What’s Cookin’ – “Super Natural Every Day”

A couple of months ago I picked up a new natural foods cook book called “Super Natural Every Day” by Heidi Swanson.  What a find!  This has become one of my all time favorite cookbooks. 

This is vegetarian cookbook but don’t let that stop you because the dishes are hearty enough that you won’t miss the animal protein. 

Let’s start at the beginning…Breakfast

The granola recipe is super easy and delicious.  If you make a couple of batches it will last quite some time (or maybe not if you are like my family).  The addition of orange zest really gives the granola a kick.  And if you are having company or want a longer, leisurly breakfast try the baked oatmeal.  Filled with oats, fruit and nuts it is hearty and delicious.

In Heidi’s chapter on lunch the soups, salads and sandwiches are delicious.  The chanterelle tacos were a huge hit with my daughter the other day.

There is a chapter on healthy snacks.  The popcorn with mustard, thyme, chives and butter is delicious as well as the kicked up version of guacamole.  Heidi adds mustard seeds and curry powder to an all time favorite to make it unique and delicious.  Skip the chips and eat it straight from the spoon!

On to dinner…While these recipes are vegetarian you can replace the vegetarian protein with chicken, beef, seafood or fish and have the same effect.  My family loved the harissa ravioli which was quick and easy to throw together.  We also just had the miso-curry delicata squash recipe.  Don’t let the tofu scare you because you can replace it with shrimp or chunks of chicken.  The flavors were intense and delicious and we devoured it all.

Heidi wraps up the cookbook with a chapter on treats.  I now have 2 new favorites.  The carnival cookies are now a favorite with my daughter, her whole class and all of us at the Bookshop.  They are packed with banana, peanuts, popcorn and chocolate chips.  What more could you want?  They are gluten free and if you have nut allergies you can replace the peanuts with pumpkin seeds or just leave them out.  My other favorite is the macaroon tart.  This is like a coconut macaroon mixed with a berry tart, the best of both worlds.

Once I devoured the cookbook I went online to check out this enlightened cook and found her blog.  www.101cookbooks.com  Now when I am looking for something new and interesting to try this is my first stop.


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