Cookbooks are not hard to come by these days, especially since the advent of Amazon, but there are some gems out there you need to get your hands on, and the Thug Kitchen: The Official Cookbook: Eat Like You Give a F*ck (amazon link) is one of them. I picked this up out of sheer curiosity because of the down to earth language (to put it nicely), and the fact it’s packed full of good meal prep recipes. Let’s face it; everyone who’s beginning to meal prep needs to get more ideas, and getting a cook book that can help them along is a good place to start.
One of the cool things this book touches on is vegetables, and how easy they are to cook. I know what you’re thinking. You just purchase some frozen vegetables at the store, pop them in the microwave, add a bit of salt, and there you have it. However, that’s not really eating your veggies the proper way. The proper way to eat vegetables is to cook them right so they don’t lose their flavor and nutrition, and to dress them up, so they actually taste good. This actually leads me to the very first reason why I like this book.
You Eat More Vegetables without Hating Them
I, and many other individuals out there can attest to the fact the vegetable recipes in this book taste delicious. The sauces, the spices, and the ratio of ingredients all come together to make a flavor-packed meal with the added benefit of micronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and many other elements that make your body sing and become energized rather than sluggish.
The bottom line is this. When something tastes good, we eat more of it. When your vegetables taste good because they were cooked properly and they were seasoned with care, you’ll be eating a lot more of them.
As long as there isn’t a ton of salt or oils, you can pretty much eat all the veggies you can take in one day. Why? Well, you’ll be eating a lot of vitamins and nutrients while feeling full. This results in having a controlled appetite while getting a good number of healthy carbs. Let’s face it; vegetables are good for us, and our mothers were right. We need to eat them. This book definitely has a few tips on how to keep fresh, seasoned veggies ready to grab and go.
The Ingredients and Directions are made for Anyone
You’ve come home from work, and you feel it’s too late to cook dinner, let alone whip something up from a cookbook. The fast food restaurant two blocks away is calling your name. I’ve been there, and instead of getting in the car and wasting the gas, time, effort, and money, I stay at home and cook something from this cookbook. The half an hour it takes to get my meal from the fast food restaurant is much better spent making some roasted beer and lime cauliflower tacos with cilantro coleslaw. It sounds difficult to make, but it’s super easy!
It’s Not a Shady Cookbook Written by Someone Who Hasn’t Tested Their Recipes
You know the ones I’m talking about. I’m talking about the cookbooks you can find just about anywhere online created by people you’re pretty sure didn’t test the recipes. These recipes have not only been tested by the team that made them, but also by the thousands of people who have bought the book and tested them out, and loved them (including yours truly)!
When you purchase this cookbook, you’re bound to find a recipe in here you enjoy, and that makes it worth it. You’ve added one more healthy recipe to your stockpile of go-to meals for the week, and that’s one step closer to your weight loss goals.
A few more quick reasons why I love this book:
- There are measurement conversions in the beginning. Who doesn’t need those?
- They tell you what you can use as substitutions if you can’t find the ingredients. While the ingredients are not crazy and out there, you might need this if you live in the country and only have one grocery store.
- The recipes are down to earth, simple, and can be made in less than an hour, even if you’re not an experienced chef.
- If you have a sweet tooth like I do, there are dessert and snack recipes, too!
Overall, I enjoyed this book not only for the novelty of how it was written, but because the recipes are actually good. Sometimes, you just need a book with an attitude that tells it to you like it is – and this F*cken cookbook does that. I find myself using one of their recipes at least once a month when I prepare meals. Who doesn’t need a recipe book with delicious recipes to help them jumpstart their healthy eating habits?