When I started changing our family over to a whole foods diet I knew I would need some kind of guideline for feeding my whole family. I could throw a basic meal together but making such a huge change in ingredients and eating style I knew I would need help. Plus a new cookbook is always a great way to add some new staples to the dinner routine.
One of my favorite blogs that I read is 100 Days of Real Food. Check it out here! Lisa and her family went 100 days with no processed food, no artificial flavorings or food coloring. It’s a fascinating read on the original 100 days and there’s a second series where they do 100 days of real food on a budget.
Then she came out with her first cookbook.
The cookbook was an absolute game changer for me! This one right here! Seriously, buy it right now! (link below)
I agree with just about everything Lisa says but I like to have a little bit more of a realistic approach. Some of her meal plans are terrific and others are a little outside of what my family would enjoy. It’s all about making it fit your own family.
One of my favorite recipes is the whole chicken in a slow cooker.
I mean… How yummy does that chicken look?
When I heard she was coming out with an actual cookbook I immediately pre-ordered it off of Amazon. I fell in love with this cookbook. It has become an absolute staple in our house.
I whip out this cookbook every time I meal plan.
The recipes are easy to follow and use almost all recognizable and easily available ingredients. The biggest hit out of this cookbook for my family was the pulled pork. Seriously, it is so freaking delicious I can’t even describe it.
I love that Lisa takes the whole family into consideration. She includes some great lunch ideas for the kids. No more questionable school lunches and great ways to feed your kids great healthy foods that they’ll love.
This style of eating does take some getting used to. Your tastes will adjust to the low sugar and no artificial ingredients. But once your taste buds adjust it is so delicious and it helps keep your hunger under control because whole foods are much more filling and really help satiate your hunger for longer periods of time.
Some of the things she suggests are just not feasible for a strict budget. Like all organic milk and free range eggs and grass fed beef. These would be wonderful to include in our daily diet but with organic milk being $7-10 per gallon and grass fed beef around $9 per pound it’s just not going to fit in our budget. I do like to buy according to the dirty dozen list. But right now we buy regular milk for my hubby and kids and I use non-dairy milk, like coconut milk or almond milk. We try to buy local beef but honestly if it’s on sale for a great deal I’ll just grab the regular ground beef. I try not to feel to guilty about it because at least I am putting a home cooked meal on the table for my family.
Even Lisa says to keep it about 90% real whole foods and relax 10% of the time.
When it comes to meal planning and family meals Lisa’s cookbook does a great job to give yummy sides and a great main dish. Plus I know if you subscribe to her blog you get 5 weeks of meal plans for free. Woo hoo!
If you are trying to lose weight you may have to adjust certain ingredients she likes to use like full fat milk and yogurt. I just try to stick to natural with no additives but fat free. She has made the comment on her blog that she’s never had a problem with disordered eating or with portion control so I have to pay extra attention to serving sizes for myself.
This cookbook is fabulous with the 21 Day Fix nutrition plan. (read more on that here)
Overall I love that this cookbook is a great way to ease into cooking with real whole foods. It’s become my go-to wedding or Christmas present.
Order here and try these amazing recipes for yourself! 100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love
What is your favorite cookbook?
Leave a comment below if you have tried any 100 Days of Real Food recipes?
Awesome news Lisa is coming out with a new 100 Days of Real Food cookbook! Pre-order here: 100 Days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food I already have my copy on hold!