Talk about timing. With everyone’s New Year’s resolutions still fresh in their minds (I think they call that "actionable" in today’s lingo), there is no time better than the present to take a look at healthy cooking, and how to make some of our favorite recipes even healthier.
While many healthy cookbooks are really just guides to healthy cooking, Healthy Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America is really first and foremost a cookbook -- the healthfulness of the recipes is almost incidental. These are fresh, modern interpretations of classic dishes that are crafted to allow each element to play its role, naturally lightening the entire dish while allowing it to deliver maximum deliciousness.
Buy: Healthy Cooking at Home with The Culinary Institute of America
In addition to great recipes, like the wonderful Black Bean Burger recipe -- sort of a South American riff on falafel, one of my favorite uses for legumes by the way -- you’ll find a ton of cooking tips and techniques in this tome that will help you make the most of the healthiest ingredients.
For example, Healthy Cooking is rich with legume and grain recipes so it’s not surprising that you’d find cooking charts for both, but it’s something new and remarkably handy to have around. That’s just a taste of the tips contained in chapters that range from breakfast and beverages to baked goods and dessert, where the authors answer that age-old question: "Is chocolate healthy?". Thank god they came up with the right answer!
If you’re thinking of making the Black Bean Burgers, I find they make a great side dish, paired with the Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin. I’d pair this with a nice medium-bodied Zinfandel. How about you?
Go to page 2 for the Black Bean Burgers recipe and page 3 for Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin recipe.