Nothing makes me happier than a new cookbook, especially one with lots of pictures and little text! It's not that I don't enjoy reading, I just prefer letting the pictures inspire me. Sometimes it's nice not knowing exactly what goes into a recipe and improvising to create something all your own.
The cover of this book is a good example, it's absolutely beautiful with mouthwatering shots of what appears to be a take on a tomato and cheese sandwich. I ran with that idea and decided to make a traditional caprese salad using fresh burrata (hmmmm). Later, after reading the recipe, I learned what I originally thought was mozarella turned out to be a creamy tofu spread. Now I'm not a tofu kinda girl, and had the picture not been so beautiful, I would have most likely skipped right past that recipe. Instead, the image served as motivation for what turned out to be a delicious salad, even without the tofu!
However, one part of the book I really did enjoy reading was the introduction, which profiled each "power food," its health benefits, preperation tips, fun facts and storage how-to's. Bet ya didn't know that Popeye's muscles weren't necessarily thanks to all that spinach he was eating - "While spinach contains plenty of iron, it also has oxalic acid, which limits the body's ability to absorb iron. Even so the cartoon was credited with boosting spinach sales by 33%."
Nerd alert - I know!
I sat down one lazy Sunday afternoon with a cup of coffee (not a power food - eek!) and read the book cover to cover. It was fantastic. Leaving me feeling especially motivated, I went straight to the farmers market where I purchased enough veggies to last an eternity.
Best. Day. Ever.
No fuss. Full-page picture and a simple recipe - gotta love that.
What a beauty - gorgeous salmon on a pool of bright green spring pea sauce with watercress. The colors just POP!
I just love this dish. I feel like the only thing it's missing is prosciutto. Then again, prosciutto makes everything better!
Some fun breakfast options with a twist. I first tried muesli when traveling through Europe and it's delicious. Check out my post on this recipe.