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Better Than a Box: How to Transform Processed Food Recipes into Whole Foods Favorites (real food cookbook) [Kindle Edition]

Katie Kimball
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Amazon's Best Book of the Month with over 8500 Copies Sold!

Stop Making Dinner From a Box. Start Making Those Same Family-Favorite Meals Healthier and Homemade With 100% Whole Foods.

*Are there favorites in your recipe card box collecting dust because the processed ingredients make you squirm?
*Do you miss comfort food casseroles that use "cream of" soups because you refuse to buy those cans anymore?

>> Over 6,000 readers are transforming their kitchen life with Better Than a Box - you can too!

This 220-page tutorial will help you gain confidence and courage in the kitchen, establish habits and routines to make sure you always have certain things on hand, and learn to save on dishes as you cook up a storm. Learn "recipes" you can book by heart and gain self-confidence to toss in a little of this and a little of that, even if you've always been a “measure to the correct 1/8 teaspoon” sort of chef before. Better Than a Box will teach you to reverse engineer recipes, create delicious real food renditions and help you have the real food lifestyle you want without compromising on the food your family loves.

Better Than a Box is so much more than a recipe book; it's a way of cooking. Find lessons on:
*Adding Nutrition to a Recipe
*Making any Casserole a One-Pot Meal
*Designing Your Own Recipes
*Herbs & Spices Basics
*How to Make Healthy Baking Recipes

Reverse engineer one of your own recipes from processed to 100% whole foods instantly with 35 recipes teaching you to make pantry staples from scratch, including:

*Homemade Chicken Stock
*Homemade White Sauce (i.e. Cream of Whatever Soup)
*Cream of Potato Vegetable Soup
*Bouillon Cube Substitute
*Dry Onion Soup Mix
*Cheesy Grain-free Biscuits
*Mom’s Whole Wheat Biscuits
*Bisquick Substitute
*Grandma’s Pie Crust
*Homestyle Cornbread
*Gluten-free Cornbread
*Homemade Whole Wheat Tortillas
*Favorite Homemade Rolls
*Homemade Wheat Thin Style Crackers
*Homemade Bread Crumbs
*Stovetop Stuffing Substitute
*Homemade Sausage Seasoning
*Basic Meat Marinade Framework
*Bonus: Mexican Beef Fajitas
*Roasted Shredded Chicken
*Freezer Meatballs (& Meatloaf)
*Not-so-Tough Beef Jerky
*Macaroni and Cheese
*Velveeta Cheese Substitute/Creamy Cheese Sauce
*Homemade Mayonnaise
*Homemade Caesar Dressing
*Homemade Italian Dressing
*Homemade Asian Toasted Sesame Salad Dressing
*Tangy Greek Salad Dressing with Feta
*Homemade Ranch Dressing
*Ranch Dressing Mix
*Seasoned Salt and Dip Blends
*Homemade Barbecue Sauce
*Italian Diced Tomatoes
*Fake Whipped Topping
*Instant Pudding

Don't want to do the mental work, but still crave familiar comfort food?

Find 25 ready-to-go recipes in the thorough, no-stone-left-unturned style of Kitchen Stewardship, including:

*Katie’s Spicy Meat Chili
*Basic Pepper Steak
*Dad’s Cheeseburger Helper
*Homestyle Beef and Potato Casserole
*Honey Dijon Chicken Casserole
*Easy Chicken and Biscuits
*Chicken Rice-a-Roni Substitute
*Mexican Beans and Rice
*Cheesy Beef and Mac
*Grandma’s Tuna Noodle Casserole
*Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
*Chicken Pot Pie and Not Pie
*Chicken with Rice and Green Beans
*Homestyle Crunchy Topped Chicken Casserole
*Real Food Beef Stroganoff
*Simple Onion Pot Roast
*Spicy Cheesy Chicken Dip
*Homemade French Onion Dip
*Sausage Spinach Pasta Toss
*Homemade Chicken Nuggets
*One-Bowl Pumpkin Muffins
*Real Hot Chocolate
*Homemade Chocolate Syrup
*Southern Banana Pudding
*Homemade Whole Wheat Graham Crackers

There's something for everyone in Better Than a Box. Learn more at KitchenStewardship.com.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"Katie's how-to tips, one-pot meals, and make-ahead instructions simplify the Real Food cooking process so normal home-cooks like me don't feel so overwhelmed. This eBook is a must-read for anyone interested in making Real Food meals for their family without spending all day in the kitchen."


--From Andrea of Simple Organized Living



"If you've made the decision to eat less processed foods, this e-book is an excellent addition to help you along the way. Part recipe book/part teaching tutorial, it will help you transform old favorite recipes with processed ingredients into real food meals."


--From 100 Days of Real Food

About the Author

Katie Kimball is a mother of three from Michigan who spends a ton of time in the kitchen making real food with whole ingredients and then blogs about her successes and failures at KitchenStewardship.com.

Her recipes are known for being thorough, family friendly and delicious. When she's not hiding behind spinach on Twitter, she can be found throwing it into every dish she makes (and teaching others how to throw veggies into the pot willy nilly).

Katie's "real food" diet is constantly changing and improving, and if you drink raw milk, bake sourdough bread or make homemade yogurt, you'll feel right at home at Kitchen Stewardship, dedicated to helping families balance their quest for natural health with their time and money.

Product Details

  • File Size: 458 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Kitchen Stewardship, LLC (January 20, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B3VRQR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #310,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It all depends on what you are after January 26, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
You will either love this book or you won't. It all depends on what you are after. Author Katie Kimball has written an extensive cookbook, one that I would consider more of a notebook filled with how she got there when creating healthier recipes, than a cookbook that was easy to cook from.

Also, it depends on what you consider basic ingredients and the type of food lifestyle you wish to choose. For some substituting coconut oil and sucanat is important. For others it is not.

At the back of the book you will find an extensive list of recipes found in the cookbook. Some of those recipes include:

Homemade French Onion Dip
Homemade Whole Wheat Graham Crackers
Chicken Pot Pie
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

Some of the recipes seemed a bit more difficult than they had to be. A good example of this is the Creamy Chicken Enchilada recipe. All you need to do is make a traditional chicken enchilada recipe using chicken, green chilies, sour cream and cheese. Very easy and very basic. You can find such a recipe in the Mexican Family Favorites Cook Book (Cookbooks and Restaurant Guides). You can also find a basic and delicious from scratch enchilada sauce in the Mexican Family Favorites Cook Book.

My recommendation is buy some basic cookbooks and learn how to cook from scratch.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
By Ivy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I cook everything from scratch and have followed the Weston Price diet for years. I grew up that way in a small mediterranean country (where a chicken dinner started with killing the chicken), so boxed American food does not appeal to me. Campbell soups, mac and cheese, hamburger helper, and chicken pot pies were never part of my diet, or that of my parents and grandparents for that matter. I do not crave the taste, or associate these meals with fond memories of childhood and grandma visits. So, for these reasons, the recipe section of the book is not something I value very much. I am into experimenting with different cuisines, but the goal of the recipes often seems to be to replicate the taste of the boxed version. I much rather prefer upgrading both the recipe and the ingredients, rather than just the latter. For e.g. Alton Brown has a mac-and-cheese recipe that is out of this world, but much more inventive than boxed mac. However, if these are the dishes you want to eat, but now, aware of the junk in supermarket food you no longer can prepare them the supermarket-way, this is the book for you. If you are on GAPS or Paleo diet, you will not be able to use the recipes in this book, as most of them (all?) include pasta, rice, beans, flour, corn, and dairy.

What I do appreciate most from this book are the tips for cutting down on kitchen work. I thought I was an expert in speed-cooking, but Katie taught me a few things. For e.g. I love the idea of re-casting leftovers not by just reheating them, but by doing something with them (add some ingredients, etc.) to turn them into a new meal. I hate leftovers, but cooking extra is a necessity for busy moms. This idea solves the dilemma.

Advice on prep work to stock the freezer is also very useful.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Dawn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have been reading Kitchen Stewardship for a few years, it was one of the first quality blogs I found when I started trying to follow a more "Real Food" lifestyle for my family. It has remained my favorite blog. I have all of Katie's smaller cookbooks, but this one is the ultimate! Thank you Katie for an excellent kitchen resource for those of us who struggle to maintain a focus on real food, but also have crazy busy lives!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Primer to Cooking from Scratch! January 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I read the Kitchen Stewardship Blog, and the Katie has been teasing her readers with this book for ages, so I am excited to see it finally here!

Katie takes us step by step through the process of creating recipes that are easy and healthier than those that come out of boxes and cans. Rather than a simple list of re-engineered recipes, she walks through the steps of how she created the substitutions, how previous iterations worked and how they have changed over the years, and how to simplify the recipes to create quick and delicious meals.

She also includes several sections on how to make recipes faster, how to stretch recipes to include additional beans or vegetables, lists of common spices and what foods they go with, and how to plan meals for economic and functional value. She also lays out the benefits of making multiple meals at once for easy second dishes, and having ingredients prepared for easy use (example: using a whole chicken to make stock and shredded chicken, both which are quick to add to new meals).

Nothing in this book was necessarily new to me (as an experienced home and scratch cook), but there were several tips, tricks, and thoughts that I will take away, and it was a great purchase. I also love the recipes at the end of the book, so I can quickly skip there without reading the work that went into it, to create quick dishes.

My only complaint was that the first download lacked a table of contents. I let Katie know via Twitter, and she fixed it within hours! Now, with the table of contents, the book is easy to navigate (both to new sections, and from sections to recipes), as well as better showcases the HUGE amount of content in the book! You could easily pay for just the recipes that are included, but Katie also walks you through Exactly how to replicate her steps, so you can go forth and do it yourself!

Excellent!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great!
Such a great book. Helpful ideas for the clueless cook starting out like me!
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Haven't gotten into this yet. Looks interesting.
Published 8 months ago by Theresa L Van Eck
4.0 out of 5 stars A real winner
This is an amazing book, and I recommend it highly. It provides some awesome basic, foundational recipes with which to be able to health-ify some of the recipes you've been using,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Violatte
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book!!!!
this book is excellent. for anyone who is trying to reduce processed foods from their diet. Lots of recipes and information on whole food substitutes. Read more
Published 10 months ago by teacherlisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book!
We've really enjoyed this book by Katie. Another winner. Don't hesitate to purchase for your own family as soon as possible.
Published 12 months ago by Kyle R Heitzman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book that teaches you how to fish instead of just giving you a...
The skills Katie presents in this book are valuable life skills that everyone should know. She teaches you how to create meals from scratch ingredients (often mimicking things... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kennie Still
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me branch out in the kitchen
This book really helped me become more comfortable in the kitchen without a recipe. Though the main idea of the book is to reverse engineer unhealthy boxed foods, I have used the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kendall Podley
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome ideas
that make the transition from processed foods to real foods easy, even for the beginner! Katie is great at realizing that everyone at is at a different level in their whole foods... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rebecca A Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource!
This book is wonderful to help people learn how to make the transition from processed foods to home made. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Healthy Foods Made Easier!
I have been reading Katie's blog for some time and really enjoy it. I was thrilled when she put together this book. Read more
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Katie Kimball is a mother of four from Michigan who spends a ton of time in the kitchen making real food with whole ingredients and then blogs about her successes and failures at KitchenStewardship.com.

Her recipes are known for being thorough, family friendly and delicious. When she's not hiding behind spinach on Twitter, she can be found throwing it into every dish she makes (and teaching others how to throw veggies into the pot willy nilly).

Katie's "real food" diet is constantly changing and improving, and if you drink raw milk, bake sourdough bread or make homemade yogurt, you'll feel right at home at Kitchen Stewardship, dedicated to helping families balance their quest for natural health with their time and money.

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