Armed with more than 175 budget-friendly, quick and easy recipes made with everyday ingredients, you get to minimize time and effort preparing healthful foods without sacrificing flavor! Straightforward explanations and a comprehensive collection of visual guides will teach you which foods are the best choices to mitigate chronic illnesses, including autoimmune disease. Real-life practical tips on everything from cleaning out your pantry and easy ingredient swaps to reinventing leftovers and DIY flavor combinations will help you go from theory to practice effortlessly. Even better, twelve 1-week meal plans with shopping lists take all the guesswork out of your weekly trip to the grocery store!
With half of all Americans taking at least one prescription medication (and 20% of us taking three or more!), there is a clear need for something to change. Combined with growing scientific evidence pointing to the Standard American Diet being at least partly to blame for our declining health, it's time for a dietary shift toward nutrient-dense, anti-inflammatory whole foods that promote health, rather than undermine it. In the first part of The Healing Kitchen, you'll learn all about what foods to eat and why, based on an ancestral diet template with contemporary scientific underpinnings. With a collection of practical tips and visual guides to distill this information into simple real-life actions that you can implement easily in your home, this book is the closest thing to a guarantee of success that you can have when embarking on a Paleo diet healing protocol.
The Healing Kitchen features more than 175 mouthwatering recipes that make eating healthful foods easy enough to fit even into the busiest of lives, while being so tasty you'll likely forget you're on a special diet to begin with! Compliant with the Paleo autoimmune protocol, every meal is budget-conscious, requires a minimal time commitment, uses no special equipment, and needs no hard-to-find ingredients—yet, the whole family will love it! There's no need to suffer with bland or boring foods on your journey towards optimal health—and The Healing Kitchen is all about enjoying tasty food while nourishing your body. The recipes span the gamut from easy peasy mains and simple sides to breakfast favorites and timeless treats. Even better, each recipe is labelled by cooking strategy, so you can easily identify meals that are one-pot, use 5 ingredients or less, take 20 minutes or less, can be made ahead, feature a slow cooker, or are on-the-go foods—to make planning your day effortless!
The Healing Kitchen also includes twelve weekly meal plans, each with a shopping list, to help you get completely organized in your kitchen! Even better, the selection of thematic meal plans home in on your individual needs. Can't spend more than 20 minutes cooking at a time? The 20-minute-or-less meal plan makes sure your time spent preparing food is as minimal as possible. Always eating on the run? The on-the-go meal plan will suit your needs perfectly. Have a whole crew you need to satisfy? The family-favorites meal plan will please kids and grown-ups alike. Want to do all of your cooking for the week in one afternoon? Two batch-cook meal plans complete with exclusive web links to companion how-to cooking videos will help you get it done! The Healing Kitchen is your best tool for turning your kitchen into healing central—all while minimizing your time commitment, keeping your food budget reined-in, and enjoying bite after delicious bite of meals to nourish and thrive.
About the Author
Alaena Haber, MS, OTR, makes her cookbook debut with The Healing Kitchen, showcasing her dedication toward nourishing and fresh meals in a modern, budget-conscious kitchen. Alaena's no stranger to cooking—she runs popular blog Grazed and Enthused. She started preparing meals for her family as a child, and many of her techniques and flavor pairings are inspired by the aromatic family-style meals that made her Lebanese grandmother Teta a legend. But unlike Teta, you won't be spending all day at the stove complaining about sore feet with this collection of recipes. Alaena pursues a holistic approach to happiness and well-being and truly believes health starts on your plate. She passionately uses a grain-free, anti-inflammatory diet to successfully manage her own chronic illness and wants to bring these healing recipes to your dinner table. Alaena also recently received her master's degree in occupational therapy, which allows her to help adults and children pursue and achieve meaningful lives. Alaena, her husband, and their dog have lived in four cities in the past 2 years and enjoy traveling the country by foot, bike, and kayak.
Sarah Ballantyne, PhD, is the creator of the award-winning online resource ThePaleoMom.com; cohost of the syndicated top-rated The Paleo View podcast; and New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Approach and The Paleo Approach Cookbook. Sarah earned her doctorate degree in medical biophysics at the age of twenty-six and spent the next four years doing research on critical care medicine, innate immunity, gene therapy, and cell biology, earning a variety of awards for research excellence along the way. Sarah's transition from academic researcher to stay-at-home mom to award-winning and internationally recognized health advocate and educator was driven by her own health journey, which included losing 120 pounds and using both diet and lifestyle to mitigate and reverse a dozen diagnosed health conditions. As a scientist both by training and by nature, Sarah is deeply interested in understanding how the foods we eat interact with our gut barriers, immune systems, and hormones to influence health. Sarah's innate curiosity goes further than just understanding diet, and she is also deeply interested in the impact of lifestyle factors like sleep, stress, and activity. Her passion for scientific literacy and her talent for distilling scientific concepts into straightforward and accessible explanations form the foundation of her work and her dedication to improving public health. Sarah also emphasizes a theory-to-practice approach in all of her work through her focus on recipe creation and everyday solutions.
“Sarah and Alaena’s volume of recipes speaks to the heart of what anyone trying to heal their body truly needs—practical, lifestyle-specific resources that will help you provide nourishing meals with minimal time, cleanup, or effort. The Healing Kitchen makes achieving wellness possible, with variety, flavor, and fun!”
—Mickey Trescott, NTP, and Angie Alt, CHC of autoimmune-paleo.com