Gooseberry Patch Good-For-You Everyday Meals Cookbook Review and Giveaway

Gooseberry Patch just released a new cookbook, Good-for-You Everyday Meals which is full of healthy meals for the entire family. One thing that I love about Gooseberry Patch cookbooks is that each cookbook is full of tried and true recipes from real chefs- everyday family kitchens. Ready for some new, tasty recipes to cook for your family?
Healthy recipe Cookbooks
Healthy Options 

This cookbook is full of healthier recipe options. It turns some family favorite recipes into healthier recipes. The book will help you make and serve healthier meals to your family.

Here are the chapters of this tasty cookbook and some of my favorite recipes in each one.

  1. Off to a Fresh Start- Raspberry Cream Smoothies, Asparagus & Mushroom Omelet, Banana Bread Pancakes, Overnight Apple Cinnamon Oats, Fiesta Dip Mix, Colorful Fruit Soup
  2. Hearty Soups & Fresh-Baked Breads-Vegetable Goodness Minestrone, Rosemary Sea Salt Bread, Sweet Avocado Muffins, Chicken Orzo Soup
  3. Garden-Fresh Sides & Salads- Mexican Roasted Cauliflower, Sweet Potato Chili Wedges, Garlic Roasted Broccoli, Spicy Roasted Potatoes, Lemon Garlic Brussels Sprouts, Arugula Nectarine Salad
  4. Chicken, Pork & Beef Mains- Phoebe's Asian Noodles, Chicken Mole Verde, South of the Border Squash Skillet, Italian Seasoning Mix, Goode & Healthy Fried Chicken, Healthy Spinach Spaghetti
  5. Fish & Vegetables Mains- Captain's Favorite Tilapia, Zucchini Crust Pizza, Homemade Fish Sticks, Shrimp & Mushroom Fettuccine, Sauteed Tilapia in Lemony Butter Sauce, Pinto Bean Dinner
  6. Healthy Snacks & Desserts- Avocado Feta Dip, Creamy Spinach Dip, Lemony Fresh Dill Dip, Honey Fruit Dip, Agave Sweetened Pumpkin Cheesecake, Double Berry Nut Bars, Free Coconut Cookies (sugar free, fat free, dairy free, gluten free), Refrigerator Pumpkin Bran Muffins
  7. A Homemade Pantry-Amazing Tomato Sauce, Thousand Island Dressing, Sweet and Sour Sauce, Handy Cream Soup Mix, Corn Muffin Mix, Best Ever Ranch Dressing, Onion Poppy Seed Dressing, Onion Poppy Seed Dressing
Here are some of the recipes we tried. I have many more to make and share.

recipes for cajun food
Healthier Cajun Seasoning Mix Recipe and easy to make!

easy granola recipes
Click to get this easy granola bar recipe!

Healthy Honey Dip recipe
Healthy Fruit Dip

Honey Fruit Dip


1 1/3 c. plain Greek yogurt
2 t. honey
1/4 t. orange zest
1 T. orange juice
1/8 t. vanilla


1-Stir together all ingredients.
2-Add to a bowl, cover and chill. 
3-Makes 6 serving or about 1 1/3 cups

Kitchen Notes

1-This make a perfect amount for a fresh fruit tray. It taste better than any store purchased fruit dip. Adjust honey, orange zest, vanilla,etc to your liking. For serving I topped with honey and orange zest.

French homemade salad dressings
Easy Homemade Dressing
Oo-la-la French Dressing


1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar, packed
1/2 c. corn or canola oil
1/3 c. catsup
1/4 c. cider vinegar
2-3 T. lemon juice
1 t. paprika
1 t. salt
optional 1/2 c. onion, grated


1-Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well.
2-Pour into a jar; cover and refrigerate up to 4 weeks.
3-Makes about 2 cups or 16 servings.

Kitchen Notes

1- I did not use the white sugar, just the 1/2 cup brown sugar. It isn't needed unless you want a really sweet dressing. 
2-I did add the grated onion. Ooops 1/2 cup is a little too much and overpowered the dressing. So start small when adding the grated onions.

Roasted chicken recipes
Healthy Roasted veggies and meat

Roasted Veggies & Kielbasa with Chicken


1 lb Kielbasa sausage, sliced into bite size pieces
6 potatoes, peeled and chopped
1 c. baby carrots
1 onion, halved and sliced
1 green pepper, cut into squares
8 oz pkg mushrooms, halved
cajun seasoning to taste (recipe coming soon for a homemade variety)
1 lb chicken cut into bite size pieces (added into original recipe)


1-Combine all ingredients in a roaster pan. For a moist consistency, cover before baking; leave uncovered for a dryer consistency.
2-Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until veggies are tender. Makes 8 servings.

Kitchen Notes

1-Sausage isn't always a health choice so if you want sausage in this dish, use less and add more chicken. Also there are a lot of healthier sausages out there so find one that works.
2-We added chicken to cut back on the sausage. For our meal we only added in 1/2 lb Kielbasa and 1 1/2 lbs chicken. We did add in a mix of peppers, too. It is a very flexible recipe. Just note that cooking time will increase the more you add to the roaster. 
3-If you do not have a roaster, you can cook this in a 9X13 baking dish. If so cut the recipe in half to fit one dish. 
4-Control the salt by what seasoning you use. We have a homemade cajun seasoning recipe that goes with this and will share on my blog this week.

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More Healthy Recipes and Good For You Everyday Meals Giveaways

Cheddar Dill Corn Muffins
Baked Blueberry Oatmeal
Peanutty Breakfast Wrap
Chicken Pesto Tortellini 
Chicken Orzo Soup
Spaghetti Soup
Mom's Fruit Smoothies
Mexican Roasted Cauliflower
Cinnamon Apple Raisin Muffins


  1. I try to lighten as much up as I can using turkey instead of beef. I do this with pretty much everything from lasagna to hamburgers!

  2. I have a quiche recipe that I have lightened in a sense. There are eggs involved ( but I switched it up and used egg beater type in egg place). I also use Canadian Bacon instead of regular bacon and I use fat free milk instead of the two percent. It might not seem like much but any bit helps.

  3. Always looking for new, healthier recipes!

  4. I like to use Italian Seasoned Ground Turkey in recipes where I would normally use ground beef. it is especially great in Italian style entrees like spaghetti sauce, meat balls, and soup.

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  5. I am on the SEARCH for a healthier version of Pot Roast that is GOOD. The meat is just too fatty, but I know that's where some of the flavor comes from. Any suggestions would be so helpful!!

  6. When I became a vegetarian, we switched from our traditional lasagna recipe to one that uses pinto beans in place of meat. It is quick, full of protein, and surprisingly tasty!

  7. Thank you so very much for all your help and the wonderful recipes. We have been trying to avoid grains, and have seen the results on the scale!!!!

  8. There is a cornbread chili thing we make that I wish could be healthier even though its still good the way it is.

  9. We make fork-and-knife "chicken pizza". The "crust" is seasoned chicken breast pounded thin and baked, then topped with pizza sauce, tons of toppings (veggies), and a bit of cheese!


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