4 Delicious Recipes From Daphne Oz's New Cookbook

"Cooking dinner shouldn't feel like another job. It should be your chance to relax."

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Can healthy home cooking fit into a hectic schedule? "It has to," says Daphne Oz, cohost of The Chew and mom of a baby and toddler (Dr. Oz's grandkids!). She's all about the big batch, gaming out leftovers, and dressing up store-bought basics. No wonder her new book is called The Happy Cook! Here's a taste of what you'll get within the pages.

A lot of us aspire to be domestic goddesses. These days, I'm going for domestic god-ish — I don't care so much about perfection as I do about making my life feel full and beautiful in fun and easy ways. If I don't have time to put together an entire healthy meal, I'll make a flavorful salad, like my Shaved Brussels Sprouts, and serve it with food that's already prepped, like a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

Cooking up nutrient-packed sides in bulk helps too. I make a batch of quinoa or millet and turn to it all week — warming it with milk and honey for breakfast, tossing some into lunch salads, sautéing it with vegetables for dinner. I also depend on fresh-made flavor boosters. A simple chimichurri elevates any meat or pasta. Throw in parsley, dill, or mint and bagged lettuce takes a luxe turn, and the vitamin quotient gets nudged up as well.

Healthy, hearty (and happy!) cooking doesn't have to require more time, just some creativity. The dishes here have ingredients everyone loves, plus a few subtle swaps to kick up the health perks. It was my mom who taught me to play with food this way — she's the epitome of a happy cook. We never ate "health food" — just delicious food that happened to be good for us. Now that I'm a mom, I'm excited for my kids to love what they eat, too.

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Crispy-Crunchy Honey-Thyme Granola

"Don't be afraid to think outside the box and play with your favorite ingredients. I'm a fan of thyme, and that little hint of savory herb in this granola makes each bite so unexpected. It's addictive."

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Millet Burrito Bowl

"When I crave Mexican, this bowl makes me happy. I swap out plain rice for fiber-rich millet, and meat for beans. Whatever I'm cooking, I'm always looking for ways to trade in healthier ingredients, while also using just enough olive oil, butter, sugar, or salt to make a dish taste like it should. I'm not into deprivation."

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Pecorino and Capers

"No need to roast your brussels sprouts. Just shred, season, and munch away. This is my at-home version of a dish I love at Barbuto restaurant in New York City. The pecorino (sheep's milk) cheese adds an extra touch of salty creaminess, but you could also use Parmigiano-Reggiano."

Grab the recipe here.

Hoisin-Glazed Pork and Turkey Meatloaf

"Have your meatloaf and eat it too. For a stick-to-your-ribs loaf that's nutritious and not too fatty, I switch some pork out for turkey — and use this baking trick: Line a wire rack with foil and set it on top of a lined rimmed baking sheet. Lightly coat the rack foil with cooking spray; then, with a knife, make a few slits. This allows the fat to drip down onto the baking sheet."

Grab the recipe here.

Recipes adapted from the forthcoming book The Happy Cook: 125 Recipes for Eating Every Day Like It's the Weekend, by Daphne Oz. Copyright (c) 2016 by Daphne Oz. To be published on September 20, 2016, by William Morrow Cookbooks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

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