Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Mom of Three Seeking:

The elusive Cheap, Fast, and Healthy Cookbook, do you know of one?

Because if it's a "cheap" cookbook, it's usually not very good food.

If it's a "fast" cookbook, it's usually a lot of canned or prepared ingredients, thus making the food unhealthy and/or expensive.

If it's a "health" cookbook, it usually requires most foods to be made from scratch (thus making the recipes time-consuming), or the ingredients are really expensive (thus, not cheap).

Do you see my dilemma? (incidentally, I thought "dilemma" was spelled "dilemna", but according to the red lines that appear when I misspell something, it's not. Interesting.)


cabcree said...

can't help you with the whole cookbook thing...but I do rely on those red squiggly lines. lol

Larissa said...

OH my gosh Christy, I have TOTALLY been frustrated by the same thing! THat is exactly what I want too: cheap, fast, healthy cooking. Perhaps Halsell family members can combine all of our own cheap, fast healthy recipes and write our own???

be_a_Mary said...

i hear your pain!! i feel the SAME way. gimme something easy, fast, and somewhat healthy. i think you have to give in somewhere though. i mean, if its fast and healthy, it is probably expensive. you can't be all three. i'm all for Trader Joes pre-prepared meats and salads. pop the meat in the oven & bake, open the salad and dump in a bowl. but i still REALLY feel your pain!!

christy said...

Simply in Season by Mary Beth LInd. this is my new current love affair...and really helps when the farm share veggies are a little, well, unusual. the recipes are fresh and simple, and they are organized by season so things are usually cheaper that way. her other one, More With Less, is good in other ways, more of a basic cookbook, but written in the 70's so you have to edit for "margarine" references--yuck. but, there are a lot of great ideas for simple ways to make things from scratch, and how to not rely on processed foods so much.

also, a little more "health foody", but still helpful especially when we were transitioning to a more vegetarian based diet was Feeding the Whole Family by Cynthia Lair. more references to tofu and stuff, but there are some good simple soups and bean meals, and everything is made with wholesome, whole foods.

i sympathize with your dilemma, because so many cookbooks are trying to be all "fancy" or "gourmet". not helpful on a budget with small children melting down at your feet! :)

joysnatcher said...

Thanks for your recommendations, I'll be checking them out at the library. I'm glad I'm not the only one with these needs!

Sarah R.Conley said...

"Superfoods for Healthy Kids"
This book is amazing. I actually got it at the local library and I loved it so much I had to buy my own copy.

Sarah COnley

Anonymous said...

I don't have an answer on the cookbook, but my broken, late-night brain has to tell you that I thought it was "dilemna", too. I am itching to figure out which box my big dictionary is in and unpack it. This is going to bug me until I do. Drat! It's one of the many things I love about you, dear sister-in-law. At any rate, I don't care if I can spell it "dilemma" - I like "dilemna" better. Hmph!

joysnatcher said...

Thanks Sarah, I'm a library fiend, now that we live somewhere where we have access to one, so I'll check it out soon!

annecourager said...

have you tried Saving Dinner by Leanne Ely? The recipes are OK. Not always the raves that Flylady people give, but I'm a bit of a foodie--with little-to-no time to prepare "cuisine" - so I too feel your pain.

What makes this book worth it for me is the shopping list at the front of every week. Menus are seasonal too.

This would not help you in Bali, I suspect! :)

joysnatcher said...

thanks erin, I'm gonna try that one, too!

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