We deal with food allergies in our family, and because of that, we tend to eat more healthy (see my post regarding The Upside of Food Allergies here). After seeing just a few recipes/school lunch ideas posted, I knew Lisa Leake and I would become great friends. Well, at least I feel like we are great friends since we have so much in common regarding what we should eat. Following her posts has opened my eyes to what is actually in our processed food and how one voice can have a big impact on our food industry.
When I received my very own copy of Lisa's new cookbook in the mail, I was so excited! I immediately flipped through the pages to find them filled not only with delicious, nutritious recipes with vibrant pictures, but also lots of great tips on how to shop for real food and how to make changes in your family diet that will last a lifetime. It begins with a wonderful summary of Lisa's food journey to which I can greatly relate. A life of fast food and processed junk seemed to make life on-the-go so much easier, but Lisa beautifully illustrates that eating healthy (eating real food) and being busy are not mutually exclusive. I can personally attest to that. Sometimes we just need a little guidance on how to make that happen.
As a parent of two (of four) children with life-threatening food allergies, I often need to make modifications to recipes to make them safe for my family. One thing I really like about Lisa's recipes is that she is very aware of other people's special diet needs. Many of the recipes included in this book are allergy friendly, or can easy be modified to be.
100 Days of Real Food: How We Did It, What We Learned, and 100 Easy, Wholesome Recipes Your Family Will Love is the name of this newly released cookbook. Other than the name being a mouthful, I don't have anything negative to say. This is not some fancy cookbook that offers recipes for high-end dining. This is an everyday, quick meal cookbook that you can enjoy. It is filled with simple, healthy recipes that will impress even your grandmother!
Many people are hesitant to make the change to real food because they don't know what to buy, think it's too expensive, deal with picky eaters and/or don't know where to start. This book will help you with all of that. I agree that it can be quite overwhelming at first, but you don't have to change overnight!
Tonight I decided to give one of these recipes a try. I made Shortcut Eggplant Parmesan for my family, and the only ingredient I had to purchase was eggplant. I already had everything else in my kitchen.
Of course, I made a few minor modifications to the recipe to make it safe for my family, such as using gluten-free flour, dairy-free cheese, and gluten-free noodles, but it was quick and easy to make. I can't wait to try more of these recipes!
If you don't already follow Lisa's blog or Facebook page, I highly recommend that you do. You will never look at food the same again, and you will be happier and healthier because of it. If you haven't already ordered your copy of this cookbook, do it now! You won't regret it!