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.

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Strawberry Picking and Recipe

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Strawberry picking has started in Ohio.   My kids LOVED picking berries. It was like a little hunt as they searched for only the red ones. We tried to see who could find the smallest strawberry, largest strawberry and oddest shape.

Here are some u-pick locations in the Central Ohio area. Make sure you call ahead or visit their Facebook pages because fields have a tendency to be open sporadically due to the amount of berries available and the weather.

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After your visit you will be thinking about all the different recipes you can make with strawberries. My kids wanted to make strawberry cake so I decided to “assemble” a cake that I have been making since I was 8 years old. It is super easy, only uses a few products and it tastes delicious.

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  • Use your freshly picked strawberries or buy the four ingredients shown in the picture below (Strawberries, Angel Food Cake, box of strawberry Jell-O and tub of Cool Whip).Screen Shot 2015-06-06 at 6.02.44 PM
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  • Slice the Angel Food Cake in half horizontally.
  • Use the strawberry flavored Jell-O to frost the bottom half of the cake.
  • Layer some strawberries in the middle.
  • Put the top part of the cake back on.
  • Frost the rest of the cake and place more strawberries on the top.

Strawberry picking season doesn’t last too long so don’t wait to go. Not only will you have fun but you’ll also be supporting a local farmer. 🙂