Post Script: It’s All Easy – Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann

it's all easy

It’s All Easy: Delicious Weekday Recipes for the Super Busy Home Cook

Gwyneth Paltrow with Thea Baumann

Hachette Australia

Sphere

ISBN: 9780751555493

Description:

Gwyneth’s fans have been begging her to write a cookbook that will help them get healthy, yet wonderfully delicious meals on the table during hectic weeknights. Well, she listened and she is sharing over 125 recipes that can be made in under 30 minutes that are surprisingly tasty even though they have little or no sugar, are low in fat, and many with no gluten. They will be of the same quality as those in It’s All Good, but can be pulled together in the time it would take to call for a takeaway. And because every family needs some pasta or pizza now and then, Gwyneth will include recipes for easy takes on those favorites too! Everyone knows that takeaway and restaurant meals can contain large amounts of fat and sugar, and can be made with less than ‘clean’ ingredients, so here is the solution to making sure you and your family eat a healthy, yet delicious meal every night of the week. And, since it is so much healthier and economical to bring lunch to work and school, there will be a special section on ‘Lunchbox ideas’ made from dinner leftovers and easy-to-throw-together lunches!

 

My View:

A versatile, quick to make, collection of recipes that use quality fresh ingredients to produce tasty and interesting meals. There is nothing boring here.  “This book is meant to be a road map: a self-help book for the chronically busy cook….All the food in this book tends to be on the healthier side ( see the gluten free, diary free  dessert section section), we have also included recipes with more standard ingredients ( some cheese, some regular flour) because, well, it’s just easier. And because we never sacrifice deliciousness, some of the recipes might have an extra step or a special ingredient that might not seem easy, but trust us, it is worth it… Our aim is here was to make… a book full of recipes that are beautiful and sometimes times unexpected,  while also comforting, satisfying, and realistic for anyone and everyone to make ”  (pps. ix -xi)

 

The authors give a useful “pantry” section that includes ingredients and tools for cooking the foods in this book, then divides the book into useful guides for:

First thing (breakfasts)

On the Go

Pick Me Ups

In a Pinch

Cozy Evenings

Summer Knights

Unexpected Guests

Something Sweet

The Basics.

 

I love the breakfast suggestions here – Blueberry Granola Parfait, breakfast crepes, chocolate cinnamon overnight oats, ginger chia pudding and scrambled eggs with parmesan and arugula (rocket) to name a few.

To impress your dinner guests try this quick delicious main meal; seared scallops with watercress and asparagus – quick, tasty and impressive dish, your guests will think you have slaved in the kitchen for hours!

A beautifully presented cook book with more than a few recipes that will become your all time favourites.

Coconut Thai Curry With Chickpeas: Deliciously Ella – Ella Woodward

Made this for dinner tonight – so easy, so delicious and warming. I use dried chickpeas – as canned pulses are not a favourite of mine and I had the time to soak and cook the chickpeas before hand  I added some grated zucchini as we have plenty in the freezer to eat up and this also boosted the number of serves of vegetables in this dish. I served with some wilted baby Asian greens and brown rice – yum. I can see this would work well with cauliflower too. I love a meal you can cook in one pot. There is  plenty left over for lunch tomorrow and some to freeze for care pack for vegetarian daughter in Perth.  Everyone wins:)

Coconut Thai Curry with Chickpeas