The month of October has been full of action. Have you been working it with the 8 Minute Meltdowns? I’ve added a few new ones this month to try to keep it fresh for you. I certainly don’t want anyone getting bored with their workout.
If you recall, at the beginning of the month I challenged myself to try several recipes from each of my cookbooks. I knew I wouldn’t make it through all of them in one month, but I have officially started the process. I’m here today to give you a review of one that I have had some success with.
This cookbook was created as an extension or companion to the documentary Forks Over Knives. In the documentary they examine our bodies’ ability to recover from disease with proper nutrition. Namely through plant based eating.
If the word Vegan gets your gag reflex going, try to open your mind a little bit. It’s not all beans and tofu (although you’ll get your fair share of that in this book). If you’re anti-soy or anti-grain you’ll eliminate a fair amount of recipes in this book. Never fear, there will be plenty left to choose from…But I chose some pretty beanie & tofuie options 😉
These were so delicious! I used large portobellos and they were stuffed with tomatoes, peppers and brown rice with a cilantro pesto stirred in. They were flavorful and delicious. I added a little avocado on the side (which wasn’t in the recipe). Mushrooms are a great meat replacement. The cilantro pesto was easy and smelled so fresh. Click here for the complete recipe including a list of macronutrients (I made the cilantro pesto, they used basil pesto on this site).
Southwestern Twice Baked Potatoes
I know, my pictures look a lot like mush. While I am no food photographer, I can assure you the cookbook contains beautiful and encouraging images of what your creations will look like.
These baked potatoes will satisfy your comfort food craving and warm you to your very core. The filling has a Mexican flare with a little heat that you can adjust as desired. Click here for the full recipe and a picture of what it’s supposed to look like.
Others Worth Trying
I have always been a dessert person. While desserts are an indulgence that shouldn’t be overdone, I certainly make it a priority to enjoy one every weekend (at least). If you’re looking for something seasonal, try these pumpkin pie bars:
As far as desserts go, these are wholesome and hearty. Take these to your holiday potluck 🙂
Additionally, I love all of the breakfasts in the book. It offers a variety of options, especially for those with an allergy or aversion to eggs. If you’re looking to test drive some of the recipes from this chef, check out the website: forksoverknives.com.
Another reason this cookbook was a must try for me: The chef, Del Sroufe, is an Ohioan, born and raised in the 614 :). I’m a huge fan of supporting local. Especially when it’s a quality product. I love developing my own recipes, but I am no chef, so it sure is nice to draw some inspiration from a neighbor with expertise and experience. Plus, hats off to Chef Del for losing over 240 lbs through better nutrition.
Talk to me? Which 8MM was your favorite (or least favorite ;)? Did you branch out and try any new recipes this month?