Thursday, September 28, 2017

"It's Just Better. . . " (Book Review)

Debra Abeling's recipe for healthy eating is as simple as her recipe for a life of purpose, relationships, exercise and savings.  The ingredients include whole foods, chemical free, without unnecessary fats and sugars.  The meal plan is familiar with fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins, dairy and healthy fats.

The author emphasizes 100% whole grains, full fat dairy, grass fed meats and wild caught seafood.  There is emphasis on planning, first for protein, whole grains, fruits and vegetables- then picking out recipes, shopping and some chopping and cooking ahead.  The equipment is simple.

Why serve in a bowl?
  • It stimulates appetitie when food is beautifully crafted.
  • It's less messy.
  • There are fewer dishes to wash
  • It keeps the food hotter.
There are guidelines for full meal bowls and recipes for side dishes.  I quickly picked out recipes to test.

 Autumn Slow Cooked Apples and Beans

Vegetable Beef Barley Soup

Millet Fruit Porridge 

Red Potato Salad

Brown Rice Pudding

 Main Dish Salad Bowl

 Slow Cooker Apple Cherry Oat Bowl

Pictured at top is Soba Noodle Bowl.

All recipes tested were tasty.  The instructions were clear.  The time necessary to prepare was minimal.  Ingredients were familiar and readily available.  

The servings sizes were large for this petite senior citizen.  I had some waste and would produce less of the stews, porridge and stew recipes in the future.  The salad bowls prevent waste, as ingredients can be used in many dishes.

The book was easy to navigate, taking about 2 hours to study and pick out recipes to try. Thank you Life Rich Publishing for the review copy.


Chef and author Debra Abeling shares her nutritious and delicious recipes for healthier cooking in "It's Just a Bowl!"

FONTANA, Calif. –  Eating meals out of a bowl comes with many benefits such as aiding in portion control, easier to create balanced nutritious meals, and is comforting to eat from. Author and chef, Debra Abeling, has released her latest cookbook, “It’s Just Better…in a Bowl – Cooking Real Food for a Healthier You,” that not only provides wholesome and tasty recipes, but also includes information on what real food is, why use a bowl, and how to stock a healthy kitchen.
Abeling, also an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, utilizes her expertise by teaching readers about healthy substitutions, ingredients for building a healthy bowl, along with meal prepping ideas. There are many recipes using simple real ingredients to make breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert bowls.
“Cooking real food has many health benefits for the entire family and it’s just better when eaten out of a bowl,” said Abeling. “Choosing better and eating better will make you feel, think, and perform better.”
Replacing processed packaged foods with fresh wholesome nutritious foods is not about dieting but about making a lifestyle change, and this easy-to-follow cookbook will educate readers how to do it one step at a time.
Debra Abeling
“It’s Just Better…In a Bowl! Cooking Real Food for a Healthier You”
ISBN: 978-1-4897-1226-4 (Softcover), 978-1-4897-1227-1 (Hardcover),
978-1-4897-1225-7 (ebook)
Available at LifeRich Publishing, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble
About the author
Debra Abeling has an extensive background in the culinary and nutrition world. She is the author of several cookbooks, has owned and operated a catering business, completed a chef’s training program from Westlake Culinary Institute, and worked as a personal and corporate chef. Abeling completed a year-long Health Coach program with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and a two year-long life coaching program with Cloud-Townsend Resources. She has a passion for cooking, creating good simple dishes made with real food, and a desire to pass this on to others. Abeling resides in Fontana, California with her husband Michael and is a mother of three wonderful daughters. To learn more please visit

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