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Cookbook Review: Simple Green Suppers

Simple Green Suppers, by Susie Middleton, and photos by Bandi Baird
Description from NetGalley (thanks to them for my copy):

125 recipes for complete one-dish vegetarian suppers that pair pantry staples with fresh ingredients–perfect for nonvegetarians aspiring to eat a more plant-based diet.

Available on Amazon, April 11th
Paperback, Kindle

Thank You to Roost Publishers and NetGalley for my free e-copy. There are affiliate links in this post, meaning if you click on them, I am compensated. It in no way affects your costs or my opinions. Read my full disclosure.

Can I just say, if I could eat paper, I would eat this book! I love her pictures of beautiful food. I am always trying to eat more vegetables and trying even harder to keep it interesting- I seem to make roasted vegetables over and over, until now I am sort of just done with them! Vegetables can be sort of, well…boring. I needed some inspiration.

This book gave me just that. I love the sound of these recipes of hers:

Broccoli Raab and Creamy Goat Cheese Baked Pasta Gratin…YUMMMM

Quinoa & Bean Salad with Tomato-Nectarine-Curry Dressing…WhaaaT?

Two-Potato Red Onion & Bell Pepper Taco with Lime-Chipotle Sauce….The sauce alone, guys!

The Contents are separated into:

  • Noodles
  • Grains
  • Beans
  • Leaves
  • Toast
  • Tortillas
  • Eggs
  • Broth

There is an intro and follow up in each chapter and the book for essential techniques…I didn’t love the overkill on this, as I sort of know how to cook the basics, but if you are a newbie, this would be really helpful information on the “how-to’s” of cooking vegetables and handling ingredients, like “Tips & Strategies for Tortillas.”

Because I am in LOOOOOVE with the toast chapter, I made this ridiculously good avocado toast- Now don’t be dismissive! Avocado toast recipes are a dime a dozen, right now, but this one is special: pickled beets and deliciousness abound. My hubs went crazy for this, and we had to have it two days in a row! So good:

Avocado Toast with Baby Kale, Blue Cheese, Pecans, Quick-Pickled Radishes, and Honey

Simple Green Suppers Avocado Toast

Ridiculous, right?! So freaking good. I don’t think my pics do this justice at all- I was rushing through taking them, so I could stuff this in my mouth! The blue cheese and pecans were deal breakers for me- this is my new toast.

If you need veggie inspiration like I did, then this book is for you. This book is going on my gift list this year for sure! For everyone.

You are welcome- and Thank You to Roost Publishers and NetGalley for my free e-copy. There are affiliate links in this post, meaning if you click on them, I am compensated. It in no way affects your costs. Read my full disclosure.



A Meatloaf in Every Oven: Cookbook Review

Frank Bruni and Jennifer Steinhauer
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (February 7, 2017)
Available via Amazon

Summary from Amazon:

[With] 50 killer recipes, from the best classic takes to riffs by world-famous chefs like Bobby Flay and Mario Batali; from Italian polpettone to Middle Eastern kibbe to curried bobotie; from the authors’ own favorites to those of prominent politicians. Bruni and Steinhauer address all the controversies (Ketchup, or no? Sauté the veggies?) surrounding a dish that has legions of enthusiastic disciples and help you to troubleshoot so you never have to suffer a dry loaf again.

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Seriously? A whole book about meatloaf?

Meatloaf seems so straightforward, but in this book, you realize it is anything but boring! The variations on this humble meal, from Alex Guareselli’s mom’s meatloaf to Rep. Paul Ryan’s venison version, will inspire you to make meatloaf a regular mainstay at your table. I just love that I can pick out a recipe depending on whether I want an indulgent (cheeseburger meatloaf) or weekday meal (chicken with sriracha).

The authors are two friends, who have apparently been emailing, texting, and discussing their shared love of meatloaf for years. There is a little dialogue throughout the book between them, bantering about the “best” recipe or an exchange of a recipe for this shared obsession. I love the natural language and humorous play between chapters, and more importantly, I love all the stories behind the recipes; Each is presented with an accompanying little explanation of why the recipe is included in the book.

We are especially fond of the Buffalo-style chicken wing-so fiery, so tangy. And we were determined to reproduce its magic in a meatloaf (Buffalo-Style Chicken Loaf with Blue Cheese).

Aside from a great story for each recipe, my favorite component of a good cookbook is the index or the contents. This book did not disappoint. The contents includes a clear list of recipes broken down in a very useful manner:

  • Chapter 1: Classics
  • Two: Around the World
  • Three: Lamb
  • Four: CluckCluck Gobble Gobble (a bit of humor like this runs throughout the book)
  • Five: Meatless
  • Six: Guilty Pleasures
  • Seven: Political Postscript (Politician recipes!)
  • Eight: Sides
  • *Index

There was some discussion in the book on whether or not to include “sides” or recipes that were not only meatloaf recipes. I am glad they decided to keep these. I am always looking for great new sides, and these are accompaniments from some of the greatest chefs like Alex Guarnascelli or Bobby Flay.

But all the recipes look great-I of course have to try making a recipe or two, and I did. I made the Spicy Turkey Meatloaf. Although since I don’t like ground turkey, I made it will ground chicken. It was spicy for sure, but not too much so, and the sriacha glaze on top was SO good! So good, a couple of my kids ate it- Whoohoot! (they don’t usually eat meatloaf, so this was big).

spicy meatloaf

Main Take:

Excellent cookbook! I made a chicken meatloaf with sriracha glaze that was super delicious and my kids loved it.  There are lots of offerings from chefs like Alex Guarnaschelli to Paul Ryan (the politician!) mixed in here- but all of the recipes are easy enough for a home cook- plus they added some great side dish offerings so it’s not all meat…you get the potato part and some veg too! Highly Recommend.

As a book reviewer, I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher or author to facilitate this review. I received no other compensation and as always my review and opinion is 100% my own. This post may contain affiliate links- see my full disclosure page.

ALOHA Vegan Protein & More

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Aloha Protein & More

So I am still running. Not away! Not from anything! {READ: 4 kids}…so maybe I am running away sometimes. Not forever. Just an hour or two! Sometimes running is a respite from the noise and chaos that is my life. Seriously. My house is super loud, people. But I digress.

Because, I am running a bit more lately, I am back to wanting a post-workout smoothie to replenish myself with protein and energy. Do you do that? Well, I got the chance to try ALOHA protein, and I have to say with 100% honesty, that it is YUM. My go-to protein is always pea-protein or another vegan protein, but I usually buy the cheapest that I can still enjoy the taste of. Not that I am a vegan- just that I seem to like the “clean” nature of a vegan protein, and whey just doesn’t appeal to me- I just think of dehydrated clear liquid at the top of the yogurt…nah.

What I like about ALOHA specifically:

Non-GMO, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, manufactured in the USA. I can pronounce and know every single ingredient- which is a short list. Check out this pic from the back of a Vanilla pouch of protein:

Aloha Protein & More

Do you see that?! It is SO good! I left that little “best-by” date sticker, since I think that is cool too- not all proteins do that, which is kind of gross. The Aloha best seller, the Vanilla Bean Protein is made with organic vanilla bean, Madagascar cinnamon, and protein from plants. It’s a powerful punch of 18 grams of clean, whole food protein that I am looking for after a workout.

So they sell this at Target (great news)!! BUT. And here’s the thing, buying online with them is even more great since they offer sales all the time on all of their products: protein, greens blend (to mix into your smoothies!), teas, vitamins, and they offer bundles like a 14-Day Detox Plan if you are needing a dedicated health-redux! They offer one time purchases or a shipment schedule to save you some money- like 30% OFF until Dec. 31st!! For me, I love a one-time purchase for things like tea or specialty items, so that I can see if I like it. But for protein powder if I love it…then I want to get the best deal that I can find, and I hate running out, so regular shipments are a good deal, and buying through their site directly is even better…

And guess what my friends? Right now until December 31st, I can offer 30% off your ENTIRE order at ALOHA! That includes their teas, protein, detoxes, and all their products! No kidding!
30% Off your ENTIRE ALOHA purchase using code 30ALOHA

I hope you will take a look around their site and try some of their products. Have you tried ALOHA brand products already? Tell me in the comments what you love and I will add it to my list!

I can’t wait to offer products like these that I know you will love! This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive compensation. It does not affect your price at all. For more information, see my full disclosure page.