Title: Eat Well For Less Every Day
Author: Jo Scarratt – Jones (Foreword by Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin)
Goodreads Rating: 4.33
My Rating: 4*
Brand new recipes from the 2019 series to help you eat healthily day in and day out.
Discover how to make healthy and affordable food for everyday life, without falling back into the ready meal rut.
Eat Well for Less: Every Day features 80 effortlessly delicious recipes from the new series that don’t pull at your purse strings. Whether it’s lunch on the go or dinner for the whole family, you can cut down your food bill and kitchen time without sacrificing flavour and, more importantly, your health.
With a foreword from presenters Gregg Wallace and Chris Bavin, Eat Well for Less: Every Day will help you make easy and nutritious food not just an occasion, but an achievable lifestyle. In no time at all, you’ll be whipping up fresh, cost-saving meals every day.
Having watched the show quite a few times I was very keen to get my hands on a copy of this book. I feel that I am very organised when it comes to my food shopping, budget and meals but quite often we end up recycling the same old meals. With this book I knew I would be able to try new recipes without needing to stretch my food budget much more, if at all.
I like the general layout of the book, including the weekly meal plans at the back and there is a lot of useful information about storage of certain foods and handy tips. Whilst I haven’t tried every recipe I am working my way through them. Here are the ones we’ve tried so far and what we thought of them.
- Super Speedy Shakshuka – 4* This was super yummy and really easy to make. Doing it all in the microwave made it very easy however I think I need to perfect microwaving an egg as mine seemed to take longer than the recipe stated.
- Smoked Salmon, Egg and Potato Traybake – 5* We had this for lunch one day and it was amazing. We used the wrong sized dish which meant it took longer to cook but it was well worth the wait. Our 10 month old couldn’t get enough of it!
- Speedy Veg Biryani – 4* I couldn’t believe how quickly this one was to cook, definitely a good one if you’re in a rush, Plus you can pretty much use any frozen veg that you find in your freezer.
- Pesto, Pea, Spinach and Pepper Pasta – 5* I’m a massive fan of green pesto and pasta so this was one of the first ones that we had. It’s so easy and the tricolore fusilli made a nice change.
- Gluten free Chilli Bean Quesadillas – 4* This was a joint effort, I made the mixture earlier in the day and my husband did the assembling. The handy tip about how to flip the quesadillas was much appreciated but I’m glad the my husband was in charge of that. Slightly more fiddly but another tasty dish.
- Grilled Cod Tikka – 3* Whilst this was another easy recipe and I can not fault the taste I felt that it wasn’t much of a main meal. We actually had it for lunch and found it was just the right amount. Had we had it for dinner I think we would of been a little disappointed.
- Teriyaki Salmon with Noodles – 5* Simply delicious.
- Super-quick Stir-fry – 5* I love prawn stir fry so again I knew I was on to a winner. Following the order to add the vegetables did indeed mean they were cooked perfectly. In previous stir-fry’s the broccoli has always been a bit too hard so I shall remember that tip going forward.
I have to say having only tried 10% of the recipes I am very impressed. I shall be working my way through more, especially that zero waste chicken dinner to see how the rest stand up. My only gripe with this book is the dessert section. Whilst I have not tried any of them yet I feel a bit disappointed with the options. For me food needs to stand out on the menu and none of these desserts seem that exciting. I shall still give one or two a go as they may surprise me but the breakfast and mains get a big thumbs up!
Have you tried any of these recipes yet?
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