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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2013
There never seems to be enough time in the day to do everything that we want to do and that can include making good, healthy and tasty food. It is often just too easy to fetch take-out, to heat up processed food or just rely on quick and easy-to-make meals.

Healthy in a Hurry sets out to show how you can eat well and healthily without it taking a large chunk out of your pressed timetable. What is more, you need not feel that you are "imprisoned" in a health farm either. There is a variety of choice on offer. Not just basic meals either!

Split into typical meal times (breakfast, snacks, lunch and so on) the book first looks at various motivational and practical reasons for eating healthily and considers some so-called "superfoods" and other health-positive ingredients. Throughout and mixed in with the recipes are many suggestions for efficient time management that can possibly further the reader towards their goals. The book's design is quite informal and friendly, drawing the reader in through its inspirational and aspirational text. It does not read as a staid lecture or high-level academic tome so youe can easily dip a toe in the water and maybe try a few recipes and - presumably - become convinced of the benefits and explore further.

When you consider the range of the meals being promoted it is quite pleasing, showing that you can enjoy much variety and change whilst following a central theme of healthiness. The text gives, in part, reasoning for some of the recipe selections so that you may gain further knowledge and confidence to adapt what has been learned with other recipes and ingredients. Even hardened meat eaters who often eschew "green things" will find some of the vegetable and fruit-based dishes to be of interest, such is the wide diversity and appeal of the dishes on offer. This is no crusading, campaigning book that can polarise its audience. It manages to find a pleasing balance that should mean it is attractive to all who want to just eat a little bit healthier if they can!

Certainly, if you look at the lovely pictures throughout, you might not realise this is even an "eat healthier"-type of book. Sure, you won't see plates of French Fries and hamburgers galore, but nonetheless you don't actively miss them either. You might even get further inspiration by drilling down within the comprehensive index at the back for dishes containing ingredients you particularly enjoy.

This is a pleasing book that is seeking to leave its mark in a fairly congested, crowded market sector. So many things can come down to personal preference and prejudice, yet this is one of those books you should certainly shortlist and possibly feel confident to purchase blind. Here you will get quality and quantity for your money, that is for sure.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2012
I have been trying to find recipes lately that I could make for my family that are healthier and do not take a lot of time. I thought this book would be perfect for me to try out. I was really impressed with the beautiful pictures that were in the book that showed each recipe, I was hungry just looking through it.

The book begins with a discussion about how to eat healthier and gives a great list of superfoods, tips for buying them, and how to store them. The book then gives recipes in different sections. Here is a list of some of the recipes that I thought sounded great:

Pumpkin waffles with orange and cinnamon
Broccoli-cheddar soup with sourdough rye croutons
Fresh tomato and basil pasta
Pan-steamed Asian greens
Dark chocolate oatmeal bars

Though I did find some good recipes, this book really wasn't for me. I couldn't find any recipes that my kids would eat at all and none of it looked very filling. This is not a bad cookbook, it just didn't fit my needs of feeding a big hungry family.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2013
This book is awesome! I highly recommend it for anyone trying to eat healthy and wants good meals with out a lot of fuss. I also bought one for my mom and my sister. It also has a chart inside as when to buy fruit and veggies in season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2013
The recipes are easy to follow and ingredients are fresh. I have celiac disease so I like using all fresh ingredients. If needed, I do substitute gluten free items. Recommend to anyone!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2014
When I found this book in a shop, I thought it would be the perfect gift for my closest friends, so I ordered one for all my contemporaries who are concerned with staying healthy!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 29, 2013
Good little book- bought it for my girlfriend and she absolutely loved it. We went to the store and bought enough food for several of these recipes right away.
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on May 21, 2015
Simple ingredients and very tasteful. Just what I was looking for seeing as I'm not much of a cook myself, but I've been trying to eat healthier. Also the images are lovely!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 18, 2013
Love the receipes, they are pretty easy. I would recommend this to friends. Gave one as a Mother's Day gift
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This book read my mind. With a young child at home, I'm forever thinking about ways to prepare healthy meals that she'll be happy to eat without just having the same things over and over. I always try to make healthy food, but sometimes I'm pretty low on inspiration. This book makes healthy eating accessible (I might even consider buying quinoa, whatever that is). It even has some helpful menu plans. Plus, it's divided into sections called "Breakfast," "Lunch," and "Dinner" so it's easy to find ideas in a hurry (oh hey, just like the title!).

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Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 6, 2012
I got this review ebook from NetGalley, and I've enjoyed selecting recipes from it. Ansel's gotten together some really beautiful photographs of healthy food, as well as a list of "superfoods" to add to your diet. With instruction on how to select, buy, cook, prep, store, and use fruits, veggies, and grains, it's a good introduction to healthy eating for the interested good. Most of the ingredients can be found in any American store; you'll find some beautiful things you wish you could cook for a large crowd!
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