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.
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.