Cookbook Review: Fixate – 21 Day Fix Recipes by Autumn Calabrese

FIXATE Cookbook - 21 Day Fix RecipesFIXATE Cookbook – 21 Day Fix Recipes by Autumn Calabrese

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

While I’m not a Beach Body fanatic by any means, I am a fan of Autumn Calabrese and her movement to get people in shape and her portion control meal plan concepts. Last spring I started using the 21 Day Fix containers that came with the Fixate cookbook and I was hooked. What I like about the 21 Day Fix plan is that, even if you don’t use the containers every day or with every meal, the concept, helps you think more deeply about how many portions of veggies, fruits, proteins, etc. that you are taking in. I like that because it does help with my personal weight loss goals and staying on track. The recipes in the book are not overwhelming so just about anyone can duplicate the recipes. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone just getting started on meal planning.



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cook(book)ing school : retro-post – first meals of the new year – baked hummus

This post is based on my activities around the first of the year. Most involved food of course.

I work at a university and we have been closed since December 25. So, as a goodwill gesture, one of my girlfriends decided to have a much needed  gathering of women before we all had to return to work on Monday.

I took Salsa Verde Chicken Pasta and a Baked Hummus with homemade taboulleh topping to share.



cook(book)ing school: retro-post – A New Year’s Meal Tradition

As I peruse the drafts in my blog, I ran across this post about New Year’s traditions. I should have published this in January, however, better late than never.

At the first of the year, my family has a tradition of eating greens, black eyed peas, and pork for luck and prosperity in the new year. This year I made my own black eyed peas and pork chops and cooked them altogether in the slow cooker. It turned out delicious.


the cook (booking)school: for the meal planner at heart

The library is a great place to find cookbooks and my local library has a great selection. Recently I picked up   Fix Freeze Feast by Kaiti Neville and Lindsay Tkacsik.

For all the meal planners of the world, this is a great book for you.

I’m also a huge fan of etnic food and these are just some of the recipes that look delicious:

Thai Red Curry w/ Vegetables
Baked Potato Chowder
Caribbean Pork Tenderloin
Mustard Oregano Chops
Margarita Pork Chops
Cheesy Enchilada Bake
Urban Garlic Chicken



the cook(book)ing school: cookbooks for college

Some of you  may have students leaving for college either as a freshmen or as a

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returning upperclassmen.  I recently overheard the interns in my office talking about how hard it is to learn to cook in college.  For those who live on campus, I guess this probably isn’t an issue for many reasons: 1) most college students are on the university food plan and 2) you usually can’t have appliances in your dorm room.  But, for those students who either live off campus all year round or just for the summer, an alternative to eating pizza or ramen noodles would probably come in handy right!  So, here is a quick list of cookbooks I found on for college students. Please share them with any college student you know!

The Healthy College Cookbook

The $5 a meal college cookbook

College Cooking: Feed yourself and your friends

The Everything Healthy College Cookbook

The ultimate student cookbook

Cooking for College Students: A Beginner’s Guide

I (heart) Trader Joe’s College Cookbook

College Vegetarian Cooking

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