October is National Cookbook Month (yes, I know, there's a month for every occasion, isn't there?). We LOVE talking about food at TruFit so what better time than now to share with you some of the TruFit trainers' favorite cookbooks to recommend to clients who just don't know what to make for dinner (or lunch or breakfast)?
Everyday Food: Great Food Fast: 250 Recipes for Easy, Delicious Meals All Year Long
Izzy has loved this gem for YEARS thanks to its recipes being broken up by season, the simplicity of the instructions and the yumminess of the taste.
Izzy's favorite recipe: A mega tasty, VERY easy broccoli soup she blogged about here!
The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor
Trainer Mary Cox likes this cookbook because it allows her to make dishes for guests that not only taste good but prove that you can have company over for dinner AND feed them healthy food!
Mary's go-to: Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Soup.
CookingLight Magazines and Cookbooks
Ok, so this isn't technically ONE cookbook (and we're including the magazines in here, too). Trainer Megan Davies likes the whole shebang for its nutrient-dense, lower-calorie food. (Another cool feature: If you don't love buying magazines monthly, CookingLight puts all of their recipes together at the end of the year!
The Seitanic Spellbook
Resident vegan trainer Matt Nelson loves the punnily-named Seitanic Spellbook for its easy recipes and sense of humor. Created and written by self-named Vegan Black Metal Chef, there's also a really popular YouTube channel if videos are more your speed! You can check that out here!
The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share
Another go-to cookbook for Mary is this one, thanks to its use of veggies, whole grains, lean proteins and lots of flavor in ONE bowl. Who doesn't love the simplicity of having everything you need in one place?
Mary's favorite: The California Quinoa bowl.
Ready or Not!: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo
Another Izzy fav is this popular blog Nom Nom Paleo's official cookbook. Izzy doesn't subscribe to the Paleo diet so why this book? Because of its focus on lots of veggies and protein along with a variety of punchy flavors from Italy to China and back again. Plus, it's step-by-step directions each have pictures so you feel like you're cooking out of a comic book!
Izzy's favorite recipe from the book: Pot Sticker Stir Fry.
The Mini Minimalist: Simple Recipes for Satisfying Meals
Mark Bittman is the master of minimalism and good food. Funny enough, for a minimalist, he has a LOT of cookbook options! Trainer Anthony Monley recommends any of his cookbooks to clients who want to know how to make healthy meals because they are simple, approachable and teach you the fundamentals!
Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking
Trainer Nicole Dessoye has really been into this "metacookbook" because, "It teaches how to healthily create flavors," she explains. Why is that cool? Because regardless what foods you are or aren't eating, being able to create bold flavors will always leave you satisfied. In order to create these flavors, you have to know some basics and this book teaches you those!