The Oz Family Kitchen Cookbook Review

If I can get at least one amazing recipe out of a cookbook than I call that a success.  From The Oz Family Kitchen I got that and more. I was given this cookbook for free in exchange for my honest review.  I figured a cookbook written by Lisa Oz would be a good one but it was even better than I expected.

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Here’s what I liked about The Oz Family Kitchen:

Real-Food Recipes

Many Dr. Oz fans would likely assume his family survives on a diet of kale, blueberries and quinoa.  While those may be staples in their kitchen, they also include a much greater variety.  The Oz family shops for foods that are not processed, free of artificial sweeteners and provide nutritional value.  But the options aren’t limited because tons of foods meet this criteria.

I do like that like that this cookbook is packed with recipes my family will actually eat.  Here’s a few of my favorites: Greek Salad with Lemon-Garlic Dressing, White Bean and Spinach Soup, Guac-Lobster Rolls and Penne with Quick Tomato and Basil Sauce.  With over 100 recipes there are many more to try!

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Pictures

On many of the pages you will find full size pages of the meal.  I’m a very visual person and I like to see what the food looks like before I make it.  I can’t always promise that mine will turn out the same as it’s pictured, but at least I know what to expect. 🙂

Scattered throughout the book you’ll find photos of the Oz family preparing the foods and real life moments of their family.  It’s fun to have a glimpse into what it might be like in their kitchen.

Tips

I’ve devoured the forward written by Mehmet Oz and the many pages preceding the recipes where Lisa Oz educates you on what she looks for in food and avoids.  Lisa walks you through basics in the kitchen such as tools you need, clean or dirty foods, what foods you should stock in your pantry and even the best way to shop in the grocery store so you avoid temptation buying processed foods.  There’s a lot of useful information and I know I’ll be referencing this often.

Final Thoughts

Like many, a goal I have for this year is to prepare less processed meals for my family.  Notice the keyword of LESS.  Ideally, I would love to have wholesome food for every meal but with the busy and on the go lifestyle that we live I know that isn’t realistic.  The Oz Family Kitchen has given me inspiration and meal ideas to make this happen.  You can use this affiliate link to purchase a copy of The Oz Family Kitchen.  I am so glad that I had a chance to review this book and recommend it to others.

Two Multicultural Books Perfect For Children

Bowls of Happiness and What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor? were given to me for free in exchange for my honest review. Both of these books provided factual information about the Chinese cultural.  They would be great to read in celebration of Multicultural Children’s Book Day which is on January 27th this year.

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Bowls of Happiness

I read Bowls of Happiness to a group of children and they found humor in the child’s nickname of Piggy. Many of them could relate to silly names their parents called them. It even lead to a conversation about the meaning of their given name.

Bowls of Happiness was divided into different sections with the fictional story at the beginning. The story showed how Piggy’s mom decided to make a porcelain bowl and paint it with special symbols that depict happiness.

Towards the back of the book there was a portion of the book that discussed the meaning behind certain items on the bowls. For instance, bats symbolized happiness in the Chinese cultural while the color yellow represented the earth. I found this information interesting but do think it should have been a little shorter and to the point to keep the attention of children.

As a writing and art activity the children were eager to design their own bowls of happiness.

What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?

Have you ever wondered what life was like in China’s Forbidden City?  Those particuarly interested in Chinese history would find this book fascinating.  Each page contains brief facts about a wide array of topics such as the foods the Emperor ate, schooling, military and lots of other information.

The pictures on each page and speech bubbles add to the appeal of this book.  I think a large factor on determining whether one would like this book or not depends on how interested you are in nonfiction information and the Chinese cultural.  There are many words some children wouldn’t be able to pronounce or understand, so, to get the most of out of the book it would be helpful if an adult clarified the information.

I learned new facts from both Bowls of Happiness and What Was It Like, Mr. Emperor?.

The BEST Sled Riding Spots in Columbus

I was beginning to wonder if we were EVER going to get snow in Columbus this season?  Even thought it was just a little dusting I’ll take this as our first official snow fall.  I did enjoy the warm weather but part of me is glad the powdery beauty has arrived (as long as it doesn’t stay until April!).  Now that the snow is here everyone wants to know the BEST sledding locations in Columbus.  Grab your toboggan, sled, saucer or whatever you can find and hit the hills!

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