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Best Cookbooks for Simple, Healthy Living

I have been spending a lot of time in the kitchen the past several months! Saving money and staying safe by creating healthy, delicious meals from the comfort of my own stove. I usually cook by feel, throwing ingredients together based on what I have in the refrigerator and cabinets. When I find myself in a food rut or I grow tired of the same recipes I reach for one of these cookbooks to inspire new ideas for nourishing meals, snacks and desserts.

The Forest Feast: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from My Cabin in the Woods

by Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson began her career as a photographer. While living in New York, she had an opportunity to volunteer for the James Beard Awards where she worked with chefs, taking photos of high end, tasty food.

Gleeson’s artistic flare is represented in The Forest Feast, which is both beautiful and simple.

This New York Times bestselling cookbook offers easy to follow instructions for vegetarian meals with fresh, vibrant ingredients.

Whether you’re a full time vegetarian or just looking to add more plant-based meals to your diet, this pick is for you!

The Homemade Vegan Pantry: The Art of Making Your Own Staples

by Miyoko Schinner

There are a lot of reasons to eat less animal products, from protecting animals to improving health and well being to lowering our carbon imprint, changing the food we eat is possible and can make a real difference in the world.

Schinner takes the home cook through vegan recipes with just a few, simple ingredients. She begins by creating all the condiments and staples we know and love (and usually buy at the store in plastic packaging), like egg-less mayo and soy milk. The recipes that follow use these basic staples to create delectable, plant-based versions of your favorite meals.

Though a little intimidating at first glance, this cookbook is a must have guide that makes sustainable, vegan cooking feel accessible and exciting.

The Herb Bible: A Complete Guide to Growing and Using Herbs

by Jennie Harding

There is nothing as satisfying as growing and eating your own food! And what’s a good meal without fresh herbs and spices?

This little gem of a book is jam packed with helpful tips on growing herbs and then what to do with them once your garden is popping. Harding includes everything from what herb tools to have in the kitchen to amazing, herbaceous recipes like lavender cupcakes.

She doesn’t stop at edibles either. The Herb Bible offers ideas and recipes for fragrant oils and medicinal ointments taking “food as medicine” to a whole new level!

The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook

by Cherie Mercer Twohy

While eating local and shopping at farmer’s markets is ideal, let’s be honest, we can’t always do that. Sometimes we have to go to a grocery store and Trader Joe’s in one of the best.

With its friendly staff, unique snacks and ingredients without artificial colors, preservatives or high fructose corn syrup, TJ’s is a great place to pick up your next meal on the go.

The I Love Trader Joe’s Cookbook has over 150 recipes for whipping up your favorite Trader Joe’s ingredients in creative and fun ways. It will also help you to move through the store with new eyes, finding all kinds of goodies on the shelves that you never knew were there.

Simple, healthy cooking is easier than you think. Grab one of these cookbooks today and turn your kitchen into a simmering, sizzling, aroma-filled haven.

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Erin Gahan Clark E-RYT 500 is a writer, yoga instructor and a musician, singing and playing bhajans (devotional songs from around the world). She is a holder of ritual and ceremonial spaces and it is not uncommon to see her at work in her garden or baking in the kitchen!

Erin has been practicing yoga, meditation and breath work since 2000 and is grateful to have been guiding yoga classes, workshops, teacher trainings and working privately with clients since February 2007. She has been writing since childhood and specializes in spiritual content writing, blogging and copywriting. Learn more about Erin by visiting her website: https://www.sacredsurrendering.com/

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