My new favorite cookbook
Back when I was visiting my friend Kelley (in what was truly one of the best girl weekends), I paged through a new cookbook she had called It's All Good, by Gwyneth Paltrow. I know she has a reputation for being an out-of-touch star, but I have stumbled over some seriously good ideas of hers over the years and was impressed with the book.
Then, a few weeks ago when I began acupuncture (more on that later), my acupuncturist suggested I try a gluten-free diet. I remebered the recipe book was all about clean, simple eating, so I checked it out of the library. While not entirely gluten-free, her cookbook is all about simple, basic & unprocessed recipes that largely exclude dairy, gluten, sugar or meat (though there are recipes with each of those).
I'll tell you why I love it: the recipes really are pretty simple, the ingredients aren't impossible to find (though a Trader Joe's or Whole Foods helps) and the food is tasty and real. One of my frustrations with any particular type of eating is retro-fitting foods into something else, for instance: veggie burgers. I love a great black bean burger, but it's not a burger and that's okay. If I'm eating mostly vegetables and meats, then let them taste like it. The worst recipe I came across while eating low-carb years ago was pork rind pancakes. You can do the math.
I'm not a believer in diets, but I do believe strongly in holistic health and even if you aim for a few of these meals a week, you can pack a healthy, tasty punch :)
So far a huge hit at our house were the turkey meatballs (I actually made them with ground beef) and tonight I'm going to try spicy korean tacos!
Do you have a favorite recipe book?
PS - the pictures are gorgeous, too!