Nourishing Connections: Great Food, Great Cause

NC2_SpiralBinding_AngledFor the last few months, I’ve had the fortune to help a friend prepare her weekly meals. With plenty of recipes in my repertoire, coming up with a weekly menu wasn’t a challenge at all. Still, I’m always on the look-out for easy-to-make dishes that I can share with all of you. Which is why I was thrilled when my friend recommended a new cookbook to use for her meals: Nourishing Connections Cookbook by Ceres. For those who know it, keep up the good work and use it as your guide to make delicious dishes. For the rest of us, rejoice in having found a great resource with simple, versatile and easy to make recipes that are full of flavor, taste and a lot of wholesomeness. Come and cook with us!

The book is offered by Ceres Community Project, which is a non-profit based in Sebastapol, CA and was started in 2007 to encourage people to cook. It does so by providing free meals to individuals and families with life-threatening illnesses prepared by teens from local schools. The young chefs gain culinary experience, leadership skills and the inspiration to make cooking and eating whole foods a part of their life. Yeahhh! And all this within the community and for a great cause.

What struck me the most is that all recipes are based on readily available ingredients, they are clear and easy to understand, versatile and adaptable and, most importantly, taste delicious. The recipes in the book range from breakfast, salads, soups, dressings, vegetarian main dishes, seafood and poultry and, of course, desserts. It is also packed with lots of practical advice on how to cook, how to adapt recipes to what you might have in your garden and fridge and what you can prep ahead. The dishes I’ve made out of the book have all turned out very well and I’ve included one of my favorites this week. Like many others in the book, it is mainly vegetable based bringing together a successful combination resulting in a delicious dish that can be used as a light lunch or colorful side salad.

I know that most of us are already inundated by cookbooks in addition to the literally millions of recipes that are available online, but this book is one I can heartily recommend to anyone who is looking for new, tasty ideas of easy-to-make dishes! And in addition to adding a new variety of mainly vegetable-based dishes to your repertoire, you will also support a very good cause. Come and cook with us!

Broccoli and Millet Salad with Toasted Cashews

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