“Go Fresh” Review

Go Fresh book coverI’ve discovered an awesome new cookbook.  GO FRESH from the American Heart Association is a fabulous collection of unusual and creative recipes that are filled with delicious flavors, easy-to-make instructions and meals that your whole family will enjoy!

I am always looking for recipes that will be full of fiber and veggies.  So when the opportunity to review GO FRESH came to my attention, I was very excited to get the cookbook and try it out!  Here’s what I’ve found.

Unlike other cookbooks which feature nouvelle cuisine and gorgeous pictures but whose recipes include ingredients which are hard to find or even pronounce, GO FRESH has recipes that are fun and exciting, yet easy to assemble.  You’ll find interesting and unusual combinations of ingredients here in the cookbook’s 250 recipes, but you’ll also easily be able to find them at your local supermarket!

GO FRESH contains the following sections:

  • Appetizers/Snacks/Beverages
  • Soups
  • Salads and Salad Dressings
  • Seafood
  • Poultry
  • Meats
  • Vegetarian Entrees
  • Vegetables and Side Dishes
  • Sauces and Condiments
  • Breads and Breakfasts
  • and even Desserts

Each one of these recipes is designed for quick assembly and cooking; in fact, you’ll be able to complete most of these meals in about 20 minutes (for preparation and gathering ingredients) plus 30 minutes of cooking time!  That is definitely a bonus for all of us who live full lives in today’s world.  And the word “fresh” in the title, GO FRESH, is truly lived out in the recipes.  This cookbook focuses on enabling the cook to prepare meals that major on fresh produce and proteins, with as few over-processed and artificial ingredients as possible.  Each recipe, of course, includes a sidebar with the number of servings, prep time, and cooking time, so you know if you’re meal-planning which meals to plan on which days of the week (if you know when you’re going to be late or busy).  The cookbook also includes the nutritional information (proteins, fiber, sugars, etc.) for each recipe.

As I find in most cookbooks I use, I definitely had some favorites here.  (Not that I’ve prepared all 250 of the recipes!)  Here are some of the recipes I found particularly intriguing:

  • Asian Veggie Wraps
  • Smoky Pear Melts
  • Chicken-Escarole Soup
  • Ancho Chicken and Black Bean Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing
  • Tomato, Mushroom and Arugula Fettucine
  • Roasted Tomato and Asparagus on White Bean Puree

Don’t those sound delicious?  And you can eat them with no guilt, knowing that every bite you’re putting in your mouth is fantastic for your heart AND your overall health!

While this cookbook is published by the American Heart Association, it’s really a cookbook for anyone who’s looking for healthy foods made fast.  I’m thankful to have good numbers on my heart vitals, but GO FRESH meets other needs that I have that many cookbooks don’t address; the importance of adding high-fiber foods and lots of veggies to a diet that still includes meat protein.  (Although as you can see above, it does have some vegetarian options!)  The only challenge that I found with GO FRESH is that most of the meals are designed to serve 4 people.  We are definitely a family who likes to have at least one meal of leftovers, whether it’s for lunch the next day or for another dinnertime meal; this cookbook won’t provide that in general unless you plan beforehand to double the recipes.

However, that is only a small drawback for me, given the beautiful and delicious recipes I can prepare from GO FRESH.  It would be a great addition to any cook’s library, especially if that cook desires to make healthy and delicious meals!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Enjoy!  –Wren

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