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Review - Super Foods Every Day: 65 Recipes for Optimal Health

Written by Chef Donna Desfor | Jan 27, 2017 2:48 PM
Super Foods Every Day

Super Foods Every Day: 65 Recipes for Optimal Health, by Sue Quinn, copyright © 2015 by Hachette Livre (Marabout), published in the U.S. by Ten Speed Press.  Photographs by Victoria Wall Harris.

Our Summary:

As you might expect, kale, blueberries, chia seeds, cacao (chocolate) and seasonal squash are featured throughout Super Foods Every Day.  What you might not expect is that this book makes these ingredients fun to use and in combinations, you probably haven't thought of.  And, while this book might not be among your "coffee table collection" it will get used at least long enough for you to get the idea how really easy it is to cook healthy, bright, naturally flavored ingredients. 

What you need to know:

Get it:  Super Foods Every Day: 65 Recipes for Optimal Health, by Sue Quinn; Photographs by Victoria Wall Harris.  Published in the U.S. by Ten Speed Press, December 29, 2015 (paperback) $14.99 (Amazon $9.99; Kindle $8.99)

See it:  160 pages featuring color photos of the ingredients and finished dish for each recipe, a Super Foods Glossary and primer on potential benefits and nutrients.

Make it:  65 easy recipes divided into chapters including "breakfast," "salads, soups, and small plates," "side dishes," "main dishes," "baked goodies," and "sweet things."

Our Review:

There's a simplicity to the look of Super Foods Every Day that might let you look right past this slim, small book.  That would be a mistake.  This book is filled with easy, no-nonsense recipes that take you through your day and even satisfy your sweet tooth.  And, easy means easy.  Most recipes are one paragraph long.  Short on detailed instruction, but long on delivering results. 

That's what is so great about Super Foods Every Day.  "Super Foods," those foods with exceptionally high levels of nutrients that are strongly associated with good health and reduced risk of chronic disease, according to author Sue Quin, need little more than a bit of heat, or a dash of seasoning to make them delicious. 

In recipes like Nourishing Noodle Bowl (featuring salmon) or Hearty Spiced Stew (vegetarian) the flavor comes together in one pot or pan by layering ingredients and seasonings, then letting the heat of the stove or oven meld the flavors.  Do keep in mind, though not a vegetarian cookbook, proteins are limited to beans and legumes, with a few recipes that include fish - salmon and mackerel.  That's not to say you won't find more than a handful of recipes you'll be quick to try.  Smoothies or fruit toast for breakfast are appealing, just as the Mediterranean or Curry bowls are for lunch.  The Peanut Hummus sounds as easy to make as it is delicious. 

As you might expect, Quin uses kale, blueberries, chia seeds, cacao (chocolate) and seasonal squash throughout these recipes.  What makes this book fun is that you probably haven't thought to use those ingredients in these combinations or cook with them the way Super Foods Every Day suggests.  And, while this book might not be among your "coffee table collection" it will get used at least long enough for you to get the idea how really easy it is to cook healthy, bright, naturally flavored ingredients. 

The Recipes (Reprinted with permission from Super Foods Every Day, by Sue Quinn, copyright 2015 by Hachette Livre (Marabout), published in the U.S. by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.  Photographs Victoria Wall Harris.):

Peanut Hummus

Nourishing Noodle Bowl

Sticky Squash Cake

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