30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook Review

30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook Review

Title: The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Easy, Low-Sodium Meals
Author: Cheryl Strachan, R D
Published: September 24, 2019, Rockridge Press
No. of Pages: 218
Cover Price: $16.99 Paperback, $16.99 Kindle

Most of us are mindful that healthy meals are important for ourselves and our families. However, it isn’t always easy to prepare them, since we are busy, and those convenience foods at the grocery store are quick and easy. That’s why Cheryl Strachan’s timely cookbook, The 30-Minute Heart Healthy Cookbook: Delicious Recipes for Easy, Low-Sodium Meals is one that belongs on every cookbook shelf. Strachan has found a way to make heart-healthy meals appetizing, as well as fairly quick and easy.

There is an introductory chapter where Strachan explains how to eat healthy, and most importantly, The Five Principles of Heart Healthy Eating, which are excellent, and stress the importance of being satisfied rather than feeling like you’ve given up taste for being healthy. The recipes, and there are lots of them, are not only heart-healthy and low sodium, but also appealing. The book includes salads, appetizers, main dishes – including fish, chicken, meats, and vegetarian – soups, and desserts; there is something here for everyone. Favorites include Salmon and Avocado Toast, an Open-face Lemon Pepper Tuna Melt, Pecan-Crusted Catfish with Roasted Romaine, and Southwest Steak Skillet. There are dozens of mouthwatering dishes in the queue, and the best part is that the dishes are mainstream enough that family members won’t feel like they are giving up anything or suffering just to eat healthy.

The recipes are well-written and easy-to-follow. They call for ingredients that are easy to obtain – many are most-likely on pantry shelves, or in the refrigerator or freezer right now. The recipes prepared so far have turned out perfectly. The only drawback to this book is that there are only a few photographs, and for inexperienced cooks and those of us who are “visual” may have a difficult time not knowing what the finished dish should look like.

Using the recipes contained in this excellent will be fun, and the cookbook, albeit lack of pictures, has enough good recipes that it is definitely worth purchasing.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

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