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A amazing low glycemic cookbook!
on September 25, 2011
Many times people think that healthy meals are bland, boring and unappealing. It's one of the challenges I faced when I first started trying to loose weight and eat healthier. The New Sonoma Cookbook is inspired by the cuisine and lifestyle of California coastal cuisine. It's inspired by Mediterranean, Asian and Latin American cuisine and emphasizes simplicity, fresh foods and streamlined cooking techniques. These aren't recipes you're going to have to spend hours in the kitchen to recreate.
The New Sonoma Cookbook is one of the easiest healthy food plans I've come across. There are no complicated calculations you need to do to keep track of what you're eating. They use The Sonoma Smart Plate diagram for you to decide what to eat. Basically, your plate should consist of 20% whole grains, 30% lean protein, and 50% colorful vegetables. The recipes in this book follow that suggestion.
The New Sonoma Cookbook also introduces you to the new top 12 Sonoma power foods. These foods give you the maximum amount of flavor and the widest combination of health benefits. They include almonds, beans, bell peppers, blueberries, broccoli, citrus, extra-virgin olive oil, spinach, strawberries, tomatoes and whole grains. Each of the recipes in this cookbook feature at east one of these foods.
The recipes included are created to enhance the flavors of the foods you use. When you combine different flavors you enhance how you experience them. You won't find any artificial ingredients in this book. The recipes feature natural ingredients and fresh foods. Notations for Cook1X - Eat2X indicate recipes that provide planned recipes to make more than one meal. Sonoma Express recipes have fewer than 10 ingredients and can be made in 30 minutes or less including cooking time. Gluten Free recipes feature whole grains like quinoa, wild rice, or buckwheat for gluten free options.
You are also urged to purchase local vegetables in season for these recipes. Many offer variations of the recipe depending on what season you're preparing the recipe in. A detailed pantry list is included so you can keep staples in your pantry at all times. I love that it features sweeteners like agave syrup and honey and avoids things like white sugar.
Recipes are broken down into Breakfast; Soups, Salads, Sandwiches; Beef Entrees; Poultry Dinners; Pork Dinners; Seafood; Meatless Meals; Sides; Snacks; Desserts; Tastes of the Wine Country; Holiday and Seasonings. The recipes are very easy to follow and include a brief introduction, ingredients, step by step instructions, variations, notes and nutrition information. Each recipe also has the weighted glycemic index score. Many recipes also include notes on which wine would go best with the meal.
This is a truly amazing cookbook that I recommend to diabetics, people on a weight loss plan or anyone who wants to eat healthier meals. I made the Curried Tuna Salad with California Almonds and it was amazing!