Recommended Resources

There’s a million wonderful resources out there, both in cookbooks and websites.  I use GOOGLE an awful lot for my recipes and tweak them to fit what I need from them.  I also super love reading cook books!  I am not vegan, vegetarian or paleo but the recipes are amazing!

These are a few of my favourites and I hope you enjoy them too.

Paleo – I don’t super love all of “paleo”.  There are only so many eggs a person should eat! I don’t believe I need meat or eggs in every meal. I do believe in the gluten and dairy-free points though, and there are some yummy recipes.

Elana’s Pantry
Book – Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes by Elana Amsterdam
I love this site because it was one of the sites my naturopath told me to use when I was going gluten and dairy free back in my post-partum days.  I had no idea what I was doing and I found it so easy to use.

Balanced Bites
Book – Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle by Diane Sanfilippo
I loved the beginning part of this book talking about “why” people should eat Paleo and not just because it’s trendy right now.  I follow her on Instagram and I am a little disappointed in the fact that she eats prepackaged stuff and eats out a lot, but her recipes when she does cook, are delicious.

Against All Grain
Book – Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain: Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime by Danielle Walker
Grain free granola OR nut free granola who knew? Both are amazing.  This girl can cook! I have a girl crush on her right now.  When I grow up, I’m going to be like Danielle. Everything I have made from her recipes I have tweaked minimally if at all. She taught me about cauliflower rice. Enough said.

Vegan – plant based.  Do not be afraid. They have some amazing recipes, Sometimes I eat as is, or sometimes I add a piece of chicken.  Or use Beef broth in place of veggie. (Is that sacrilegious?)  They have some amazing dairy and egg free stuff, so if you’re looking to ease up on paleo egg overload start here.

Oh She Glows
Book – The Oh She Glows Cookbook: Vegan Recipes To Glow From The Inside Out by Angela Liddon
This is where I learned that you can make sour cream (Ukrainians love us some pierogis) out of cashews.  Insane!  Yummy granola bars, pancakes, “overnight oats” blew my mind.  She’s local – here in southern Ontario!

Yum Universe
Book – YumUniverse: Infinite Possibilities for a Gluten-Free, Plant-Powerful, Whole-Food Lifestyle by Heather Crosby
Ok people, Sprouting…. This book taught me how cool it is to sprout stuff! And it makes your food alive, and vibrant and good for you!  She also showed me salad in a mason jar?  Brilliant!  Amazing salad dressings, and I love her soups!

Old School (aka traditional eating, not to be confused with paleo)

The Nourished Kitchen
Book – The Nourished Kitchen: Farm-to-Table Recipes for the Traditional Foods Lifestyle by Jennifer McGruther
Featuring Bone Broths, Fermented Vegetables, Grass-Fed Meats, Wholesome Fats, Raw Dairy, and Kombuchas
I like to think of myself as a little bit of a hippy when to comes to food. Whatever your great grandma did, it seemed to work. That’s what this is. Generations ago this was the norm. Full fat and no apologies!  Make your own ginger ale, or fermented almost anything. Fermenting adds good bacteria for your guts. This is one of my favs!

Website – Mommypotamus by Heather Dessinger
She taught me about making your own gummy candies. I made them for my daughter…… ok, so I ate a few…. I made Gummy candies people. She has recipes for natural kitchen cleaners that are simple to make. That is a HUGE source of chemicals for your family.  Numerous e-books available through her site.