I Cooked like GP

Jun 10 2016

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I am a fan of Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbooks. They are totally in my range of cooking, healthy and delicious. I find her recipes very original. I have all three books and still look through them all for inspiration from time to time.

I tried a few recipes from her latest book, "It's All Easy," and I thought I would share my experience with you. A lot of the times, I made minor changes to help adapt the overtly healthy recipes a bit more to my family's taste. (They love, butter, flour and sugar!)

Vegetarian Collard Wrap:

If my kids and husband are both away during lunchtime, I find myself short on inspiration what to make for myself. Lunch: Party of One is a rarity these days, but grabbing an apple also won't cut it.

I don't want to cook a whole meal, I want it to be easy and quickly prepared and most importantly I want it to be healthy. This recipe hits all the categories for me! The assembling was easy, like making a burrito, so it does take a certain amount of handiwork. I didn't use exactly the same as recipe this time as I added all kind of grilled veggies I had from dinner the night before. The hummus is the key to making it easy to keep the whole thing together. But note that Collard Greens aren't happiest in wrapped form, and they may fall apart on you. Sometimes a messy meal is more enjoyable, anyway!

Grilled Squid, White Bean and Fennel Salad:

My 6-year-old adores calamari, he could eat it all the time. So when I came across this recipe with squid involved in the ingredients list, it was one of the first one I wanted to try for my family.  I thought it would go well with shrimp and avocados so I added them to create a Mediterannean vibe. It was a huge success and everyone enjoyed it. I think tomatoes would also be a nice touch to it, maybe next time.

Other recipes from "It's All Easy" I tried recently:

  • Candied Kabocha Squash: It was a huge success and super easy!
  • Roasted Cauliflower with Curry and Lime: I think I cook these every other week and my kids devour them every single time.
  • Chicken and Zucchini Noodle Pho: I had just on my own.
  • Indian creamed Spinach: Kids didn't like the taste, they said the flavor was too strong, but I loved it. I ate it with quinoa as my base and added grilled chicken to the spinach for that protein kick.
  • Thai Style Crab Cakes: A spin on crab cakes, this was also a winner and will definitely do it again.

Let me know if you have tried anything from Gwyneth Paltrow's latest cookbook. Are with me what you enjoyed! Next month I will share another cookbook that I love and that inspires me.

Virginie Degryse

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