banana cookies seem simple and yummy for me and all my kiddos! Love this site!
    Kim
    kimmirae@sbcglobal.net

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  2. I would like to try the Chinese Green beans recipe.

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  3. I tweeted!
    https://twitter.com/#!/BeachMamato4/status/165171909707829249

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  4. First three links I clicked were for the Chinese Green Beans, the "Go For the Good" recipes (I would love to have the Garden Frittata) and the Herb recipes (hoping to be able to try the Rosemary Butter Cookies since rosemary is one of the few herbs I still have growing).  Thanks for sharing. 

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  5. Asparagus with Mustard Sauce...my mouth is watering!

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  6. Sounds great! We use a TON of Bragg's in my house but I have never seen it used in recipes! One yummy thing we do is spray it on popcorn before sprinkling with nutritional yeast. Yum!

    I pick the dill dressing recipe because I loooove dill!

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  7. Hi,
    I have been looking for different breakfast ideas to prepare to my now-going-to-school daughter, and I found Breakfast Parfait simply perfect!  ;-)

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  8. I would like to try the Roasted sweet potatoes. 

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  9. This looks like a great book and perfect timing for me!   have been trying to eat healthy and the recipes actually look appetizing. I have some chicken out so I am gonna try making the Baked Parmesean Chicken with Asparagus in Mustard Sauce.  i might even try the Baked French Toast for breakfast tomorrow.  Please enter me in this giveaway.  I am off to checkout the curriculum you posted.   
    Thank you, Tracey M. 

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  10. I would like to try the chicken salad recipe!

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  11. I also posted about this giveaway on my blog.  Thank you!

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  12. I'd like to try the asparagus with mustard sauce. Sounds delicious!
    Stacy
    Gingeroo616 at aol dotcom

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  13. The southwest chicken soup sounds yummy.

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  14. chicken salad!!!
    seriously ~ could eat chicken salad every day!
    thanks for a great giveaway!

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