Good Clean Food by Lily Kunin
Earlier this year, my husband and I began tinkering with some vegetarian and vegan recipes; I blame this on his recent discovery of documentaries like Forks Over Knives, Super Size Me, Food, Inc., and Fed Up. We both ate a meat-free, veggie-ful diet for several weeks, even going the vegan route for a couple of weeks, just to see what changes, if any, we might notice.
Since then, we have reincorporated meat products but not at the level we were eating them previously. We have both become more thoughtful about our choices, making attempts to incorporate more vegetables in every meal, and becoming less reliant on our standard "meat and potatoes" (or some variation) main course.
Thankfully, this style of eating has become more prominent and resources abound; when I first heard about Lily Kunin's new release, I was intrigued. In addition, I am a huge fan of Bobbi Brown (creator of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and advocate of options that help everyone feel their best) so when I discovered that she'd worked with Lily and wrote the introduction for her book, I decided to check it out.
Lily, of Clean Food Dirty City, has produced not only a beautiful cookbook, but also a great resource for those who may be like me: somewhat lazy in the kitchen; short on time; not very creative; and eager to find food options that help me feel good in my body.
After having tried a few of the recipes from this book, I can surely say that I will refer to this one frequently. One of my early favorites is this recipe for Walnut Orange Globes, perfect for a quick bite pre-early morning run (or late afternoon, for my husband) or when you need just a little something, but not too much.
Filled with ingredients like raw almonds and walnuts, orange and lemon juice, maple syrup and hemp hearts, they are both delicious and filled with nourishing substance (and they look cute!).
There are fantastic dressing recipes, soups, muffins, desserts, salads and, my favorite, her section on creating your own bowl meals. Did I mention that I'm not very creative? I love making bowls but I get stuck on what to include, especially when I want to make sure that it has enough nutrients.
Lily offers wonderful combinations, recommendations, and ideas for those of us who are tired of making decisions by the time we land in the kitchen; I've already tried out a few and we love them!
Many of you know that I'm a huge fan of cookbooks, but this one will not become dusty on the shelf; I would definitely recommend Good Clean Food to those of you who don't mind leaving out the meat (but you could certainly add your own) and are looking for simple, plant-based recipes that are both reasonable to make and satisfying.