We are two weeks into the New Year which means subscriptions to diet programs and gym memberships are probably through the roof. I always hated the terms “diet” and “healthy” and “clean” eating because they all sound so restrictive. As if I am reduced to bread and water, and I probably wouldn’t even be able to have the bread due to some no carb diet plan. However, I was really interested in Katherine Alford and Claudia Sidoti would come up with in their latest Food Network book, The Best and Lightest.
The Best and Lightest is not your usual healthy eating cookbook. There are 150 hearty and fulfilling healthy recipes catering to the top three healthiest diets: Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free. Although there the majority of the book is dedicated to vegans and vegetarians, there are a couple of sections that are dedicated to meat lovers such as myself. All are easy to prepare with the majority of the ingredients found in your home pantry which is why I love cooking from Food Network’s books—the simplicity of their recipes.
Above each recipe is a key or notification letting you know which recipes are vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free; each recipe is also accompanied by a photo of the finished dish which is another reason I love Food Network’s books. One of the things I like most about the recipes is that they are not heavy and can be modified if you want to add some form of meat. I highly recommend trying the steak and hummus sandwiches and the potato leek soup with bacon.