Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Weekend Fun and a New Cookbook

It was very hot this past weekend, so we decided to skip soccer practice on Saturday and instead headed to the beach. We left early and therefore avoided the traffic.


On the way, we stopped to get some treats at a bakery. I wasn’t going to get anything, but when I saw that they had wheat free blueberry/white chocolate cookies and overheard someone say it was her favorite cookie, I decided to have one. It was my first cookie (or anything baked for that matter) since January, and it was amazing - moist and not very sweet. Hubby and the kid loved the cookie, too, and I now want to recreate that cookie at home, which is very unlikely since I am not a baker at all. 


However, I experimented and made a few almond meal/chocolate chip cookies on Sunday, and they were approved by the boys despite having very little added sugar. So my plan is to experiment with that recipe and hopefully come up with a good blueberry/white chocolate cookie.

While I don’t think cookies, even healthier ones, should be a regular part of a diet, I would like to have a good, pretty healthy go-to cookie recipe to make once in a while. And if the recipe is gluten-free and I can taste one occasionally that would be even better.

New Cookbook

Over the weekend, I also got a new cookbook, Prevention RD's Everyday Healthy Cooking: 100 Light and Delicious Recipes to Promote Energy, Weight Loss, and Well-Being, in the mail from Skyhorse Publishing. I was very excited to check it out as it is written by Nicole of the Prevention RD blog.


Nicole and I started blogging around the same time, back in 2009, and I have read her blog since. I also got to meet her a few times, once when she was at a conference in the area and also at the FoodBuzz Festival several years ago.

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One thing that stands out in the book are the beautiful photos of all the dishes. The recipes sound uncomplicated, interesting, and there is certainly something for everyone.


One very neat future are the labels that are used to mark recipes. For example, it’s very easy to find the gluten-free recipes which I want to try most.



Each recipe is also accompanied by a little note from Nicole, which I enjoy reading very much. In the notes, she shares shopping tips, fun facts, nutrition highlights/comments, cooking tips, who in her life loves the recipe and more.

Over the next weeks, I will try out some of the recipes. I was given permission to share one or two of the recipes with you. So stay tuned for a recipe or two from Nicole’s new cookbook. By the way, the cookbook was just released in August, and Nicole is already busily working on cookbook number two! Way to go, Nicole!

Questions: What was the highlight of your weekend? Do you like reading cookbooks? I love reading cookbooks even though I very rarely make anything from a cookbook. I know that sounds weird, but I truly enjoy reading the ingredient lists and instructions as well as any anecdotes or side notes. And while I seldom make a recipe, I certainly find inspirations for the dishes I do make, which I usually just make up as I shop for ingredients and then put together when I cook. I also love beautiful cookbooks with gorgeous photos. It’s a pleasure just looking through Nicole’s book. Do you have any healthy, gluten-free white chocolate/fruit cookie recipes you would like to share?

Be well,
Andrea

[Disclaimer: I received Nicole’s cookbook for free from the publisher but all opinions are my own.]

32 comments:

  1. I'd choose the beach over soccer, too! ;) It's always nice to find a really tasty baked good - having an arsenal of occasional indulgences is essential, I think ;) I'm looking forward to your recipe!

    I'm not a huge cookbook reader, but Peter has gotten me into it. Glad you enjoyed Nicole's!

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    1. I remember Peter's top five cookbook list! And yours! :)

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  2. Sounds like you had a very nice weekend, Andrea.
    I have so many cookie recipes that I Would love to take and make into healthier ones (stay tuned for a new butternut squash cookie recipe!).

    I love Nicole's cookbook. I've already made a couple things form it with several more recipes bookmarked. It's so neat that she has a cookbook!!

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    1. Looking forward to the butternut squash cookie recipe!

      And, yes, it's very cool that Nicole has a cookbook!

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  3. Greta,
    Die Strandfotos sehen richtig nach Ferien aus.
    Am Wochenende war ich auf einem Slow-food Markt in Braunschweig, leider bei Regen.
    Ich hatte auch schon Rezepte von glutenfreien Gebäck.Muß mal meine Kenntnisse auffrischen,bald beginnt mein Ernährungskurs für Senioren.

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    1. Der Slow-food Markt klingt interessant.

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  4. I find I love reading recipes on blogs now more than cookbooks as with cookbooks I love looking at them and I'll mark recipes and then put them on the shelf and forget about them :)

    I wish it was beach weather here in Australia it is just coming into spring so we are being teased with a few warm sunny days here and there but definitely not warm enough to go to the beach as yet.

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    1. It's great that you make recipes from blogs and Pinterest! :)

      You'll enjoy the beach in a few months when it's cold here... :)

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  5. LIKE? no :-)
    neeeed? YES!!!!

    clicks away to check it out more...

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    1. Nicole's cookbook is a good basic one, and there are a fair amount of gluten-free recipes but also quite a few non-gluten-free ones.

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  6. I love cookbooks! I have so many, but unfortunately, seem to forget to refer back to them!!

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  7. I think a day at the beach instead of soccer practice sounds like fun. What a beautiful day! The cookie looks tasty and the cookbook sounds like a good one.

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    1. Yes, it was fun to skip soccer just that once. :)

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  8. What beautiful pics & so glad you had a great time AND A COOKIE! :) I wanted it!!!

    I am not a cookbook person cause really not a great cook & I am OK with that! :)

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    1. The cookie was amazing. Makes me want to be a baker, which I most certainly am not. :)

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  9. I love reading cookbooks to get inspirations. I too rarely follow a recipe from the book... but just loving reading it like a novel! :)

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  10. I love all the pictures of the water Andrea! I too am getting a copy of Nicole's book - can't wait to get it.

    She and I went to the same high school (although I am 15+ years older than her!). We discovered that not too long after following each others blogs. :D

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    1. I remember that you and Nicole went to the same high school. :)

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  11. Nice pictures Andrea...what a fun weekend...and the cookie looks delicious...
    I love browsing cookbooks...I always get new ideas.
    Have a wonderful weekend :D

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    1. Have a great weekend, too, Juliana!

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  12. Looks like a fun in the sun weekend! I do enjoy reading cookbooks and I have more than my fair share of them!

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    1. I'm especially interested in some of your more recent cookbooks. They sound great!

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  13. Such great family beach pictures!! I love cookbooks - this one looks great, so neat that you have met her! I like the icon idea and her notes section sounds wonderful!

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    1. Yes, the icons and notes are very neat.

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  14. Looks like a great day at the beach! I seem to buy cookbooks, look at them, but then not make anything either. I have no idea why...I do need more quick and healthy dinners. I'm bored of the ones I make.

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    1. It was a great day.

      It's always good to switch meals up a bit. I'm looking forward to making a few recipes from Nicole's cookbook. Hopefully, I'll add them into the "rotation!" :)

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