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Cookbook Review: “The Healing Kitchen”
I have a confession to make. I don’t follow recipes. I never have. I’ve always been one to read cookbooks. In fact I love reading cookbooks and browsing pinterest for recipes. But, my M.O. has always been to read the recipe and then use it as a springboard for my own creation. I guess that explains my love for creating my own recipes.
BUT THEN… along came this cookbook… and all that changed. I received my copy of THE HEALING KITCHEN while I was at work and I’ll admit that I took an early lunch break to check it out. As I flipped through the book I wanted to cook and eat all the food. I even said to a couple of people that I felt like Alena & Sarah were inside my head and I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t thought of that.
There isn’t a single recipe in the book that I wouldn’t want to try and they are all the kinds of food that I cook. This book is about real life and nourishing your body with real food and having fun while doing to. Within the first 3 days of having the book I had already made 5 recipes from the book (with no tweaks needed) and I enjoyed each bite and all the leftovers. 🙂 The recipes I made are pictures below…plus I had to make the Avocado Mayo for the Tropical Broccoli Salad.
|Dinner night 1 – meatloaf with caramelized onions,
gingered asparagus & tropical broccoli salad
|Breakfast day 2 – leftover meatloaf and a big bowl of the
Banana Carrot Bread Baked ‘Not’meal…. this is one of the
best foods I’ve eaten in a LONG time!
|Breakfast day 3 – more baked ‘not’meal, leftover broccoli salad
and random things from the fridge
|Dinner day 4 – Wild Salmon with roasted raspberries and more of the gingered asparagus…
all cooked together to save on clean up
As I said before, this is an amazing cookbook from cover to cover, but in my opinion it’s worth buying the book just for the Banana Carrot Bread Baked ‘Not’Meal.” That dish rates in the top 5 dishes of 2015 without a doubt!
You don’t really need another reason to buy this book, but here are 6 more…. my favorite things about this book. 🙂
- Cool Infographics (see below). There are pages and pages at the beginning of the book with infographics of what belongs in a healing kitchen, why we eat certain foods, what to eat and what to avoid and so much more.
- Real Life Recipes…and Real Life Ingredients. Not all of us are lucky enough to live on (or near) an organic farm, or have daily access to specialty stores. Many people live in ‘food deserts’ and have to rely on a big box market for most of their shopping. I couldn’t find anything in this book that would be hard to find in a decent sized grocery store. Plus, most of these items would be available around the world, which is great for those of us outside of North America.
- 175+ Recipes. If you’re looking for a good all around cookbook with a variety of recipes, this is the book for you. You’ll find everything from breakfast to dessert to quick meals to veggies to protein and everything in between – including sauces, broth and other ‘staples.’
- Time Saving. LOTS of the recipes in the book are quick to cook or prepare, because let’s face it…even if you have a ‘healing’ kitchen, you don’t want to spend all day in there. Plus. throughout the book there are time saving tips, ideas of how to combine recipes into meals and info on how long each recipe with last in the fridge or freezer.
- Meal Plans. Especially when you first start on a healing diet, the thought of always being in the kitchen can be scary. There are meal plans in the book for different life stages – busy people, families, meals on the go, etc. These meal plans help you figure out what to cook when to make the most of the recipes.
- The food is just REALLY good. Your non-paleo, non-aip friends will only think that you’re serving them delicious food. Plus, there are a variety of flavors to suit any mood or food palate.
You can get your copy here THE HEALING KITCHEN