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GO FRESH
American Heart Association 
Published by Clarkson Potter
ISBN#978-0-307-88806-8
320 pages

Back Cover: The more you cook at home, with a focus on fresh ingredients, the easier it is to achieve a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Making meals with fresh ingredients is not only healthy and flavorful but also fast and easy with Go Fresh. The American Heart Association offers more than 250 recipes in this cookbook, inspiring you to bring nutritious and wholesome ingredients into your kitchen. Enjoy full-flavored favorites—all made from scratch, made healthy, and made fresh—including:
· Cauliflower-Carrot Soup
· Blueberry-Walnut Chicken Salad
· Blackened Fish with Crisp Kale and Creamy Lemon Sauce
· Rosemary-Peach Chicken Kebabs with Orange Glaze
· Tomato-Basil Pork Tenderloin
· Butternut Squash Pasta
· Dark Cherry and Apple Crumble

In the book, you’ll also find Healthy Swaps for substituting seasonal fruits and vegetables in delicious new ways, Shop & Store tips for making the most of your trips to the market and what you buy, and Tips, Tricks & Time savers for reducing prep time and getting meals on the table faster.

REVIEW: I was excited to receive this cook book put together by the American Heart Association. My family (I have High School aged children) and I are moving away from processed foods, watching our salt intake and sugar. This book kicks off by answering questions like, “Why focus on fresh?” A: Fresh allows for max flavor with manual prep. Now that I am eating more fresh veggies, it’s nice to know how to pick the best veggies from the start, and how to store them so they will be fresh for a long time. All this and more are covered in the section called Shopping for and Storing Fresh Foods – Fruit and Veggies.

You can easily cook fast fresh meals your family will like with this book. There is a section that talks about how to make eating “fresh” part of your life style. This book talks about the things you can learn to make prep time quick. It covers different cooking methods that will be best for each dish. They have kitchen tips that will save you time getting your delicious meal on the table for your family to enjoy. It’s light easy reading, not complicated but encouraging.
I liked the fact that each recipe includes a nutritional analysis at the bottom of the page. It has the serving size it makes, and what the serving size is. The Prep time and cooking time. I like to know these things before I start a meal. The ingredients for the meal are easy to find, and there were helpful tips to making the meal well or swapping some items out to create something a different to incorporate fruits and veggies that are in season.

The chapters are titled, Appetizers, Snacks, Beverages; Soup; Salads & Salad Dressings; Seafood; Poultry; Meats; Vegetarian Entrees, Veggies & Side Dishes, Sauces & Condiments, Breads and Breakfasts, Desserts, At-A-Glance Food Storage Chart – I found it most helpful.

The recipes that I tried and my family loved were Garden Vegetable Fried Rice, Roasted Parsnips and Carrots, Stuffed Burgers, Asparagus Grilled. There are 250 recipes inside this paperback book. The middle section has 8 pages of full color pictures of many recipes in the book that are titled with the page number so you can find it.

I highly recommend this book for anyone desiring to eat healthier and for those who already do for great ideas! There is a wide variety of meals you and your family will enjoy in this yummy book!

Nora St Laurent
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