Tuesday, November 10, 2015

1 star--Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook by Pearl Barrett & Serene Allison

In their debut cookbook, the Trim Healthy Mama’s share hundreds of delicious, healthy recipes to help readers successfully slim down while eating well.  This companion cookbook to the bestselling Trim Healthy Mama Plan is just what readers have been waiting for. It features simple, mouthwatering, recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner—including slow cooker and one-pot meals, hearty soups and salads, omelets and waffles, pizzas, breads and more.  No Trim Healthy Mama should be deprived, so there are also favorite snacks, delectable desserts, and the smoothies, sippers and teas fans love. With  pantry-stocking advice, time-saving tips, and information on how to cook for the entire family, the Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook offers a delicious and nutritious way to make trim and healthy meals with less stress—so you have more time with your loved ones.

Type: Cookbook
Difficulty of Recipe: Easy to Moderate (mainly because of ingredients)
Rating: 1 star

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So. This is a first for me.  I saw Trim Healthy Mama Cookbook and thought it looked great. Healthy recipes and a focus on slimming down without losing awesome recipes and taste. And it's HUGE with over 350 recipes. But, for me, that's where the good bits ended. This is the first time I'm giving a cookbook a 1 star rating. There ended up being very little about this cookbook that worked for me. It was a huge disappointment especially after seeing hundreds of 5 star reviews it has received. From expensive and difficult to find ingredients to weird inclusions and lack of veggie friendliness it was a bust. It made me think of an ex friend who would fall into the category of hippy dippy earth mama who would say things and you'd just have that look on your face like say what now?

The cookbook is a huge product push for the authors who have their own food product line of specially blended flours, sweet blend, noodles and some things I don't even know what to call. All of which you have to order online and which are needed for a huge portion of the recipes. They do say you can make your own blends or buy alternate ingredients but they strongly point out how bad those choices are compared to their brand. (expensive too!) and the attitude comes off as a hard endorsement. It's not a friendly approach to cooking or one that is inclusive.

There were a number of ingredients I had never heard of. I called my mother who is a baker and she'd never heard of them. Though they claim they're easy to find at all Walmarts/Targets. Hrms. I doubt.

Some of the items... pressed peanut flour, integral collagen, mineral salt, whole husk psyllium flakes, mct oil, ghee.

The cookbook as a whole is very unfriendly towards vegetarianism.
Even recipes that were veggie-ish or desserts included gelatin which...not something a vegetarian can have.

There were also just some weird things. I was excited about the large dessert section and their pro-dessert attitude until I looked at the recipes that included ingredients like okra, radish, black beans, spinach and gelatin. Em. No. No thanks at all.

Recipes also had very 'cutsie' names that weren't helpful in knowing what they were and for the most part the photos were of the obvious dishes while the ones that left me scratching my head were photo-less.

Ex--Breggy Fry Up, Tangy Tato Soup, Cream of Sweet Stuff Soup, Papster Thighs, etc

The photographs were nice enough though not numerous. Maybe 1 in 3 recipes had photos.


There are a TON of recipes. Over 350 of them. How many did I mark down to try? 5.

Yep. Five.

Of the 5 recipes I marked to try 3 would have to be altered to be veggie friendly.

Cowboy Grub
Eggroll in a Bowl
Sweetie on Steroids
Cornbread Crusted Mexican Pie
Chicken Fried Tofu

Honestly I'm usually pretty excited to try out a recipe for each cookbook and feature it. I really don't have any urge with this one. 

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