The best healthy cookbooks of 2022 for easy and nutritious recipes

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When it comes to preparing healthy meals, you may be tricked into believing that all salads are monotonous piled high with wilted green leaves or unflavored beans mixed with “healthy foods” that don’t bring joy to our stomachs. But this is far from the truth.

Healthy food doesn’t need to be on a restrictive diet since you can’t enjoy your favorite foods – we’re talking about carbs and cheese, of course. Instead keep in mind nutrition and everything in moderation.

Nor does it need to be expensive, time-consuming or complicated – in fact, it should be the other way around. Most delicious, nutritious meals require very few ingredients, and because they are usually packed with fruits and vegetables, they are likely to be cost-effective, especially when cooked in batches.

To give you the example of a delicious and nutritious homemade meal that only takes.. minutes to cook and feed a family of four, we have prepared…. From the conscientious chef…. Domain.

So, whether you’re looking to incorporate more vegetables into your diet, cook nutritious meals for the whole family or simply want to expand your cooking stock, check out our roundup of healthy cookbooks.

Freezing: Super nutritious meals to cook, freeze and eat on demand

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If you find cooking a chore, especially after a busy day at work, then master the art of frozen cooking with freezing. Offering loads of delicious and nutritious recipes that are also very quick, this cookbook will teach you all there is to know about comfort cooking.

It’s also great for those beginning their own chef’s journey as there are countless tricks and tips as well as suggestions on how to change ingredients based on dietary requirements. We love the Easy Midweek Meals class, which includes Wild Mushroom Risotto, Keralan Vegetable Curry, and the most warm Thai Sweet Potato Curry. There are also chapters on basic sides and seasoning – so replace your store-bought pasta sauce with a homemade one that takes minutes to make and doesn’t contain the nasties.

With our smart meal prep solutions, you’ll be able to display your packed lunch to the entire office as more than a simple sandwich (much your coworker would envy).

Sleep spray: 100 home slimming recipes

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Embarking on your weight loss journey doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the foods you once loved and replacing them with lackluster salad leaves. Alternatively, with Pinch of Nom, you can eat mouthwatering recipes that are so delicious and delicious that you won’t even notice they’re unraveling. Every meal we tried was satisfying and delicious and we never felt like we were missing out on much – there’s even a fast food class when we crave Chinese noodles.

For a healthy family meal, try the creamy Cajun chicken pasta and if you’re craving something sweet, the Aati Crumble with Apple and Apricot is perfect. So, whether you’re trying to shed some pounds or are just looking for easy meals that will fit the whole family, this cookbook is a must.

Each recipe comes with a great alternative ingredient list to help you use the ingredients you already have.

Rice and Cereals: Over 70 Delicious and Nutritious Recipes

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There is no better cookbook to teach us about the surprisingly large world of rice and grains. While most of us can only name a few grains, Cathy Cordales offers us 70 recipes featuring all kinds of specialty varieties of rice and the likes of quinoa, rye, and bulgur.

Each dish is relatively simple, yet incredibly creative, and we fell in love with the harissa chicken, carrot and barley couscous that the whole family had for Sunday brunch. For a healthy dessert, try the peach, quinoa, and almond cake—perfect for a guilt-free after-dinner meal. If you’re feeling adventurous, swap your usual weekend brunch for corn and quinoa pancakes with Crispy Bacon and beetroot yogurt.

The photography accompanying the recipes is also amazing – we never thought rice and cereal could sound so appetizing.

Ottolenghi Test Kitchen: Shelf Love

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Intuitive cooking can be challenging. You’ve probably spent more time than you care to kiss it in front of your kitchen cupboards or refrigerator staring at a can of tomatoes in the corner or a half-eaten piece of cheese and wondering how this can be turned into a nutritious and delicious meal. If there is a cookbook to help solve this age-old problem, it’s Shelf Love.

These evocative Ottolenghi recipes are exactly what you’d expect from a creative chef, but this time they give us more flexibility to use what we have on hand to tweak and vary these dishes. Each recipe features a “make it your own” box which allows you to substitute different ingredients or simplify the process if you are short on time.

We made creamy hummus with a can of hummus and pepper left over from the fridge and followed it up with a tomato salad to use up the other veggies we already had.

fresh india

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Home cooks know that the secret to flavor is often slow cooking. Letting sauces simmer and spices to roast for hours produce notes that are virtually impossible to replicate in a quick meal. Unless you have Sodha’s Fresh India folder on hand. Somehow I was able to recreate this depth of flavors in a fraction of the time.

The 130 recipes in this book are quick, simple, and designed for everyday cooking. What’s more is that all recipes are vegan and ingredients can be substituted to make vegetarian meals as well. Our favorite dish was the roasted cauliflower korma and we loved trying puddings like peanut kulfi and pistachio cake.

The quick and easy way Ella: Delicious vegan taste

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British food writer and viral sensation Deliciously Ella herself has finally released a cookbook featuring a collection of recipes that are truly perfect for every meal and any meal.

If you’re after something simple in the evening after work, check out the 10-minute recipes chapter that proves eating vegan isn’t complicated or time-consuming. With more time on your hands, you can eat delicious pasta, noodles, or vegetable dishes from the 20-minute section.

Having fun dishes for friends and family that fit every diet requirement? I’ve covered the weekend class with recipes like spinach and chickpea curry and mushroom and walnut ragu—guaranteed to gobble up hungry mouths.

The nutrition information pages are a particularly notable feature because they explain how to consume all essential minerals and vitamins such as protein, calcium and B12 in a vegetarian diet.

Mind Food: Vegan Recipes for Positive Mental Health

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Eating healthy is not only good for your body, but for your mind as well, which is why this revolutionary cookbook “helps you reimagine the way you think about mental health in parallel with food,” according to author Lauren Lovat. Sharing her journey in mental health, Lovat presents a collection of innovative, informative, and most importantly: delicious vegan recipes.

We admire the seasonal ingredient pages that help us align our mind and body with what we eat. The recipes encourage you to cook with freshly grown produce and we’ve been blown away by the arancini squash – full of healthy fats and vegetables. Her creative approach to holistic eating isn’t what we’ve seen before and we love how many superfoods we’re feeding our bodies with thanks to these awesome meal ideas.

The Last Bite: A whole new way to make sweets all year round

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What award-winning pastry chef Anna Higham doesn’t know about baking isn’t worth knowing. This revolutionary dessert cookbook covers everything from skills and seasonings to techniques and taste. With over 150 recipes placed alongside beautiful illustrations and photos, this cookbook will soon become your go-to baking book as you learn more about the food you cook with and how to make your own desserts – all with health and balance at its core.

Seasonally split, there are recipes for berries in summer, apples and pears in fall, citrus fruits in winter and nuts and cereals in spring. Absolute products should include meringue, burnt butter cake, and blackcurrant leaf oil. Brace your culinary skills up to a grade or five with this cookbook.

The easy gluten-free cookbook

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This easy gluten-free cookbook is perfect for those who are short on time but still want to cook delicious and satisfying meals. These recipes are simple and hassle-free and many of them are perfect for the whole family, and meet a full range of nutritional requirements. They also take an average of 30 minutes, require one bowl or pan and can be made with five or fewer main ingredients—perfect if you’re looking to grab a meal together quickly after work with only cabinet essentials.

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