*I received a free ARC of this book, with thanks to the author, Quarto Publishing Group – Fair Winds Press and NetGalley. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook helps you achieve long-term AIP success with 10 weekly AIP-compliant menus, shopping lists for each week, and step-by-step instructions for batch cooking a week’s meals in one cooking session. You’ll also find keto, low-FODMAP, squeaky clean Paleo, and coconut-free meal plans for those who are concurrently following those modifications.
Knowing which foods to eat and which foods to avoid on the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) is only half of the battle. Making it happen day-in-day-out with a busy schedule is a whole other ball game! Even under the best of circumstances, eating healthy can be difficult. Add a dash of illness, and it becomes very challenging. The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook helps you stick to AIP for good to achieve your health goals.
Say goodbye to last minute scrambling in the kitchen to find something edible that won’t send you into an autoimmune flare! Say hello to healthy and delicious AIP meals, always available to eat at home, at work, or on-the-go!
This book provides an absolute wealth of information for anyone who wants to follow the Autoimmune Protocol diet but is unable to cook fresh food on a daily basis. Here is everything you need – equipment, ingredient lists, meal plans and recipes – to batch cook some healthy and delicious meals that will help you to avoid nasty autoimmune flare-ups.
The recipes are, helpfully, organised by meal plan rather than by food type, which eliminates the need for searching and pulling together the week’s meals yourself.
First comes information on equipment; how to eliminate and reintroduce risky foods; which foods to include and exclude; and how to batch cook, freeze, store and reheat the foods presented. Then the meal plans start in Chapter 4 (p.37) and the first recipe is on p.41.
The meal plans are also usefully organised into sections as follows: comfort food; easy-peasy; low fodmap; low carb; coconut-free; flavours of the world; superbowl; one-pot; holidays; then finally some basic recipes. Each meal plan includes some form of sweet (healthy) treat, like a cake or dessert, as well as the main meals.
I suffer from a chronic illness that causes me to often feel fatigued and makes me struggle to make decisions. Not only does this approach help me by presenting me with everything I need in one easy-to-follow format, but it also aids my family in planning meals in advance that we can all eat and enjoy.
In terms of the health benefits, I cannot honestly say that my own personal condition has improved any after following AIP, but any diet that encourages you to eat a wide variety of fresh food is definitely going to benefit your overall health. The pictures here are clear, fresh-looking and appealing and reasonably achievable (which I don’t always find to be the case with cookbook photography!).
Definitely a cookbook to look out for if you are following an elimination diet and need a clear and comprehensive guide to AIP batch-cooking.
The Autimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook is available on Amazon right now!