April got a whole lot healthier with the choice of The World of the Happy Pear by Stephen and David Flynn. Despite April being filled with spring cold and flu I managed about 23 recipes. Most were amazing with only one nasty failure (Elsie’s Super Smoothie-I love bizarre smoothy combos but this one was beyond me, I just couldn’t do it, yuk.) I would definitely recommend this book or the original The Happy Pear for anyone wanting to add some extra whole food, healthy meals to their week day standbys. Also, if you fancy some tasty raw desserts. I did find the recipes a bit wordy but I think that’s because it incorporated what I would think are the author’s voices. Use your brain when you make some of these items so that you don’t make things more work than they need to be e.g. for the Amazing Chocolate, Nut and Caramel Bars just grab them with tongs and dip them in the chocolate don’t fuss with putting them on a knife over a bowl while pouring chocolate over with a spoon.
As always here are some of my fav recipes…
Chocolate Cookie Dough Balls – Soooooooooo easy to make and honestly taste like cookie dough. Don’t be worried though they are filled with healthy ingredients like oats, dates, cashews and coconut oil.
Courgette (Zucchini) Fritters with Tzatziki and Beetroot Salad – Gorgeous and fresh. The fritters were really difficult to cook because they kept falling apart. I think you could easily add an egg to help.
This Three-Colour Quinoa Protein Salad – will be my new go-to summer salad I think! It went down a treat at a staff pot luck.
This Citrus, Goji and Chia Marmalade – was a fav of John’s. I even liked it (marmalade is not my friend!) I’m happy I could make him a no refined sugar option.
Carrot, Original and Beetroot Humous – Gorgeous, these will all be made again. Especially, the beet.
These Super Fudgy Almond Brownies were pretty good but I like the cookie dough balls better!
Breakfast options – Green Power Bowl, Quinoa and Flax Pancakes and Nut and Seed Loaf. The Loaf was a personal fav. It was soooooooo quick and easy to make and tasted healthy and satisfying. It rocked with almond butter and fresh raspberries on top!
Other dinners included No-Fry Falafels, Blistered Grilled Veg, Feta and Pine Nut Stuffed Peppers, Mexican Salsa with Mixed Beans and Coriander (soooooo yum!) and an Easy Indian Biryani (sorry not a great pic).
We finished the book off last night with a lovely Pad Thai – can’t go wrong there.
As I’m seeing, each month there are still loads of great recipes still left to make. I’m going to eventually try them but I’m happy to have completed so many new recipes. I found more than a few go-to recipes that I know will be enjoyed by family and friends for years to come.
If I was thrilled to give Happy Pear a go in April I’m over the moon to be getting on to Anna Jones’ a modern way to eat. I believe I got this book in the UK the summer it was released and haven’t made a thing, ugh, typical me, I read it loads though! The pictures are stunningly styled and are exactly what I do and imagine eating every day. There seems to be a lot of flexibility in the recipes too. Wish me luck in May!