Healthy and Delicious

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I love food, especially when it occupies the wonderful strata of tastes good and is good for you. I’m not interested in dieting, but I am concerned about how much processed food is in my diet, and how the ingredients in that food affect my health.

Just so you know, this post has nothing to do with New Year’s resolutions on losing weight. A friend recently had a health scare that was related to high cholesterol. This got me thinking about what changes I can make to my diet without sacrificing taste.

My husband and I bought a three-tiered steamer and began experimenting with steaming our food rather than baking or frying. We had mixed results, some good, some gloop. We’ve replaced butter with olive oil or canola oil in many recipes, and that’s turned out quite well.

And, of course, I searched through the Kindle cookbook collection. I’ve found two books that I consider real gems. Neither one is free, but both have great recipes.

One is a short eBook that contains a base recipe for making your own instant oatmeal mix. You might think the price ($1.99) is too much, but for me, it’s been worth its weight in digital gold. I’ve always loved the idea of instant oatmeal, but hated the processed ingredients and the waste of those little bags. Instead, I use the base recipe and have fun at Whole Foods going through the bins and deciding what will go in my oatmeal. Yes, it’s time consuming, messy and more expensive than buying a box off the shelf, but it also tastes a lot better.

The other is a vegan cookie recipe book. It’s informative, funny and has color photos guaranteed to make your mouth water. Download it to a tablet if you can. Most of the recipes have ingredients you can find in your pantry or easily pick up at the local supermarket. Best of all, the cookies are delish! The author, Kelly Peloza, has a blog on vegan cooking and living that makes for good reading.

Today, I found a couple of free-for-now cookbooks that look interesting. My only complaint is that both use the word “skinny” in their titles. Skinny is such a loaded word, but the recipes looked promising so I grabbed them and listed them below.

Here’s to healthy living and tasty eating!

  The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur by Kelly Peloza
Not Free. $0.99
Kelly Peloza started experimenting with vegan baking as a high school student, blogging about her vegan adventures all the while. Her amazing recipes and gorgeous photos drew a crowd of eager readers who have been begging her for a cookbook ever since. Now an energetic, spunky college student, her book is finally ready for her anxious audience. From double peanut butter sandwich cookies and coconut caramel butter cookies to raspberry almond cookies and inside out peppermint patties, these delicious and imaginative recipes are sure to inspire bakers of all ages.

  Make Your Own Instant Oatmeal Mix by Beckett McKay
Not Free. $1.99
With people’s burgeoning interest in taking back control of their family’s food supply, learning how to do things themselves (like they used to do in the old days!) is an important first step. In the “Wait, What?? I Can Do That?” e-book series, Beckett McKay will detail how to make your own pantry staples and other necessities, show you how you can cut out the mass manufacturing middle man, and put the ingredients in your family’s diet back in your own hands.

  Naturally Skinny: 100 Organic Recipes Under 350 Calories by Samantha Brown
Free Today
Many recipes might be under 350 calories, but are they also completely organic and absolutely delicious? The recipes are clearly laid out with an ingredient list, step-by-step instructions, the number of servings, the calories per serving, the total fat per serving and a clever description that will entice you to prepare it. This comprehensive collection of 100 appetizing organic recipes will keep you and your family satisfied and healthy for a lifetime to come.

  Skinny Pizza by Barbara Grunes
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Starting with easy-to-make (and store) recipes for basic crusts and sauces, Skinny Pizzas shows you how easy it is to top pizzas with fresh, low-fat, high-fiber vegetables, dairy products, fruits, poultry, meat, and fish–everything from zucchini and pears to smoked salmon. From hearty one-dish meals to pizza snacks, appetizers, party dishes, and even desserts–all slimmed down for today’s healthful lifestyle–home cooks can feel good about serving pizza any time and for any occasion.

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Holiday Recipes

Usually Yahoo’s front page links lead to nowhere but a glorified advertisement. But sometimes a link can lead to something fabulous. This is one of those times.

The following link will take you to a page with a slideshow featuring 25 favorite cookie recipes. Each slide contains a photo and the recipe without a lot of hoo-hah. Go here for the recipes.

As an added bonus, the article contained a link to Sunset Magazine’s Ultimate Holiday Cookbook. It looks like a great resource, but be warned, you will face a lot of pop-ups as you click through. If you don’t mind that, check it out here.

Yahoo! also provided a link to a slideshow with recipes for holiday gifts you can prepare in your kitchen. If you like homemade gifts, this could be a great resource. Check it out here.

Enjoy your holiday preparations!

Pinterest, Cookies and Rock and Roll

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I tried Pinterest for a while. It was fun and I liked it well enough, but I didn’t see the point. It seemed like just another online time suck. I didn’t need another activity like that, so I deleted my account. Still, I keep hearing it’s a great for networking and to market yourself, etc. I picked up a freebie that goes into all that. We’ll see if it can renew my interest in Pinterest ;).

I also found a book of vintage cookie recipes that has been blessed with a good review by one of my favorite Amazon cookbook reviewers, Grandma (not my actual grandma). If she likes a book, you know it’s good.

Finally, I found a rock and roll quiz book, with questions like “What is Ozzy Osbourne’s real first name?” and “What was the only Top 10 song Kiss ever scored?” Looks like a great book for a road trip. I’m going to look for some more of these.

  How To Use Pinterest – How To Share Your Ideas, Brand Yourself and Have Fun Playing Around on Pinterest by Josh Loposer and Kate Buck Jr.
Here’s Just a LITTLE of What You’ll Discover… How to optimize your Pinterest account to TRIPLE leverage the power of the site so you get traffic right away (page 3) How to integrate Pinterest inside YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts so your photos appear everywhere (Page 5) The secret “covert” link strategy that makes Pinterest an affiliate marketers’ dream (Page 7) Why Pinterest and Amazon Kindle are a perfect match made to make you money (Page 11)

  Vintage Cookie Recipes by Amy Renee
Learn how to make amazing vintage cookies! Over 25 recipes have been added to this cookbook to help you bring a tasty touch of years past back to your kitchen.

  Rock & Roll Music IQ by C. Dismas Burgess
Each generation has it’s own anthems, superstars, styles and sounds. And they’re all here in this rockin’ new tome from Black Mesa Publishing—Rock & Roll Music IQ: The Ultimate Test of True Fandom. 
With 200 questions and 800 possible answers it has everything from greasers to grungers and vinyl to video.

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Disclaimers and Disclosures

I found these books via Amazon’s Kindle eBooks store. Resources for free Kindle and other format eBooks are listed in my sidebar.

These freebies are limited time offers, so there is no guarantee any of these books will still be free when you click on the links. Grab them sooner rather than later.

Books that I have previously listed will occasionally come up free again. I add those to my current posts for people who didn’t see them the first time.