Disclaimer: I received a free product for my post! These views are my own and were not at all influenced by the party who gave me this opportunity..
Leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens are very nutrient rich and delicious. While I personally love eating them in a simple salad, sometimes my family wants them turned into more of a meal. We were delighted to receive the Eat Your Greens cookbook from Parragon Books to try some new recipes using greens.
This book retails at $10.99 and is hardcover with a protector on it. Take a peek inside below!
What I Love
As so many of the other Love Food cookbooks, this one has so many great tips and a ton of information. The first few pages introduce you to what greens are, which are great for cooking vs. salads, and some great information on each including flavor tones. A little ways in, they have included nutritional rankings for each type of greens (did you know collard greens are LOADED with Calcium? I didn’t! In fact, they rank #1 in Calcium content above the other greens.) Some of the recipes even have tips with them.
This book had 4 categories of greens recipes which include: light dishes (like salads), dinner recipes, side dishes, and juices. I really love the dinner options.
The recipes we tried were fairly easy to follow and turned out how I’d expected. We tried the Steak Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions and the Kale, Lemon and Chive Linguine.
The first recipe we tried was the steak sandwich. Now, I am one of those few who has to have my meats cooked 100% well done (yes, I’m boring, I know), but I cooked it according to the recipe anyway.
Overall, the sandwich had a great flavor and was actually pretty quick and simple to make, but next time I think I will cook the steak a little longer, at least for myself. The flavor reminded me of an upscale BLT (with steak instead of bacon, and no mayonnaise.)
My favorite dish that we tried was the linguini dish, though I made it with angel hair pasta since I was out of linguini. Again, this one was pretty easy to make, I loved the time and water-saving tip included, and it tasted so good. Pasta is one of my favorites and we cook pasta dishes a lot, so I love that I now have a new one to add to the menu plan.
I could pinpoint all the flavors added (a little tanginess from the lemon, fresh kale and a pop of chives, sweetness from the onions, a little kick from the spices and garlic.) All the ingredients blended nicely together and made my tastebuds dance. I don’t often swoon over dishes, but I really did love this one and will make it again soon.
What I’m Not Huge On
I did notice that some of the recipes in this book were reused from some of the other books I’d reviewed (like the Clean & Green Recipes), or maybe that one used some of these. There were only one or two from what I could tell without looking back, so it was not a big deal, but I would have loved to have a couple new recipes instead and maybe rather a note to purchase that book for more green recipes.
Overall, I really love this book and have marked a bunch of other recipes I’m going to try. A few have costly ingredients, but most are easily available and not too expensive, unlike some of the other cookbooks. This is definitely a great cookbook to grab if you are looking to make healthier meals at home and want a variety of quick and easy to more complex and delicious recipes.
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