Win Toby Amidor’s brand new cookbook

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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!

 

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Win a Copy of The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook

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Cover Meal Prep.jpgToby Amidor is an extraordinary dietitian; she has been featured on Dr. Oz and has been quoted by dozens of health, fitness, and nutrition magazines, including: Oxygen Magazine, Dr. Oz The Good Life, Mic.com, Reader’s Digest, Shape.com, Women’s Health, Redbook, Men’s Journal, Huffington Post, Everyday Health, and more.

I am so excited about her brand new cookbook, THE HEALTHY MEAL PREP COOKBOOK. Toby provides practical and simple solutions with easy-to-follow directions. She shows you how simple it is to enjoy fresh and flavorful meals on even the most hectic days.

I have posted two of her amazing recipes earlier this month: her Root Vegetable and Bean Stew and her Coconut Lime Flounder in Parchment.

I caught up with Toby recently and asked her a few questions about the book and her lifestyle. Her answers will inspire you.

At the end of this blog, I am going to ask you readers a question and if you answer it in the comments section of the blog, you have a chance to win a copy of Toby’s new cookbook!

Kelly Springer: What inspired you to develop this cookbook?

Toby Amidor: I am a working mother of three kids, so I am very busy. If I don’t plan my meals, then my kids will be eating take out or fast food every night. Since I want them to eat healthy, plus I am on a budget meal prepping has become second nature. I wanted to share my tips and tricks with meal prepping with others so they can plan for healthy meals too.

KS: What type of health benefits would you anticipate people to reap by using this book as a go-to for their home-cooked meals?

TA: There are several health benefits that someone would have by following The Healthy Meal Prep Cookbook. First is portion control. All of my recipes list exact portions and measurements for every ingredient, including salt. Once the dish is done, you measure out the portions and store it for the week. Calorie control is a key component of weight loss and weight management. Second, you’ll eat healthier. Instead of stopping at a fast food joint or hitting up the vending machine, you’ll be armed with healthy meals and snacks throughout the week. Last, you’ll reduce mid-week stress. Many folks become stressed to get healthy food on the table, especially during the hustle and bustle during the work week. When everything is planned, it helps decrease stress related to weeknight meals.

KS: Do you consider the recipes to be kid-friendly? If so, tell me about a couple recipes that you think that kids will particularly love?

TA: Many of the dishes are kid-friendly recipes including my Apple Walnut Loaf, Wild Blueberry Whole Grain Scones, Lighter Panzanella Salad (my 12-year old LOVES it!), Maple Orange Glazed Carrots, and Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken.

KS: If you had to pick three top-favorite recipes in this book, what would they be?

TA: That’s a tough question! That’s like asking a parent “who is your favorite child!” But if I had to choose it would be:

  • Lighter Panzanella Salad
  • Apricot Chicken Drumsticks
  • No Bake Maple Cinnamon Bars

Okay readers, now I have a question for you!

“How would a cookbook filled to the brim with easy to put together, delicious healthy meals benefit you and your family?

Answer this question by this Friday September 1st at 5 p.m. EST and I will choose a winner over the weekend to receive a signed copy of Toby’s book!

~Kelly Springer, RD,  MS, CDN