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Whatever your stage of life, if you’re ready to take on cooking, KITCHEN 101 will guide you through the kitchen with easy recipes and the basic tools and tips you need to cook healthier. Over 150 simple, practical, quick and super-satisfying healthy recipes with full-color photographs. Chapters like Cooking Basics, Start Simple, Fix It Fast, Ready-Made Menus and Crock Pot Cooking plus Diabetic Friendly options and nutritional and dietary information. (-synopsis)
The first thing I noticed when I picked up this cookbook were all of the color photos. I often buy cookbooks based only on the photos. I like to see what I’m making and this cookbook is filled with color photos of most of the dishes. Inside the front cover of the book is a handy measurement equivalents chart as well as a baking pan chart. Since I often wonder about both of these it’s super handy to have them in the front of a cookbook.
The book is divided into 8 sections: Cooking Basics, Start Simple, Ready-Made Menus, Rapid Rotisserie Chicken Recipes, Building on Basics, Fix it Fast, Crock Pot Convenience, and Sweet Temptations. The Cooking Basics chapter gives a comprehensive list of kitchen staples. Then it goes into a culinary dictionary with some very useful definitions. It finishes off with some information about herbs. The other chapters all contain recipes that are fairly easy to prepare.
I really like that most recipes have 10 ingredients or less. It makes them very approachable. Some of the recipes I’ve marked for later are: Crabmeat Brie Dip, Creamy Mac & Cheese, Harvest Chicken Salad, and Coconut Cake. They all sound delicious and will be put on my menu in the next month. I really enjoyed this cookbook. It’s easy to read, has approachable recipes, and there are so many color photos. Each recipe includes nutritional information. There is also a tip included with each recipe.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.
Since I have aerobics every Tuesday I often cook in the Crock Pot. Last week I flipped to the Crock Pot section and found a recipe for an Easy Roast using only 6 ingredients. It sounded ok but since it was so easy I made it. It turns out, the flavor was delicious! It was slightly spicy with a lot of depth in the flavor. My husband was really surprised by the ingredients I used to make it! I also like that it makes a lot so there is plenty left to eat the next day. I served it over top of mashed potatoes the first day which was a great choice. The mashed potatoes really soak up the sauce. The next day we had the roast on buns with cheese for a delicious hot sandwich.
- 1 (4 lb.)beef sirloin roast, trimmed of excess fat
- 6 garlic cloves, sliced
- Pepper to taste
- 1 c. light beer
- 1 (12 oz) bottle chili sauce
- 1 envelop onion soup mix
- Cut slits in roast and stuff pieces of garlic throughout meat. Season meat with pepper.
- Combine the beer, chili sauce, and onion soup mix in a slow cooker. Mix well.
- Add the roast and turn to coat with sauce. Cook on low for 6-8 hours or until tender.
Recipe from Holly Clegg's Trim & Terrific Kitchen 101