I vividly remember the day, when we stood around a small table at a friend’s house looking at Ali’s amazingly thick binder of original healthy recipes. “I’ve got hundreds of recipes completed, but haven’t had time to put them all together,” she said. Well, amongst the chaos of her busy and packed household, Ali finally compiled all of those recipes into one amazing cookbook, Nourishing Meals.
To note, both authors, Alissa and Tom, hold degrees in nutrition from Bastyr University. Ali has worked as a personal chef, and Tom travels frequently, speaking at events, and for his work as a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute. They are a powerhouse husband and wife duo of knowledge and good food.
That said, Nourishing Meals starts out with some excellent information from Tom on why the gluten-free diet can benefit your health, a look at the causes of food sensitivities and allergies, how to raise a healthy eater, key nutrients and contributors of deficiencies, and much more.
Nourishing Meals provides Healthy Gluten-Free Recipes for the Whole Family
But after all of the knowledge Nourishing Meals ventures into recipes like these.
Dark Teff Sandwich Bread
Creamy Tomato Asparagus Soup
Just a few others that I dog-earred to trial included:
- Buckwheat Hazelnut Pancakes
- Healing Ginger Miso Soup
- Pecan Crusted Chicken and Apple Salad
- Moroccan Quinoa Pilaf
- Sweet Potato Falafels
- Thai Fish Curry w/ Garden Veggies
- Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
- Buckwheat Chia Tortillas
- Maple Pecan Pie
- Peanut Butter Monster Cookies
In addition to the 300+ recipes, Ali covers the nutritional benefits of soups and stocks, tips for getting your children to eat more vegetables, charts for soaking and cooking whole grains, and ways to preserve the harvest, including recipes for lacto-fermented vegetables.
Nourishing Meals is 100% gluten-free and rich with so many wholesome recipes and ideas. Though it isn’t completely dairy-free, there are still around 300 dairy-free recipes to choose from. For the recipes that do contain dairy, most are pretty easy to adapt as Ali isn’t heavy handed with cheese, milk, or butter, and she’s certainly no stranger to using homemade almond milk and coconut oil.
Nourishing Meals Now in a Second Edition
In 2016, Ali and Tom switched to a publisher (they self-published previously) and released a second edition of this book. The newer edition is now called Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Family One Meal at a Time.
It has a new look, and some new recipes, but it still has most of the original content from the first edition.
To Enter to Win a copy of Nourishing Meals
This post originally included a giveaway. This giveaway is closed. Congratulations to Chef Mary and Alisa DiLorenzo who each won copies of Nourishing Meals! You can order your own copy on Amazon.