It seems like every meal, we have one of two choices: we can have something healthy, or we can have something easy. Add a kid (or two or three), and the battle becomes even more intense. Attempting to cook a meal that is healthy, without too much time or too many ingredients required, that pleases an entire family? We'll just order a pizza. Again.
Enter Laura Lea Goldberg. Her mantra is "healthy everyday cooking," and her new cookbook is packed with more than 120 recipes that are easy, healthy, and family-friendly.
The basis behind her recipes? Balance. While you'll find paleo, gluten-free, and dairy-free options among the recipes in her cookbook, she doesn't hew to any one dietary philosophy.
"When I moved to New York City after college, I created a relationship with food that quickly escalated from balanced to teetering at one dangerous end of the spectrum," says Laura Lea. "I became orthorexic; obsessed with controlling my food, only eating things I deemed acceptably healthy. Not only did my body bear the results in my frame (I was over 20 lbs lighter than today), my mind took an even harder hit. I was anxious and depressed and became anti-social."
Eventually her food obsession led her to enroll in the Natural Gourmet Institute to pursue a culinary degree.
"I went into NGI thinking low-fat, low-calorie and fake sugar was health, and I left embracing a completely new mentality—one that simply celebrates whole foods, including fats, proteins, complex carbohydrates and everything in between. My time at NGI helped me get back to myself and to a place where I could teach others through my experience. I felt balanced again."
We've road-tested several of Laura Lea's recipes, and her chocolate chip cookies past even the trickiest taste test (a three-year-old's), and the secret ingredient in her fudgy brownies (black beans!) is completely undetectable. Best of all: they're easy to make and great for little helping hands!
Enter the giveaway below to receive a signed copy of Laura Lea's new cookbook! Giveaway ends Sept. 5.