The Recipe for Life

Healthy Eating For Real People

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Collins; UK ed. edition (6 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780007344079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007344079
  • ASIN: 0007344074
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 1.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 
    70 customer reviews

Bestselling author and home cook Sally Bee is back with a collection of deliciously simple recipes that show how easy it is to follow a healthy diet for life. Many of us know the principles of healthy eating but actually incorporating them into daily life is much harder.

Whether it’s eating more fruit and vegetables, reducing fat without losing flavour or feeding a family after work without the aid of a take-away menu, Sally Bee explains how to make good food second nature. Sally isn’t a dietician, but a busy mum who knows how tough it can be to change eating habits. Her down-to-earth advice and realistic approach is borne from her own experience of life-threatening heart disease, from which she recovered thanks to her own delicious and easy-to-follow eating plan.

Sally understands how real people eat and how recipes must be quick and made with affordable, readily available food. Her plan won’t leave you feeling deprived or hungry, but allows you to enjoy many of your favourite foods in a balanced way. Recipes for Life offers refreshingly simple advice and tasty dishes that will change your eating habits and help you enjoy a healthy mind and body – not just for a few weeks, but for life.

Recipes include:

  • Chicken Korma
  • Healthy Chinese Chicken Wraps
  • Smoked haddock and leek pie
  • Healthy Fish Chips and Mushy Peas
  • Roast Monkfish with Olives and Capers
  • All-in-one Lentil and Sausage Casserole
  • Spanish Pork and Bean Stew
  • Caramelised Veggies with Sausages and Baked Sweet Potato
  • Winter Salad
  • Asparagus and Artichoke Salad with Wild Rice and Basil Dressing
  • Pumpkin and mushroom lasagne
  • Broccoli and Leek Bake
  • Apricot and Pistachio Tart

By Paolo Sammut
This review is from: The Recipe for Life

“On reading this book I quickly found myself enticed by the simplicity of this cookbook and the wholesome healthy practices it advocates.Sally’s book starts with an introduction, introducing herself and some of the health issues she has fought in the past. From here she goes on to describe her healthy living policy and how she believes that her diet (and lifestyle) changes have contributed to her better health. Here we can also read a number of philosophical points which underlies her ideas, basically she believes that eating good food is the best thing we can do for our health; she then goes on to note that we should listen to or bodies after we have eaten asking ourselves questions such as do we sleep better after certain foods, how well do we move etc.

Finally Sally notes that we all eat too much (think about all those supersize potions flling our society) and also comments that good exercise is a part of the puzzle. This is all common sense (so rare in our society) but presented in a clear readable and above all useful format.The rest of the book is then broken into the following chapters: Soups, salads, sides and starters, chicken and turkey, fish, red meat, vegetarian, desserts and finally drinks. Each section then contains an interesting range of dishes which are often imaginative, all quite quick and simple to prepare and all healthy.

Each recipe is marked as to whether it could be treated as an everyday dish or if it is a bit more luxurious kept as a treat.

I really like this book. Its message is that we can (and should) all eat more healthy but not as absolute freaks who focus so much on perfect health that we all cut out every pleasure from our diet. Rather that we should all eat better and still enjoy the nice things in moderation and as part of a balanced and above all fun diet.

Very highly recommended