Thursday, September 29, 2011

Welcome Baby: The Organic Family Cookbook Review & Rafflecopter Giveaway

I love cooking from scratch for so many reasons. The two biggest ones being that it is healthy and it is cheaper. It also tastes way better! Lately though I've been stuck in a rut when it comes to meals. Primarily because I'm very pregnant (almost 8 months!) and most days I'm just too tired to cook up something new. I needed some inspiration! The Organic Family Cookbook arrived at my doorstep as a surprise just in time. Another book by Anni Daulter that we have absolutely fallen in love with. We are huge fans of Organically Raised and Ice Pop Joy, we use those two books regularly and have tried out many recipes. 

There are just too many things we love about this book, but here are a few:
  • Gorgeous photography. Drool worthy photos that give you an extra kick to get started.
  • Appealing layout. Easy to follow, easy to read, uncluttered, everything you want in a recipe book.
  • Doable recipes. For the most part the recipes are not too time consuming and not intimidating. There are a few special ones that require extra time - but they certainly look like they are worth it! I save those for the weekends.
  • Justifiable price. At $21.95 it isn't cheap, but once you try some recipes you'll realize it was worth it. Don't pay full price, you can get it on Amazonfor only $16.02 right now!
  • Conscious, organic goodness. The ingredients are hand picked and perfect whether you grow your own, visit the farmers market, or buy at a health food store. You will not find objectionable, unhealthy things here. Only the best for your family!
If you are new to healthy cooking from scratch, I'll be honest, this book may be a stretch for you. But if you are the 'dive in head first' type - you'll come out fine! If you have already been cooking from scratch and want to step it up a notch, this cookbook is perfect. It will give you the inspiration you crave and the recipes are delicious beyond a doubt. 

We have tried a few recipes from this book and until today I haven't had a chance to photograph anything because it gets eaten right away. I've made the Simple Quinoa with Peas and Corn, it's a favorite of my toddler now! I actually scanned through the recipe once and then made it without the book in front of me, only later I realized that it was there that I got the idea. I also made my own version of the Mini Chicken Satay Bites since I didn't have all the ingredients, even then it came out a huge hit! 

Today we made the Nurturing Butternut Squash Soup and the On-the-Go 3-Cheese Savory Sconces pictured below. I went a little overboard trying to do both recipes at once before my husband had to leave for work, next time I'll be making the sconces in advance. My toddler enjoyed helping me! The soup wasn't a hit with my husband, he just doesn't like pureed soups, period. I had no nutmeg or rosemary on hand - but I still loved it. It was a great way to save the squash I had to use up somehow. We loved the scones, those will definitely be made again!


Check out Anni Daulter's Conscious Family Living Website. You can also follow Anni on Twitter and Facebook! HERE IS YOUR CHANCE TO WIN A COOKBOOK OF YOUR OWN!

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Disclaimer: I did not receive any payment for this review. I was provided a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are solely my own and your experience may differ.


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