Disclosure: I received a copy of The Whole30 Cookbook from Penguin Random House Canada for review purposes. All opinions are my own, as always.
The Whole30 changed my life. After feeling stuck and out of control after having my first child, I found the Whole30 in 2013. Over that year, I lost about 60 lbs, completely changed my relationship with food and not only incorporated exercise into my life, but loved it. Fast forward four years to a second child and feeling stressed out and putting myself on the back burner while consuming sugar and fast carbs as fuel and stress relief. As if through divine intervention, a package from Penguin Random House Canada arrived with a copy of The Whole30 Cookbook by Melissa Hartwig. This was the no-excuses, get-your-butt-in-gear poke that I needed to make strides forward.
I wanted to approach this review with fresh eyes and remember how full of hope, excitement and sheer terror I felt that first Whole30. The Whole30 is a 30-day reset to discover and target habits, relationships with food and sensitivities while removing dairy, sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and certain additives. Do you see why I said sheer terror? Moving from my standard North American diet to the Whole30 was a huge leap into the unknown. I'd like to assure you, the Whole30 Cookbook WILL HELP! If I’d had this cookbook the first time I attempted the Whole30 I would have been relieved at variety of foods I could eat instead of focusing on the foods I couldn’t.
The Whole30 Cookbook includes over 125 recipes from Melissa Hartwig and the biggest names in the paleo culinary scene. As a trained chef and primary cook for my family, it's important to me that Whole30 and paleo cooking is flavour-forward, interesting and worthy of entertaining guests. Thankfully, sacrificing flavour is a non-issue with the Whole30 Cookbook as Melissa has included dishes with an international flare like Thai Coconut Chicken soup and Mexican inspired Pork Posole that are perfectly suited for weeknights and entertaining a crowd.
The Whole30 can feel feel like a revolving door of sweet potatoes, salads and grilled meat. Melissa saves us all from a starchy carb rut with many unique solutions from rutabaga fries to crispy potato patties. Her lemony, spicy Moroccan Chicken with Carrot Pistachio Slaw was such a weeknight hit we made it twice and the Salmon Cakes with Pineapple Salsa perked up a cold January evening with a hint of the tropics.
The Whole30 Cookbook is a perfect introduction to the idea that I personally want to scream from the mountaintops - that clean eating can be healthy AND delicious!
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