Due to some server issues yesterday, the wonderful folks who put together The Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle have extended the sale to 3pm EST Tuesday, Sept. 16. That means if you haven’t gotten yours already, you still have a chance. Because I’m loving my bundle so much, I wanted to share some of my favorite aspects and highlight a few things that I think my fellow foodies will enjoy.
Real Food Cookbooks
I love cookbooks. The only thing I horde more than cook books are Tamora Pierce novels. The downside to this addiction is the amount of space is consumes. I simply do not have any more room in my little house. Therefore, I’ve started buying my cookbooks in e-format. For one, it definitely saves on space. Plus, it’s generally much easier to find the recipes I want when they’re electronic. They also take up less space in the kitchen when I’m cooking and it’s easier to clean off a Nook screen than a soiled paper book page (even though I love my soiled paper book pages).
What I love about the cookbooks in the Healthy Living Bundle is that they are Real Food recipes. Meaning, you aren’t going to find a lot of recipes that call for a can of condensed soup or ground up Corn Flakes. You’ll find actual from-scratch ingredients. No, that doesn’t mean that you’ll necessarily need more ingredients. It just means you’ll be putting less junk into your body (plus it’ll taste a whole lot better).
So, here are a few of my favorite cookbooks from the bundle:
42 Simple & Healthy Dinners
When it says these recipes are simple, it doesn’t lie. I love that most of the recipes only require minimal ingredients. However, those ingredients are so full of flavor that the final result is a tasty dinner that didn’t require a whole lot of work. Plus, they are appealing recipes that I actually want to eat, even the ones that I’ve never tried before. Examples of recipes from this book that I plan to make this week: Baked Chicken w/ Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Asparagus and Black Bean Chili w/ Acorn Squash. I think Asian-Styled Lettuce Cups will be on the menu for next week.
If you want a complete cookbook of real food recipes for everything from breakfast to condiments, than look no further than From Scratch. I’ve been really impressed by what a gem this little book is. There are some recipes that call for store bought preparations (like phyllo dough for the Baklava Bites), but overall it is 100% from scratch recipes. Some of the items I think you’ll like include recipes for kombucha, tallow, ricotta, yogurt, mayonnaise, elderberry syrup and preserved lemons. Examples of recipes I plan to make this week include: Baked Berries w/ Nuts and Honey, Honey and Nut Protein Bars, Boston Butt and Lentil Soup and Indian Spiced Chicken w/ Coconut.
Can you tell I have a thing for easy recipes? I don’t mind tackling something difficult from time to time, but when it comes to day-to-day cooking, I really appreciate easy, and I know you do too. I cannot wait to delve into this collection of pantry staples. I really want to start making all of my condiments from scratch. This wonderful little cookbook includes gems like Italian and Ranch dressing mixes, taco seasoning, BBQ sauce, ketchup, mustard and peanut butter. Top on my list of recipes I want to try: Chocolate Syrup and Caramel Sauce. Do you have any idea how difficult it is to find an actual recipe for chocolate syrup or caramel sauce that are 100% from scratch?!
FREE Meal Planning Service for 3 Months
Most weeks, I’m lucky if I have time to thumb through any of my cookbooks. Having them on my Nook does make it a little bit easier because now I can look at them while I’m on the road. However, I’m also suffering from a pretty serious case of pregnancy brain. I have a freezer full of pork, chicken and duck. I have a pantry full of staples and spices. The dinner item that most frequently pops into my mind? Pizza. While the 4 year would happily eat pizza for every meal, Hubby gets tired of it pretty easily. And I should probably eat less of it now that my pregnancy heartburn seems to have kicked in. I just lack a lot of creativity at the moment. That’s why I love meal planning subscriptions. I was actually looking into paying for one before the contents of this bundle were announced. I’m so thankful to see that the bundle comes with a FREE 3-month PREMIUM Membership to Tradishen.com. That will almost take me through the rest of my pregnancy. It will also take me pretty much right up to Christmas, when life is guaranteed to be even more chaotic and I’ll have even less time for coming up with a weekly menu.
I’m so glad we have a full year to take all of the included eCourses because I want to take them all. Top on my list is the Essential Oils course because I really want to learn more about essential oils from someone who isn’t a sale rep (sorry to my friends who sell oils). But I digress. The two eCourses that I think all foodies, moms and wives will really enjoy are Grocery Savings Made Simple: A Real Mom’s Guide and Let’s Do This! Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen. Grocery Savings Made Simple focuses on how to adjust your shopping routine so you can save money without having to clip coupons or focus on what’s on sale. Let’s face it, one of the most frustrating parts about being a real foodie is that most coupons are for processed junk that we’d never buy anyway. No matter how many I can get for free, I don’t need 1,000 spice packets that are mostly salt anyway. Grocery Savings Made Simple will take a lot of the guesswork out of shopping and meal planning, making our lives a whole lot easier.
Let’s Do This! Getting Ahead in Your Real Food Kitchen focuses on meal planning and getting ahead in the kitchen to help keep us on track. I know that one of my biggest faults is not doing more planning and prep ahead of time. Something always goes wrong to throw us off schedule and suddenly we’re grabbing lunch to-go while driving in the car or I have less time than I planned to make dinner. The latter usually either results in grilled cheese or cereal for dinner, or we’re eating dinner at 10pm. Either way, it’s not healthy. And if we find ourselves eating out or picking up takeout, it also gets very expensive. Let’s Do This! shows us how to cut these nasty habits out of our lives by planning and preparing meals and snacks ahead of time. We can stick to our real food diets, live healthier and save a whole lot of money.
I realize that this is only a very small portion of the total bundle. I do plan to make my way through the entire bundle eventually, but right now my focus is on the food (pregnancy will do that to you). I recommend you do the same. You have a full year to download all of the books and eCourses. You have less time to take advantage of the bonuses, but there are only 10 of those. Plus, most of those are products, so there’s a lot less reading involved. You can also pick and choose which bonuses you take advantage of. I know I’ll definitely be getting the salt scrubs, glass drinking straw, and yogurt culture. But how you take advantage of your bundle is totally up to you. However, you can’t take advantage if you don’t buy. I can guarantee that this exact bundle will never be offered again. We’re very fortunate it’s been extended at all. The only other time a sale was extended was for a hurricane. So don’t miss this amazing opportunity. It will save you so much money and bring you so much benefit. And remember, you have up to one year to decide if you like the bundle for a full money back guarantee.
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