There was a cartoon I watched when I was a kid called ‘Arthur’. Yep, it was one of those feel-good, educational cartoons, that your parents didn’t feel too bad letting you binge watch because it always taught you a lesson. Anyways, Arthur and his friends used to sing a song that went a little something like this… “Having fun isn’t hard – When you’ve got a library card!” Over and over about eight times. Perhaps this fostered a love for the library at a young age but I do find it really fun and addicting to get as many free books as you want, week after week!
Sign. me. up!
This week I picked up two cookbooks that have been on my reserve list for quite sometime, Thrive on Five and The Detox Bible. I was looking for some vegetable inspiration and let’s be honest, I am a sucker for nice recipe pictures. Give me all the picture books.
We all know we need to eat our five-a-day, but sometimes it can be hard. No longer. Over half the recipes in this book are carefully created to include all five in just one dish. Some of the recipes I will definitely be adding to my menu plans over the next couple of weeks include;
- Rainbow Stuffed Peppers
- Carrot and Sweet Potato Soup w/ Ginger + Tumeric
- Aubergine Curry w/ Coconut + Tumeric
- Sweet Potato + Courgette Falafel
- GF Spiced Carrot + Date Muffins
All the recipes are meat-free, but are easily adaptable to include meat or fish. It is also very friendly for particular diets; 5:2, low fat, low carb, vegan and gluten-free. I like that all the recipes appear to be quick, inexpensive, good for bulk batches, and using local British larder or easily available produce.
Next up, you may have heard of Lily Simpson. She is dedicated to a philosophy of great health, amazing food, and has a very inspirational (and beautiful Instagram) @thedetoxkitchen
You can imagine that it doesn’t take long flipping through the pages of this book to see bright, delicious looking recipes with unique flavor combinations and nourishing options. It is an all-in-one cookbook for those of us looking for all things wheat, dairy and refined sugar free! Looking to add some of these beauties to my weekly repertoire;
- Avocado Smash w/ Toasted Nuts + Seeds
- Broccoli Stalk + Cashew Spread
- Fennel, Apple + Butternut Squash Salad
- Quinoa, Kale + Pistachio Burgers
- Chicken Burgers w/ Beetroot Relish
And if it couldn’t get better, this cookbook is a very educational guide about daily well-being and detoxing. With nutritional guides and tailored plans to support your particular health needs, and issues that may be benefited from each recipe. It covers common health needs like gaining energy, getting clearer skin, relieving IBS, supporting fertility and alleviating osteoporosis. Health issues or not, sometimes it’s good to just reset our system with a nurturing detox.
Bonus! Here is a link to download your free pdf cookbook from the Detox Kitchen Facebook page.
What cookbooks have you been reading or can recommend with a big smile?