I am currently wiping crumbs off of my face from inhaling two sweet potato cookies from Shalane Flanagan and Elyse Kopecky’s cookbook, Run Fast Eat Slow. I am NOT a cook, I repeat I am NOT a cook and have found the recipes in this book really easy to manage. I thought since I am enjoying this cookbook so much, I would share it with everyone.
I received this book on Monday evening and have tried 5 recipes and have plans to try another tomorrow and the beet smoothie tomorrow after my workout as I have the beet roasted and ready to throw into my Blendtec.
Since this is my last week of summer, I am trying to take advantage of the time and prep some food for myself and my family for the next week (especially since we have family in town this weekend and won’t be able to do any weekend prep). While flipping through the cookbook (and knowing my schedule for the week), the breakfast recipes appealed to me the most. I LOVE breakfast and could pretty much eat it for lunch and dinner too. Once I received the book and flipped through it (I had marked the recipes I wanted to try first), I went back and made a grocery list to get the ingredients I didn’t already have. One of my favorite things about this book is that the ingredient lists are not a mile long, they are doable and don’t make you scared to try the recipe because it requires so many ingredients. After my grocery shopping, the first thing I did was turn on the ovens and throw a beet in to roast it and a sweet potato to roast it. Next, I threw some beans in a pot of water to soak overnight so that I could make the Spicy Black Bean recipe the next day. That is the only “negative” to this book — having to really plan ahead if you want to create a specific recipe (definitely read through the recipes before starting, some of them suggest letting the mixture sit for a few hours or even overnight) but definitely not a good reason to NOT get the book!
The first recipe that really caught my eye was the Superhero Muffins! I have been on a muffin kick and this recipe seemed like a healthier alternative to the sugary blueberry muffins I have been consuming. They are DELICIOUS and call for a cup of grated carrots and a cup of grated zucchini, so there are veggies hidden in there. My 14 month old kept begging for bites of my muffin – that’s how good they are.
Next, I prepared the museli , which is a recipe that needs to sit overnight, it really reminds me of overnight oats. It was another winner and really easy to grab and put in a bowl for a quick, easy breakfast.
The next day, after the beans soaked, I threw the beans and the other ingredients into the crockpot to make the Spicy Black Beans. These are tasty by themselves but I needed them to make the Breakfast Burritos! What I liked about the breakfast burrito recipe was that it told me how to put them together and suggested freezing the remaining burritos and how long they should go in the microwave to defrost.
Finally, I made the sweet potato cookies and they were AMAZING. I inhaled two of them as soon as they came out of the oven. My husband inhaled two as soon as he got home from work. I can’t wait to see the little one’s reaction to these. They will be a great snack for her.
While I do not have gluten or dairy intolerance, a lot of the recipes are gluten free and/or dairy free. I know this will appeal to a lot of people. I am also trying to figure out how to get better at food prepping (especially with classes starting next week) and this book offers random tips regarding what recipes are good to put in the freezer or how to prep something ahead of time. For the sweet potato cookies, a sweet potato puree is required. The book suggests throwing an extra sweet potato in the oven whenever you are making them and make the puree ahead of time. Also, I am a Shalane fan so I love all the stories/anecdotes that are with each recipe. It is also interesting how at the end of the cookbook, it lists common running ailments and what recipes could possibly help with this problem due to the nutrients included in the recipe.
Pros – DELICIOUS recipes, each recipe doesn’t call for a million ingredients, all the recipes are formed from whole foods, the final product is filling and satisfying, my husband and kiddo are enjoying everything as much as I am!
Cons – Some of the prep can be time consuming and/or have to sit for a little while before you can finish the recipe, it took me a little while to find some of the ingredients in our grocery store (I couldn’t find spelt flour — anyone know where to find that?).
Everyone – go buy this book and start cooking! I am so impressed with how good these recipes are and will let y’all know how other things I make turn out. I plan on trying the Bison Greek Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries next week! Oh, and I’ll let you know how that beet smoothie is too.
Any cookbooks you are a big fan of?
Any food prep tips? I will have to pack a lunch for me and the little everyday!
Did you watch Shalane run her heart out in the marathon on Sunday?! I was so inspired by her, Desi and Amy!