I’m a huge fan of Lisa Leake’s blog, so when I heard she was publishing a cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love!, I couldn’t wait to check it out! Imagine my surprise when I applied to be one of her cookbook ambassadors and received my very own signed copy of the book in the mail last week! I’m so honored to be representing a fellow blogger with a focus on making family friendly food from scratch as part of a healthy lifestyle. As I opened the book, I gleefully skimmed through the first few chapters after reading Lisa’s introduction of how her typical American processed food diet was transformed in just 100 days!
This book is packed with information and recipes, but here’s a few of my favorite tidbits:
- why eating REAL FOOD is so important
- grocery shopping tips, as well as lists of pantry, fridge and freezer essentials
- how to choose better prepackaged foods with 5 ingredients or less
- lists of processed foods with real food substitutions
- tips for creating your own home garden
- school lunch options that will appeal to even the pickiest eater
- guidelines for sticking to your REAL FOOD PLEDGE while eating in restaurants and traveling
- family friendly recipes (many can be modified to be gluten free, vegetarian or dairy free)
Lisa and I both have young families, so putting kid friendly meals on the table every day is an absolute must! Kids are often the worst food critics, and I’ve been known to let out a silent (or not so silent) cheer when my girls try a new food. We eat with our eyes first, and colorful food is not only healthy, but beautiful! Luckily, Lisa includes a drool worthy full page photo of each and every recipe! I’m excited to try her Tomato Bisque, PB & J Smoothies, Cinnamon Apple Chips, Veggie Corn Chowder, Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Peppers, Slow Cooker Flank Steak Fajitas and Cajun Shrimp Alfredo!
Food Photography: Carrie Vitt Lifestyle Photography: Kelly Trimble
(left) Leake family at the farmer’s market
(top right) Veggie Corn Chowder
(middle right) Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread
(bottom right) Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan
Since I’m an avid baker and dessert lover, I was curious to see the recipes in the Special Treats chapter. Lisa shares several whole grain baked goods and naturally sweetened treats the whole family will love! I dish up a lot of traditional desserts and baked goods on my blog, however, I strive to incorporate whole grains, nuts, natural fats and oils, natural sweeteners and antioxidant rich dark chocolate and cocoa powder in my recipes as much as possible. I’m looking forward to making Lisa’s Whole Grain Pumpkin Muffins and Extra Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites! YUM!
Since we’re in the middle of a major heat wave, I decided to make Lisa’s Frozen Yogurt Pops yesterday. Oh, boy, were my kiddos excited! 🙂 Not only do they LOVE to help in the kitchen, but they just happen to love popsicles! I mean, what kid doesn’t?!?! My girls took turns measuring out the ingredients, and we used a funnel so they could easily pour the mixture into the molds. A lot of homemade popsicle recipes call for simple syrup (granulated sugar dissolved in water) but Lisa’s recipe uses nature’s version…..maple syrup! It can be a pricey ingredient, but I recently discovered organic maple syrup sold in bulk at Costco. SCORE!
I had such a blast exploring Lisa’s new cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, and I really want you to have the opportunity to make her delicious recipes, too!!! That’s why I’m giving away a copy on my Facebook page! 🙂 To enter to win, ‘like’ my blog on Facebook, ‘like’ the post pinned to the top of my page and comment with the words PICK ME!!!
**Due to shipping, this giveaway is open to US residents only. Enter to win from 6 am EST Sunday, August 31st – 10 pm EST Thursday, September 4th. A winner will be selected using the random number generator at random.org and announced on my Facebook page on Friday, September 5th. Happy Cooking! 😀