I am thrilled to share with you all a review of yet another fantastic resource both for those specifically following the Autoimmune Protocol and for individuals simply seeking to use food as medicine. The dream team, aka Dr. Sarah Ballantyne from the Paleo Mom and Alaena Haber from Grazed and Enthused teamed up together to make an in-depth, resourceful cookbook with over 175 recipes, 12 weekly meal plans and shopping lists, as well as 100+ pages of information concerning vitamins, nutrients, which foods contain what, what and how to eat, how food reduces inflammation, ingredient swaps, popular flavor combinations, and much more. Overall, you do not need any previous knowledge in health or cooking to benefit from this book, as everything is mapped out in an easy to understand format.
If you have previously bought The Paleo Approach by Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, you will know how much scientific, yet easy to understand information the book includes. The Healing Kitchen is very similar, as it answers any question you could ever ask concerning food and the human body. Of course, if this information is overwhelming, than of course you can just skip right to the recipes and meal planning. All in all, it is a cookbook for the food and science lover alike. The recipes themselves are very standard in that they do not contain any weird or hard to find ingredients. Many of the dishes I made used ingredients that did not require me to take an extra trip to Whole Foods. There are a slue of recipes using less than 5 ingredients, can be cooked under 20 minutes, do not contain any cooking (i.e. no kitchen cleanup time), can be made in one pot, and, the best part, leftovers that can be made into an entirely new dish. Many of the recipes can also easily be batch cooked, for those who are looking to spend less time in the kitchen during the week.
The recipes begin with what is called the “kitchen basics,” including a variety of homemade broths, dressings, condiments, and herb/spice blends. This is then followed by a lengthy breakfast chapter, covering both sweet and savory dishes from a pumpkin spice smoothie to crispy salmon hash and biscuits and gravy. The next chapter has 25 soup and salad recipes, ranging from hearty chowders and stews, to light and colorful veggie-full salads. While the main dish of any meal can be easily be viewed as the post time consuming and messy to make, Sarah and Aleana pride themselves in having “easy-peasy mains,” including a variety of meat and vegetable based dishes from an Italian stromboli, to meatballs, pesto chicken pasta, and yes, even pizza. The recipes range from all over the world, including Greek, to Hawaiian, German, and Mediterranean. The 9th chapter of the Healing Kitchen is all about “simple sides,” all of which includes vegetables from all over the spectrum, but also an enormous amount of flavor inspired by Labanese and Caribbean cooking. There is even an entire chapter dedicated to refreshing drinks that can easily be served at a party. Of course, a cookbook would not be complete with a treat section, and The Healing Kitchen is sure to not disappoint. Apple crumbled, truffle fudge pops, and no-bake lemon macaroons…Need I say more? As someone living in a house full of boys, the dishes I make have to stand up to their picky tastebuds. Therefore, while my brother does not follow a Paleo or AIP diet, all of the recipes in The Healing Kitchen sounded very appetizing to him. I started off with the Anti-Inflammatory meatballs, which only had 7 ingredients and took a matter of minutes to whip up and stick in the oven. Both my brother and our friend loved them and said they were absolutely amazing. I then chose the Fennel Mandarin Slaw, which I served with Roasted Rapsberry Salmon, which was easily rated 5 stars. Overall, there are a great deal of tasty recipes that both myself and my housemates will enjoy. I cannot wait to keep cooking from this book. To try and get a free copy of your own, simply enter in the giveaway below!
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Thank you so much for sharing. I help cook for a few different people who are trying to eat paleo and healthy. This would be a great resource to help me help three different famlies.
Would love to win this book! Most excited because of the author…..love Sarah, the Paleo Mom!
I would love this book! I’m new to AIP paleo cooking and always love recipe ideas, especially ones that don’t require tons of specialty ingredients. It seems like this book is also very explanatory which would be very helpful. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!
I would love this book as I’m exploring the idea of aip 🙂 having this as a reference for recipes would be great!
Love this review. I have been on and off again with Paleo. My mom this past year was diagnosed with breast cancer. She adapted a keto/paleo diet to combat the cancer on a physical level. She has had amazing results!
I’m always looking for easy & tasty new recipes!
AIP recipes have saved me in inspiring me that there can still be exciting things to indulge in,, and they help relieve some of the overwhelm. This book would be fantastic.
I am trying to help with inflammation I am fighting with endometriosis , I am hoping a healing cooking plan may be beneficial for me to try <3
I’ve been doing paleo more less (sometimes less!) for a few months now, and I could sure use some additional help now.
susan brennan says
I would love this book as well! I’ve struggled with lyme disease and thyroid autoimmune disorders for the past few years, and am working my way back to health. Bless you both!
I desperately need some new breakfast ideas that are AIP!
With several family members on healing / grain-free diets, I’m constantly on the lookout for new resources to enliven our cooking.
Stacy Peterson says
I need to get back on track after the holidays! New cookbooks inspire me. You can never have enough. 😉
Erika Grudzinskas says
I have heard so many great things about this cookbook I would love a copy for my own healing kitchen for my transition to AIP 🙂
I’m always looking for new recipes that are healthy, healing and yummy!
Cheryl Hartle says
It is not always easy to find a variety of AIP recipes. I end up getting in a rut and always eating the same thing. Cheers to variety and food taste.
Christy k says
I’ve been following AIP for over a year now and I could definitely use some inspiration! I’ve been in a bit of a cooking rut and would love a copy of this book!
Lisa P says
It would help me because I have Hashimoto’s and need some new recipe ideas!
Joanna Ruth says
I’m looking forward to the science and simple (low number of ingredients) recipes. Thanks for the giveaway!
my sleepy kitchen says
I’ve had a lot of success using food as medicine to help treat Lyme; I started eating paleo a year and a half ago and have let a few things slide since then, so a new cook book would be great inspiration to get back on track! I love The Paleo Mom, and although I haven’t tried strict AIP, those recipes are very helpful since I’m sensitive to gluten, dairy and eggs.
Nicky M says
I have been very excited about this book and would love to see what new ideas that could help me make my food more exciting. I have been struggling with Lyme and mold illness for several years now and I need some more variety and creativity in my recipes. Thank you!
More new ideas and science-based recipes to turn to would be great!
Thanks for the chance to win this great book! I am in need of healing my autoimmune tendicies and would love this book to help me along! Sounds great!
I would love to have this book!! I have a bunch of ebooks/Pinterest recipes but no books and I want a library in my kitchen :). I love your blog and recipes very much!!
Cindy Berryman says
both ladies are awesome, would love their combine cookbook!
I am currently going through gaps intro diet and I am always looking to learn more about paleo and aip and get more recipe ideas! I love both of your Instagram accounts and blogs!
I’d like it for all of the various “staples” recipes
Samantha Teague says
This book would definitely help when that creative chef spark is burning a bit dim!
This book would give me some great new ideas to change up my menu. Cooking delicious meals and having just simple recipes.
I would love a new AIP resource!