100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food by Lisa Leake

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  • Simple skillet cornbread

    • mharriman on March 24, 2020

      Really easy, and a lighter version of other cornbread recipes I’ve made. This one doesn’t include flour or sugar, but does include melted butter, so even though lighter, it isn’t dry. It was fun to make it in a cast iron skillet instead of a pan. I used my Le Creuset cast iron skillet, and it worked well. Served with black bean soup from the same cookbook.

  • Moroccan meatballs

    • mharriman on December 17, 2017

      Loved this recipe that will now be in our rotation. I used 1.06 pounds of (85 percent) hamburger, and rolled 15 balls- made three and a half servings. The tzasiki in the same book is a fantastic accompaniment. Served couscous and a salad with it, along with Rioja wine. Dates for dessert. Everything made for a wonderful ethnic meal. This is a great make ahead company meal.

  • Quick cauliflower soup

    • mharriman on December 17, 2017

      This is indeed quick to make, but it’s bland. It needs something like an ounce or two of blue cheese or pesto swirled on top to jazz it up. The toasted walnuts didn’t do it.

  • White chicken chili

    • mharriman on March 18, 2018

      Delicious! My husband and I liked this a lot. Easy to put together and nice comfort food on a cold late in the season evening. Kind of reminiscent of bean with bacon soup (without the bacon!)

  • Slow cooker black bean soup

    • mharriman on December 15, 2017

      Wonderful! This is the first dried black bean soup recipe I’ve tried that cooked the beans without having to first soak, and also the first dried bean recipe that required so little effort that it will probably be the only one I use from now on. Placed all ingredients in slow cooker as directed, turned to high at 8 PM, and it was finished at 7 AM. Puréed half, combined with other half, put in fridge, reheated in stove pot at dinner time, topped with sour cream, cilantro, and Monterrey jack cheese, and voila- a lovely soup that was practically effortless. Tasted even better second night. Made four adult size entree servings.

  • Easy slow cooker steak chili

    • mharriman on January 21, 2018

      Good but not great. This recipe has very few ingredients (easy to prep) and is very meaty, so lots of protein. I prefer a chili with more kidney beans, so I’d add a second can of those next time. The flavors were nice, not too overpowering. Was fully cooked at 5 1/2 hours on high.

  • Gazpacho with avocado and crab

    • mharriman on September 01, 2018

      Tasty! I skipped the avocado and crab because this was a side dish that accompanied a zucchini and spinach pie. As promised, very easy and fast. I didn’t have a jalapeño pepper, so I shook a few drops of tobasco sauce in the mix, and it provided just the right amount of kick.

  • Crab-stuffed avocados

    • mharriman on April 15, 2020

      Surprisingly tasty and filling. I made this for myself and loosely measured everything to 1/4 of what was called for. I didn’t have cilantro, which was a fairly big part of the crab mix so I upped the fresh minced ginger and bell pepper which was satisfying. The bell pepper provides a pleasant crunch. Not sure the sesame seeds add that much to this dish. This would make a festive dinner salad or appetizer. A winner.

  • Lemon and apple coleslaw (without mayo)

    • mharriman on January 29, 2019

      This is a refreshing twist on standard cole slaw. The fresh lemon juice, apple slices, and yogurt give the cabbage a light citrus flavor. Served with crab cakes and roasted red potatoes.

  • Lime and cilantro coleslaw

    • mharriman on June 30, 2019

      Refreshing taste twist on coleslaw. We liked the cilantro and lime flavors added into the cabbage as well as the sour cream instead of mayo. Served the slaw with pulled pork tacos in the same cookbook.

  • Easy fish tacos with pico de gallo

    • mharriman on January 06, 2018

      Good. I used cod which I thawed from frozen state. The coating of flour and spices on fish chunks enhanced the fish and created a crisp exterior. We liked the chili and cumin seasoning. The pico de Gallo was pretty ho hum. I added sour cream, Monterey jack cheese, and avocado slices for toppings. Served with refried beans.

  • Simple salmon with Pinot noir

    • mharriman on December 17, 2017

      We eat wild Alaskan salmon once a week and like to try new salmon recipes, so the one salmon recipe in this cookbook was intriguing. Unfortunately, the whole wheat flour coating that seared and blackened the fish, as well as the Pinot Noir “sauce” didn’t enhance the salmon flavor; it pretty much disguised it. The author says even those who don’t like salmon will like this. My take away is the recipe seems to be for folks who want the benefits of the salmon nutrients without the salmon taste. We love the taste of salmon and like ingredients that bring out the salmon flavor. This recipe is a non-repeater for us.

  • Simple roasted pork tenderloin

    • mharriman on December 15, 2017

      This wasn’t the most flavorful pork tenderloin recipe I’ve ever made, but it was definitely the easiest to put together and cook. The method produced a very juicy, nice tenderloin and went nicely with acorn squash. Cooked at 375 for 40 minutes instead of 425 ( 25-30 minutes) so I could bake squash at same time. Worked well and will repeat when I want an easy and satisfying dinner.

  • Slow cooker shredded pork and bean tacos

    • mharriman on July 05, 2018

      Easy, easy preparation and nice result! I used a 3.2 pound boneless pork roast and paired it with a Cooking Light coleslaw recipe. The pulled pork could be just as easily be used for burger style sandwiches instead of the tortilla shell taco. The meat mixture was cooked and ready to shred at the 8 hour mark. A nice way to have a satisfying meal at dinner time without heating up the kitchen on a hot day.

  • Mint chocolate truffles

    • mharriman on January 24, 2019

      Hmmm. The chosen title for these is interesting because peppermint extract and cocoa powder are the smallest parts of the ingredients. The truffles do have a nice, mild peppermint flavor but the main ingredients are dates and almonds, so the chocolate takes a secondary role. I did use Hershey’s chocolate cocoa powder, not the dark cocoa powder recommended. But I’m not sure dark chocolate cocoa would have improved these. I also thought the truffles were really big and halved them. Finally, they are sticky. I washed my hands after eating one. My personal verdict: These are okay but not sure I’d repeat, even though they are a pretty healthy treat and were easy and fast to put together.

  • Cinnamon-glazed bananas

    • Agaillard on April 21, 2019

      Simple, but effective and delicious! I didn't have maple syrup so did it with honey, and for the rest followed the recipe exactly. It was gorgeous :)

  • Creamy mac and peas

    • lizbot2000 on July 06, 2018

      This isn't particularly healthier, per se, than box mac and cheese. However, I really like that you can control what goes in it and that my daughter can help me cook it and see how to make the food she likes so much. I can throw in a bunch of peas and mix up the cheeses to expose her to tastes that are just new enough but overall still kid-ish enough for her to eat. (She is queen of the beige carbohydrates right now) Even if it's about the same amount of calories as fast food or whatever, this is setting her up for a better pattern of eating for the rest of her life. Which I guess is the entire purpose of this book, so the authors really accomplished their goal. It's not realistic for me to try to get her to eat salads etc, but hopefully I'm ever so slowly inching her over towards healthier choices. She liked the peas! And she enjoyed helping (we got her a chef hat to wear, which was a hit as well). I'm definitely not complaining. We'll probably make this pretty often.

  • Simple green beans with almonds

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  • ISBN 10 0062433032
  • ISBN 13 9780062433039
  • Published Oct 25 2016
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 320
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher William Morrow Cookbooks

Publishers Text

In her first cookbook, 100 Days of Real Food, Lisa Leake revealed how simple it is to think out of the box in the kitchen by replacing unhealthy prepackaged and processed foods with “real food”—mouthwatering meals made with wholesome and familiar ingredients. Now, Lisa is back with 100 quick-and-easy recipes and simple cheat sheets that will work with every family’s busy lifestyle.

100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous gives Lisa’s devoted fans and newcomers exactly what they want, quick and tasty favorites for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, and even snacks that are a snap to make. Inside you’ll find recipes sure to please everyone, from Cinnamon Raisin Scones, Couscous and Tomato Salad, and Corn Muffins to Citrus Salad With Crispy Quinoa, Honeydew Green Smoothie, and Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup to Easy Fish Tacos, Parmesan Crusted Chicken, and Chocolate Banana Pops. While some dishes are blog favorites, seventy-five percent are brand new.

Along with these family-friendly recipes, 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous incorporates ideas for adult, big-kid, and little-kid packed lunches and new seasonal meal plans and shopping lists—everything you need for accessible, quick, and real home cooking. Lisa also includes a “CliffsNotes”-style resource section packed with easy guidelines on how to buy real food, supermarket staples (including her Top 10 Shopping Lists by Store), the truth behind more than a dozen grocery store myths, and other handy kitchen tips (such as food prep guides and storage cheat sheets).

Making and enjoying healthy meals the whole family will love doesn’t have to be difficult, boring, or expensive. With this essential cookbook, illustrated with color photos for every single recipe, you’ll see just how fast and fabulous good home-cooked meals can be.


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