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prevention RD's everyday healthy cooking cookbook review + giveaway!

by Heather

Happy weekend all!  How has yours been going?  We’ve had a pretty mellow weekend so far, a nice change from being away from home weekend after weekend.  The most we did yesterday was go out to sushi with my brother, sister, nephew and niece and then just relax at their place.   It was Hunter’s first time trying sushi – he was a big fan of the avocado rolls.

Today I have something very exciting to share.  Two delicious recipes AND a cookbook giveaway!


This is one the most fun cookbook reviews I have gotten to do, because the book is written by my friend Nicole.  Nicole writes at Prevention RD.  I’ve been following her since I began blogging in 2009, and she is honestly, the blog I go to when I need recipe inspiration.  She has soooo many recipes categorized nicely.  She even grades them on how well she and her husband liked them.  I definitely use the ratings when selecting dishes to make.

Nicole is a registered dietician, so along with every recipe she shared the nutritional information.  Her cookbook, Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking,  follows that same guideline – nutritional information and tips along with each recipe.

The cookbook has 8 different sections: noshing (appetizer/smaller dishes), eat more of these (veggie focus), in a bowl (soups), from land and sea (main dishes), meat-free mains, carb lovers (mostly pastas, mmmm), breakfast (both sweet and savory choices) and finish it off, hold the guilt (desserts!).

The pictures are beautiful, the recipes simple to follow, and of course, they have a healthy kick to them.

Tonight I’m making the herb roasted whole chicken.  Doesn’t that look good?!?


Since I haven’t made it yet, I can’t tell you how it turned out, although I’m sure it will be delicious.  However, I can tell you how two other recipes I tried turned out. We’ll start from the noshing section with pepperoni pizza puffs.


Little bite size pizza puffs with pizza sauce to dip in.  I actually used italian sausage since I’m not a big pepperoni fan, and they turned out amazingly yummy.  Perfect as an appetizer, or even a main dish.  We ate them as dinner along with salad and they filled our belly’s up nicely.  Plus they were fun finger food.


Guess what?  I get to share two recipes from the cookbook with you guys, so here’s the first one!

Pepperoni Pizza Puffs

From Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking, reprinted with permission from the publisher

Yield’s 24 mini pizza puffs


  • ¾ cup flour (I used half white, half whole wheat)
  • ¼ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¾ cup fat-free milk (I used whole milk)
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 4 oz (1 cup) part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 34 slices turkey pepperoni, quartered (I used ⅓ lb cooked italian chicken sausage)
  • ½ cup pizza sauce (homemade or store-bought)
  • 2 tbsl fresh basil, thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.  Grease a 24-cup mini-muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, and oregano; whisk in milk and egg.  Stir in mozzarella and pepperoni; let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Stir batter, and divide among mini-muffin cups.  Bake until puffed and golden, 20-25 minutes.
  4. Warm pizza sauce, then stir in 1 tablespoon basil.  Sprinkle puffs with remaining 1 tablespoon basil.  Serve with pizza sauce for dipping.


I will most definitely be making these again, especially for entertaining.  Such a treat!

Now onto the real treat – something a little sweet.  Have you ever had a dutch baby before?  I was actually born in Holland, so I like to think of myself as a dutch baby, which makes me love these oven baked puff pancakes even more.  They are mainly made of egg and milk, which gives them a big rise right out of the oven.


But after a few minutes, they sink down a bit.


From the section finish it off, hold the guilt, here’s the most scrumptious chocolate dutch baby!


Chocolate Dutch Baby

From Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking, reprinted with permission from the publisher

Yields 8 slices


  • ¾ cup 2% milk (I used whole milk)
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • powdered sugar, for dusting


  1. Place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in the oven, and preheat to 425 degrees F (or prepare a pie dish by buttering with 2 tablespoons butter).
  2. To prepare batter, whisk everything together, being sure to sift cocoa powder to eliminate lumps.
  3. Once well-mixed and when the oven is hot, add butter to the hot cast-iron skillet, and swirl around to melt and coat the pan.  Once melted, pour batter, and place in oven.  Bake 20 minutes or until the Dutch baby is puffed up around the edges and completely set in the middle.  When done, remove from oven, and cool approximately 5 minutes.  Dust with powdered sugar.

I was out of powdered sugar, so I just processed some natural cane sugar in the magic bullet.  Voila! Instant powdered sugar.  I’ll totally be using this trick for any future powdered sugar need.

Jacob, Hunter and myself all devoured this quickly.  Such a treat.

Now onto your treat.  You can win a copy of your own!  One winner will receive their very own Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking cookbook –  100 light and delicious recipes to promote energy, weight loss, and well-being.


To enter: leave a comment telling me about your favorite light and delicious recipe – links encouraged!

For an extra entry: follow Fit Mama Real Food on twitter, facebook, instagram and/or pinterest.  Each follow is an extra entry.  Leave a comment for each follow.

The winner will be randomly selected Friday, September 20th.  Giveaway is open to US residents only.

Jacob is watching a football game, Hunter just went down for a morning nap, and I’m going to get some cleaning and cooking in.  I hope you all enjoy the remainder of the weekend!


I received my copy of Prevention RD’s Everyday Healthy Cooking from the publisher to review – all opinions are my own.



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Roasted Butternut Squash Parmesan Pasta recipe by Our Three Peas at http://ourthreepeas.com/roasted-butternut-squash-parmesan-pasta/ I changed the recipe a little by adding a minced clove of fresh garlic, low-fat sour cream, and fresh parsley instead of dried.

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Beeb September 17, 2013 - 6:14 pm

First of all, YUM! I made something similar to those pepperoni puffs last week and they freeze beautifully. Easy breakfast!

Second, here is a light meal recipe I made: http://www.cookingcatastrophe.com/chicken-avocado-salad/

Thank you for the giveaway!

Kathy D September 17, 2013 - 7:13 pm

One of my favorite healthy recipes is for a vegan chili. 🙂

Kathy D September 17, 2013 - 7:14 pm

I have started following you on facebook!

Kathy D September 17, 2013 - 7:14 pm

I am now following you on Twitter. 🙂

Kathy D September 17, 2013 - 7:15 pm

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Amy September 18, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Looks awesome! I love making banana soft serve at night- so good and great ice cream replacement.


Sarah L September 18, 2013 - 10:18 pm

Those recipes look so good! I’m excited to check out her website and the cookbook. My family and I enjoy this Pad Thai recipe: http://browniesfordinner.com/2010/05/11/easy-pad-thai/

Sarah L September 18, 2013 - 10:19 pm

I follow you on Twitter (@runsteelsprings).

Nicole, RD September 19, 2013 - 5:55 am

Heather! Thank you so much for the glowing cookbook review and for being a part of something very special to me. I’m so glad you enjoyed some of the cookbook recipes and may one of your lovely readers do the same! xo!

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I love making any kind of quinoa salad and then putting it on a bed of lettuce for lunch! I would love to try this cookbook!

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Hi! I just found your blog and would love to check out this cookbook. Favorite light recipe… Hmm. Oh, here you go! http://www.self.com/blogs/flash/2012/06/recipe-sole-en-papillote-with.html

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