Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food

Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food: Delicious and Nutritious Meals You'll All Enjoy by Lizzie King is the cookbook every health-conscious parent needs in their life. The nutritional health coach and mum of three knows how tough it can be to feed a family. Parents want to get meals on the table fast but still keep them healthy. Lack of time and any number of other obstacles can make any alternative to cooking from scratch seem tempting. This is where Lizzie steps in to save us from the take-out menu, drive-thru or using short-cut processed ingredients. Her recipes are quick, easy, healthly and most importantly delicious .

The meals in this book are very approachable for every level of cook and equally pleasing to any member of the family. The photographs are beautiful with some step-by-step photos thrown in for good measuare. From easy peasy quesadillas and wraps to more elaborate dishes such as Moroccan-Spiced Lamb Tagine & Cauli-Couscous or Chinese Crispy Duck Pancakes with Hoisin Sauce - the selection is varied and exciting. Creamy Courgette Pasta with Garlic & Pumpkin Seed Pesto, Prawn Paella with Red Peppers, Jammy Almond Heart Cookies and Hazelnut Choc Crunch with Raspberries are other examples of the range of dishes and treats that await you. I am making the Roast Chicken and Kale Stir Fry for dinner tomorrow and will report back with a photo. It looks simple but perfect.

Special thanks to the publisher of this book, Trapeze, and the author for sharing this easy to throw together weeknight (or any night meal with our members). Head over to our contest page to enter our worldwide giveaway for this beautiful book. 

SUMMER LEMON CHICKEN WITH THYME AND NEW POTATOES

An easy one-pot zesty number that's great for the weekend - it practically cooks itself. With perfect summery flavours adding texture, pretty greens and loads of vitamins, it's packed with goodness.

35 MINS
SERVES 4

60ml olive oil
1 chicken, jointed (chicken thighs, legs and breasts)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 onions, sliced
2 leeks, sliced
500ml chicken stock
500g new potatoes
½ cup (80g) fresh peas
½ cup (80g) fresh broad beans (if available)
1 lemon, halved
3 mint sprigs, leaves picked
salt and pepper

Heat the oil in a large pan and brown the chicken on each side for 5-10 minutes. Turn the heat down a little, add the garlic, onions and leeks, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring, until softened.

Pour in the stock and add the new potatoes. Season with salt and pepper, and simmer gently for about 20 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are tender.

Add the fresh peas and broad beans, if using, and leave to simmer for 3-5 minutes until softened and bright green. Squeeze over the lemon juice and stir through with the mint leaves to serve.

Broad beans are really high in iron and copper, which keeps bones and immune systems healthy.

Recipe excerpt from Lizzie Loves Healthy Family Food: Delicious and Nutritious Meals You'll All Enjoy by Lizzie King which is published as a hardback and eBook by Trapeze.  Photography by Charlotte Kibbles.

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15 Comments

  • Siegal  on  8/2/2017 at 9:13 PM

    I try to cook from scratch for healthy meals

  • ktwalla  on  8/3/2017 at 2:31 PM

    I, too, try to make almost everything from scratch with organic ingredients.

  • lhudson  on  8/4/2017 at 12:10 PM

    Caramel cashew balls

  • FireRunner2379  on  8/6/2017 at 1:28 PM

    We use foods that are less processed and try to incorporate vegetables into every meal.

  • Ordinaryblogger  on  8/7/2017 at 6:27 AM

    I try to buy less and cook from scratch as much as I can, even if it means my meals are more basic.

  • Jenamarie  on  8/9/2017 at 12:28 PM

    I add lots of veggies to my meals and snacks throughout the day

  • JenJoLa  on  8/9/2017 at 9:28 PM

    I push veggies as much as I can. Having a garden helps get everyone more excited about that too.

  • LaurenE  on  8/13/2017 at 4:28 PM

    We use only local, organic produce

  • Lem9579  on  8/13/2017 at 6:50 PM

    Jammy cranberry oat slices

  • IngridO  on  8/14/2017 at 3:46 PM

    I try to bulk out my family meals with vegetables, and then only a moderate amount of meat.

  • cpasek  on  8/23/2017 at 11:51 PM

    I cook from scratch, grow some of our vegetables, and try to get at least two veggies per dinner meal (and often more)!

  • chowfamily  on  9/1/2017 at 9:39 PM

    Prawn Paella with Red Peppers as a quick, healthy entree!

  • KarenDel  on  9/2/2017 at 2:03 PM

    I purchase minimally processed ingredients

  • tarae1204  on  9/7/2017 at 12:45 PM

    I put out veggies to snack on, and I try to always offer fresh fruit and plain whole milk yogurt.

  • bstewart  on  9/8/2017 at 6:24 PM

    Buy organic when possible, and minimal processed foods.

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