Today I have not only a brand new recipe that I’ve been given permission to share on my blog, but I’m ALSO sharing my review of the newest cookbook from 100 Days of Real Food‘s creator Lisa Leake! It’s titled “100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous” and is available for purchase right now!!
I was so excited when I found out I was hand-picked to be one of Lisa’s Cookbook Ambassadors for her newest book. (You may remember I was chosen to do this for her first cookbook, as well!) Coming across Lisa’s blog ‘100 Days of Real Food’ a little over three years ago now was probably one of the single biggest reasons why our family made the transition to ‘real food’ when we did. While I was first learning about the awful ingredients in processed foods and trying to understand why they were so bad for us, I think I poured over every. single. page. on her website!! She made it seem so simple and do-able! I thought, “We can do this, too!” And do it we did!
It’s obvious that the reason her blog has been so successful is because she’s just a regular mom (like you and me) who is trying to feed her family healthy foods, but not go crazy with complex and time-consuming recipes! And that’s what I love about this second book!
I received my copy in the mail yesterday and immediately started reading through it…until my kids got home from school and the craziness of homework, dinner, basketball, baths, and bedtime began…but as soon as everyone was asleep, I picked it right back up and continued from where I left off.
So what are my thoughts? This book reminds me a lot of her first cookbook because the recipes are still very SIMPLE. And that, to me, is a good thing!! I can’t tell you how many cookbooks I borrow from the library, flip through the entire book, and only ‘save’ (take pictures of) a few recipes that I know I’ll actually take the time to make. Well, even though I get to keep this cookbook (yay!), I found myself taking pictures of page after page JUST so I could talk about how many recipes I’m excited to try!
These recipes are simple enough for anyone to make…and simple enough for the kids to actually enjoy, too! No crazy ingredient lists that are a mile long with items you’ll never use again. And, it goes without saying, one of my favorite parts of this cookbook is that I know I can make anything from it and don’t have to worry about finding a ‘sub’ for any of the highly processed ingredients…because there are none!
Along with recipes, Lisa shares weekly meal plans for all seasons of the year, lists of foods to avoid (and what to look for instead), general produce storage guidelines, lunchbox pictures, and more. So what recipes am I most excited to try right away?? Well, it’s a long list… Cinnamon Raisin Scones, Cheesy Hash Brown Casserole, Applesauce Oatmeal Pancakes, Veggie Cream Cheese, Caprese Pasta Salad, Feta and Avocado Pasta Salad, “Rice” Pilaf, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Apple Juice, Coconut Shrimp, White Chicken Chili (recipe below!), Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup, Sloppy Joes, Cinnamon-Glazed Bananas, Strawberry Cheesecake Pops…and SO MUCH MORE! Honestly, I didn’t even name most of the recipes that I plan to try.
If you haven’t purchased your own copy yet, you can get a sneak peak right away with this recipe for White Chicken Chili. I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard EXCELLENT reviews about it from other bloggers who got their copies before me. I can’t wait to try it! It looks sooo good. (And perfect for fall, too!)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- ½ onion, diced
- ½ jalapeño, minced
- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 11/4 teaspoons salt
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ½ cup frozen corn kernels (no need to thaw)
- Two 15-ounce cans white beans (such as Great Northern or cannellini), drained and rinsed
- 1¾ cups chicken broth, store bought or homemade
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- TOPPINGS: Chopped cilantro, sour cream, grated Monterey Jack cheese, diced avocado, and/or corn tortilla strips
- In a medium soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Add the onion and jalapeño and cook, stirring, until the onion has softened, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add the chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until it is lightly browned on the outside and no longer pink on the inside (add more olive oil if the pot starts to dry out), 4 to 5 minutes.
- Toss the minced garlic and spices into the pot and turn a few times to coat the chicken evenly.
- Add the corn, beans, and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
- Reduce the heat to low and simmer, about 20 minutes.
- Break up some of the beans with the back of a wooden spoon to help thicken the chili.
- Stir in the cream, garnish with the desired toppings, and serve!
One of my favorite quotes from this book:
“Real food does not have to be complicated.”
YES!! I couldn’t agree more! I think that’s what people forget sometimes. There is no need to over-complicate meals. Eating real food can be as simple as you want to make it…and still be delicious and enjoyable! And that’s what this cookbook is full of: delicious, easy, and simple recipes that your family will enjoy for years to come! I know I’ll be referencing it for meal ideas (just like I do with the original 100 Days of Real Food cookbook) over and over and over again. 🙂
If you want to buy a copy for yourself, you can do so here:
I hope you enjoy it as much as I know we will! I’m already looking forward to letting my kids look through it to help me pick out recipes they want to try, as well!
**I received this cookbook for free in exchange for my honest review.