5 cookbooks if you wish to cook dinner wholesome meals shortly
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As someone with some pesky food allergies, I cook most of my own meals at home even before the pandemic made eating more difficult. I try to eat healthy whole foods, including lots of vegetables, and stay away from processed foods that are loaded with additives (some of which I’m allergic to). I tend to eat what is called a “paleo plus” diet, which means that I make a lot of foods from paleo recipes and then top them with rice or cheese – or, frankly, both.
But these types of meals often take a long time to prepare, so I’m always looking for healthy meals that I can prepare quickly. Here are five cookbooks I turn to when I don’t want to spend all night in the kitchen.
Hungry Girl Fast & Easy by Lisa Lillien
There are dozens of recipes in this book that take 10 to 15 minutes to put together. Since we always eat with our eyes first, I think it’s great that this book includes a picture of every single recipe. From stew recipes to cup cakes to tin meals, there are many great vegetarian options here. There’s even a section that lists all of the no-cook options. Also, almost all of the recipes are made with ingredients that you can find in almost any grocery store. This is great because I live in a rural area.
Korean Paleo: 80 Fat, Gluten, & Grain Free Recipes by Jean Choi
I feel best when I can mainly stick to paleo foods and bibimbap is a great choice for a simple and satisfying meal. So this book is a natural choice for me. Jean Choi has created paleo versions of meals from her family’s cookbook. Some recipes are definitely more complicated and time consuming than others, but there are some simple gems here. Instructions for spices and ingredients can be found at the end of the book.
Fit Men Cook: Over 100 Meal Preparation Recipes for Men and Women by Kevin Curry
Not only are there some great meal preparation recipes here, they also come with a dose of high energy and positivity. I often make the air fryer German pancakes, that was the first recipe I tried in this book. One day I’ll borrow a waffle iron and make these Mediterranean-inspired banana corn waffles. Bonuses include meal planning tips and shopping lists.
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Budget bytes from Beth Moncel
The Budget Bytes blog is a stop for me, and Beth’s cookbook is a must-have. Her recipes are always delicious, easy and inexpensive without harming your health – the author has a degree in nutritional science. Bonus: You save money too. Beth is the reason I chopped up vegetables that can be put in the freezer in case of a pan emergency.
Ready or Not !: 150+ Make-Ahead, Make-Over, and Make-Now Recipes by Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong
I often turn to paleo recipes when my body is feeling bad and I need a reset, and I turn to Nom Nom Paleo for a lot of these recipes. I was thrilled when the team brought out this book. It offers make-ahead meals for those busy weeks, information on using pantry staples and scraps of food to improvise, and super-fast emergency meals.
I turn to these cookbooks when I’m tired, but I want to avoid taking out anything that could trigger my food allergies. Hope they help you cook healthy foods more often at home. And if you add (more) cheese to all the recipes, let’s just say I’m definitely not able to judge.