Inspiralized by Ali Maffucci

Book description:

On her wildly popular blog, Inspiralized, Ali Maffucci is revolutionizing healthy eating. Whether you’re low-carb, gluten-free, Paleo, or raw, you don’t have to give up the foods you love. Inspiralized shows you how to transform more than 20 vegetables and fruits into delicious meals that look and taste just like your favorite indulgent originals. Zucchini turns into pesto spaghetti; jicama becomes shoestring fries; sweet potatoes lay the foundation for fried rice; plantains transform into “tortillas” for huevos rancheros.

Ali’s recipes for breakfast, snacks, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, salads, casseroles, rices, pastas, and even desserts are easy to follow, hard to mess up, healthful, and completely fresh and flavorful. Best of all, she tells you how to customize them for whatever vegetables you have on hand and whatever your personal goal may be—losing weight, following a healthier lifestyle, or simply making easy meals at home.

Here, too, are tons of technical tips and tricks; nutritional information for each dish and every vegetable you can possibly spiralize; and advice for spiralizing whether you’re feeding just yourself, your family, or even a crowd. So bring on a hearty appetite and a sense of adventure—you’re ready to make the most of this secret weapon for healthy cooking.

My review:

My favorite part of this book is the first section.  Maffucci spends a lot of time explaining how to select the best vegetables to spiralize and explaining how to do it.  I thought to myself that the company should have hired her to write the user’s manual!

The best part of this book for me was the idea of making “buns” out of compressed veggies.  It was a new idea for me, but one that I will definitely incorporate into our diets.  I also got a lot out of the “rice” dishes.

It would have been nice to have a picture of each recipe.  As our family is making the necessary transition to gluten-free eating, some recipes would be automatically refused on the grounds of “looking weird”.  It would be so helpful to look at the final product so that I could try the less “weird looking” ones first.

I think this cookbook offers something for everyone who is wanting to eat more healthfully.  There is a nice range of recipes that would appeal to many different palates.  I can’t wait until it is zucchini time again!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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