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While I am trying to be more adventurous in the kitchen, I must confess that I am totally a recipe gal.  And it’s my cookbook obsession that has inspired me to create my own healthy recipes.  This week I’m sharing some of my favorite cookbooks with you!


Against All Grain: Delectable Paleo Recipes to Eat Well & Feel Great (Danielle Walker) – This cookbook has become my BFF in my quest to eliminate grains.  The recipes are super tasty and I don’t even miss the grains.  There are so many (150+) recipes in this book including basics like paleo bread and unique (but still simple) Prawn and Pumpkin Yellow Curry.

My fave: Everything – seriously!  I love them all.  A standout is the Mexican Chicken Chowder.  It has a hint of brightness and acidity which I loved in the middle of the never-ending winter!


Practical Paleo: A Customized Approach to Health and a Whole-Foods Lifestyle (Diane Sanfilippo) – This cookbook is a must-have for all my paleo peeps.  There are tear-out guides and 30-day meal plans based on health needs like autoimmune conditions, heart health, and athletic performance.  The title is so true – Practical Paleo is the most practical and comprehensive paleo resource that I’ve found yet.

My fave: The Spaghetti Squash Bolognese is a great recipe to turn to when you have a serious spaghetti craving.  You won’t even miss the pasta, I promise!


Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Dairy-Free Recipes (Elana Amsterdam) – This was the first book I purchased on day one of my paleo journey.  I was transitioning from a virtually vegan diet and Paleo Cooking includes a lot of vegetable options.  And the bread recipes are AMAZING!

My fave: Simple and flavorful is key for me and the Mustard Salmon Fillet is exactly that!


Crazy Sexy Kitchen: 150 Plant-Empowered Recipes to Ignite a Mouthwatering Revolution (Kris Carr) – Simply flipping through this book makes me feel healthier!  The images are so vibrant, colorful, and alive.  Crazy Sexy Kitchen is a follow-up to one of my favorite wellness books, Crazy Sexy Diet, and it’s filled with mouthwatering plant-based recipes.  CSK is a lifestyle book featuring in-depth explanations of the Crazy Sexy philosophy, how to stock your healthy pantry, kitchen essentials, and cooking basics.  And that’s on top of the 150 amazing recipes!  I love that the recipes include symbols for difficulty level, time savers, and dietary preferences and menu options.

My fave: There are great meal options in the book but the Strawberry Fields Smoothie will always have a special place in my heart because it’s the first green smoothie that I ever made and I’ve had a green smoothie everyday since!


Best Green Drinks Ever: Boost Your Juice with Protein, Antioxidants and More (Katrine van Wyk) – Are you thirsty?  This is my biggest inspiration for smoothies and juices.  I appreciate that Katrine not only shares fantastic recipes but also teaches us about the health benefits of the ingredients and blending and juicing basics.  Whenever I’m in a smoothie rut, I open to a random page of this book and blend away.  I have yet to be disappointed.

My fave – PB&J Smoothie.  Enough said!


Relish: An Adventure in Food, Style, and Everyday Fun (Daphne Oz) – This is so much more than simply a cookbook!  It not only includes great recipes and gorgeous photographs but style, entertaining, and wellness tips.  Daphne’s philosophy is that being healthy and happy shouldn’t be complicated or all-consuming.  Her recipes are healthy, easy to follow, and most important – delicious!

My fave: Fudgy Chocolate Banana Flax Muffins.  These muffins are rich, filling, and decadent.  I’ve adapted the recipe to make it gluten, dairy, and refined sugar-free.


Robyn’s Recipe Catalog (Robyn Youkilis) – This is a must-have!  I love that it’s digital – I have it saved to my google drive and I frequently reference it when I’m standing in the aisles of Whole Foods trying to figure out what to make for dinner.  I make something from this cookbook almost daily!  The recipes aren’t complicated but still seem special and the focus is on being both healthy and delicious.

My fave: The maple glazed tempeh.  This is a standard in my house.  It is so easy, economical, healthy, and filling.  It’s even a favorite of my meat-loving guy!


{Healthy} Cooking Camp: Healthy Basics (Quinn Asteak and Robyn Youkilis) – This collection of recipes from the {Healthy} Cooking Camp ladies is such a great source.  It delivers on the promise of recipes that take 20 minutes or less and include 10 ingredients or less.  Quinn and Robyn are the answer to how to be healthy when you are incredibly busy.  I love that I can decide on a whim to prepare one of the recipes from Healthy Basics because they are created from kitchen staples.  And each recipe has a series of swaps in case you are missing something or want to change up the flavor.

My fave: Lemony Lentil Soup.  This is one of my all-time favorite recipes.  I make huge batches of it and freeze small portions.  This soup is perfect year round because it’s warming while still being light and refreshing.


Make Your Own Rules Diet (Tara Stiles) – This one isn’t out yet but I know that it’s going to be an instant fave!  Just check out Tara’s Healthy Wendy’s Frosty recipe and you’ll see why.