Eat To Your Heart’s Content; gorgeous healthy recipes packed with flavour

My first blog post of 2024 is a bit different as it’s not a review of a novel – rather in this post I’m celebrating a new recipe book. Yes, Eat To Your Heart’s Content deserves to be celebrated as not only does it include really delicious, healthy recipes, but it is also a very brave, personal book from two-star Michelin chef Sat Bains, who is also a heart attack survivor.

In March 2021 Sat had recently turned 50. He considered himself fit and healthy, in which weight training and gym workouts were part of his normal routine. Therefore him and wife received a nasty shock when he experienced a massive heart attack. Although devastating, the life-changing experience inspired this fantastic book in which Sat refuses to compromise on flavour.

Following lots of research about healthy eating and guided by Dr Neil Williams, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition at Nottingham Trent University, Sat has developed a wide array of delicious recipes that are healthy and packed with nutrients.

I personally was really excited when I was invited to review Eat To Your Heart’s Content as, although I’m not a massive lover of cooking, my sister is a nutritionist which has had a massive impact on my eating habits . Furthermore as I am not that much younger than Sat and I do think about the impact of my lifestyle and diet on my health, I thought this would be a good book to use in everyday cooking. I was right!

I have tried a few recipes and found them easy to follow, producing flavoursome meals. I can definitely recommend Sat’s alternative sat-shuka with leeks rather than tomatoes! I loved this and I also loved that it got me eating different vegetables, as although I like leeks, I don’t often eat them. I also loved his mum’s aloo gobi, which is featured.

Another thing I loved about this book is that although I do eat a lot of vegetables, if I am having them on the side, I usually just roast them. Yes, this is lovely, but can also get a tad boring. Sat’s book showed me how to jazz up my veg, further varying my diet by introducing different seeds to enhance the favours and textures. I’m a big fan of the brocolli with spring onions, chili, soy and sesame seeds.

Although I haven’t tried it yet I am really excited to make Sat’s chicken with seven bulbs of garlic! I am a massive lover of both roast chicken and garlic, so the thought of this garlicy chicken really makes my mouth water! Lots of fish recipes are also included which I’m really excited about as fish is a big part of my diet, but just as my veg could do with a bit of jazzing up, so could the fish I eat.

Personally I don’t have a massive sweet tooth but I am looking forward to trying out Sat’s chocolate mousse with aged balsamic vinegar! I am a big, big fan of balsamic vinegar as I feel it gives dishes a lovely sweetness and depth, but I have always just added it to savoury dishes. I’m really excited to add it to a sweet dessert. I feel this will be a great dessert to make when friends and family come round to dinner.

Thank you to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to the blog tour of Sat Bain’s Eat To Your Heart’s Content. Thank you also to Kyle Books/Octopus Books for sending me an advance copy of this fantastic recipe book. It will definitely be well used.

Eat To Your Heart’s Content was released on 18 January 2024. To follow the blog tour, please see below.

1 Comment

  1. January 19, 2024 / 3:31 pm

    Thanks for the blog tour support x

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