No Excuses Detox [review]

No Excuses Detox - Megan Gilmore

Title: No Excuses Detox
Author: Megan Gilmore
Publisher: Ten Speed Press

[Synopsis]

From Everyday Detox author Megan Gilmore, powerhouse blogger behind Detoxinista.com, comes her second title featuring 100 quick-to-prepare, affordable, and delicious whole-food recipes that make it easy to follow a healthy lifestyle for you and your family every day.

In No Excuses Detox, Megan Gilmore presents a collection of satisfying, family-friendly recipes developed with speed, convenience, and optimum digestion in mind. Because enjoying what you eat on a daily basis is crucial to maintaining health goals, these recipes for comfort food favorites–from Freezer Oat Waffles, Butternut Mac n’ Cheese, Quinoa Pizza, Loaded Nacho Dip, and Avocado Caesar Salad to Frosty Chocolate Shakes, No-Bake Brownie Bites, and Carrot Cake Cupcakes—taste just as good as their traditional counterparts, but are healthier versions packed with nutrients. Megan Gilmore sharply identifies many of the reasons people fail to stick to a healthy diet—too busy, budget conscious, cooking for picky eaters, concerns about taste or fullness, and more—addressing them head on and offering simply solutions. This beautifully packaged and artfully photographed book gives readers no excuse to not eat well year-round.

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[My Review]

No Excuses Detox is a great recipe book if you’re after comfort food without all the guilt!
The information about eating healthy, and leading a healthier life, looks great and very useful. However I’ve just focused on the selection of recipes to try out, all of which I know are nutritious, healthy (because that’s the point of the book, after all!) and which I can also use as a base to customise – ie. adding fish or other ingredients, if I want to. A lot of the recipes are healthier versions of favourites or take-away style meals that are traditionally very calorie-packed and not particularly nutritious, so this is a great alternative.

The recipes are easy to follow, and don’t require too many crazy ingredients. There are some that I’ll need to buy if I want to copy the recipe exactly, but most of them I can imagine subbing certain ingredients for others and getting a good result nevertheless.

As someone who has recently bought a pressure cooker but found I need some guidance on timings etc, and therefore on the look out for pressure-cooker-friendly recipes, this book is GREAT. It tells you if the recipe fits into certain categories eg. freezer friendly, 30 minutes, 15 minutes, etc etc OR if it’s a pressure cooker or slow cooker recipe.

For veggies this is great as it’s all plant-based, and many recipes can be adapted to be vegan or to other requirements. I also loved that the author included costs too, so you have some idea how miuch of a cost-effective recipe it really is. Basically, the author has done all the hard work for you and made a super easy to follow, informative cookbook.

I’ve only tried a few recipes so far but they’ve tasted nice (a few I felt needed a bit more seasoning, but that’s easy to adjust and depends on the person), and a few others I’ve used as a general idea which I’ve then changed slightly depending what I feel like. Photos look lovely but not too perfect, so that’s a win from me too!

This is, ultimately, a really great recipe book and I’d highly recommend it for anyone wanting to eat healthier but whilst still feeling a bit indulgent. There’s some recipes which I wouldn’t bother making or which don’t really appeal, but also a lot that I’ll be trying out in the near future!

[Rating: 4/5]

Many thanks to Ten Speed Press and Netgalley for providing a copy of this novel

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