We sampled many healthy (and tasty!) dishes at this month’s Cook the Book book club featuring the cookbook Trim Healthy Table:
Written by sisters Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison, the mamas behind the Trim Healthy Mama brand, our Cook the Book club members found the recipes to be easy to make yet super flavorful and delicious.
I had to get a little bit of everything!
Tuscan Cream Chicken, pg 72 – Anna Maria
This was a delicious dish! Anna Maria said this recipe was quite easy to prepare. She recommends you have all of the ingredients lined up and ready to go, like it states in the recipe, because the preparation is a go go go of stirring and cooking, and a little bit of whisking, and then you’re ready to serve! Anna Maria did not have Gluccie or Xanthan Gum, which the recipe calls for as a thickening agent, so she substituted corn starch and that worked well.
Since this recipe has only a few ingredients, the flavors really shine through. Savory sun-dried tomatoes and earthy spinach in an Italian cream sauce atop juicy chicken tenderloin. So tasty!
Chicken, Broccoli, Mushroom Stir-fry, pg 75 – Linda
This recipe was also a hit with the book club members. The Trim Healthy Mamas often sneak okra into their shakes and sauces because they claim “okra heals your gut and has incredible slimming powers.” And they snuck okra into this dish as well. This was actually the first time Linda has ever cooked with okra and we all loved this dish’s tasty stir-fry sauce with hidden okra, Linda included!
The only thing Linda would have changed was that she covered the dish after it was done cooking, and she thinks that caused to broccoli to over-cook and lose its nice bright green color. But we all loved this dish and many second servings were had.
Easy Pizza Casserole, pg 126 – Rebeca
This was the recipe I prepared for Cook the Book and it was a heavy dish. A real stick-to-your ribs (and to your entire digestive system) recipe. I think I should have drained the grease from the Italian sausage and pepperoni but the recipe didn’t call for that. Then add lots of mozzarella cheese and… it’s a real heavy dish. Although this recipe was very tasty, I will not be making it again. But I am excited to make some of the other Trim Healthy Mama recipes!
Garlic Parmesan Asparagus, pg 260 – Carlos
This was another club favorite. Carlos purchased his asparagus from Sprouts and they looked like they were straight out of a magazine, bright green and plump! Carlos thought the recipe might have called for too much garlic (six cloves) but he decided to follow the ingredients list closely. And we loved it! You can definitely taste the garlic, and the Parmesan cheese, but it’s not overpowering – a great combo. Another easy, crowd-pleasing recipe!
Melty Tuna Pepper Poppers, pg 313 – Jessica
Jessica said this was an incredibly easy recipe to make. And these little Melty Tuna Pepper Poppers were scrumptious! This recipe has many optional ad-ins but Jessica stuck to the basic recipe: tuna and mayo (she added salt and pepper, which was not in the recipe) spooned into mini peppers, topped with mozzarella cheese, and baked – that’s it! Simple and delicious, there wasn’t a single pepper popper left over.
Beauty Blend Cookie Pizza, pg 510 – Cynthia
This, sadly, was the only dessert at our club meeting. Cynthia thought this cookie batter was far too sweet so she added some shredded coconut to tone down the sweetness. This made the cookie very chewy (instead of crunchy, like the original recipe), but we loved the addition. This recipe had many optional ad-ins – Cynthia chose chocolate chips and macadamia nuts, which really added great flavor and texture. This was a fun and healthy cookie pizza!
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