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30 Days Grain-Free: A Day-by-Day Guide and Meal Plan for Beginning a Grain-Free Diet - Improve Your Digestion, Heal Your Gut, Increase Your Energy, Lose Weight, and More! Paperback – August 1, 2016
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"30 Days Grain-Free makes changing your lifestyle so easy! This cookbook takes a realistic approach and provides you with recipes for waffles, lasagna, and even dessert. You won't be missing grains with this cookbook - Carol Lovett, author of Ditch the Wheat
"Cara outlines each of the thirty days into an actionable plan that will lead the entire family to enjoy a grain-free lifestyle. Her recipes are creative and delicious for the entire family to love - Laura Fuentes, author of The Best Grain-Free Family Meals on the Planet
About the Author
Cara Comini is the founder of the popular website Health, Home, Happiness (www.healthhomehappy.com/), where she features grain-free and GAPS-approved recipes. Cara began her daughter on a grain-free diet in 2008, to help with developmental delays. Six years later, her daughter is still thriving, and Cara's blog is more popular than ever.Cara has a popular self-published ebook called What Can I Eat Now: 30 Days on the GAPS Intro Diet, and sells her grain-free meal plans on her site.
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1. “Normal” Foods—Comini understands that you might not be ready to give up your favorites, so she has created gluten-free versions of pancakes (pg. 47), coconut flour waffles (pg. 54) and zucchini lasagna (pg. 64), coconut bread (pg. 83), sesame-sunflower crackers (pg. 149). If you’ve done a whole30, many of these foods would be considered “sex with your pants on” and discouraged. I appreciate Comini understands my family might not be ready to eat 30 days of totally new foods, and we’ll need variations of our favorite staples (I have a 3-year old pancake fanatic).
2. Book is organized well. Comini’s writing is fun and funny, encouraging and thoughtful. She really wants you and your family to succeed in eating grain-free. She’s considerate of including ideas for feeding kids in her meal plans.
3. Economic/Efficient use of food—I love that in the morning you might make crepes with berries (pg. 70) and roll ‘em up with nut butter for lunch (pg. 71). You make meatballs at the beginning of the week and use them multiple ways (from the freezer) later in the book.
4. The book is organized day by day, i.e. Day 1 Breakfast, Day 1 Lunch, Day 1 Dinner, etc. so it’s great if your ready to pick up this book and try everything (in order) for 30 days. If you’re new to paleo cooking, and need a place to start and no time to find new recipes, this book is for you. Using the shopping list you’ll have everything you’ll need for the whole week.
5. Good section of homemade staples in the back (ketchup, pesto, salad dressing, etc). Even better were the “sweet treats.” I’ve made the chocolate truffles three time (pg. 176).
1. I found that I have a hard time following the timeline. We live in rural Maine, with limited access to fresh produce, so I would have had a hard time following all the recipes, even if I wanted to.
2. There is a stark absence of seasoning in this book. I find, that when cooking grain-free, fresh spices and other seasonings are essential (once you remove all the sugar and other junk!). I found these recipes great starting places, but I’m not sure I made a single one without adding something. For example, just from the first week: Salmon-Coconut Patties (pg. 28), added lemon pepper and sea salt; Hot Cooked Apples (pg. 39), added lemon and cinnamon; Burgers (pg. 44), added my hamburger seasoning blend of smoked paprika and herbs, etc.
3. Solid recipes, just not inspiring. I’m a cookbook fanactic, and love to look through and drool over the future meals I might make. I dog ear pages. After flipping through this book, I had very few dogged pages. The recipes are solid—just not inspiring! She does push the envelope with cultured salsa (pg. 171). Nice!
All in all, it’s a thoughtful book, considerate of a parent trying to feed their family healthy food. It’s not the book you pick up for inspiration, but for, “I can make that gluten free? OK!” And, I'll be returning to those delicious lemon poppy seed pancakes before the month is up. It’s also not the book you pick up for meal ideas, as the 30-day organization does not lend its self looking for dinner ideas (I much prefer the organization of the The Whole30 Cookbook: 150 Delicious and Totally Compliant Recipes to Help You Succeed with the Whole30 and Beyond by protein type).
TIP: She doesn’t introduce “hot-buttered coffee” until page 134…I suggest you start with this on week 1! It’s the only thing that kept me from feeling starved by 10 am when I started my Whole30.
SPICES: To make all the recipes in this book, you will need the following spices:
• Chili Seasoning
• Cumin (ground)
• Curry (seasoning blend)
• Coriander (ground)
• Garlic (granules)
• Italian Seasoning
• Lemon Pepper
• Mustard (powder)
• Paprika (Smoked)
• Pepper (cracked)
• Poppy Seed
• Red Pepper Flakes
• Sea Salt
• White Pepper (ground)
I review cookbooks for the blog portion of our Gneiss Spice shop, and figured it might be helpful to post them here. As a maker of spice racks, Gneiss Spice Everything Spice Kit: 24 Magnetic Jars Filled with Standard Organic Spices / Hanging Magnetic Spice Rack (Small Jars, Silver Lids), I'm obviously bias for books that really experiment with spices...so make sure you take my review with a grain of salt. Thanks for reading! Please let me know what questions you have.
I do have one caveat, though. If you cannot eat eggs, this is not the book for you. Many of the recipes include eggs and it would be either impossible or difficult to substitute for all of those recipes. As long as you can eat eggs, this is not a problem, but I wanted to mention it for any fellow egg-allergy sufferers.
Usually, grain free cooking requires tons of weird hard to find in Alaska ingredients. But this book is exceptionally good and every recipe is more than achievable.
I would recommend this book to anyone. Even if you not grain-free, it is still ultimately delicious. I bought 1 additional for my mom already!
If you are considering a grain free diet, this resource will help tremendously. And if you are already grain free, this cookbook is still good because you will get some more recipes to make and diversify your options.
I received a copy of this cookbook from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.