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Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide


I read about so many health and behavioral issues, ADD, autism, heart disease, diabetes…things that weren’t nearly so prevalent 75 years ago. Plenty of things have changed since 1940, admittedly, but one thing that has changed dramatically is our diet. I am appalled when I read the ingredients in many of the foods that are consumed in this country. Sometimes, I think that calling them food is not accurate. They are “food-like substances”. Whole, clean, wholesome, unadulterated food is just not popular anymore. Enter Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide. The editors of “Martha Stewart Living” have compiled a great book to guide those looking for a change back to eating cleaner.

The recipes in Clean Slate are fairly simple and use readily available ingredients. The inside book jacket sums it up:” It’s time to hit the reset button and gain a more healthful — and pleasurable — approach to food. This book emphasizes eating clean, whole, unprocessed foods as part of a primarily plant-based diet, with delicious and nutritious recipes that make it easy to do just that. Refreshing juices and smoothies, savory snacks, protein-packed main dishes, and even delectable desserts will keep you satisfied all day long.” Page 12 states, “This book is designed for anyone wanting to hit the reset button and gain a more rewarding, and pleasurable, approach to food.”

“Part One: Reset” includes a list of “golden rules” to live by as we attempt to switch gears and start eating clean. There are great resources like Know Your Nutrients, Restock Your Pantry, Super Detoxifiers, Antioxidant Powerhouses, Inflammation Fighters, Digestive Aids, and Smart Swaps. There are 3-day and 21-day Action plans with menus to kick start your change!

The recipes are color-coded for vegan, dairy-free, gluten-free and nut-free to address any particular dietary concerns in an easy manner. The recipes mostly look really good, although there are some combinations that are foreign to the typical palate (poached egg with rice and edamame).

I’m excited to try this approach to cleaner eating! If only I could convince the rest of my family!

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast


Looking for a way to ‘reset’ your body…get off sugar and processed food…eat ‘clean’? Then The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola might be for you! Here are some quotes from the Ultimate Daniel Fast website:

“The Daniel Fast is a 21-day partial fast based upon the prophet Daniel’s experiences in the Bible. The purpose of the fast is to restrict commonly enjoyed foods as an act of worship and consecration to God. Someone who chooses to undergo a Daniel Fast demonstrates a physical commitment to pursue a closer relationship with the Lord.

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast  is an inspiring resource for Christians who want to pursue a more intimate relationship with God through the 21-day commitment to prayer and fasting known as the Daniel Fast. As you deny yourself certain foods—such as sugars, processed ingredients, and solid fats—you will not only embrace healthier eating habits, you’ll also discover a greater awareness of God’s presence.”

I haven’t tried the fast yet, but based on what I’ve seen in the book, it looks doable. The book includes sections on fasting (“The Fast”), spiritual devotions to do each day during the fast (“The Focus”) and, of course a section called “The Food.” The food section includes all the tools you’ll need to implement the fast. Of course, there are lists of foods to eat and avoid, but there’s also a step-by-step guide to creating a meal plan along with suggested meal plans for all three weeks. The recipes included are fairly simple and don’t include many unusual (I don’t have them in my pantry or fridge already) ingredients.

I would have some difficulty doing this plan with my whole family…my son isn’t into vegetables at all (he’s autistic) and his diet is restrictive as a result…but I think it is definitely something I could do. I like the idea of a cleaner diet, and The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast looks like a really good way to kick off a better way of eating.

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review*

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The Homesick Texan’s Family Table


I’m a homesick Texan. I was born and raised in Texas and, although I’ve lived elsewhere for more years than I lived there, Texas is always going to be home. Understandably, when I saw the title of the cookbook The Homesick Texan’s Family Table, I HAD to find out if it was really all that! Yep. It is. I knew it was to be so when, thumbing through it for the first time, I found a picture of my high school football stadium! If you’re a Texan, you know that finding THAT is a bona fide sign from the heavens!

My high school football stadium...just as it was when I left a century ago!

My high school football stadium…just as it was when I left a century ago!

You don’t have to be a Texan to love the recipes included in The Homesick Texan’s Family Table. You have to abhor bland, tasteless, boiled food, but you don’t have to be a Texan!  The recipes included are all tied to traditional Texas fare with Lisa Fain’s personal twist. If you’re used to the traditional tastes, the backbone of the recipes are there and easily modified to their original homestyle Texan glory. Lisa’s personalizations are wonderful though, so don’t knock it ’til ya tried it! Most of the food, true to Texan tastes, will have a bit of a kick. Not all is spicy, but all will have flavor to wake up your tastebuds!

Texans are known for their friendliness. This book will bring your family and friends to the table! There’s no better way to strengthen relationships than gathering for a meal. Plan to do your visiting after dinner though. This food won’t wait! Just looking through the cookbook, I was drooling. There is no doubt that you will find something among these recipes that you’ll love! There’s only one thing wrong with this cookbook…it made me MORE homesick!

No book about Texas would be complete without a picture of bluebonnets!

No book about Texas would be complete without a picture of bluebonnets!

*The publisher provided me with a complementary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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