Picture of Spatchcocked Hen on a white plate with a bean and corn salad
Cookbook Reviews

Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy, Lean & Fit

Cookbook by: Gordon Ramsay

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“Finally healthy eating doesn’t have to be dull! As a chef, I want the food that I eat to be tasty and satisfying as well as good for me,” Gordon Ramsay. 

I love to cook and eat! I try to eat a balanced diet and am always looking for healthy recipes to make. Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy, Lean & Fit has some great recipes in it. The recipes that call for use of the barbecue grill offer instructions to be done in the oven or stove top which is really helpful if you don’t have a grill. 

Picture of Spatchcocked Hen on a white plate with a bean and corn salad

Barbecued Spatchcocked Cornish Game Hens with Roasted Corn Salad

Recipe 1: Barbecued Spatchcocked Cornish Game Hens with Roasted Corn Salad

I have never spatchcocked a bird before so I thought this would be a great recipe to try. Surprisingly it was easy to find the Cornish game hens at the regular grocery store. The chipotle paste was really difficult to find. 

The recipe is definitely complicated but if you are willing to take the time it is worth it. I would suggest that you warm up the salad for a few minutes in the pan as it would be better warm. The Cornish game hens were so delicious it makes me want to try this on a barbecue as I made the oven version.  

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Zucchini Omelet

I had really high hopes for this recipe as I love omelets. The recipe calls for tarragon and I can’t remember having that so I was happy to try something new. 

I could not find fresh tarragon so I bought some dried tarragon and when I opened it I realized to me it smelled like licorice. That bummed me out as I hate licorice (probably why I avoid fennel at all costs)! 

However, I wanted to give the recipe a try so I added some dried tarragon in but not a lot. I made two omelets one for my sister and one for me. The first one I left the zucchini in the pan and added in the eggs as the directions suggested. The second omelet I took out the zucchini, put the eggs in the pan and then added back in the zucchini. Removing the zucchini and then adding it back worked the best and made the most solid omelet. The picture is of the second omelet. 

Overall the omelet was just really bland. I like the base with the eggs and zucchini – it just needs something more. I think I may try it again without any tarragon and add some salsa and cheese. 

Cookbook Ratings: Recipe directions easy to follow: yes, Ingredients easy to find: no, Specialty ingredients needed: yes, Specialty equipment needed: no, Accurate time estimates: yes, Best for home chef skill level: novice, Taste/flavor: delicious, Family friendly: yes, specialty diet: no, How many recipes are unique: most, overall cookbook rating: good

Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy, Lean & Fit has a wide variety of recipes in it. I did find that some of the ingredients were really hard to find. The recipes are really clear on what to do but some of them do require a little more cooking skill. I had mixed results with my outcomes from the recipes but I am still interested to try some more recipes from the cookbook. I know that I will definitely be making the Barbecued Spatchcocked Cornish Game Hens again. 

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