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100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love Hardcover – August 26, 2014
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“Perfect for those who are trying to ditch processed foods.” (wellandgood.com)
“For practical pointers on making real food a family affair, there’s no better resource than Lisa Leake’s 100 Days of Real Food. It offers both gradual and wholesale approaches to relinquishing synthetics.” (Portland Press Herald)
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Simple, family-friendly recipes and practical advice to help you ditch processed food and eat better every day!
Thanks to Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food, Lisa Leake was given the wake-up call of her life when she realized that many of the foods she was feeding her family were actually "foodlike substances." So she, her husband, and their two young girls completely overhauled their diets by pledging to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog. What she thought would be a short-term experiment turned out to have a huge impact on her personally. After wading through their fair share of challenges, experiencing unexpected improvements in health, and gaining a preference for fresh, wholesome meals, the Leakes happily adopted their commitment to real food as their "new normal."
Now Lisa shares her family's story, offering insights and cost-conscious recipes everyone can use to enjoy wholesome natural food prepared with easily found ingredients such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, seafood, locally raised meats, whole-milk dairy products, nuts, natural sweeteners, and more.
Filled with step-by-step instructions, this hands-on cookbook and guide includes:
- Advice for navigating the grocery store and making smart real food purchases
- Tips for reading ingredient labels
- 100 quick-and-easy recipes for such favorites as Homemade Chicken Nuggets, Whole Wheat Pasta with Kale Pesto Cream Sauce, Cheesy Broccoli Casserole, The Best Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker, and Cinnamon-Glazed Popcorn
- Meal plans and suggestions for kid-pleasing school lunches, parties, and snacks
- A 10-day mini-starter program, and much more.
100 Days of Real Food offers all the support, encouragement, and guidance you'll need to make these incredibly important and timely life changes.
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Top Customer Reviews
When I opened it up I felt like I was greeted by a friend. Someone who had walked the same road as me and was there to help make it easier for me. She wasn't making me change all my ways overnight, just giving me easy changes I could make to improve my diet.
I went grocery shopping the next day. I didn't make over my entire grocery cart but I had meal planned based on this cookbook (something I don't typically do with a new cookbook but I actually wanted to make everything!). In doing so I ended up filling my cart with real food and it didn't feel like a huge life change.
All the recipes use normal foods found in normal grocery stores. They're easy to follow with step by step instructions, great tips, family friendly recipes with pictures of every meal.
The first section is informative and not condescending in tone (great for a new cook or someone like me who is new to a real food journey).
I love this cookbook! I feel like it will be living on my counter for many years!
The first half of the book deals strictly with how/why to cut processed food out of your diet. I work at a food co-op, so for the most part, I skipped the first half. I have seen this information many times in Lisa's blogs and in my work, but for a person new to cutting processed food from their diet, this is valuable info. People looking to understand what is in the foods they currently eat SHOULD read the first part of the book! Lisa breaks down what real food is and what it is not; offers tips on what to have in your pantry, freezer and fridge; explains commonly used food terminology such as free-range, grass-fed and cage-free; and offers a detailed explanation of common brand name processed foods.
Particularly helpful to anyone, are Lisa's tips on meal planning. Meal planning is the key to getting processed food out of your diet. Think your family won't go for it? Lisa also offers tips for picky eaters and how to get your family on board.
What I like most about this first section, is that is is not condescending, which books like this can often be. It just offers key information about processed food that anyone can understand.
The second half of the book are recipes, which I what I was most interested in. The recipes are broken into the rolling sections: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Appetizers, Salads and Sides, Simple Dinners, Special Treats, and Homemade Staples. I have made several recipes from the book and with the exception of one, all have worked well.
My favorite section is Simple Dinners. They are indeed simple, with minimal ingredients and not taking more than an hour to prepare. Favorites in my family are the Slow-Cooker Potato Soup and The Best Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker.
One recipe I had slight issues with was the Macaroni Casserole. The recipe was simple and tasted good, but the pasta ended up being VERY al dente. This may be due to the type of pasta I used--whole wheat. I would recommend not using whole wheat pasta in this recipe.
Overall, I loved the easy to make, real food recipes offered in this book. Over the course of 4 months, it has become my go-to family dinner cookbook.