Cooking Healthy for the Family by Elaina Moon

Review by J.T. Menard

Local health coach Elaina Moon is back with a full plate of plant-based recipes for you to make at home in her new book “Cooking Healthy for the Family”.

I previously reviewed Moon’s first book Cooking Healthy Cookbook favorably in 2021 and my good impressions carry over to this book. Cooking Healthy for the Family has a wide array of recipes for every meal of the day. Some are very simple and easy to make, some are a bit more complicated, but each recipe is portioned to serve a family or large gatherings and is focused on using healthy and nutritious ingredients. As with her previous book, this cookbook provides the caloric and macronutrient information of each recipe.

I got to try out the new recipes in this cookbook over Thanksgiving. My girlfriend and I had a lot of fun browsing through the recipes, selecting a few, and going to the store together to buy the ingredients. We chopped up and baked some Crispy Parmesan Broccoli, which was a hit at our Thanksgiving gathering, particularly with a friend’s baby. We also cooked the Eggy Veggie Muffins, which were sublime. Other recipes we’re excited about, but haven’t gotten to yet are the potato pancakes, the homemade protein bars, the Korean ramen bowl, the red pozole, and the fudge.

One aspect I particularly like about this book is its flexibility. Moon regularly encourages you to make use of substitutes when cooking, and though every recipe is intended to be vegan, each can be easily modified to include your meat of choice.

I heartily recommend this cookbook. I’m not much of a cook, but I like cooking from this book. The recipes are delicious, healthy, and inexpensive. The time I get to spend with my loved ones making and sharing these meals is priceless.