Reading Into It: So Easy

by Rachel on March 22, 2010

I’ve been a fan of Ellie Krieger ever since I saw her show Healthy Appetite on Food Network last fall. I learned a lot of good basics from her show. She just seems so real and down to earth — and the fact she’s from Lansing makes me really happy! That, combined with her cute hair cut, and yes…I should just admit that I have a full-out girl crush.

I own her cookbook The Food You Crave and have made several recipes from it, including vanilla hot cocoa, baked sausage with feta, apple pancakes, and my very first Thanksgiving turkey and stuffing.

Ellie Krieger

Her newest cookbook So Easy came out right before Christmas, and, sadly, it was one of the things on my list I did not get. So I checked it out from the library a couple weeks ago and I finally got around to browsing it yesterday.

When I get a cookbook from the library, my rule is that I will buy it if I tag an excessive amount of recipes with Post-Its and have more recipes to make than I can in the two-week borrowing period. So I opened So Easy and started in the dessert section, hunting for new Hump Day Treats…and, well, I tagged every recipe.

I loved The Food You Crave, but even though the recipes use simple ingredients, I find that sometimes the ingredient list is longer than I’d like. I usually save those recipes for when I’m cooking for a group — which I am often not. So Easy is insane because most of the recipes are like…three ingredients. I know the title is sort of implies this, but I still kept saying, “Omg that’s so easy!?!” to myself while I was reaching for another Post-It.

By the time I had finished the entire book, I was beside myself. Consider this sentence:

“If you know anything about me, you know that French fries are my weakness. I love them every which way — thick, thin, fast-food, or fancy restaurant style.” That right there made my heart skip a beat, as I am pretty sure that sentence sums up my entire existence! I tell my friends every time we have a wedding-planning discussion (which is like…pretty often, I’ll be honest) that I want fries at my wedding. Steak fries, like you’d get at a fancy restaurant, but fries, nonetheless. Oh and that sentence was on a recipe for Parmesan steak fries that have just three ingredients. THREE!

Like her other book, there are tons of healthy tips and tricks sprinkled throughout. I also like how each section its divided into quick meals and then meals you’d make on a day off. It’s perfect — sometimes you want to just make breakfast in a hurry, but other times you want to make a Lazy Sunday breakfast that’s really special! One of the most mouthwatering recipes is the blueberry almond French toast bake. I actually found a video of this recipe on YouTube.

Like, what?!?! Why are you tempting me with such goodness?!?!

I was ready to start rolling on her recipes and actually had everything I needed to make one right away: vanilla spiced oatmeal with toasted pecans, raisins, and fresh nutmeg.

Holy hell! The toasted pecans added so much flavor…just a few simple swaps from how I normally make oatmeal and yet so great!

I immediately started a grocery list. Here are a few of the things I am excited to make: cinnamon raisin toast with honey-walnut spread, fig bran muffins, grilled portobello benedict, cheddar apple quesadillas, garlic basil shrimp, and chocolate-coconut popsicles.

That is the short list. I’m pretty sure I could cook my way through this entire book Julie & Julia style. I will most definitely buy a copy once I have to return it to the library.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Suzanne March 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

I am obsessed with this cookbook. Seriously. And I DVR Healthy Appetite every Saturday morning. I had a fig bran muffin for breakfast and I packed pasta salad with salmon, peas, and herbs for lunch today. I can’t get enough of Ellie!!!
.-= Suzanne´s last blog ..Today, In a Flash =-.


2 Anna March 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

aaa I love Ellie Krieger! I bought one of those special edition $10 food magazines once because it featured almost all the recipes from her first book. I will have to check out this new cookbook esp. since the recipes are faster and easier!
.-= Anna´s last blog ..Requirements for a storybook cottage =-.


3 Melissa (It's a Veggieful Life) March 22, 2010 at 8:52 am

I have this cookbook too! She’s awesome, but for some reason I haven’t seen her show… gotta fix that this week!
.-= Melissa (It’s a Veggieful Life)´s last blog ..I Am My Priority =-.


4 sarah @ syrupandhoney March 22, 2010 at 9:41 am

That was a great video, thanks for sharing!
.-= sarah @ syrupandhoney´s last blog ..Polenta with a Poached Egg and Chives =-.


5 Tina March 22, 2010 at 10:41 am

I have a feeling I am going to have to check this book out too. I love me some simple, delicious, and healthy recipes. Thanks for the review!
.-= Tina´s last blog ..Spring Is Popping! =-.


6 Josie March 22, 2010 at 12:35 pm

i bought vanilla friday and pecans sunday. that oatmeal is calling my name!


7 melissa (fitnessnyc) March 22, 2010 at 1:49 pm

great review. I will definitely pick this one up!
.-= melissa (fitnessnyc)´s last blog ..Lipton Pure Leaf! =-.


8 Carla March 23, 2010 at 12:24 am

French fries are totally my kryptonite too! I gave them up for lent though . . . and I’ve been going strong except I did have sweet potato fries, they were the oven kind not deep fried, so that doesnt count, right?


9 Rachel March 23, 2010 at 8:13 am

I don’t think sweet potato fries count…mm…now I want some…


10 Megan April 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

I made the herb roasted pork loin from So Easy last week. Sooo good!


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