About "Dashing Dish" by Katie Farrell:
From the creator of the wildly popular cooking and healthy lifestyle website DashingDish.com, comes a clean eating cookbook designed to give home cooks a healthy start to 2015. Dashing Dish: 100 Simple and Delicious Recipes for Clean Eating (Nelson Books) by Katie Farrell combines delicious and simple recipes with easy tips for incorporating clean eating habits for a healthier lifestyle. As a registered nurse, Farrell has spent years teaching others about nutrition, health and overall well-being. Since its inception, her hit website DashingDish.com has garnered more than 25,000 monthly subscribers who access her recipes, cooking videos and fitness plans.
For readers new to clean eating, Dashing Dish makes it easy to transition by providing lists of valuable pantry, fridge and freezer items helpful for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The book also includes important conversion charts and offers clean substitutes for some popular unhealthy foods, making the jump to clean eating as simple as possible.
The recipes I tried:
I was so excited to receive this cookbook that I could not wait to try the recipes! I made a BUNCH, but I still haven't made all the ones that sounded good to me...which is pretty much all 100...but I'm working on it! (My pictures aren't nearly as pretty as what the cookbook shows.)
Giant Breakfast Cookie
Strawberry Protein Pancake with Yogurt Filling
Cookie Dough Overnight Oatmeal
Cinnamon Bun for One
Brownie for One in Minutes
Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
General Tso Slow Cooker Chicken
French Toast Protein Muffins
Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Pork
I think part of the reason I was so excited to try these recipes, is because of how simple they are! I absolutely loved that I really only had to go out and buy a few ingredients that I didn't already have on hand. Those same ingredients were used throughout many of the recipes. (I had to buy protein powder, Stevia and Greek yogurt.) I'll admit that I didn't always use exactly what was called for because I did want to use what I had...like using 2% milk instead of almond or our own whole eggs (free-range) instead of 2 egg whites. (I fully understood that it would change the nutrition information that was listed for each recipe as well.)
As far as like the recipes, so far I only REALLY liked a few. I could eat the Cookie Dough Overnight Oatmeal every morning! The Strawberry Protein Pancakes were quite good as well and the kids loved the Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies. The French Toast Protein Muffins DID NOT turn out at all! They were suppose to bake for 30-35 minutes, but I could smell them burning within the first 10 minutes and it was obvious they weren't cooked in the middle. I'd like to try them again though, at a lower temperature, because underneath the burnt layer, they were quite tasty!
As for the rest of the recipes, they weren't 'bad'. I think I'd have to get used to not eating sugar, butter, flour, etc., and I'm sure they'd taste better to me. I don't know that I'd take any of them to share at gatherings without feeling the need to explain that they're 'healthy', because the texture and flavor are just a lot different that what most people (that I know) are used to.
All-in-all, the "Dashing Dish" cookbook is a keeper! I love that the recipes are healthy and I don't feel guilty eating anything that I make from it. It also has given me ideas on how to make healthier versions of other meals I already make! :-)
Visit dashingdish.com to find more recipes and see where you can purchase the cookbook! The hardcover cookbook is currently $18.35 on amazon.com. The e-book version is also available and currently $15.29 at amazon.com.