Gooood morning, friends! How was everyone’s long weekend? What’d you all do? We had a ton of family time between celebrating my nieces 5th birthday, my brother-in-laws 32nd and a trip to Dane’s family cottage on Lake Erie. We also did a ton of eating! Pretty typical for a holiday weekend, but particularly tough for me because I’ve been keeping track of what I’m eating (again). It was so hard to dodge the sweets and especially the pizza, but I did a pretty decent job (the birthday cake was worth every calorie, hehe).
Before I go any further, let me say this: No, I don’t think I’m fat. I just know my body. When I eat a bunch of garbage I feel it and I pay for it – mentally and physically. So since my freshman year of college I’ve had a pretty disciplined diet and exercise routine. The first few months of this year, though, threw me for a complete loop. Between my full time job, freelance gigs and blogging I fell off track more than ever before. When I finally faced my missteps and committed to getting back into a healthy routine (for longer than 2 weeks at a time), I knew I had to start in the kitchen.
Knowing that my workload wasn’t going to change, I started looking for a cookbook that would allow me to create quick, delicious, healthy meals for two people. I came across “Real Food, Real Simple” by Taylor Riggs because I follow her blog and Instagram account. A recent release, her cookbook offers “80 Delicious Paleo-Friendly, Gluten-Free Recipes in 5 Steps or Less”. It definitely sounded too good to be true, but her social media posts sold me. I can honestly say that, after having used it for a few months, it’s the best cookbook I’ve ever purchased. It actually holds true to it’s title and claims, and the portions are great for a 2-person household. Depending on the recipe, we usually have enough left for one person (Dane, haha) to have seconds. Otherwise, I eat it for lunch the next day!
I’ve tried many of the recipes, none of which I’ve been disappointed in. Dane hasn’t just liked everything I’ve made, he’s absolutely LOVED everything I’ve made. He’s not just saying that, either. I can tell because he almost always goes back for seconds. We ESPECIALLY love the flourless banana chocolate chip muffins made with almond butter and natural sweeteners! They are to DIE for. I bake them a dozen at a time for an on-the-go breakfast treat. The Asian Zoodles and Almond Butter Brussel Sprouts pictured here are my other obsessions.
If you want to eat healthy with minimal effort, this book is a must-have. It’s under $15 and ships free with Amazon Prime.You can get your own copy right here. Let me know once you start using it or if you already have it! I would love to hear about your experiences.