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I got the “Dashing Dish” book and cookbook from Thomas Nelson Publishers, ans was asked to look it over, and see what I thought. I love books that have recipes that taste good and are good for you. I’m one that really doesn’t like to make the same thing very often, and I really only have a few tried and true recipes that I know I’ll make often, because everyone loves them. On the other days, I always want to try something new. I’m really not one that’s into Meatloaf Monday and the Fish Friday type of menus.
This book which starts out as just that, a book, had some great stories about the author and how she had gone through certain things. Then it jumps into a cookbook. I loved that – getting to know the reasons behind the pages that you will read, after going through the front was a real blessing. You got to know the hands behind the food, and to me, that means a lot.
The recipes were really simple ones and had ingredients that wouldn’t be too hard to find. I had never heard of using oats and turning them into a flour before, which I thought was really cool!! I never use the bleached type of flour, but having another option that is even healthier, is a great thing! The author also talked about how we need to try and make food not be the focus of the meal…on page 3, she says “…made it my goal to focus more on enjoying the people I’m with, more than the food.”. I think that would make such a difference in those times that we go out to eat, etc. Eating slower and just talking more, will help you to eat less and stay healthy.
She had some other great tips on page 8, which were ways to eat healthy while on a budget (who isn’t on one of those these day, eh?). Some of her tips were:
- Plan Ahead – Make a grocery list and stick to it.
- Buy In Bulk – Save money when products are on sale.
- Buy In-Season Produce – Less expensive when the supply is greater.
- & Many Others!
There were a lot more great tips, and they were all things that we can all stick to. Living in the mountains, it’s kind of hard for me to find in-season produce that doesn’t cost a fortune, but there are times it’s on sale, and you can always prep some and freeze the rest. Same thing with meat – grab it when it’s at a decent price and you can save so much!!
This was definitely a great book and I think I dog-eared about every other page in the recipe section to try out for my family – such good ideas and choices, and written in a way that normal people can understand. I love it!!
Here’s one of her great recipes:
The Dashing Dish is an inspirational cookbook chock-full of healthy, innovative yet simple recipes, most of which are gluten-free, sugar-free, and abundant in whole grains.
Like many of us, twenty-four-year-old author Katie Farrell has struggled with her weight and healthy eating. As a teen she went through yo-yo dieting and was prone to eating disorders. But through God and a passion for food and cooking, she hit upon the formula that would transform her from unhealthy girl to confident woman.
In warm, accessible language and beautiful photographs, Katie shares 100 recipes for clean eating. Every recipe is simple to make and delicious to eat. Katie uses gluten-free oat flour in place of wheat flour, cottage cheese and yogurt in place of fat, and Stevia in place of sugar. Her tips are practical, her tone inspirational. Anyone looking to eat better for the rest of their life will want to own this book.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Thomas Nelson (December 30, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.9 x 1.1 inches
What is Dashing Dish?
Katie Farrell is the founder of Dashing Dish, a place to find healthy alternatives to the food you crave! She started her website after being told by friends and family that she had a unique talent for taking unhealthy recipes and making them healthy without losing any of the flavor.
When asked where she got her ideas for the recipes, she couldn’t help but give all glory to God. In fact, (and this is totally ironic) she hated following recipes in general. She made up each and every recipe as she went, which led to a lot of trial and error at the end of the day, but ultimately she believed that every good recipe she created came from the ultimate creator!
With Dashing Dish, Katie hopes to show how easy it can be to make simple changes that will end the misconceptions about healthy eating and dieting. She will teach you how to make quick and easy meals that are healthy for you and your family. Her mission is to help you realize that you can ditch the diets and unhealthy eating patterns forever and start eating the foods you enjoy, while being healthy and feeling satisfied.
Katie also share ideas and techniques from her personal experience of getting in shape and doing it God’s way. Dashing Dish is created to inspire you to get fit and healthy for life, all while enjoying the journey!
About The Author:
Katie Farrell is the author of Dashing Dish, a healthy recipe website and ministry to women. Katie is a registered nurse from Michigan, where she lives in Brighton with her husband of five years. Dashing Dish is a combination of Katie’s passions—helping women find their identity in God and ending misconceptions about healthy eating. Katie wants to inspire women to find the balance between spiritual and physical health, all while enjoying the journey!
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This sounds like a great recipe. I’m working hard to eat healthier and to lose weight.
Sounds great – I totally agree with her tips – I always plan out my menu for the week on Sunday’s, Costco is my next stop & every Saturday morning I make a run to the local Farmer’s market for our fresh fruits & veggies!
Thanks for sharing!
That’s great!! Closest Costco for us is over 2.5 hours away, so I don’t get that luxury. 🙁