Simply Laura Lea: Balanced Recipes for Everyday Living

Simply Laura Lea: Balanced Recipes for Everyday Living

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Featuring recipes drawn from familiar classic dishes and new favorites, Laura Lea's new book, Simply Laura Lea, offers delicious home-cooked food without sacrificing healthy eating.

In Simply Laura Lea the author of The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook and creator of offers a collection of over 130 delicious, balanced, and healthy recipes based on the food she eats every day. Unlike diets that prescribe food restrictions that are neither attainable nor desirable on a long-terms basis, Laura Lea promotes an attainable approach to cooking and eating healthy for life. All of the recipes collected here follow the LL Balanced Approach to Food:

Focus on whole, fresh foods that make you feel great.Ditch any preconceived idea of what you should eat, and list to your body; it is your best wellness guru.Indulge in moderation, and occasionally, not in moderation!Have fun and don't take yourself, or your food, too seriously. Enjoy food in a relaxed atmosphere and in the company of dear ones.Above all, practice self-love and patience in the kitchen. It will translate to the rest of your life.
In Simply Laura Lea, you'll find familiar dishes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. And with ingredient lists comprised of a limited number of easy-to-find items, recipes are approachable and easy-to-follow for new or seasoned home cooks. As Laura Lea likes to say: "No diet, no dogma, just great healthy food."
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Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 30.48mm | 1,474.18g
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 4C photos
  • 1951217225
  • 9781951217228
  • 950,735

Table of contents

Table of Contents

Recipe Directory



The LL Balanced Approach to Food

Cooking Tips for Recipe Success

Beverages + Smoothies


Savory Breakfasts

Sweet Breakfasts



Lunch & Dinner Entrees

Red Meat Entrees

Seafood Entrees

Poultry Entrees

Veggie Entrees

Soups + Salad


Spice Mixtures, Sauces, Dressings + Other Basics

Appendix A: stocking your pantry

Appendix B: sources for nutritional and diet information

Special Occasion Menus


Recipe Directory

3 Beverages + Smoothies

LL's Morning Elixir

Coconut Lime Macadamia Smoothie

Maple Tahini Date Shake

LL's Daily Fruit-Free Green Smoothie

Low Sugar PB&J Smoothie Bowl

Almond Chai Latte

Creamy Cashew Iced Coffee

Crash-Free Hot Chocolate

Chamomile Ginger Turmeric Latte

4 Breakfasts

Savory Breakfasts

Apple Sausage Breakfast Bake

Sun-Dried Tomato & Broccoli Vegan FrittataTable of Contents
B.E.C. Freezeritos

BBQ Sweet Potato Tofu Hash Tacos

Grain-Free Biscuits with Miso Mushroom Gravy

Chive & Goat Cheese Fluffy Baked Eggs

Sweet Breakfasts

Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Steel-Cut Oats

Chewy Peanut Butter Latte Oats

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pancakes

Single-Serving French Toast Waffle

Oil-Free Apple Cinnamon Raisin Oatmeal Bars

Keto-Friendly No-Bake Breakfast Bars

Strawberry Almond Cobbler

5 Bakery

Double Chocolate Avocado Blender Muffins

Grain-Free Bakery Morning Glory Muffins

Lemon "Poppy" Chia Scones

Gooey Pecan Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Frosting

PB&J Swirl Banana Bread

Spiced Pear Sour Cream Loaf

Blueberry Peanut Butter Crumble Bars

Grain-Free Gingerbread Streusel Squares

Raspberry "Pop" Pies

6 Snackitizers
Sticky Cajun-Spiced Chicken Wings

Pigs in a Blanket with Grainy Honey Mustard

Tahini Brussels Sprouts with Pistachios & Dates

Buffalo Cauliflower Hummus

Cashew Kimchi Lettuce Cups

Caramelized Onion & Chive Dip

"Hot" Honey Cheddar-Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins

Sun-Dried Tomato & Walnut Pate

7 Sides

Broccoli Gorgonzola Salad with Miso Maple Dressing

Bacon-y Cabbage & Onions

Carrot & Zucchini Ribbons with Lemony Pesto

Sour Cream & Onion Cauliflower Risotto

Vegan Collard Greens

Creamy Corn & Chive Farro

Miso Coconut Eggplant with Toasted Coconut

Italian Toasted Green Bean & Quinoa Salad

5-Ingredient Kimchi Coleslaw

Buttery Lemon Pepper Leeks

Bourbon Balsamic Skillet Mushrooms

Best Potato Salad

Mediterranean Spaghetti Squash Bake

8 Lunch + Dinner Entrees

Red Meat

Cheddar-Stuffed Buffalo Meatballs

French Dip Calzones with Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara

"Big Mac" Meatza with Special Sauce

Chili Black Bean Burgers with Quick BBQ Sauce

Steak Bites with Balsamic Cream Sauce & Roasted Asparagus

Picnic Macaroni Salad with Italian Dressing

Mongolian Molasses Pork

Perfect Pork Chops with Peach Honey Jam


Thai Coconut Poached Cod

BBQ Blackened Salmon

Smoked Salmon, Olive & Pecan Spread

Macadamia Sesame Crusted Tuna

Pistachio Pesto Crab Cakes

Honey Walnut Shrimp

Italian Marinated Shrimp & Fluffy Shallot Rice


Chicken Parmesan with Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara

One-Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Pineapple Paprika Fajitas

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Instant Pot (or Crock-Pot) Rotisserie Chicken

Best Turkey Cheddar Lasagna

BBQ Turkey Hashbrown Casserole


Orange Ginger Tofu

Sheet Pan Sesame Tofu & Bok Choy

Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Falafel with Green Tahini Sauce

Buffalo Tempeh Wraps with Avocado Ranch

Artichoke, Leek & White Bean Gratin

Broccoli & Cheddar Pasta

Cauliflower Walnut "Taco Meat" Tacos

BBQ "Baked" Lentils

Roasted Red Pepper Pasta alla Vodka

Sweet Potato, Peanut & Black Bean Burgers

Tomato & Spinach "Ricotta" Lasagna

9 Soups & Salads
Orange Balsamic Beef Stew with Farro

Creamy Corn & Shrimp Chowder

Cajun Cauliflower Potato Soup

Cucumber Cantaloupe Gazpacho

Cozy Chunky Minestrone Soup

Miso Mushroom & Rice Soup

French Onion & Kale Lentil Soup

LL's Sweetgreen Order Salad

Chickpea, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad & Grainy Mustard Dressing

Classic Egg Salad my Way

Charred Green Bean, Pistachio & Farro Salad with Avocado Ranch

Macadamia & Roasted Grapefruit Salad with Lemony Vinaigrette

Roasted Romaine Salad with Basil Caesar Hummus Dressing

10 Desserts
Chai-Spiced Cake Donuts

Lemon Almond Pound Cake

Pumpkin Spice Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Grain-Free Java Pecan Pie

Hungry Girl Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Easiest Peanut Macadamia Nut Cookies

5-Layer Magic Bars

Finally Banana Pudding

Maple Bourbon Baked Pears

Double Chocolate Decadence Ice Cream

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Cantaloupe Lemon Sherbet Popsicles

11 Spice Mixtures, Dressing, and Sauces

BBQ Seasoning

Cajun Seasoning

Taco Seasoning

Sun-Dried Tomato Marinara

Big Mac Special Sauce

Quick BBQ Sauce

Grainy Honey Mustard Sauce

Pistachio Pesto (& lemony version)

Green Tahini Sauce

Avocado Ranch Dressing (& buffalo version)

Caesar Hummus Caesar

Italian Dressing

Lemony Vinaigrette

Miso Maple Dressing

Grainy Mustard Dressing

Ginger Tahini Dressing

Caramelized Onions

Fluffy Shallot Quinoa

Fluffy Shallot Rice

Vegetable Stock

Condensed Coconut Milk

Cream Cheese Frosting
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Review quote

"A friendly and relaxed approach to healthy eating. [Laura Lea's] diverse and enticing recipes promise to make healthy eaters out of even the most reluctant." -Publishers Weekly on The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook "I wanted to bring back a type of food that's nutrient dense but doesn't take away from what people really love," [Laura Lea] says. "If anything, they can get the best of both worlds." With her second cookbook, Simply Laura Lea, it's clear that she's done just that. - Southern Living "The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook isn't your average cookbook. Laura Lea hits the mark between home-cooked nostalgia and whole food goodness with recipes that'll keep your taste buds satisfied and your belly full from dawn til dusk." - Edible Nashville The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook "Features more than 120 healthy, easy-to-prepare recipes for everyday, at-home occasions. Prioritizing whole foods and a balanced menu over diet fads and trends and including pantry shopping lists and serving portion recommendations the recipes manage to be nutritious and healthy while simultaneously comforting and satisfying. The perfect stocking stuffer for those resolving to eat healthier in the new year." - NBC News, BETTER
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About Laura Lea

Laura Lea is a certified holistic chef, consultant, and the founder/writer/photographer of the popular food website LLBalanced. After graduating from the University of Virginia, she discovered her passion for healthful cooking and nutrition while living a fast-paced corporate life in New York. She handed it all over to enroll at the Natural Gourmet Institute and headed back to her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, to launch LLBalanced where she provides readers with affordable, comforting, and make-ahead family-friendly meals that are packed with nutrients and flavor. Her dishes are often remakes of Southern-influenced comfort food, with the intention that we can have the best of both worlds. She currently teaches cooking classes and consults with individuals, corporations, and restaurants on all aspects of healthy eating and nutrition while contributing articles and recipes for, among others, Mind Body Green, Nashville Lifestyles, Southern Living, Shape, and Sean Brock is the founding chef of the award-winning Husk restaurants and the chef/owner of Audrey, opening next year in Nashville. His first book, Heritage, was the winner of the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook and the IACP Julia Child First Book Award in 2015 and was called "the blue-ribbon chef cookbook of the year" by The New York Times. Brock won the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southeast in 2010 and was a finalist for Outstanding Chef in 2013, 2014, and 2015. His TV resume includes Chef's Table and The Mind of a Chef, for which he was nominated for an Emmy. Raised in rural Virginia, Brock is passionate about preserving and restoring heirloom ingredients. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Find him on Instagram @hseanbrock.
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