We all know the benefits of eating healthy, but most of the time living it becomes a challenge especially if you’re pressed for time and you want to find healthy, affordable meals that you can easily prepare for your family.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT– a new cookbook by Sally Bee will help you cook delicious, easy to prepare and healthy recipes that your whole family will enjoy. How about Chili Con Healthy, Healthiest-Ever Lasagna or BBQ Fruit Skewers with Ice Cream for dinner tonight? Yummm! 🙂
About the Author:
At the age of 36, Sally Bee suffered three major heart attacks in the space of a week and the doctors called her husband so he could say goodbye before she died. She had never smoked, didn’t drink and was fit and healthy. Sally Bee’s story of survival and recovery from her heart attacks are nothing short of a miracle. Baby-step by baby-step, Sally defied all the odds and, five years later, is vital and healthy.
Sally Bee was juggling being a writer, television personality, wife and mother of three when she suffered three major heart attacks in a week in 2004. After a full recovery she credits to healthy eating, Sally is now a spokeswoman for the British Heart Foundation and a trained heart therapist giving regular talks to heart rehabilitation groups. This is her first cookbook.
What’s also great about this cookbook is that not only it features deliciously unique and healthy recipes, the author also tells her inspirational story and gives encouragement and support for changing your eating habits.
Here’s a fun, fruit-inspired recipe from Sally Bee’s cookbook that I’m sure you all will enjoy these hot summer days! 🙂
Red Berry Meringue Pie
This pie calls for no pastry, so while it still contains a bit of sugar it has virtually no fat. It’s also easy to make and tastes absolutely delicious. If you have a really sweet tooth, you will like the slightly sharp taste of the fruit cut cut by the sweet meringue. For extra crunch and texture, almonds are added and believe it or not, the fat they contain is healthy fat!
4oz whole, unbalanced almonds (optional)
1 ½ cups strawberries
1 ½ cups raspberries
1 ½ cups blueberries
3 egg whites
Generous 3/4 cup caster sugar
4 x 3 ½ in diameter ramekins
1.) Preheat the oven to 400°F.
2.) Divide the almonds between the four ramekins and place on the bottom.
3.) Wash and prepare the fruit, hulling the strawberries but leaving them whole. Then mix the berries together and put on top of the almonds. Make sure you fill the ramekins to only halfway.
4.) Preferably with an electric whisk, whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until they form
5.) Add half the sugar and whisk again until the mixture ‘shines’.
6.) Fold in the remaining sugar and divide the meringue between the four dishes.
7.) Bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Then remove and leave to cool for about 5 minutes before serving. Be careful, because the fruit will be extremely hot!
* Omit the almonds if you are serving anyone with a nut allergy. Otherwise, try sprinkling a few crushed almonds on top of the meringue before cooking- delicious.
THE SECRET INGREDIENT Cookbook by Sally Bee is now available at your leading book retailers and at Amazon.
One of you lucky Hip Mama’s Place reader, will win a copy of Sally Bee’s cookbook, “THE SECRET INGREDIENT”!
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*Hip Mama’s Place Disclosure: “My opinions remain my own. I received the cookbook, “THE SECRET INGREDIENT” by Sally Bee to facilitate this review. The book giveaway is provided solely by Sterling Publishing Co. on behalf of Sally Bee. Photo Credits: Kate Whitaker”.
About the Author: Jocelyn Duncan is a working mom of two boys and is a recognized blogger and mom influencer in the Washington, DC area. In her spare time, she designs and creates her own handmade jewelry, maintains her jewelry store on Etsy and is an active moms group organizer and leader both online and offline. Follow Jocelyn on Twitter and/or Facebook.