All of which to say, I was excited to get a copy of Everyday Food - Fresh Flavor Fast from Random House Canada. I knew I'd love it and I wasn't disappointed.
The subtitle says it best..."250 easy, delicious recipes for any time of the day". So I thought I'd share a day with you...
Breakfast: Blueberry Banana Yoghurt Smoothie - so good you forget how healthy it is - antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, fibre, calcium, not to mention a perfect reminder on the first "snow day" this winter (that's the snow filled, kid empty school yard next door on the other side of the window)...that Spring and Summer will follow...eventually. I used the wild blueberries picked last August and saved in my freezer for just such an occasion.
Lunch: Quick Navy Bean Stew - because, after all, it is Winter and who doesn't need a hot, filling meal?
Dinner: Asian Salmon Cakes with Chinese Noodles & Sesame Dressing - so you can pretend your at the other side of the equator where it's hot and sunny and there are no snow banks to clear.
I wonder what I'll come up with tomorrow...Walnut & Dried Fruit Granola perhaps or cottage cheese pancakes for breakfast...the BLT Salad looks gorgeous for lunch or the Spicy Black Bean Soup that takes less than 30 minutes to whip up....the Chicken & Basil Stir fry has me drooling for dinner.
One thing in particular that I love about Everyday Food - and this book, filled with so many of the magazine's outstanding recipes - is that it's very clear as to how long a dish takes to prepare and what you need to do to get the job done without any stress. So it's no surprise that there will be a recipe (or two) for roast chicken, or pork tenderloin and then a couple of dishes to make that come from them, but are totally different. So different, in fact, you will never again hear "Leftovers! Not again!" .
Everyday Food Fresh Flavors Fast, is easy enough for the novice cook to follow and great for the cook who needs some variety to add to the repertoire.