Friday, November 9, 2012

Book Review & Giveaway: Nourishing Meals By Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN

Book Title: Nourishing Meals -- Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family
Authors: Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre, MS, CN
Publisher: Whole Life Press
Copyright: 2012
Available for sale: Whole Life Nutrition Kitchen and 

Several months ago before my book was published Ali Segersten was kind enough to send me several copies of her newest cookbook Nourishing Meals. I was thrilled to receive Ali's cookbook. You see Ali cooks the way that I WANT to cook. I'm still learning how to use and cook whole foods on a daily basis. I grew up eating a lot of convenience foods and I still rely on many of them today (like canned vegetables and fruits, quick cooking rice, etc...) I want to learn how to make more healthy, but delicious vegetarian meals using as many fresh ingredients as I can. This book will be KEY in getting started!

Ali's beautiful new book has an incredible way of making whole foods seem simple and delicious. Her pictures are enticing and down-to-earth. Chapters at the beginning of this book extensively cover the how's and why's of celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, why their is a rise in food allergies and sensitivities, and how to raise healthy children. 

At the beginning of each recipe chapter Ali shares helpful and fun tips about the foods the cover chapters. She shares ideas for creating balanced menus, packing school lunches, quick snacks, healthy and fast breakfasts, etc... These tips alone are worth the cost of the book!! 

Ali & Tom have created a whole foods cookbook that not only makes healthy organic vegetables and fruits enticing to cook, they encourage you to learn more along the way. They want to help you and your family eat well. They believe in the power of healthy foods and reading this book will make you want to start cooking their way too. 

From their website here is additional information about their new book:

Here is what you’ll find in the Nourishing Meals Cookbook:
  • How to raise a healthy eater
  • Key nutrients for pregnancy and childhood and contributors of deficiencies
  • How to pack a healthy school lunch 

  • Creating balanced family meals 

  • Vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat main dishes
  • Nutritional benefits of soups and stocks 

  • Tips for getting your children to eat more vegetables
  • Tips for a quick, nutritious breakfast
  • Charts for soaking and cooking whole grains 

  • Wholesome gluten-free breads and muffins, including sourdough recipes
  • Healthy snack ideas 

  • Alternatives to refined sugar 

  • Nourishing grain-free dessert recipes 

  • Ways to preserve the harvest, including recipes for lacto-fermented vegetables

Here's a sample recipe from Ali's new book shared from their online store

image & recipe shared with permission of Ali Segersten 

From Nourishing Meals, pg. 103

I like to make these savory grain-free, protein-packed pancakes on a summer morning before we head out for the day. Combined with a green smoothie they create an energizing breakfast! These store well in the refrigerator, but if you prefer to make a smaller batch halve the recipe. Top each pancake with a dollop of sour cream or Cashew Sour Cream, and chopped parsley if desired. -- Ali Segersten

4 large organic eggs
3 cups grated zucchini
¾ to 1 cup almond flour
½ cup minced onion
½ to 1 teaspoon Herbamare or sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
olive oil or butter for cooking
Mix all ingredients except the oil together in a medium-sized bowl. Batter will thin a little as it sits.

Heat a 10-inch stainless steel skillet or cast iron skillet over medium-low heat. Be sure to heat your pan long enough before adding the oil and batter, otherwise the pancakes will stick. Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil. Drop batter by the ¼ cup into the hot skillet. Cook for a few minutes on each side. Repeat with remaining batter, adding a little oil or butter to the skillet before cooking each pancake.

Yield: 10 to 12 pancakes

Kitchen Tip: A well-seasoned cast iron skillet keeps pancakes from sticking to the bottom of the pan and is especially useful in this recipe.


This giveaway is now over!
Our winners were chosen by (and have been contacted by email):
Congrats to # 32, Melisa
and # 76, Joyce

The Giveaway:
  • I am giving away TWO signed copies of Nourishing Meals by Ali Segersten & Tom Malterre.
  • This giveaway is limited to residents of the 48 contiguous United States aged 18 and older.
  • One entry per person.
  • Enter by leaving a comment below on this post AND please include a way for me to contact you -- your email address preferably.
  • The giveaway begins November 9, 2012 and ends on November 14, 2012  at 11:00 pm eastern time.
  • No purchase is necessary.  Odds of winning are based on the number of entries.  
  • The winners will be randomly chosen and will be contacted by email.  The winners will have 24 hours to respond.  If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be randomly chosen.

GLG Disclosure: Ali Segersten provided me with a free copy of "Nourishing Meals" for the purpose of sharing an online review, if I chose to do so -- ALONG with 2 brand new, signed copies to giveaway. This is not a sponsored post and I did not receive compensation. The opinions in this post are completely my own. 

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