A while back I was approached by Moe Jeanson and Jamie Wilson to take a look at their book. These ladies were filled with enthusiasm. They told me the Squeaky Gourmet cookbook would partner nicely with the recipes and lifestyle I promote on MarlaMeridith.com. Yup, there are lots of parallels…..good, simple cooking with all natural ingredients.
They talk about the Big Batchand having healthy food choices always within reach. The book promotes a lifestyle filled with flavor and agrees with the no deprivation rule that I always talk about. Moe is a fitness specialist for the Navy and she has an online fit support group. Both women have had significant weight loss, mood and energy improvements & health benefits following a natural foods diet.
Each recipe In Squeaky Gourmet is filled with whole food ingredients, with a focus on fruit, veggies, lean proteins and healthy fats. There are some “clean food” charts showing good food choices and great time saver tips. Each recipe has nutrition data and a simple pie chart that breaks down the carbs, fat and protein in per serving. The Squeaky Gourmet is sort of a manual meets cookbook. It is a wonderful addition to a cookbook library. Nothing about this book will overwhelm, it will just inspire you to cook up those delicious, healthy meals.
A bit about the visual stuff: The book is not heavy on photos or graphics, so if you want a photo to accompany each recipe you will not get it here. There is one photo that introduces each section of the book. The book comes in soft cover only and the price point is lower than the big daddy hard covers.
There is one recipe per page and they each call for simple to find ingredients. If you are a seasoned home chef you probably all ready make a lot of these types of meals on your own. This book is especially suitable for the beginner cook looking for healthy meal planning. Even though I do loads of cooking, I still got great ideas from this book. Ingredients are easy to find and not expensive. Modifications can easily be made, swapping out different veggies, proteins etc. You are likely to have most of these ingredients in your pantry, which is a very nice thing!
Inside the Squeaky Gourmet Cookbook
Along with some helpful info on Clean Foods and Learning to Cook Efficiently. There are also a few pages defining Protein, Fat and Carbs and why we need each of these in our balanced diets daily.
The recipe sections are broken down into Protein, Carbs and Fat with subcategories in each. Some examples include:
- Chicken and Turkey: Poached Citrus Thyme Chicken, Turkey Lime Soup
- Fish: Trout Creole Cakes, Sesame Seared Tuna
- Beef: House Goulash, Lime Spiced Steak
- Eggs, Dairy and Protein Powder: Denver Scramble, Pomegranate Vanilla Shake
- Grains: Confetti Barley, Slivered Almonds and Pecan Granola
- Potatoes: Pan Fried Sweet Taters, Savory Sweet Potatoes
- Vegetables: Rosemary Roasted Vegetables, Sesame Broccoli
- Legumes: Baby Limas and Tomatoes, Creole Turtle Bean Soup
- Fruits and Desserts: Pumpkin Cranberry Cookie, Quick Peanut Butter Cookies
Killer Pecans, Cool Avocado Dip, Green Chile Chipotle Dip
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You can visit the Squeaky Gourmet website/blog.
The book is available for purchase at amazon.com