Today is an exciting day! Toby Amidor’s latest cookbook, The Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook: Simple Recipes to Make Healthy Eating Delicious, hit the market. This cookbook is all about eating delicious and healthy without a hassle. We caught up with Toby to chat about this awesome resource she has created. Be sure to read this whole blog because at the end, there’s a question for you to answer for a chance to win this incredible cookbook!
Kelly’s Choice: What inspired you to write the Easy 5-Ingredient Healthy Cookbook
Toby: I’m a busy mother of three children and oftentimes I don’t have the time to shop for a ton of ingredients. I also don’t have time to spend creating complicated recipes that take hours to prep and cook. I’ve been sharing healthy, simple recipes for years on FoodNetwork.com Healthy Eats blog and various other publications I write for but I wanted to share my tips and tricks along with over 150 healthy recipes in one cookbook. Many of the recipes in the cookbook can be cooked in 30 minutes or less, in one pot or pan, in a slow cooker, or are freezer-friendly.
Kelly’s Choice: Off the top of your head, name five versatile ingredients you always keep on hand or in your pantry that readers will find often in your cookbook.
Toby: I actually have a list of SEVEN ingredients that I always have on hand that don’t count towards the 5 ingredients. These 7 ingredients are used many, many times throughout the cookbook. They include cooking spray, salt, ground black pepper, olive oil, honey, garlic, and fresh lemon (for juice and zest).
Do you have breakfast/lunch/dinner options in this book? What about dessert? Can you give us some examples?
Toby: Yes, I have options for every meal, including snacks! Sample breakfast recipes include Blueberry-Spinach Smoothie, Egg in a Hole, Banana-Chocolate Chip Waffles, and Slow Cooker Pear-Cinnamon Oatmeal. Sample lunch recipes include Green Salad with Poached Salmon, Brussels Sprout Caesar Salad with Chicken, Avocado Toast with Balsamic Glaze, Tofu Stir-Fry with Yellow Peppers, and Chicken Quesadillas. For dinner, recipes include Slow Cooker Turkey Chili, Asian Spiced Pork Loin, Meatloaf in a Pinch, Light and Simple Chicken Parmesan, Spanish-Style Chicken, and Coconut Curry Salmon.
Desserts include Coconut-Date Pudding, Berry Yogurt Trifle, Applelicious Apple Crisp, and Pomegranate Pistachio Bark.
Kelly’s Choice: How do you define healthy in terms of these recipes?
Toby: My recipes are always conscious of the ingredients selected and portion size. The ingredients used include lean protein, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fat, and low or nonfat milk and dairy. I do call for canned or frozen ingredients which I specify should be vegetables or legumes low in sodium or with no sodium added, and if it’s frozen fruit then without added sugar. I am also particular about how much salt I add to each dish, to help keep sodium under control. Each recipe also has the exact portion along with the calories and nutrition information. This helps many individuals keep an eye on calories or other specific nutrients.
This cookbook is no-doubt Kelly’s Choice approved! We will be giving away this cookbook to one lucky reader! In the comments below, tell us one of your go-to quick and easy dinner recipes by Saturday April 7 at 12 p.m. for a chance to win this book. We’ll ship it right to your door! Good Luck!