Its Fashion Flash Monday!

This week Geri of Fab Over 50 is hosting Fashion Flash.  What other site  has giveaways that include weekend vacations to beautiful resorts,  group  product testing that yields real answers  and a panal of stylists that offer their individual opinions on the same  outfit?  I am also a huge fan of FOF  personal stories which recently included  the sobering tale of a successful decorator  who through a series of  financial mishaps found herself  homeless.  You don’t have to be over 50 to love this site!

I am not ashamed to  admit that I am a foodie.  I love trying new restaurants, collecting collecting cookbooks  and  finding the best  brie in the neighborhood.  But when I was diagnosed with diabetes, I had to change  the way I cooked and ate.   Simply eliminating salt, fat and sugar from a standard recipe often  produced something that just was not worth eating.    I am  always looking for  great healthy cookbooks, but usually I end up disappointed. 

When I started  thumbing through 5 Easy Steps to Healthy Cooking by Camilla  Saulsbury, I quickly became hooked.  With more than 500  pages that feature 500 recipes, ths big book includes breakfasts, salads, meats and vegetables.  Her awesome chapter on soups that offers more than 40 vegetable- packed options  is alone worth the price of the  book. 

Rather than relying on fat and sugar for texture and flavor,  “5 Easy”  adds layers of taste with seasonings  like  Asian garlic chile sauce, brown rice syrup, smoked paprika and fresh mint.   I tried three recipes– Minestrone with kale soup, greek shrimp with feta and mint  and green beans with ginger.  Not only are they healthy and delicious, the ingredients were  affordable and easy to prepare. 

The authors’ background is both unusual and impressive. Camilla Saulsbury  has been a recipe developer, cooking instructor  and a Top Chef winner ( for cookies for all things).  She is equally passionate about health  and is  a  lisenced personal   trainer certified  by both the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and  a certified Pilates instructor.   5 Easy Steps  to Healthy Cooking published by Robert Rose of  Toronto  now has a permanent  spot in my kitchen.

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