Sue Gregg Cooking Giveaway and Review

Congratulations to Charlsie @ Finish the Race for winning the Sue Gregg Cookbook.

We have used and enjoyed Sue Gregg’s cookbooks for years.  Healthy, whole foods cooking with real life taste and preparation sums up this set of cookbooks.  If you want to move your family toward healthier eating, but don’t know where to begin or aren’t sure that they will like healthier foods, Sue Gregg is a good place to start.  Nearly all of our breakfast and lunch meals and recipes come from her books.  (Since we prepare dinner meals with a group, we aren’t able to incorporate as many of these recipes.)

Here is the selection of cookbooks that Sue Gregg offers:

  • ‘Whole Foods Cooking’
  • ‘Whole Grains Baking’
  • ‘Main Dishes’
  • ‘Meals in Minutes’
  • ‘Soups and Muffins’
  • ‘Lunches and Snacks’
  • ‘Breakfast’
  • ‘Desserts’

While we have and use all of these books and I highly recommend them if you wish to make a move toward more natural eating,  this post is not primarily about Sue Gregg’s cookbooks.  After talking with Mrs. Gregg she offered to let us review her high school level cooking curriculum.

Amber is 13 years old, but her passion is cooking and she regularly plans and prepares meals for our crowd.  She was delighted with the opportunity to study cooking for ‘school’.

Sue Gregg’s high school level program utilizes her ‘Whole Grain Baking’ cookbook which teaches baking with blender batter* and the two-stage process as explained in Nourishing Traditions.  The course is 18 weeks long and at that point the student may work through ‘Whole Foods Cooking’ for the remaining 18 weeks in the school year.

Each of the 18 lessons is divided into daily assignments including Bible study and memorization, watching the demonstration CD, reading information about the nutrition and attributes of the ingredients and the reasons behind how we prepare each recipe.  The program also contains focus questions and writing assignments and directs the students as they keep a cooking journal.  The students then prepare the recipe or recipes discussed and evaluate how the family enjoyed the recipe.  Then based on the reactions the student considers and makes notes about improvements that could be made to make it more suitable for the tastes of their family.

Amber has loved working with this program and has learned a lot about the whys and hows of  baking and cooking.  She has learned many things that I could not have taught her because I didn’t know.  She now knows how she can alter recipes to achieve different results, something that I’ve always wished I was capable of doing.  She has also learned a lot about many of the nutritional reasons for choosing one ingredient over another.

Amber has been able to work her way through the curriculum on her own with little help from me which is wonderful for a high school level course and necessary for our schedule.  Our whole family has enjoyed the delicious biscuits, muffins, tortillas and other breads that have been part of Amber’s school assignments.

This is a high school level course and takes a good amount of time each day.  Because of this and the other responsibilities that Amber has, we’ve chosen to have Amber work through the program more slowly than scheduled.  She does Sue Gregg cooking 2-3 days each week and this has been a good pace for our family.

I highly recommend considering this for a high school home economics credit.  Normally I would not have considered purchasing a cooking curriculum because our family cooks every day.  However, taking the time out to study this more in depth has added skill and knowledge that probably wouldn’t have been gained otherwise.  The ‘Baking with Whole Grains Curriculum Guide’ and ‘Whole Grain Baking’ are available here for $60.

If you are interested in moving toward more healthy eating, I would encourage you to explore Sue Gregg’s website.  Many of her recipes are available for free so that you are able to try them at home to see if your family enjoys that type of cooking.

To give you an additional jump start on healthy eating Sue Gregg will be giving one Raising Olives reader the choice of one of their introductory cookbooks.  The winner of this giveaway may choose either ‘Introducing Whole Foods Cooking’ or ‘Whole Grain Baking’ (please visit their website for more information on these books)

To enter:

  • Leave a comment sharing one thing that you’ve done to work toward more healthy eating or a reason you’d like to move in that direction.

Additional entries:

  • Tweet about this giveaway.
  • Blog about this giveaway.

Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.  Giveaway will end at midnight, April 26 and is open to US residents only.

*Blender batter allows you to cook with whole grains without needing to purchase a grain mill.  This can be a marvelous way to begin whole grain cooking while lessening your initial investment.  Most of the bread recipes do require regular whole grain flours.

You may be interested in more tips and ideas about feeding your family on  a budget, menu planning or  cooking from scratch or my recipe page.

Our family received this curriculum free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.

This post is included in the Homeschool Curriculum Review Roundup.

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144 Responses to Sue Gregg Cooking Giveaway and Review
  1. Jennifer
    April 22, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    retweeted

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  2. Youthful One
    April 22, 2010 | 1:46 pm

    Oh, that course looks WONDERFUL!
    What a great addition to my homeschool curriculum. My oldest daughter is only 6, but my older boys enjoy cooking too. We may have to invest in that course.

    We are currently gluten-free in our home, and have been making everything from scratch for the last 5+ years. We avoid refined, processed anything as much as possible. We are trying to incorporate more cod liver oil and coconut oil in our diet. We now raise our own chickens for eggs, buy raw milk, buy only hormone-free, pastured meat, are putting in a larger veggie garden this summer, and I am taking the online e-course from GNOWFGLINS about traditional cooking methods, such as in Nourishing Traditions. We make kombucha and dairy kefir, and just started water kefir this week. Also have my first batch of fermented veggies going right now.

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    kelly cooper Reply:

    We are gluten free too. I have some really yummy gf recipes on my blog. They are our favorites for pizza, bagels, waffles, bread, etc. It can be hard to find really tasty foods but these are tried and true (ask my 4 taaste testers! lol)

    http://lovinglifeslittlemoments.blogspot.com/search/label/gluten%20free

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  3. Youthful One
    April 22, 2010 | 1:50 pm

    I don’t tweet.

    But I did link/post this on my facebook page, encouraging others to check out the course and sign up for the giveaway.

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  4. Brandi
    April 22, 2010 | 1:57 pm

    To try to eat better and healthier I try to buy organic fruits and veggies. I also try to get as much as I can from Trader Joes b-cuz their foods are all additive free. I try to use natural sugar substitues in my baking, such as agave, stevia or honey.

    I would love one of these cookbooks!

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  5. kelly cooper
    April 22, 2010 | 2:05 pm

    I would love to win one of their books. We have recently removed all artificial colors and flavors, HFCS, BHT, TBHQ, MSG, etc. We also watched Food Inc and King Corn to get more informed about our food and the choices we can make to feed our family in a healthier way. Kelly

    http://lovinglifeslittlemoments.blogspot.com/search/label/healthy

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  6. Shanna
    April 22, 2010 | 5:14 pm

    As a mom of 2 (sometimes I think 3) children with ADHD, I would love to explore how to eliminate so much of the chemicals from our diet. As a mom of one really picky 5 year old and one really picky 10 year old, it is so hard to find new, healthier recipes they will enjoy ( much less try). I know this would be a huge blessing to our family if we were to win this book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  7. Denise
    April 22, 2010 | 6:07 pm

    We try to eat healthier. No fast food and I’ve been putting two veggies on the dinner plate instead of one. I am also adding ww flour instead of using all white flour. I’m not where I want to be – but I continue to read and learn how I can make healthier choices for my family.

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  8. Amanda
    April 22, 2010 | 7:06 pm

    About 9 months ago we switched to ONLY organic dairy. Yes.. expensive in the short term. BUT I know that by drinking organic milk and such, we are helping to cleanse our bodies of harmful chemicals. And each time I buy milk.. I feel like a good mom! :D

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  9. Wendy
    April 22, 2010 | 8:36 pm

    I have read and embraced the ideas in Nourishing Traditions, but have had a difficult time in implementing the preparation of grains such as soaking, so I’d love one of these cookbooks!

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  10. Ashley
    April 22, 2010 | 9:23 pm

    we bake our own bread

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  11. LauraC
    April 22, 2010 | 9:24 pm

    we stared soaking the grains for our bread, tortillas, rolls, biscuits, etc. etc.

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  12. Kim
    April 22, 2010 | 9:30 pm

    I would love to win one of her cookbooks. In our family we have moved toward healthy eating by eating chemical free, grass fed beef, incorporating more veggies, and drinking more water. We have more changes to make, but I feel good with how we are getting there.

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  13. Jennifer Bartley
    April 22, 2010 | 9:33 pm

    We have been making an effort to cook and bake from scratch more often. With a busy family, a book that this will help with many more great idea’s for healthy cooking. My children have also gone almost a full year with out soda pop…that took perseverence!

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  14. Kris
    April 22, 2010 | 10:56 pm

    I would love tohave on eof Sue Greggs cookbooks. I’ve been coveting them for a while now and have been trying the recipes on her site.

    Excited for my daughter to be old enough to use this curriculum, too!

    I’ve been working on soaking my grains and legumes. I’m making Kefir and using on pastured meats. We’re also switching to raw milk as of tomorrow.

    Kris

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  15. Kris
    April 22, 2010 | 11:02 pm

    Okay, I blogged about it here:
    http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/misskris/779168/

    And I am posting the blog entry to my FB page, too.

    Kris

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  16. Melanie
    April 22, 2010 | 11:10 pm

    We have been making many of our own breads and condiments, yogurt and ice cream. I would love one of the books to increase my experience with soaking grains and making blender batters, since I do not have, and will not be able to afford a grain mill for a while!

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  17. Kris
    April 22, 2010 | 11:24 pm

    Tweet
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    Kris Mays

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  18. Donna
    April 23, 2010 | 7:26 am

    I want to cook healthier cook because I’m helping to raise my grandson. He’s nursing now but is a vigorous little boy who will be eating in no time, and I want to keep him healthy and active. The blender method of baking interests me, especially because we have celiac in our family and I need to cook with alternative grains. One thing I do now is make all fruit smoothies from bananas and frozen fruit I buy – yum!

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  19. Marci J
    April 23, 2010 | 7:52 am

    I’m using more whole wheat in my muffins and cookies. More fiber helps me feel less hungry for a longer time.

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  20. Geraldine
    April 23, 2010 | 8:55 am

    We are in the process of getting rid of the processed everything. If I buy it regularly at the store I start to look for a recipe to be able to make it myself-cause I’m a control freak like that-lol. No, really it is just about controlling what we have in our bodies.

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  21. Mary Weaver
    April 23, 2010 | 9:34 am

    I grind my own berries now to make a our whole wheat bread1

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  22. AmyG
    April 23, 2010 | 11:19 am

    We are making strides in this area. We are now eating more whole grains and buying our beef from a local farmer. Still much to learn!

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  23. Jasmine
    April 23, 2010 | 12:27 pm

    I need this! We are wanting to move in that direction but I don’t know where to start and friend recommended Sue Gregg just today.
    I want to do it for health reasons and I also just watched Food Inc. on PBS this week. YIKES!

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  24. Jasmine
    April 23, 2010 | 12:29 pm

    tweeted!

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  25. Lori
    April 23, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    A few years ago we had a health crisis with 2 of our children, out of neccessity we made huge changes to our diets. Now 3 yrs later, we are mostly out of that health situation, but what we learned about whole foods has changed our diets permanently. I love Sue’s breakfast cookbook. I made blender batter waffles a few times a month among several other recipes. One of the best things for me was that she gives substitutions for things, so the recipes still work with special diets. I’d love to have new recipe book to try from.

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  26. andrea
    April 23, 2010 | 3:59 pm

    Going to the doctor and they say you must

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  27. MamaHen
    April 23, 2010 | 6:44 pm

    We have given up soft drinks.

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  28. Katie @ Frugal Femina
    April 24, 2010 | 7:55 am

    I became a Mamavation Mom (www.mamavation.com) and learned much more about how to eat and exercise regularly.

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  29. Alisa
    April 24, 2010 | 8:03 am

    We have made lots of changes in the last several years. We drink raw milk, eat grass fed and as unprocessed as we can. I desperately need new recipes!!

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  30. Hannah
    April 24, 2010 | 9:43 am

    We are growing a garden again this year and hope to can a lot of our own foods again this year too! I am learning more about whole foods and hope to grow more of our own food and feed my family more natural, whole foods!
    I would love to have Sue Gregg’s cookbooks!

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  31. Hannah
    April 24, 2010 | 9:46 am
  32. Jenna
    April 25, 2010 | 5:32 am

    I became a vegetarian.

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  33. Tracy
    April 25, 2010 | 11:50 am

    I’m a vegetarian and for a long time I relied on processed meat substitutes for protein. But I’ve recently been making an effort to move away from processed foods and have instead started cooking with more dried beans and whole grains.

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  34. Tara Maue
    April 25, 2010 | 2:49 pm

    I have always been a picky eater, but in the past couple of years I have started to add new foods. This book would be helpful in learning ways to prepare these foods.

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  35. Terri
    April 25, 2010 | 6:59 pm

    I would love to win ‘Whole Foods Cooking’. I have several of the others. I have done various things to improve our diet. We drink our tea with stevia instead of sugar. We eat whole grain bread and pasta. I’m currently working to up the amount of fruits and vegetables we eat.

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  36. Shannon
    April 26, 2010 | 9:43 am

    I have heard a lot about Sue Gregg’s book, and would be very interested in reading it and implementing her techniques and recipes. I already bake a lot of things with whole wheat, and just recently, I have started soaking our beans and rice for 24 hours before cooking. I also cook the beans with a little bit of kombu leaf, and I’ve noticed that the soaking and the kombu really make a difference in the texture and digestibility of the beans (making them smoother and us less gassy!) :)

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  37. Teresa
    April 26, 2010 | 6:37 pm

    We have begun to really read packaging to limit sugar, up fiber and watch hydrogeanated oils. We garden and include the children in cooking daily. When they leave our home I want them not to just be able to cook for themselves but to understand health and nutrition walk hand in hand with what they eat.

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  38. Debbie Reynolds
    April 27, 2010 | 12:42 am

    I try to let the kids chose their fruit and vegetable servings, to encourage them in making their own decisions about how to take care of their “temples”.

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  39. AllieZirkle
    April 27, 2010 | 2:36 pm

    Cooking at home with whole foods is where I’ve started!

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  40. lisa piq
    June 29, 2010 | 10:41 pm

    I try to cook mostly from scratch and we growing , many of our veggies , Im drying herbs to perk up those winter meals to come , trying to eat lean protiens .(ie serving eggs as A DINNER once a week)

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  41. Maria Petty
    July 13, 2011 | 11:49 am

    I bought Training Our Daughters to be Keepers at Home, and it recommends the Sue Gregg cookbooks for use. I have a couple of her books as well as a video so far. I LOVE them and hope to be able to afford the entire collection. I just wish this was around when I was in school, but I am learning right along with my daughters.

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