Have you meandered over to the blog 100 Days of Real Food, written by Lisa Leake? If you haven’t, you should. Lisa’s story is somewhat similar to mine. Back in 2000, she read a book that changed her whole perspective on healthy eating.
The book was In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan. It inspired her to change her and her family’s eating habits, to start a wildly successful blog that has inspired thousands to start eating real food, and to write two clean-eating cookbooks, the second of which will be launched this week.
Lisa gave me a copy of her new book to take for a test drive. I really admire her confidence. After all, what does a former professional hockey playing dad know about cooking? Alright, I will give myself some credit – I’m not a horrible cook. I’m learning as I go. But, I have to say, Lisa’s book is extremely helpful because her recipes are quick and easy, as well as healthy.
If you, too, want to cook unbelievably delicious and healthy meals, check out 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous (Pre-order now before October 25th on Amazon to get the best price). It is an easy way to kick-start a healthy lifestyle.
100 Days of Real Food: An Overview
Lisa’s first cookbook 100 Days of Real Food: How to Do What We Did, What We Learned and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes became a New York Times Bestseller. This shouldn’t be shocking since her blog has been so successful. People love her blog because of Lisa’s passion. Plus, it shows families how to cook healthy meals that even the kids will love, and it outlines the basic principles of clean eating.
Some of the principles include:
- Eating more foods in their all-natural state.
- Buying packaged foods with no more than five ingredients on the label.
Not only does this amazing blogger give you the tips, recipes, and inspiration you need to make healthy eating a regular part of daily living, she provides weekly meal plans.
What’s not to Love?
100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous, how I love thee. Let me count the ways. In all seriousness, I really do love this cookbook. If I was to write a cookbook, this is pretty much what it would look like.
Here are just some of the things that I appreciate about this book.
- The recipes are so good that even my kids love them.
- 100 recipes that don’t require a lot of time or ingredients. Easy cooking during a busy week? Awesome!
- The healthy eating transition is smooth and simple. Each step is a step in the right direction, and we get to go at our own pace.
- These recipes make me look good. I have just a handful of cooking skills, but with these recipes I’m able to impress my wife. Lookin’ good in the kitchen? Score!
My Favorite Recipe (so far)
Lisa has graciously allowed me to share my favorite recipe from her new cookbook with my readers. Drum roll, please…My favorite is the White Chicken Chili – perfect for a cold, blistery day. Who says comfort foods can’t be totally healthy?
White Chicken Chili
Prep time: 10 to 15 minutes
Cook time: Less than 30 minutes
Makes 4 servings
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1/2 jalapeño, minced
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
- Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
- 1 3/4 cups chicken broth, store bought or homemade
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
TOPPINGS: Chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips
Whether you call this dish a chili or hearty chicken and bean stew, it’s definitely a winner.
We made this for the kids today, they asked me so many times what it was called, but by the end of the meal they cared much more about getting second helpings than remembering the name! If you have time be sure to double the recipe and store in the fridge or freezer, because, like most soups and stews, the leftovers are amazing.
Action shots of me cooking included. :-)
1. In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
2. Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
3. Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly. Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.
4. Break up some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the chili. Stir in the cream, garnish with the desired toppings, and serve!
LISA’S TIP: This dish is also great with leftover cooked chicken. Just skip step 2 and add the cooked chicken with the garlic and spices in step 3.
The finished product.
Thumbs up from the 12 year old who licked his bowl clean. He and Mom both asked that I double the recipe next time. :-)
This recipe even has some greens in it. Even better and that makes me happy! :-)
Healthy On A Budget
For my budget conscious friends, this meal is not only healthy, it is easy on the wallet too.
Here is the breakdown...
|Blue Goose Certified Humane Chicken||$11.87|
|Cows Old Cheddar Cheese||$6.99|
|Eden Organic Navy White Beans||$5.98|
|Kirkland Organic Chicken Broth||$2.99|
|Organic Frozen Corn 1/2 Cup||$0.99|
|Heavy Whipping Cream||$2.99|
The cost per person for 4 people for this meal is $10.03.
Now, I love you guys, but I am not going to break out the cost for the spices and we didn't use all of the garlic, heavy cream, cheese, chicken broth and jalapeno, so the cost per person is even lower then what I have.
Very affordable if you ask me and most of the items are organic.
100 Days of Real Food: Get Your Copy Soon
The second cookbook from Lisa Leake will be on sale tomorrow: October 25th. My advice to you: beat the crowds and pre-order your copy ASAP! Then, you’ll be one step closer to saving time in the kitchen while making delicious, healthy meals.
Have you read Lisa’s blog or her first cookbook? What are your favorite recipes? What steps have you taken to start eating clean? Let me know on Facebook or comment below.