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Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking: Keep it plant based and gluten free and you’ll see why the wildly popular food blog Minimalist Baker is a must add to your cookbook collection. It includes 101 simple, vegan recipes that all require 10 ingredients or less, 1 bowl or 1 pot, or 30 minutes or less to prepare. Easy, nutritious and packed with gorgeous images to boot!

Eating Clean: Written by my dear friend, Amie Valpone, Eating Clean is a game changer for anyone needing to give their health a reboot. The truth is that I’ve loaned my copy out to three people and when my Mother borrowed it and started cooking from it everyday I couldn’t ask for it back, so I too will be ordering myself a new copy. I made these grain-free, vegan fudge brownies from the book and they disappeared in 2 days. Amie will help you and your family nutritionally!

Superfood Snacks: Julie Morris takes all those good for you whole foods like acai, hemp, chia seeds, maca and more and creates snack foods that you will want to devour and feel good for eating too. Instead of feeling guilty, you’ll feel recharged and refueled. With recipes like Salted Almond Chocolate Bark, Secret Mint Chip Ice Cream to Butterscotch-Hemp Crispy Rice Treats and Curried Coconut Kale Chips, you’ll feel good bite after bite!

Baking with Less Sugar: Joanne Chang had me at the title! Less sugar in baked goods? YES!! When my husband was working in Boston last year for four months the kids and I visited Flour Bakery weekly. Just one peek at the desserts left you weak in the knees. This book teaches you to use natural sweeteners with little to no white sugar creating gorgeous desserts that don’t leave you missing a thing.

Pure Delicious: I’ve known and admired Heather Christo for 6 years and been enamored by her as a chef, writer and especially in the role of mom. When she discovered she and her daughters had severe food allergies she changed the way they ate to heal them naturally. This cookbook contains 150 delectable allergy-free recipes without gluten, dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, shellfish or cane sugar. You might think it’s impossible to create satisfying recipes with so many restrictions, but trust me, you’re in Heather’s loving hands. Cook out of this book and you’ll start to realize you’re not missing a thing and feel incredible at the same time.

Skinny Suppers: Lighten it up with 125 of Brooke Griffin’s Healthy family meals! I first came upon years ago and love her lighter spin on some of our favorite recipes like Crispy Coconut Fish Sticks and  Easy Asian Salmon with Orange Sweet Glaze and new to us recipes like her Greek Turkey Meatballs and Open Faced Aloha Sliders. The strategies for balanced meals, ways to save money while shopping and ideas for making suppertime a success will give you even more reasons to get in the kitchen!

Whole Protein Vegetarian: I fell in love with Rebecca’s first book, Sweet Home, years ago and still make her Love Struck Sour Cherry Pie today. Her newest cookbook is focused on plant-based recipes with essential amino acids for overall health. As my son is a vegetarian and husband leans towards eating a vegan diet many days a week, this is a book I was highly anticipating getting my hands on. So far I’ve made her Overnight Steel Cut Oats with all the fixings and Brown Rice Chia Seed Porridge, but can’t wait to dive into more of her savory dishes. Rebecca is the real deal and so is this cookbook!

Real Sweet: I originally was tempted to read Shauna Sever’s new book when I was looking for fun lunchbox treats, but found so much more! The playful candies and confections, bake sale classics, spoonable puddings and flans all made from alternative sweeteners you most likely already have in your pantry like coconut sugar, agave nectar, orange blossom honey, and pure maple syrup will tempt you to get cooking something really sweet!

About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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