Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Book Review: Dinner in a Dash

Lots of veggies, generous portions, whole grains, pastas and gooey desserts-they're all included in this Dash Diet Instant Pot cookbook.  I never would have thought to cook my pasta in a pressure cooker-this book spells out exactly how to do it.  The advantage?  All the cooking is in one pot.  Yes, it's fast.  Because the dash diet has lots of vegetables-it took me longer to cut those up than it did to cook the whole meal.

I tested recipes from each chapter: wraps, salads, soups, pasta, grains, protein and desserts.  It wasn't hard to pick out selections from each.  I liked the variety of reduced fat cheeses and generous portions, which included lots of vegetables and smaller amounts of meats.  The recipe directions and timing were perfect.  

Here are the recipes I tried:

 Baby Bella and Sherry Beef Stew

Citrusy Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Chicken, Pasta and Veggie Toss with Feta

Italian Cheese and Vegetable Casserole

Power-Packed Greek Pitas

Shrimp and Buckwheat Pilaf 

The photo of the Hot and Gooey Chocolate Bowl did not turn out, but you can believe I licked the bowl clean.  That one had an oat-cocoa bottom, ice cream middle and chocolate sauce topping.  The oat layers were portioned in ramekins, wrapped and steamed.
I was somewhat afraid my husband would not be satisfied with a lentil pita, so I added tuna and hard cooked eggs to the serving platter to give him some choices.  The lentil, cucumber, tomato, goat cheese and chopped spinach salad was so good, he stuffed a pita and took it to his buddy after we'd enjoyed ours.

Because the pressure cooker I purchased a few years ago did not come with a book, this cookbook provided me with times I really needed.  And I got to try some simple ingredients I hadn't used for a while (like sun dried tomatoes) and some techniques (like chopping the spinach salad fine and mixing with hot drained lentils and goat cheese). 

Thank you Quarto Group for the complimentary review copy.  The above post and pictures are my own.  I received no other compensation for this review, other than the pleasure of an enjoyable read and eating experience!

 Dinner in a DASH /Harvard Common Press / $22.99 / March 12, 2019
These are delicious meals that don't compromise on flavor. From a homey and comforting Marinara Chicken with Parmesan to an adventuresome plate of Shrimp-Stuffed Poblano Peppers, and from an elegant Salmon on Spinach with Tarragon Mustard Sauce to a casual and carefree Flank Steak with Mushrooms, you'll do your body a world of good while enjoying every minute. Each of the recipes comes with complete nutritional data, and the book opens with a wealth of tips and tricks for mastering the Instant Pot and other electric pressure cookers. For fast and easy dinners full of flavor and nutrients, this is an indispensable book.
About the Author
Nancy S. Hughes writes for a wide range of health and food magazines and is the author of 17 cookbooks, with a focus on low-calorie cooking for weight loss, heart-healthy cooking, diabetic cooking, and cooking with kitchen appliances. She lives in the Mobile, Alabama, area.
Dinner in a DASH
By Nancy S. Hughes
Publishing: March 12, 2019 | ISBN: 9781558329591 | $22.99 US · $29.99 CAN
160 pages I Trade/Paperback | Harvard Common Press, an imprint of The Quarto Group

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