Now out: Cooking a la Heart

Imagine 500 good recipes all in one book. What a great resource! The authors base this book on “plant forward eating” and care about healthy food; this does not in any way mean that the food will not be delicious. This was clear from the book’s first photo of Olive Oil Brownies.

Here are recipes for everything from quick breads to desserts, from appetizers to pizzas and so much more. In addition there is a lot of information about healthy eating.

I would enjoy a day where I begin with Apple Dutch Baby for breakfast. Perhaps I would follow this later in the day with Mock Risotto with Zucchini or Chicken Tandoori Skewers. For dessert, I might have those aforementioned brownies.

All in all, this book appears to be a great resource and just right for those who have resolved to eat more healthfully in 2023.

Many thanks to NetGalley and The Experiment for this title. All opinions are my own.

From the Publisher

cooking a la heart

Greek-Inspired Baked Chickpeas with Tomatoes & Feta

cooking a la heart


  • Two 15-ounce (425 g) cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • One 14.5-ounce (411 g) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 ounces (113 g) crumbled feta
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, quartered, optional
Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories 409; Protein 12 g; Carbs 40 g; Dietary Fiber 9 g; Added Sugars 9 g; Total Fat 23 g; Sat Fat 6 g; Omega-3s 220 mg; Sodium 655 mg; Potassium 346 mg

Makes 4 servings

This delicious recipe is very easy to prepare. Simply combine all of the ingredients, bake for 45 minutes, and dinner is ready. This dish can be enjoyed on its own or paired with roast chicken, grilled shrimp, or grilled lamb chops. Having a piece of hearty whole grain bread at the ready for sopping up the sauce is a wonderful way to enjoy every morsel.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. Combine the chickpeas, tomatoes, feta, oil, honey, oregano, and red pepper flakes in an 8-inch (20 cm) square baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes, until much of the liquid has evaporated and some pieces of feta have started to brown.
  3. Serve with lemon wedges on the side for an optional burst of bright acidity to balance the flavors.

Principles & Practices of Cooking à la Heart

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Focus on Flavor Use less salt and choose lower-sodium ingredients. Use more spice blends that don’t rely on added salt for flavor.Prioritize Plants Use more whole grain flours in your baking, and intact whole grains to your meals. Use more fruit and vegetables in all their glorious forms.Pick Powerful Proteins Choose healthy sources of protein from plants and animals. Eat more seafood! Snack on nuts and other nourishing nibbles.Embrace Enjoyment Enjoy desserts made more thoughtfully with better-for-you ingredients. They still taste incredible!

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I love to read, recommend books and open the world of reading to others. I tutor to ensure that the next generation of readers will know the joys of a good book because their reading skills have improved. I am an avid reader, especially of mysteries and fiction. I believe that two of the world's greatest inventions were the public library and eyeglasses!

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