Naturally Nourished, with Sarah Britton, as reviewed by Amy Kellestine
Naturally Nourished is Sarah Britton’s most recent contribution to food lovers everywhere. The blogger, nutrition expert, master creator and photographer behind My New Roots since 2007 has blessed the world with another great addition to anyone’s cookbook shelf.
Sarah is a self described “whole-food-lover” and she’s got some serious credentials to back up her recipes, as a Holistic Nutritionist and Certified Nutritional Practitioner (CNP). Her first cookbook My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season has a five-star rating on Amazon and she even has her own healthy recipe app!
What is holistic nutrition, you may ask? In Sarah’s words, “the best way to define Holistic Nutrition is a health care system based on integrating the physical, nutritional, environmental, emotional and spiritual components of someone’s life.” Doesn’t that sound delightful?
I’ve been a huge fan of hers since a friend texted me a link to the aptly named “Life Changing Loaf of Bread”, but I hadn’t gotten around to checking out her cookbooks until now.
The basic layout of the cookbook worked for me, beginning with introduction and tips for simplifying life in the kitchen up front. Sections for soups, salads, mains, sides, and snacks (sweet and savory) followed (all organized by season within the section). Each recipe clearly identifies the ingredients along the outer edge of the page, as well as indicating whether the recipe is vegan, gluten free, grain free and/or raw.
There were two neat twists that I really appreciated in this book. The first is the idea of a “rollover”. Many recipes have a “rollover” option that is “an intentional leftover that rolls right on into the next day, or even weeks”. I love the idea of strategically cooking to reduce time in the kitchen AND mix things up to keep things interesting and tasty.
The second is the introduction of a “three-way” recipe within each section. Sarah takes a basic concept (stuffed sweet potatoes, for example) and shows how the same starting point plus a couple of different choices can equal three totally different results.
Sarah has some pretty magical names for her recipes (I’m looking at you, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Jeweled Rice” and “Cool It Noodle Salad”!). But the innovative and peppy names just make the recipes called “Kale, Mushrooms, and Walnuts”, and “Roasted Brussels Sprouts” sound kind of boring by comparison.
The best thing about this cookbook to me is how accessible all the recipes are. Yes, they are healthy and vegan/grain-free/gluten free/raw, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend hours upon hours driving from one specialty food store to the next to collect all the ingredients required to create a masterpiece. From charred cabbage to carrot cumin crackers, Sarah shows how food that tastes good and supports your health and well-being doesn’t have to come at a cost to your sanity or your pocketbook.
Amy Kellestine is an educator, engineer, Arati life coach and entrepreneur living in Edmonton, Alberta. She spends her free time camping, gardening, and volunteering for causes such as Cystic Fibrosis and nature conservation. She is a devoted mother, who is passionate about helping others and writing.