Today I have the privilege of reviewing a book by one of my favorite food bloggers – Carolyn Ketchum from Day I Dream About Food. She’s just released her new cookbook called “Easy Keto Dinners (flavorful low-carb meals for any night of the week)”.
I’ll try staying as subjective as I can but I need to add I’ve made quite a few recipes from ADIDAF over the last few years and they stole my heart 🙂
EASY KETO DINNERS
A little bit about Carolyn:
Carolyn is a full-time food blogger, writer, recipe developer, and the master in chief behind All Day I Dream About Food, a low-carb and keto-focused website for people who want to eat healthier without sacrificing taste and their favorite dishes. Carolyn chose a low-carbohydrate approach of eating after encountering some health issues in the past, and her passion for cooking and baking turned into a fantastic adventure that now inspires and motivates others to try low-carb. She truly has THE BEST low-carb recipes for every taste and craving.
A little bit about Keto:
Keto (short from Ketogenic) lifestyle has become a resurgent trend in the world of health and nutrition. This is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb approach to nutrition that reportedly has many amazing health benefits. Keto can help some people who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, chronic inflammation, obesity, and cancer and results are starting to be more and more publicized. Ketogenic nutrition helps to reduce inflammation and insulin resistance by changing food sources to whole proteins and healthy fats from a typically more animal-centric source. This is done by providing plenty of healthy fats from lean and well-raised animals that are consumed and used as the main fuel for our bodies. You can read a bit more about keto diet here.
A little about the cookbook:
Personally, I don’t own many cookbooks because I often find myself looking at pretty pictures and getting lost with the rest. This book is PERFECT for people who love a) great organization b) logical structure c) coherent writing d) delicious pictures that don’t take away from the content!
Besides all the wonderful recipes, this cookbook has:
- Helpful tips ( because you DO want to learn from a blogger on how to make an EASY recipe)
- How to stock up your keto kitchen and pantry (instead of googling twenty different websites, take this book to the grocery store)
- The recommended convenience foods (yeah, you can make your own mayo but why….when Primal Kitchen one tastes ridiculously good)
- Recipe index
- And my personal favorite, Recipe quick reference (see the picture). I love it so much because it’s perfect for people with allergies and sensitivities, it indicates whether the meal is freezer-friendly, family friendly, one-pan wonder, can be made under 30 mins, etc. This is so incredibly helpful.
ALL the recipes have been annotated accordingly. You don’t have to think twice about your macros and calories either – they are all stated right on each recipe’s page. If you track them, this book is for you!
Extra super mega bonus: each recipe is accompanied by helpful cooking/prepping tips so it’s 100% fool-proof (I personally needed that, ha!).
The recipes follow each other compartmentalized by meat – chicken, fish, seafood, vegetarian, etc.). It is so convenient when trying to plan meals with what you have in your fridge!
Now let’s talk about FOOD. I’ve made these 2 recipes this week and I can’t wait to make more!
1. Cheese drop biscuits
They took minutes to make, and my kitchen smelled divine when they were baking! They turned out fluffy, soft, cheese but not overwhelmingly so, and filling!
I stored them in the fridge (mistake or not?) and used them as hamburger buns the next day since they got a bit flatter. Totally will play there on repeat!
2. Smoked salmon chowder
This chowder was mouth-watering! Even before I added heavy cream and fish, the combo of veggies was so good and rich. This soup was quite thick in consistency and significantly smoky with lots of creaminess. I’ve added low-carb crackers on the side and ate a bowl. Who am I kidding? I ate two.
You can purchase Carolyn’s book on Amazon. (NOTE: This post contains affiliate links. It means I earn a small commission at no extra cost to you if you purchase through that link to keep me caffeinated this site growing. I only ever recommend things I have used and absolutely love. Thank you for your support and encouragement!)
If you’re interested in exploring easy to make, low-carb recipes, get this 2-week meal plan below! Click to download here:
Author: Anya Perry
Anya Perry battled boring diets, low energy, and declining health for over 10 years before she found what works. Now, she helps women achieve their dream state of health, fitness, and vitality… without the struggles, battles of miserable diets, and yo-yo results. She can’t live without coffee and challenges.