I was recently sent a copy of The Truly Healthy Family Cookbook by Tina Ruggiero for review and a recipe test. As I was thumbing through the cookbook I was drawn into the 120 mega-nutritious recipes. I have to admit, I had a hard time choosing a favorite recipe to test. They all looked wonderfully rich and wholesome yet easy to prepare. The book is unlike any other family cookbook; it’s for families who want more: more nutrition, more satisfaction, more taste, more recipes, more health and more enjoyment at mealtime.
This book has something for everyone: Scrumptious breakfast choices including Homemade Date and Almond Muffins and Orange-Infused Whole Wheat Breakfast Couscous with Fresh Cherries; Savory snacks and appetizers such as Curried Veggie Pancakes and Crustless Mini-Quiche with Goat Cheese and Beet Greens; Flexitarian-friendly dinners include Thai Salmon Sliders and Stuffed Chicken with Herbed Ricotta and Kale, and what cookbook would be complete without dessert? Fruited Yogurt Brulee and Chocolate Chip Angel Food with Ganache are two among many recipes that will delight family and friends alike. I was particularly drawn to the Luscious Libations section of the book and decided to test Ruggiero’s Creamy Pumpkin Coffee recipe.
According to Ruggiero, most family cookbooks never include drinks. She often wondered why as “women consume 25 percent of their calories from beverages.” As a coffee lover, the Creamy Pumpkin Coffee seemed like the perfect recipe for me. “Coffee gets a bum rap,” says Ruggiero, “… new research shows it can be good for you, improving stamina before a workout, enhancing concentration and even protecting your from Alzheimer’s disease.”
Readers will find easy to prepare great-tasting meals and snacks at any time of the day right at their fingertips. All recipes are tailored to meet practical nutrition needs – no fads, no gimmicks.
Each wholesome recipe includes:
- “Real food,” smart nutrition tips, calorie counts and a nutrient analysis.
- Tips for maximizing the use of each recipe, including instructions for advance preparation, freezing and multiple serving suggestions.
- Vitamin and nutrient-packed ingredients to maximize energy and all-around health.
For the Creamy Pumpkin Coffee, Ruggiero uses canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling) which is a great source of Vitamin A and C, nutrient-rich and low in fat and calories. The delicious, creamy pumpkin drink supplies 90 percent of your daily vitamin A and 25 percent of your daily calcium requirements. Per serving, the Creamy Pumpkin Coffee has 120 calories, 7 grams of protein, 2 grams of total fat, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 85 milligrams of sodium and 1 gram of fiber.
- 3/4 cup low-fat milk
- 2 teaspoons sugar (brown or white)
- 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 dashes nutmeg
- Dash of cinnamon
- Pinch of ground ginger
- 1/2 cup hot coffee
- Combine the milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger in a blend and blend on high speed to puree creating a frothy consistency. Pour into a saucepan and heat until hot but do not boil. Pour hot coffee into mug and top with hot spiced milk.
- Tina's tip: This coffee is also delicious iced. Freeze the leftover pumpkin and use it in smoothies, pumpkin bread or pumpkin muffins.
This Creamy Pumpkin Coffee is yum, yum, yum. So much better than the popular barista-style pumpkin coffee. A must drink for this time of the year – without the guilt!
TINA RUGGIERO, M.S., R.D., L.D. is an award winning nutrition expert, cookbook author, media spokesperson, registered dietitian, television personality, and a respected figure in the world of health and nutrition.
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Giggles, Gobbles and Gulps received a free copy of book for review. Opinions are my own.