ROCCO’S HEALTHY & DELICIOUS: More Than 200 (Mostly) Plant-Based Recipes for Everyday Life by James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef and author, Rocco DiSpirito, is a great way to atone for your holiday sins without pain.  Rocco is on a mission to make healthy eating accessible to everyone with 250 recipes that are easy to prepare and feature wholesome foods that use fresh, local, affordable, ingredients.  I can’t wait to try the eggplant and turkey bacon hash; chicken chorizo soup; shrimp salad with juniper and cucumber; and key lime mousse with chocolate sauce.

THE WHOLEFOOD PANTRY: Change the Way You Cook with 175 Recipes for Healthy Homemade Essentials by “Britain’s most glamorous baker,” Amber Rose is a great way to get back into eating healthfully after holiday bingeing.  Rose organizes her recipes into the “Savory Pantry,” and the “Sweet Pantry,” and demonstrates how to make flavorsome and healthful recipes.  Rose also teaches you the art of fermenting to create kimchi and pickles and make your own nut milks, creams, and even sriracha and plum ketchup which are fresher and preservative-free.

COOKING THAT COUNTS: 1,200 to 1,500-Calorie Meal Plans to Lose Weight Deliciously by the Editors of Cooking Light is a great way to start off the new year.  The book delivers sustainable 1,200-1,500 calorie-controlled meal plans packed with tasty food in an easy-to-use format. Unlike other weight-loss plans that rely on processed meals and pre-portioned snacks, the Cooking Light solution emphasizes tasty meals prepared with fresh foods and teaches proper portion sizes to ensure you lose weight and learn how to keep it off.  Innovative recipes include: spinach and feta quiche with quinoa crust; chilled tomato soup with avocado relish; Greek tomato and cucumber salad with farro; cauliflower grits with barbecue rotisserie chicken; and chocolate pavlovas with mixed berries.

STIR CRAZY: 100 Deliciously Healthy Stir-Fry Recipe by Cooking Channel chef Ching-He Huang, is a great primer on Stir-frying with healthy tips for techniques for using less oil and making the dishes as healthful as possible.  The ingredients are readily available and the dishes are very creative and flavorful including: Wok-fried radicchio with jicama, blood orange, pomelo, and cashews; spicy honey garlic shrimp with water chestnuts; hoisin duck with soy pomegranate; and Thai-style orange beef.

THE MIDLIFE KITCHEN: Health-Boosting Recipes for Midlife & Beyonds for midlife & beyond by Mimi Spencer & Sam Rice is a book of 160 recipes to get you back on track after the holiday season.  The authors assert that midlife is not a time to be concerned with food fads and foibles, but rather a glorious opportunity to wrest back control of your eating in the interests of health, happiness and a long life. Alongside each of the recipes is the Midlife Kitchen emblem, the star anise. With each of the eight seeds representing a specific Midlife Health category – such as Hormone Harmony; Mind, Memory & Mood; or Heart Health – authors Sam and Mimi are able to provide simple nutritional information.

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