THE COMPLETE MEDITERRANEAN COOKBOOK: 500 Vibrant, Kitchen-Tested Recipes for Living and Eating Well Every Day from the trusted cooks at America’s Test Kitchen is a perfect way to ease your way back into fresh and healthful cooking.   This book has been a best-seller since it was published in 2016 because it resonates with cooks who want to cook healthfully in a proven way by using the freshest of ingredients.  Favorites include: pasta e fagioli with orange and fennel; sesame-lemon cucumber salad; grilled Paella; Sicilian white beans and escarole; grilled eggplant with yogurt sauce; Greek-style shrimp with tomatoes and feta; and semolina pudding with almonds and dates.  And, if you own an Instant Pot, MEDITERRANEAN INSTANT POT: Easy, Inspired Meals for Eating Well, also from America’s Test Kitchen is the perfect way to make nutritious meals with ease.

WHOLE FOOD COOKING EVERY DAY: Transform the Way You Eat with 250 Vegetarian Recipes Free of Gluten, Dairy, and Refined Sugar by James Beard Award-winning author Amy Chaplin is a wonderful compendium of innovative recipes, incorporating plant-based foods that are healthful and delicious.  I especially like that the author encourages readers to seek out local and organic ingredients; stock their pantries with nutrient-rich staples; gives prep tips for cooking ahead of time; and presents easy-to-follow recipes for a healthful lifestyle.  The book is conveniently divided into twenty short chapters including gluten-free breads; simple and healing soups; cauliflower bakes; chia puddings; granola; and waffles.

PLANT POWER: Protein-rich Recipes for Vegetarians and Vegans by cookbook author and chef Annie Bell explores foods containing rich sources of plant protein used in innovative ways.  The author explains which foods contain protein and the simplest and most delicious ways to include a broad range in your diet to make sure that you optimize your protein consumption with no need for expensive supplements or “fake” meats.  Figs with pecan vanilla butter and sticky date and ginger granola are some of the breakfast ideas. Other interesting recipes include cauliflower soup with saffron, lime, and edamame; mushrooms on toast with gorgonzola and walnuts; coconut dhal; black bean and roast pepper tacos; and nutty banana loaf.

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