Two weekends ago, I was in kitchen cleaning-heaven. Now there’s a sentence I didn’t think I’d hear myself say. And since I now have a cool little recess spot at the side of my fridge perfect for a cookbook shelf from top to bottom, I saw it as a perfect opportunity to do a little spring cleaning and part with a handful of hardy touched books. These are the ones that never made my “must have in the kitchen” list as I pick them up less frequently:
I’ve only relegated them to another bookshelf at this stage, but over the next few months, I’m going to focus on adapting some of recipes from them as a little trial and divide them in to charity piles. In fact, I only ever buy 2nd hand cookbooks these days since they’re almost two a penny, but I struggle to part with ones I’ve received as gifts or where I’ve paid full whack. Am I the only one like this? And it was only the other day when I nabbed a 30p Slow Cooker Hamlyn bargain book which looked extremely inviting.
These days I do find myself scouring the web for recipes because most have star ratings to save myself some time and ditch the low ones. But what about the ones tucked away in books? Of course, it’s all trial and error to find out, but here’s my three most used cookbooks that I’ve found so tasty to to adapt in to healthier ones in the last year.
- The Fat-Free Indian Cook Book. I have a few Indian cookbooks and can’t part with any of them. What can I say, I love spices! And I’ve been inspired to create some of my favourite dishes using this particular book. The cover doesn’t look very pretty, but one recipe that I’ve had lots of lovely comments is my easily Vegetarian Syn Free Biryani Soup for the Soup Maker or pan. Another one to try is my adapted Syn Free Chicken Jalfrezi.
- Two Greedy Italians. I really love returning to my some of my favourite books bought at a time when I didn’t give a hoot what fat or carb passed my lips, so of course, I’ve had to be selective. But because the book offers so many fantastic flavours, it’s been almost impossible to still produce some healthy and delicious recipes. One I recommend trying is my adapted Poorman’s Kale, Bread & Cheese Soup, again for the soup maker. And just after Christmas, I recreated another fave of mine which is a Syn Free Gammon & Cabbage Slow Cooker Soup.
- Slow Cooker Cookbook. It doesn’t offer an extensive list of recipes, but the ones I have created, my fiance and I have both loved. There’s a Chicken & Sweetcorn I’m yet to make again and more recently, I created a 1 syn per person Chicken & Gnocchi Dumpling Stew.
What are your favourite cookbooks to adapt? Let me know in the comments below as I’m always looking for new ideas, or maybe there’s a healthy food blog you can recommend?
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