Book Review: The Healing Kitchen and a Recipe!

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Exciting News! The newest cookbook, The Healing Kitchen book from my friend Sarah Ballantyne at The Paleo Mom  is out!

Along with Alaena Haber who blogs at Grazed and Enthused, here is the latest AIP cookbook with 175 recipes that are quick, easy and budget friendly. Most of the ingredients are things that you already have in your pantry if you have been Paleo or Autoimmune Paleo.

The book is gorgeous! The photos are making my mouth water and the design of the book is simple and easy. If you are new to AIP cooking, there are about 100 pages of succinct instructions and information about what the Autoimmune Paleo diet is all about.

This book allows you to make the transition to AIP cooking very easy! There are plenty of practical tips on everything from sorting out your pantry and swapping ingredients to reclaiming leftovers.

I love the fact that they included twelve 1-week meal plans with shopping lists! This makes grocery shopping oh so easy!

The first part of The Healing Kitchen, has the basics of what foods to eat and the reasoning behind it. It is based on ancestral diets but backed up by science. Sarah Ballantyne is first and foremost a scientist and she bases all her recommendations on facts.

If you want her in depth explanations and a veritable reference book, get a copy of The Paleo Approach and read every page. You’ll see what I mean about her being a scientist.

The Healing Kitchen is a simpler version of her Autoimmune Protocol and it has a collection of practical tips and visual guides that will make the transition to a healing diet a reality for you.

What follows are 175 recipes that will knock your socks off!

For ease, each recipe is labelled by cooking strategy, such as, one-pot, those that use 5 ingredients or less, those that take 20 minutes or less, those that can be made ahead, feature a slow cooker, and on-the-go foods. That’s a great help!

To keep you organized, The Healing Kitchen also includes 12 weekly meal plans, each with a shopping list. There is also a selection of thematic meal plans as we all have different needs. For instance,  there is the 20 minute or less meal plan and the on the go meal plan if you have limited time. The family favorites meal plan includes kids as well as adults and if you want to do all your cooking in one day there are two batch-cook meal plans complete with exclusive web links to companion how-to cooking videos, if you learn better by visualization.

Other things I love about this cookbook are the AMAZING recipe photos (taken by Alaena Haber). I love that each chapter has its own Table of Contents, plus, there’s a thumbnail Index, a cooking strategy index, and a general index! You can’t make it more organized than that!

Additionally, there are the 104 pages of completely new introductory material, including an entirely new outline of the Autoimmune Protocol. This includes some material that wasn’t covered in The Paleo Approach. I’ve been reading this section and it is very informative!

There are also some very helpful and easy to read infographics.

The Healing Kitchen is so much more than a cookbook! It’s a whole cooking program!

Get your copy of The Healing Kitchen here

Chicken Hash Browns Portrait

Now for the recipe for Chicken Hash Brown Patties

Chicken Hash Brown Patties

Makes 12 patties, serves 4 | Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 18 minutes | Total Time: 28 minutes

1 pound white sweet potatoes
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped, or 1 pound ground chicken breast
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
¼ teaspoon onion powder
3 tablespoons bacon fat, divided
1/2 teaspoon Garlic & Herb Seasoning (page 123; optional)

• Peel the sweet potatoes, then shred them using your food processor’s shredder attachment. If you’re using chopped chicken breast, put the chicken breast through the shredder as well to finely grind it.
• Transfer the shredded sweet potatoes and chicken to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, mix in the garlic powder, thyme, salt, and onion powder until evenly incorporated.
• Heat 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat in a large, deep skillet over medium heat. Scoop ⅓ cup of the chicken mixture into the pan and flatten it with a spatula until it’s about 1/2-inch thick. Working quickly, repeat this step until you f ill the pan with patties, without overcrowding the pan. Cook the patties for 2 to 3 minutes per side until golden brown and cooked through. Sprinkle the patties immediately with Garlic & Herb Seasoning, if desired.
• Repeat Step 3 until all of the hash brown mixture is used up.

Make Ahead
Prepare the recipe through Step 2 and store the mixture in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours prior to cooking.
Serving Suggestion
Make breakfast protein stacks by layering a Chicken Hash Brown Patty with Garlic & Herb Breakfast Sausage (page 130) and sliced

This recipe and the photo are published here with permission from Victory Belt Publishing, the publisher of The Healing Kitchen.

Check out the giveaway of The Healing Kitchen! Three winners!

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  • Michelle April 9, 2016, 10:50 am

    I love, love, LOVE this recipe book! It’s my favourtite right now. I have Rheumatoid Arthritis and working on healing my body including my gut. When I started AIP, I thought my food was going to be so boring, but this book is anything but. I have already tried numerous recipes including the one you posted, and even my non AIP hubby loves all of them. As do I.

  • Jill April 9, 2016, 5:11 pm

    Hi Michelle,
    So glad it is working for you!