Review of The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook

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The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook: 75 Fresh & Delicious Recipes to Maintain a Healthy Weight by [Hallissey MS RDN CDN, Nicole]

The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook

Nicole Hallissey

Rockridge Press

January 1, 2019

Blurb: Find and maintain your healthy weight with fresh and delicious recipes from The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook.

The pescatarian diet offers a healthy, balanced approach to achieving and sustaining your ideal weight. In The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook, you’ll learn how to support your health goals with deliciously nutritious recipes that make losing weight—and keeping it off—an enriching and fulfilling experience.

From setting weight loss goals to establishing healthy lifestyle routines, this pescatarian cookbook takes a holistic approach to real, sustainable change. Complete with 75 plant-forward and protein packed recipes, The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook is your total reference for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight on the pescatarian diet.

The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook includes:

  • An introduction that explains the basic principles and benefits of the pescatarian diet, and includes helpful FAQ and guidance for pantry prep.
  • Weight loss 101 that helps you identify your ideal calorie intake, set personal weight goals, and establish healthy lifestyle routines.
  • 75 recipes for breakfasts, soups and salads, vegetarian mains, seafood mains, snacks and sides, and desserts.

With recipes like Tex-Mex Tempeh Veggie Skillet and Seafood Paella with Sweet Plantains, The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook is your complete resource to eat healthy meals that make you look andfeel great on the pescatarian diet.


The hailing of the Mediterranean diet as one of the healthiest with its focus on vegetables, fruit, and lean protein means that the switch to a pescatarian diet automatically incorporates many of the elements of the Mediterranean diet. In The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook, nutritionist Nicole Hallissey discusses the basics of the pescatarian diet, what kitchen tools you need as well as how to find your optimum weight and how to lose to get there.

Many of the recipes are different than you find in typical vegan or vegetarian cookbooks. For instance, the only smoothie recipe is one you eat with a spoon (thank you) for exactly the reason I’ve brought up in the past. It’s hard to get full with a smoothie breakfast.

The incorporated ingredients are not only readily available in your local market, but they won’t break the bank either with the obvious benefit that these recipes are family-friendly.

Several of these recipes, Fattoush Nachos with Hummus Drizzle, Spicy Tempeh Stir-Fry, and Tex-Mex Tempeh Veggie Skillet, I intend to try and hopefully add to my rotation of meals. Several of the breakfast recipes, the egg muffins, for instance, are definitely worth trying. While the Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry sounds intriguing, I already have one that I cook that incorporates greens and is more savory and spicier than the one included here.

Perhaps that is my issue with many of the recipes in The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook. The incorporation of sweet vegetables and fruits tend to make the savory dishes sweeter. If you have a sweet tooth, you’ll probably be drawn to these recipes, but I prefer sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and other sweet vegetables as a side rather than in the main. Even introducing corn and carrots can make a dish sweeten up.

Before I became vegetarian, I hated mushrooms, but now they are a go-to for their meaty flavor, and yet, not a single vegetarian recipe here includes them. However, if you love zucchini, sweet potatoes, avocado, salmon, and arugula, you’re in luck. Also, if you’re a fan of greens, you’re out-of-luck.

This is a minor gripe, that was hopefully dealt with in the final edition, but among the ingredients for the Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry is coconut cream without a footnote as to whether she really means coconut cream or milk and hopefully not creme de coconut, which is an ingredient in pina coladas.

The seafood and fish recipes are different enough that if you’re considering becoming pescatarian you might enjoy this cookbook. However, as mentioned above, many of the fish recipes also include sweet elements: the paella has sweet plantains, honey mustard dipping sauce for the fish sticks, pineapple in the fried rice, just to mention a few.

If you’re considering making the switch to a meatless diet, incorporating more fish into your diet and don’t mind sweetened dishes, you might like The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook. This would definitely make a good introduction to the pescatarian lifestyle. If you’re already pescatarian or vegetarian, you probably want a more involved cookbook with more diversity in the recipes.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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3 butterflies out of 5 butterflies

6 thoughts on “Review of The Truly Healthy Pescatarian Cookbook

  1. I would be interested in reading this one. It does sound like there are some yummy recipes in it. I’m with you on the mushrooms! I used to hate them, but I can tolerate them now. 😉 Excellent review!

    1. Thanks! I think with mushrooms it was the texture more than the taste, which is the same thing with me and avocados (I love guac, I’m *trying* to be a fan of chunk avocados because they’re supposed to be good for me. haha)

      1. Exactly! Chopped up for ‘meat’ is my favorite though. As far as avocados, I don’t even like guac, so you have me beat. 😂 I can do them in a smoothie with chocolate and that’s about it. 😉

  2. No mushrooms? Yikes. And yes, I eat my smoothies with a spoon (like sherbet). But fish have feelings, too. 🙁

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