{ COOKBOOK CLUB }: Giada de Laurentiis “Happy Cooking”

Hey guys!

Happy Tuesday, errrrr, as you can see, I took the day off yesterday.

I’m pretty transparent here, sooooo if we are being honest, I had a major case of the Mondays. Like, I left my computer at home and forgot to bring it to work kind of day.

Over the weekend, all Erik & I did was sleep. I’ve been feeling pretty beat lately so I’m trying to feel better & not so chronically exhausted all the time.

Anyways, I hit the gym for the first time in about two weeks and feel a lot better already. It’s not really a rut {thank g bc that was annoying}, but moreso that I am just flat out exhausted all the time. Anyone have any ideas how to get my energy levels back to balanced?? I am in DIRE need of it. It’s not even a need of needing sleep because I get plenty, I just feel exhausted mentally & physically all the damn time. Anyone else get the difference or am I going crazy?

Anyways, enough with my sob story, le’s get into March’s cookbook:

Happy Cooking: Make Every Meal Count… Without Stressing Out by Giada deLaurentiis

{ buy H E R E }

It’s no secret I love Giada! This is one of my favourite books ever. In fact, it is one of my favourite books of hers next to Feel Good Food.

Every recipe in here are ones that she enjoys to make at home or for herself. They are recipes that truly excite her & bring peace after a long day. ps – #SAME

This book came out on the heels of her divorce. It was a tough year for her and she found at the end of the day, coming home to cook for herself or her daughter gave her a sense of peace… & so the book was coined “Happy Cooking”. {source}

It’s also a mix of lifestyle & recipes: for example, she talks her nightly routine, love for yoga, what’s in her purse, where to buy cooking supplies, etc. I personally love cookbooks like this, because it’s literally everything I look for in a blog!

Also, she has some pretty cool chapters in there. Yes, there are the usual suspects like Breakfast {including Eggs Cacio e Pepe}, Snacks, Salads, Soups, & of course Pastas…. but then she has a section for Clean Eating, Weeknight Dinners, Weekends & Holidays, and includes some of her juice and smoothie recipes!

As far as the cookbook club, I am going to make the following:

Skinny Chicken Parm {Weeknight Warriors section} – page 175

Hummus Salad {Salads & Seasons Section} – page 88

I am changing up the way we do things here with the cookbook club… again! Ok so a recipe weekly is tough, so I am going to do at least two a month. I’ll mention the two I will do FOR SURE {plus, I think it’s important to know what I’m cooking in case you’re on the fence for the book}.

I might throw in another here or there, but you can expect two recipes a month! In fact, it was hard to choose just two, because there are sooooo many I want to make, like her BANANA tea, Orange Is The New Healthy juice {!!!}, matcha chicken tenders, detox soup… omg so many.

So come cook with me! I’ll have a recipe for you next week. Plus, I find this book is super appropriate with how I’m feeling. Let’s sub in the therapist for Giada & let cooking be the remedy, shall we?

Sorry again for all the changes! I knew the first month or two would have a LOT of trial and error! Eventually we’ll get into the swing of things.

Anyways, let me know your thoughts!! Anyone love Giada as much as me?

In fact, while we’re talking about her, check out her quinoa pilaf & eggs cacio e pepe recipes here on the blog!

Now what say you? Excited for this book? Any other cookbooks I must check out? Anyone do anything fun over the weekend? let me know!

xx Shannon

+++ For more cooking tips & recipes by Giada, check out her site, Giadzy! It’s one of my FAVES

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  • Rachel Barter

    I love cookbooks! I’m going to have to add this one to my collection.

    xo Rachel | http://www.thesassroom.com

    • omg you will LOVE this one, I PROMISE! It’s so fun & the recipes are so good! Stay tuned for the recipes 😉 xx Shannon

  • Jodi-Kay Edwards

    Ohh I love finding new places for new recipes!

    • girl, i got you!!! Stay tuned for more recipes 😉 cheers babe! xx Shannon

  • Yummy this sounds amazing

    • Soooo good! This book is one of my FAVOURITES xx Shannon

  • Chérie Renee

    Hummus got my attention! Can’t wait to see this!

    • It is RIGHT up your alley! Photographing it this weekend 🙂

  • emily

    I completely understand you feeling run down even when you had a full night of sleep. Look up some adrenaline fatigue homemade drinks, they can really help. Also, Maca root is great for supporting the adrenals. Good luck!!! Looking forward to seeing your recipes. xo, Emily (SCsister)


    • RIGHT?! It’s such a pain. Thank you so much for the Adrenaline Fatigue drinks suggestion. Googling RN!!! Maca is my FAVOURITE !!! How do you like to take it, Emily?? I very much appreciate the tips!!! xx Shannon

  • always looking for new recipes to try! thanks for sharing!


    • Thanks Bridget!! LMK if you give them a try 🙂 first one coming next week!! x

  • Gisel Luna

    I totally get the feeling! Taking a social break is nice sometimes – put the phone aside for a day makes such a big help!

    Gisel | http://www.mintandthrift.com

    • Right?! Disconnecting is just what the doctor ordered… though sometimes i get that pesky fomo! x Shannon

  • Maggie Adhami-Boynton

    This is so great! I need a good cookbook that can help me figure out my crazy busy life! thanks for sharing love!
    Maggie – http://www.the-over-exposed.com

    • omg this one is seriously PERFECT for you! I’ll have the recipe up next Wednesday for you babe!! x

  • I totally know that run down feeling. I’ve been fighting it too. I feel like the increase in rain and gloomy days down here this winter is partly to blame for mine but the rest is a mystery. Let me know if you find anything that actually works to combat that! I adore Giada as well and both of those recipes sound like they’ll be AMAZING!

    • RIGHT?! It’s seriously so annoying. Thank goodness it’s finally sunny again. I am still working on it, but now with the daylight savings, it makes it a lot easier! How about you?? You will LOVE the book! I will post one of them on Wednesday 🙂 xx


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