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Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence. Lindsay Maitland Hunt is an expert recipe developer who has created recipes for everyone from college students to busy families to seasoned home cooks. Now, she brings her trad Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence. Lindsay Maitland Hunt is an expert recipe developer who has created recipes for everyone from college students to busy families to seasoned home cooks. Now, she brings her trademark skillset to her debut cookbook, Healthyish. For anyone on the move, working long hours, and trying to eat a bit more healthfully, Healthyish offers 131 satisfying recipes with straightforward instructions, using as few pots and pans as possible, and ingredients that won’t break the bank. Not to mention, you can find the ingredients at your everyday grocery store (no garam masala or açai berries here!). Emphasizing balanced eating rather than fad diet tricks, Hunt includes guilt-free recipes for every meal of the day, from breakfast to snacks to dinner, and yes, even Healthyish treats, such as: Banana–Avocado Chai Shake Peanut Butter Granola Salty Watermelon, Feta, Mint, and Avocado Salad Miso–Butter Toast with a Nine-Minute Egg Pozole with Pinto Beans and Queso Fresco Spiced Chicken and Chickpea Flatbreads with Cucumber–Dill Tzatziki Single-Serving Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Designed for novices and experienced cooks alike, Hunt’s meticulously considered recipes offer crowd-pleasing flavor profiles and time-saving tips and tricks, and her vegetable-centric dishes, with an occasional dash of meat, dairy, and decadence, are showcased in vibrant, mouthwatering photographs. Destined to be an everyday kitchen essential, filled with splattered and dog-eared pages, Healthyish is a call for simple ingredients, food that makes us feel good, quick prep, and even quicker cleanup, so we all can enjoy what’s most important at the end of a long day: getting back to the couch.


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Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence. Lindsay Maitland Hunt is an expert recipe developer who has created recipes for everyone from college students to busy families to seasoned home cooks. Now, she brings her trad Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence. Lindsay Maitland Hunt is an expert recipe developer who has created recipes for everyone from college students to busy families to seasoned home cooks. Now, she brings her trademark skillset to her debut cookbook, Healthyish. For anyone on the move, working long hours, and trying to eat a bit more healthfully, Healthyish offers 131 satisfying recipes with straightforward instructions, using as few pots and pans as possible, and ingredients that won’t break the bank. Not to mention, you can find the ingredients at your everyday grocery store (no garam masala or açai berries here!). Emphasizing balanced eating rather than fad diet tricks, Hunt includes guilt-free recipes for every meal of the day, from breakfast to snacks to dinner, and yes, even Healthyish treats, such as: Banana–Avocado Chai Shake Peanut Butter Granola Salty Watermelon, Feta, Mint, and Avocado Salad Miso–Butter Toast with a Nine-Minute Egg Pozole with Pinto Beans and Queso Fresco Spiced Chicken and Chickpea Flatbreads with Cucumber–Dill Tzatziki Single-Serving Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cookie Designed for novices and experienced cooks alike, Hunt’s meticulously considered recipes offer crowd-pleasing flavor profiles and time-saving tips and tricks, and her vegetable-centric dishes, with an occasional dash of meat, dairy, and decadence, are showcased in vibrant, mouthwatering photographs. Destined to be an everyday kitchen essential, filled with splattered and dog-eared pages, Healthyish is a call for simple ingredients, food that makes us feel good, quick prep, and even quicker cleanup, so we all can enjoy what’s most important at the end of a long day: getting back to the couch.

30 review for Healthyish: A Cookbook with Seriously Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but not too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Healthyish is a cookbook designed for actual cooking by home cooks and the author: Lindsay Maitland Hunt expects this book to get stained, bookmarked, and written in. When selecting these recipes, she chose the ones that taste good without guilt, had ingredients you can get at any grocery store, could cook in a reasonable amount of time, and not leave a kitchen full of time-consuming cleanup. Healthyish consists of recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, soups, vegetarian dinners, chicken/turkey, Healthyish is a cookbook designed for actual cooking by home cooks and the author: Lindsay Maitland Hunt expects this book to get stained, bookmarked, and written in. When selecting these recipes, she chose the ones that taste good without guilt, had ingredients you can get at any grocery store, could cook in a reasonable amount of time, and not leave a kitchen full of time-consuming cleanup. Healthyish consists of recipes for breakfast, snacks, lunch, soups, vegetarian dinners, chicken/turkey, pork/beef, fish/shrimp, and treats...all with gorgeous photos of each dish. My favorite recipes are salty watermelon, feta, mint, and avocado salad; sausage, potato, white bean, and kale soup; and single-serving chocolate and peanut butter cookie. Literally, the author shows you how to make one cookie. I love that! I can have a cookie without the dread of resisting the rest of them. Overall, I found Healthyish to be a cookbook that I greatly look forward to using. I think the author met her goal of writing this with the home cook in mind. There are over one hundred recipes presented so there's a little bit of something for everyone. Check it out. Thank you to the following for permitting me access to an advance reader's copy (ARC) of Healthyish. This generosity did not impact my honesty when rating/reviewing. Source: NetGalley Author: Lindsay Maitland Hunt Publisher: Abrams Pub Date: January 9, 2018

  2. 5 out of 5

    Haley

    I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Not only does this cookbook offer easy, delicious recipes but a good message too, balanced eating. Often times I find myself looking at cookbooks that are either filled with unhealthy recipes or recipes that cut out a bunch of things like carbs or fats. Healthyish was really refreshing and overall enjoyable to read and look at. There was a picture for almost every recipe and the ingredients were things you've actually heard of. The I received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review! Not only does this cookbook offer easy, delicious recipes but a good message too, balanced eating. Often times I find myself looking at cookbooks that are either filled with unhealthy recipes or recipes that cut out a bunch of things like carbs or fats. Healthyish was really refreshing and overall enjoyable to read and look at. There was a picture for almost every recipe and the ingredients were things you've actually heard of. The instructions were easy to follow and did I mention the pictures were beautiful? This is definitely a cookbook I would purchase for myself and it would make a great gift! UPDATE 11/28/17 - I made the Cheddary Corn and Scallion Muffins on Thanksgiving and they were DELICIOUS!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I received a copy of this through NetGalley, however there is an issue with my download and I can only see several random pages. I hope to get the issue resolved before the pdf expires so that I can give an honest review. It looks like the perfect cookbook for me!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com This is a really balanced, beautifully designed book which has plenty of recipes you'd actually want to cook!  I love the vast array of (very lovely) photos accompanying most of the recipes - it's great to have visual aids and see how something should look! - and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I really liked that the recipes are so balanced and seem to be really healthy without being boring or plain.  The ingredients aren't ridiculous and won't c Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com This is a really balanced, beautifully designed book which has plenty of recipes you'd actually want to cook!  I love the vast array of (very lovely) photos accompanying most of the recipes - it's great to have visual aids and see how something should look! - and the instructions are clear and easy to follow. I really liked that the recipes are so balanced and seem to be really healthy without being boring or plain.  The ingredients aren't ridiculous and won't cost you a fortune, like with some other books (where I have to skip most of the recipes because they include lots of hard-to-get ingredients) and they won't take forever to cook, either. There's a wide range of recipes, too, from fish and meat to vegetarian and soups. There are also some really great sweet recipes for when you fancy a little treat. Though some recipes are less appealing than others, there's bound to be something for everyone, and a lot of the recipes can be adapted to be made vegetarian without a huge amount of effort. I have tried a few of the soups and loved them - which is surprising as I never really fancy soup!  This is a great resource for anyone wanting just what the title suggests: healthish recipes which are still really tasty! Many thanks to Abrams and Netgalley for providing a copy of this book on which I chose to write an honest and unbiased review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rejena

    So I'm in love with this cookbook. As someone with a challenging job and a lovely but (understandably) demanding two-year-old daughter who's trying to do the 80/20 thing with eating right and cooking more, I struggle with recipes that require more than five ingredients or (let's face it) more than 10 minutes of attention at a time. The dishes are simple, easy (for a semi-experienced cook) and taste really, really good. They also make you proud to pull them out for the inevitable desk lunch most So I'm in love with this cookbook. As someone with a challenging job and a lovely but (understandably) demanding two-year-old daughter who's trying to do the 80/20 thing with eating right and cooking more, I struggle with recipes that require more than five ingredients or (let's face it) more than 10 minutes of attention at a time. The dishes are simple, easy (for a semi-experienced cook) and taste really, really good. They also make you proud to pull them out for the inevitable desk lunch most days. I can't recommend this enough.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Koren

    I really enjoyed this cookbook. I am probably somewhat of a cookbook junkie. In the days of Pinterest where it is so easy to have a recipe at the tips of your fingers, I still like to have a hard copy of my favorites on my shelf. This is going to be one of them. Every section and every page had clear direction. The author wasn't overly wordy, just right to the point of how my mind thinks...how can I do something quick and still have it be healthy? I felt the grace in her mantra of being "healthy I really enjoyed this cookbook. I am probably somewhat of a cookbook junkie. In the days of Pinterest where it is so easy to have a recipe at the tips of your fingers, I still like to have a hard copy of my favorites on my shelf. This is going to be one of them. Every section and every page had clear direction. The author wasn't overly wordy, just right to the point of how my mind thinks...how can I do something quick and still have it be healthy? I felt the grace in her mantra of being "healthyish". Sometimes I want to eat bread or have a little something sweet without feeling bad! She acts as your cheerleader and guru throughout, and her recipes are very thoughtful. One of my favorite parts is the index of gluten free, dairy free, and egg free options for those who have allergies or intolerances. Our family has more than one family member who struggles with some of those types of foods, and having a handy index makes me happy and takes away the guesswork. I can't wait to enjoy this with my family. If there is a cookbook you should buy this year, make this the one! Disclaimer: Note that I received a copy from Netgalley.com in exchange for my review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alana/MiaTheReader

    Simple recipes with fairly easy to get or keep-on-hand ingredients! I love that the idea behind is nourishment without extremism. Perfect for those people who are trying to improve their overall nutrition but don't need specific requirements (like totally gluten free or Paleo, etc.)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shaleah

    Beautiful food pictures and yummy salt-fat-acid recipes. I do take issue with the 'everyone has these ingredients' approach--and she does have one page describing some of the lesser used ingredients. Got some great snack ideas and I loved the tangine section. But this isn't a cookbook I would use every week. Some of the recipes use food that I can't eat do to intolerance with no substitutions. Others are things I just don't eat, like grain bowls. One of the fish mentioned I had never heard of and Beautiful food pictures and yummy salt-fat-acid recipes. I do take issue with the 'everyone has these ingredients' approach--and she does have one page describing some of the lesser used ingredients. Got some great snack ideas and I loved the tangine section. But this isn't a cookbook I would use every week. Some of the recipes use food that I can't eat do to intolerance with no substitutions. Others are things I just don't eat, like grain bowls. One of the fish mentioned I had never heard of and can't find locally. I read this from the library and may do so in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Shipshapeeatworthy

    When Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt arrived in my mailbox I couldn’t wait to get started and her healthyish cookbook made it so easy for me by offering recipes that took honest, regular pantry staples (nothing expensive or anything that required a special trip to purchase) that could be quickly turned into a tasty meal. The entire time I’ve been cooking from Healthyish I kept thinking of that Julia Child quote –“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from f When Healthyish by Lindsay Maitland Hunt arrived in my mailbox I couldn’t wait to get started and her healthyish cookbook made it so easy for me by offering recipes that took honest, regular pantry staples (nothing expensive or anything that required a special trip to purchase) that could be quickly turned into a tasty meal. The entire time I’ve been cooking from Healthyish I kept thinking of that Julia Child quote –“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces — just good food from fresh ingredients.” What is the battle most people have? It’s that they would cook for themselves but they don’t know how/it takes too much time from shopping to cleanup/too expensive. But what I think Hunt has done here is to create recipes that any home cook can quickly make (even if you’ve never really cooked before then this book is perfect for any ability-level). Take last Thursday — by the time dinner was approaching I had no plan and nothing prepared. I picked up Healthyish and turned to her chapter on Vegetarian Dinners and found a recipe for One-Pot Whole-Wheat Spring Pasta. Within 30 minutes supper was on the table and even better there was minimal clean-up. Isn’t that the best kind of dinner — tasty and effortless? I’ve tried one-pot pastas before and they’re almost all the same — tomato/basil-based. What I really liked about Hunt’s pasta is that it employed a couple of green elements (asparagus and peas), along with lemon and tarragon which made it taste bright and very spring-like. Even in her chapter on Breakfasts I like that she took breakfast and found a way through overnight oats to grain bowls. The Why-Didn’t-I-Think-Of-That bowl full of brown rice, apple, seeds, and PB was a refreshing change from the oat-based breakfasts I usually have. Farro, Barley, and Brown Rice are just some of the whole grains she uses in her breakfast bowl recipes. What Healthyish really speaks to is the balance that people are trying to achieve between eating healthfully and eating appetizing food. To talk to some people healthy eating seems like a one-way ticket to deprivation and misery. Styrofoam-like rice cakes come to mind and I know for myself this kind of diet has no appeal. However I would like to make healthy food for my family and I think the way to do this is with simple whole-food ingredients but not to skip out on the fun stuff. When I had my daughter’s friend over for a play date I made Hunt’s Truly Delicious Energy Bites — full of chia seeds, peanut butter, dried fruit, and shredded coconut there was enough good stuff to give these kids fuel to play on but also enough chocolate to make it feel like a special treat (her recipe makes twelve but I rolled these a bit smaller for the kids)! It’s also (I think) helpful to note here that I didn’t need to use a food processor (if you don’t cook much yet it’s nice to pick up a cookbook that doesn’t require special kitchen tools/equipment to make a recipe) to make these bites. I was able to use one bowl and one spoon and while she lists ingredients in both amounts and weights I found myself weighing ingredients more often in order to cut down on the clean-up. So while the cookbook contains chapters on everything from breakfasts, snacks, lunches, and dinners there are also chapters on treats and go-to components — all of these chapters contain delicious, totally-worth-the-effort recipes. Maybe you’re like me and totally love it when a cookbook is designed so that a recipe fits on one page? I always find it so annoying to turn the page to finish making a recipe so I truly appreciate the fact that the recipes are one-pagers! Healthyish is what I would consider to be a “flexitarian”cookbook (there are meat/fish/poultry-based recipes) however with the help of her Special Diets Index at the back of the book you can quickly see which recipes are: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Gluten- and Dairy-Free, GF-, DF-, and Egg-Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, and Vegan/GF. This is just another way in which Hunt helpfully gets home cooks to the recipes. What I noticed about the ingredients is that Hunt makes the effort to keep the costs down, for example in her Single-Serving Chocolate & Peanut Butter recipe she mentions that she tried the recipe with almond butter but eventually chose peanut butter as a way to be more cost effective. I noticed too that she uses canola oil in the granola recipes instead of the ever-popular coconut oil — canola being (at least) half as much as coconut. So far I’ve made around 15 recipes from the book and that was with minimal grocery store trips! I just relied on what I already had in my fridge and pantry). I would totally recommend Healthyish to anyone who is busy but looking to eat more healthfully. Nothing bank-breaking just 131 recipes that can be made quickly with minimal mess/clean-up. With loads of tools and tips you don’t need to have any experience in the kitchen, only a willingness to give it a try. A quote from her introduction really stuck with me and I think it honestly describes her food: “The best recipes are like the best people: patient, forgiving, and playful.” Please note that this is an excerpt of a review posted to www.shipshapeeatworthy.wordpress.com I would like to take this opportunity to thank Abrams Books for providing me with a free, review copy of this book. I did not receive monetary compensation for my post, and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lynnie

    This cookbook was fine, had several tasty looking recipes. My biggest gripe is that a book which wants to promote itself as healthy, or at least "healthy-ish" has no nutritional data listed at all. That's a huge pet peeve of mine- either declare that calories be damned enjoy the meal, or tell me why your recipes are healthy & I should make them over another that is less so. This cookbook was fine, had several tasty looking recipes. My biggest gripe is that a book which wants to promote itself as healthy, or at least "healthy-ish" has no nutritional data listed at all. That's a huge pet peeve of mine- either declare that calories be damned enjoy the meal, or tell me why your recipes are healthy & I should make them over another that is less so.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

    Trying 3.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Hana

    Beautiful to look at! This cookbook would be good for someone newer to cooking or is just starting their recipe collection. I did take away a few recipes for sauces and dressings though.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Christy

    This book is exactly how I want to approach food for the rest of my life! Eating healthy, mindfully, and being aware of what goes into the food I eat - but also allowing for some indulgence and treats. This recipes are all very unique and artfully crafted, giving me loads of ideas from breakfast to dinner and dessert. They're vegetable centric, which suits me fine, but there are some recipes with meat and dairy. This book is my go-to when I have vegetarian or vegan friends over, despite not spec This book is exactly how I want to approach food for the rest of my life! Eating healthy, mindfully, and being aware of what goes into the food I eat - but also allowing for some indulgence and treats. This recipes are all very unique and artfully crafted, giving me loads of ideas from breakfast to dinner and dessert. They're vegetable centric, which suits me fine, but there are some recipes with meat and dairy. This book is my go-to when I have vegetarian or vegan friends over, despite not specifically catering for them. It's just delicious food that everyone can eat! The recipes and ingredients aren't overly complex, meaning anyone can cook them, and there are some handy shortcuts and tips provided to help save hours slaving in the kitchen or doing tons of washing up. I love the simplicity, and the ingredients are used so effectively if you're serving these recipes for other people, they will think you worked way harder than you did!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Barton

    Anyone and everyone needs this cookbook! I’m picky and meticulous about the cookbooks I choose to invest in, and I couldn’t be happier with Healthyish!! I have a feeling that I’ll be obsessed with this one for awhile!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Brittany Busboom-Miller

    I loved this cookbook! Beautiful photos to accompany most recipes and they are the exact portion size the recipes call for. The recipes are unique, easy to follow and healthyish. I am hoping to buy this cookbook and test out many of the saved recipes from all sections in this cookbook.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Of the five cookbooks I own, this one is my favorite. So far I've tried four of the recipes; I plan on making all of them again and two of them were delicious. The recipes are easy and use healthy ingredients. I'm looking forward to trying more of them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Great starter cookbook for people starting their healthy eating journey.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Delicious! This was a very interesting cookbook with a lot of fresh ideas and recipes that are realistic to make with readily available ingredients. I really enjoyed it!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fullfaun Faun

    So many great ideas for swaps and inventing new snacks

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    Simple, healthy recipes. Great pictures. Inspired me to cook and try to improve my eating habits.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ariste Egan

    Wonderful recipes !!! -- perfect combinations of healthy and decadent. Filled with useful tips for the home cook.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Feran

    I loved this cookbook! I got it from the library, but am going to purchase my own copy because I want to make so many recipes. The recipes are all very approachable and look delicious.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Luca

    I received a digital review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My review is susceptible to changes in the final copy of this work. The cover of this book is all that I expect from a ‘healthy cookbook’. It has vibrant colors and it makes me want to go shopping for fresh fruits and veggies immediately. The description “A cookbook with seriously satisfying, truly simple, good-for-you (but not too good-for-you) recipes for real life” fits perfectly with the cookbook I I received a digital review copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. My review is susceptible to changes in the final copy of this work. The cover of this book is all that I expect from a ‘healthy cookbook’. It has vibrant colors and it makes me want to go shopping for fresh fruits and veggies immediately. The description “A cookbook with seriously satisfying, truly simple, good-for-you (but not too good-for-you) recipes for real life” fits perfectly with the cookbook I am always on the hunt for. One that contains nourishing recipes, that do not have to be healthy a 100% of the time. Yet, the tricky thing is that still these recipes can often tilt to being not practical, have too many strange ingrediënts, require a load of equipment etc. The chapters in this book have a practical division according to categories. All of the categories have do-able recipes, some get me more excited than others, but I could find something that I wanted to eat in all of the chapters. Yet, there was one chapter that really stood out for me, and it was the soup-chapter. Man, those soups are definitely a welcome change to canned supermarket tomato soup! They look delicious and I would never have come up with these recipes myself. Actually, I would not have minded at all if the entire book was filled with soups. All taken together, this book is beautiful. From the cover, until the very last page, it is absolutely packed with beautiful photos of food in vibrant colors, and it is beautifully designed. The recipes seem easy, not too much fuss about strange ingredients (Kosher salt threw me off initially but after a little search it turned out that is actually pretty common and we just use a different name for it where I am from), and a big pro for me, this book is not completely vegetarian, but certainly is vegetarian friendly. I would rate it at 3,5 out of 5 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Abrams and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Healthyish. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. Healthyish includes recipes for the busy families who are looking for meals that are tasty, nutritious, and not too time consuming. Above all, the recipes within the pages of the cookbook provide a balance of vegetables and whole grains, but with less nutritious and flavorful accents to bring excitement to the food. The cookbook starts off with a wel Abrams and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Healthyish. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. Healthyish includes recipes for the busy families who are looking for meals that are tasty, nutritious, and not too time consuming. Above all, the recipes within the pages of the cookbook provide a balance of vegetables and whole grains, but with less nutritious and flavorful accents to bring excitement to the food. The cookbook starts off with a well done introduction, with tips, hints, and general information that many readers will find helpful. My favorite recipe in the Egg section is Chorizo Breakfast Tacos (p. 33), as its crispy, flavorful chorizo and corn tortillas make it a hearty breakfast without a lot of fuss. The Toast section is a little too simplistic and really should have been condensed to a tip box. The breakfast bowl recipes assume that readers have grains already prepared, but should have included a chart with instructions at the introduction to the section instead of burying the information at the back of the book. The Snack portion of Healthyish has a variety of recipes from trail mix, to dips, to hummus, and more. All are designed to give a protein boost and are easy to prepare. My favorite part of the cookbook are the soups, with offerings such as Sausage, Potato, White Bean, and Kale Soup (p. 100) and Loaded Baked Potato and Cauliflower Soup (p. 106). These hearty but healthy soups are great for those cold weather days. The rest of Healthyish includes sections like: Vegetarian Dinners, Chicken and Turkey, Pork and Beef, Fish and Shrimp, Treats, and Go-to Components. Although there are a few good recipes scattered throughout, the biggest problems with Healthyish are its reliance on prepared foods like rotisserie chicken and a plethora of simplistic offerings. Healthyish was a good idea for a cookbook, but it misses the mark with the quality of the recipes overall.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet

    I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - (edited for length) Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence in her debut cookbook, Healthyish. For anyone on the move, working long hours, and trying to eat a bit more healthfully, Healthyish offers 131 satisfying recipes with I received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher - (edited for length) Healthyish is recipe developer Lindsay Maitland Hunt’s totally doable, delicious, and dead-simple cookbook, helping us to eat how we all want to eat—healthy, but with an occasional bit of decadence in her debut cookbook, Healthyish. For anyone on the move, working long hours, and trying to eat a bit more healthfully, Healthyish offers 131 satisfying recipes with straightforward instructions, using as few pots and pans as possible, and ingredients that won’t break the bank. Not to mention, you can find the ingredients at your everyday grocery store (no garam masala or açai berries here!). Emphasizing balanced eating rather than fad diet tricks, Hunt includes guilt-free recipes for every meal of the day, from breakfast to snacks to dinner, and yes, even Healthyish treats. Designed for novices and experienced cooks alike, this book is destined to be an everyday kitchen essential, filled with splattered and dog-eared pages, Healthyish is a call for simple ingredients, food that makes us feel good, quick prep, and even quicker cleanup, so we all can enjoy what’s most important at the end of a long day: getting back to the couch. What a great idea for a cookbook! I kept bookmarking recipes I want to make ASAP and those amazing photographs made me salivate - the Miso Chicken Soup looks like it will be in a permanent rotation as I. Love. Noodle. Soup!!! (and given the MSG and sat fats found in those ubiquitous 4/$1 instant ramen, this is so much better for me!) ANY author whose main goal is to get me back on the couch is my new hero ... now if I could only find a way for the dishes to magically wash themselves!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Hunt, recipe tester for Real Simple and other websites, tackles the project of creating an accessible healthy cookbook for everyday meals that taste great. Flavor is not sacrificed for health and the emphasis is on balance but also on perception: to Hunt it’s important that the plate looks full. Hunt wants the recipes to be ready for immediate cooking as well as planning, so the ingredients are mainly those that can be found in your pantry or fridge. There are some noted exceptions that Hunt ind Hunt, recipe tester for Real Simple and other websites, tackles the project of creating an accessible healthy cookbook for everyday meals that taste great. Flavor is not sacrificed for health and the emphasis is on balance but also on perception: to Hunt it’s important that the plate looks full. Hunt wants the recipes to be ready for immediate cooking as well as planning, so the ingredients are mainly those that can be found in your pantry or fridge. There are some noted exceptions that Hunt indicates in the intro: fish sauce, miso paste, date molasses, urfa and Aleppo pepper, sardines, buckwheat flour and agave syrup. And she has some good prep tips at the beginning like use a bigger cutting board than you think you’ll need. Each recipe begins with a paragraph about the dish, then the ingredients and instructions. Serving size is included. Each recipe includes a picture with, what Hunt states is, “minimal styling”. But the photos look great, showcasing food you’ll want to eat. The recipes are tasty and diverse with healthyish emphasis and relatively easy preparation. They are not particularly unique but would be a great choice for a first cookbook or for someone just looking for easy, yummy healthyish dishes in one collection. There are some standouts that are unique, a miso chicken noodle soup with kimchi and a crispy broccoli, pepper and burrata sheet pan dinner with artichoke hearts and pine nuts, for example.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Great collection of beautiful looking recipes with just the right amount of healthy, just easy and simple enough, but just "fancy" enough ideas. Some of the recipes are going to go into my regular rotation. What I made so far: Turmeric Horchata Smoothie (delicious, way more filling than expected) Truly Delicious Energy Bites (so good! and different than the usual bites) Tangy Chicken Salad Tartine (easy and tasty lunch; love how there are breakfast and lunch recipes for 1-2 people) Sausage, Potato, W Great collection of beautiful looking recipes with just the right amount of healthy, just easy and simple enough, but just "fancy" enough ideas. Some of the recipes are going to go into my regular rotation. What I made so far: Turmeric Horchata Smoothie (delicious, way more filling than expected) Truly Delicious Energy Bites (so good! and different than the usual bites) Tangy Chicken Salad Tartine (easy and tasty lunch; love how there are breakfast and lunch recipes for 1-2 people) Sausage, Potato, White Bean and Kale Soup (was fine; I've had similar soups before that I prefer) Cheesy Broccoli and Pea Soup (loved this combination and I hadn't seen it before) Polenta Rounds with Fried Eggs and Avocado-Bean Salsa (really quick and easy, uses inexpensive ingredients most people already have on hand) Quick Rotisserie Chicken Tacos with Smashed Avocados (such a simple idea, and yet it feels fresh; easily my favorite recipe) Easy Chocolate Buttons with Nuts and Dried Fruit (quick and easy, looks fancy) Quick Pickled Red Onion (easy, makes other recipes better) Whole Pocked Chicken with Bonus Stock (similar to what I've already done, but made a slightly more flavorful broth) Good overall and I'm planning to try out more of the recipes in the future. Not too many cookbooks have this many recipes that seem so appealing, and also not overly complicated to make.

  28. 4 out of 5

    April

    PROS: - Beautiful photos - Clear, short, and easy to follow directions - Mostly short ingredient lists and not too difficult to find - Pretty familiar dishes but with simple, creative, and healthy riffs CONS: - This is a totally subjective opinion but to me it's a little more "healthy" than "ish" - I found that the food tastes a bit better if you use slightly more of the unhealthy ingredients like white flour or regular butter. But if you're hoping to tip the balance more strongly into "health PROS: - Beautiful photos - Clear, short, and easy to follow directions - Mostly short ingredient lists and not too difficult to find - Pretty familiar dishes but with simple, creative, and healthy riffs CONS: - This is a totally subjective opinion but to me it's a little more "healthy" than "ish" - I found that the food tastes a bit better if you use slightly more of the unhealthy ingredients like white flour or regular butter. But if you're hoping to tip the balance more strongly into "healthy" territory without going full vegan-Whole-Foods-spirulina-almond-flour...well, this is a great cookbook. - As with most healthy alternatives, there is the issue of things sounding too good to be true that just really aren't. Carob is not chocolate. Almond cheese is not cheddar. Rice Dream is not Ben and Jerry's. And turmeric almond rice milk is not really horchata. The formers are all ok if you take them at face value - just don't confuse the bad Elvis impersonators with the King himself.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Lindsay Maitland Hunt's premise for this cookbook is to make it easier to make healthyish meals at home - whether you're new to cooking or just looking for some quick recipes to make when you get home from work at the end of the day. In her introduction she talks about getting home cooks to test her recipes to make sure they are clear and easy enough for ANYONE to make. The recipes are organized like many cookbooks by meal/type - breakfast, snacks, lunch, soup, vegetarian, etc. But I really like Lindsay Maitland Hunt's premise for this cookbook is to make it easier to make healthyish meals at home - whether you're new to cooking or just looking for some quick recipes to make when you get home from work at the end of the day. In her introduction she talks about getting home cooks to test her recipes to make sure they are clear and easy enough for ANYONE to make. The recipes are organized like many cookbooks by meal/type - breakfast, snacks, lunch, soup, vegetarian, etc. But I really liked that at the end she has a chapter called "go to components" which is everything from pickles and compound butters to stocks and sauces. Overall, a great cookbook if you're looking to lighten up your meals, but not compromise on flavor or variety. Definitely quite a few recipes I'd like to try!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Phyllis

    I sat down and read this in one afternoon - cover to cover, actually exclaiming out loud over many of the recipes. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to try many of these recipes. Beautiful photos, creative recipes, honest and personable prose. I really liked Hunt's perspective of good-for-you (but not too good for you) food. No ingredients are considered "bad" when used in moderation. From the appetizers, to the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts - yummy food you'll feel good I sat down and read this in one afternoon - cover to cover, actually exclaiming out loud over many of the recipes. I couldn't put it down and can't wait to try many of these recipes. Beautiful photos, creative recipes, honest and personable prose. I really liked Hunt's perspective of good-for-you (but not too good for you) food. No ingredients are considered "bad" when used in moderation. From the appetizers, to the breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts - yummy food you'll feel good eating (as it says on the back of the book). Lots of gluten- and dairy-free recipes, vegan, vegetarian, and plenty for meat-eaters, too. It would have been perfect if nutritional information was included (calories, protein, etc.) but that's my only complaint. Here's to "Healthyish" eating!

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