Holiday Wish List: Healthy Cookbooks

A cookbook is the holiday gift that keeps on giving! And a healthy cookbook is even better – it keeps on giving the gift of health!

Below, we’ve compiled our top picks for healthy cookbooks to gift this holiday season. Be sure to double up when you shop – grab one to give away and one to keep for yourself.

Happy shopping!


THE WHOLE30 FRIENDS & FAMILY by Melissa Urban

About the cookbook: “You can honor your health commitments while enjoying time with family and friends, and this book shows you exactly how. The Whole30 Friends & Family is packed with recipes for all of life’s special moments, from birthdays to baby showers, barbecues to brunches. All of the recipes are Whole30 compliant, designed to mix and match to create the perfect menu whether you’re hosting or contributing a dish as a guest. And in true Whole30 style, the recipes are creative, colorful, and so flavorful that your guests will never miss the added sugar. The Whole30 Friends & Family will show you how to navigate gatherings, provide tips and tricks to make every social situation a success, and offer full menus for special occasions like dinner parties, date night, and Friendsgiving.”


SLOW COOKED PALEO by Bailey Fischer of Whole Kitchen Sink

About the cookbook: “Feed your family wholesome meals that are a cinch to prepare with these downright delicious Paleo masterpieces. Layered with flavor and packed with a nutritious punch, these slow cooker meals make following the Paleo diet simple and convenient. Updated versions of already familiar meals smooth the transition to Paleo cooking and eating, and options for making meals vegetarian, low carb and AIP-friendly mean that everybody can enjoy tantalizing Paleo favorites, regardless of dietary restrictions.”


CLEAN PALEO FAMILY COOKBOOK (Coming April 2020; pre-order now) by Ashley McCrary of Healthy Little Peach

About the cookbook: “Clean Paleo Family Cookbook includes 100 healthy Paleo-inspired recipes that your whole family will love. Perfect for your whole food Paleo elimination diet, or if you want keto modifications for your clean Paleo diet, every recipe is completely free of grains, gluten, legumes, dairy, soy, and artificial ingredients.”


THE DEFINED DISH: HEALTHY AND WHOLESOME WEEKNIGHT RECIPES (Coming 12/31/19; pre-order now) by Alex Snodgrass of The Defined Dish

About the cookbook: “Alex Snodgrass of TheDefinedDish.com is the third author in the popular Whole30 Endorsed series. With gluten-free, dairy-free, and grain-free recipes that sound and look way too delicious to be healthy, this is a cookbook people can turn to after completing a Whole30, when they’re looking to reintroduce healthful ingredients like tortillas, yogurt, beans, and legumes. Recipes like Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa or Black Pepper Chicken are easy enough to prepare even after a busy day at work. There are no esoteric ingredients in these recipes, but instead something to suit every taste, each dish clearly marked if it is Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more. Alex includes delicious variations, too, such as using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells, to ensure recipes can work for almost any diet. And for anyone looking to stick to their Whole30 for longer, at least sixty of the recipes are fully compliant.”


The Whole Smiths Good Food Cookbook by Michelle Smith of The Whole Smiths

About the cookbook: “As fans of the Whole30 know, it can be challenging to figure out how to eat for the other 335 days of the year. Michelle Smith, creator of the blog The Whole Smiths, has the answers. This cookbook, the first ever fully endorsed and supported by Whole30, offers a collection of 150 recipes to keep Whole30 devotees going strong. Many recipes like Spaghetti Squash Chicken Alfredo are fully Whole30-compliant, and all are gluten-free, but you’ll also find recipes with a careful reintroduction of grains, like the tortillas in the Chile Enchilada Bake. Some recipes include beans and legumes, so there are plenty of vegetarian options. There are even desserts like Chocolate Chip and Sea Salt Cookies! Throughout the book, icons help readers identify which recipes fit their dietary constraints (and which are easily adaptable), but perhaps most important of all, the recipes are a delicious way to help anyone achieve a long-term approach to good health.”

Sausage Sheet Pan Supper

Guest Post by Whole30 Certified Coach Rachel Rivera

Sheet Pan Meals have become so trendy, and with good reason! They are extremely convenient when you are short on time, plus they require minimal cleanup. It’s a win-win!

One thing I love about this particular recipe is that it is so versatile when it comes to the spices. You can go in a few different directions with this. Sometimes I use sazon seasoning or adobo seasoning instead, basically anything you like you can do! Enjoy.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 5 mins 
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Whole30 compliant Italian Sausage
  • 4-6 Sweet potatoes chopped into chunks
  • 4 Carrots chopped into coins or matchsticks
  • 2 Onions quartered
  • 4 cloves Garlic diced
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Parsley
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400F.
  2. Spread all the chopped veggies onto a large sheet pan.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle on salt and spices to taste.
  4. Carefully mix until everything is evenly coated.
  5. Lay Italian sausages on top of veggies.
  6. Bake for approximately 50 minutes, or until veggies are tender, and sausages reach an internal temperature of 165F.

Rachel Rivera is a Whole30 certified coach from southern Connecticut. She grew up in Massachusetts and is also a piano teacher. Rachel found the Whole30 while struggling with infertility, and she wanted to optimize her health naturally. She can relate especially to women struggling with infertility but would love to coach anyone on their journey to better health.

For more inspiration, visit her website at https://thecleanhappylife.com/ and find her on Instagram @thecleanhappylife.

Rhonda’s Pineapple Chicken

Guest Post by Whole30 Certified Coach Jacob Heath Henriquez

My mom, Rhonda, did her first round of Whole30 five years ago when I asked for accountability partners online and no one replied. Not really knowing what she was getting herself into, working three jobs while putting my sisters through college, and being my biggest supporter, she completed her first Whole30 and lived to tell the tale.

She lives in a rural area where Walmart is the grocery store of choice and Whole Foods is an all-day road trip to get to. With no convenience products to help, she got crafty but she also got real. There were days when lunch was canned sardines and tomatoes because that was all she had time to pack and then there were days where she would make Whole30 magic in the kitchen.

The recipe I’m sharing today is my mom’s, adapted over the years, and updated today with a trendy twist. I hope Rhonda’s Pineapple Chicken brings you the same comfort and satisfaction it’s brought me over the past five years.

INGREDIENTS
1.5 lbs ground chicken
1 16oz can diced pineapple, drained or 2 cup fresh diced pineapple
1 medium onion diced
2 cloves garlic minced
2 tsp coconut aminos
1 medium head cauliflower, riced (frozen fine here)
1 tbsp avocado oil
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
DIRECTIONS

  1. Heat skillet over medium heat; add avocado oil once hot.
  2. Toss in onion and garlic and cook until softened
  3. Add in ground chicken and pineapple
  4. Cook until chicken starts to brown and is cooked through, about 9-10 minute; if there’s too much
    liquid to brown, pour off and continue cooking until slightly browned
  5. Remove mixture from pan and set aside
  6. Add cauliflower rice to pan with coconut aminos, salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  7. Cook until cauli rice mixture is softened and taste for salt
  8. Serve chicken over cauli rice and drizzle with hot sauce; I like The New Primal’s Hot Buffalo Sauce

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For more inspiration you can find Jacob on Instagram at jacoblheath.