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One very common request is for meal planning inspiration.  Today, I am sharing some of my favorite places for inspiration with a few of my well-loved cookbooks (and a meal planning service!):

1.  Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig – This is like your great-grandma back in the kitchen with you telling you how to soak your grains, ferment your veggies, make kefir, yogurt, bone broth and even how to prepare organ meats.  When transitioning to more traditional foods it is an amazing resource to just take a section at a time and implement the new (old) methods into your kitchen.

2.  Fast, Fresh and Green by Susie Middleton – All things veggies.  I love this book for the tasty veggie recipes and the technique explanations.  If you are looking to really up your game on how you cook your veggies, this is the cookbook for you.  I was able to expand certain family members’ ‘veggie palates’ with this cookbook.

3.  Practical Paleo by Dianne Sanfillippo – This is a cookbook, meal planning guide and reference book all in one.  This cookbook explains the what has been happening with our food system, how to get back on track and why.  She even includes some pull-out shopping guides, meal plans for a variety of situations and even some basic supplement information.  If you want an all-in-one starting guide, this is a great, great tool to have in your kitchen.

4.  Against All Grain by Danielle Walker – Danielle has put her own autoimmune disease into remission, much through diet.  With her incredible creativity in the kitchen, she has turned what has seemed like a limited diet, into a very delicious one.  We have loved every recipe and I particularly love the section targeted to young kids.  Totally kid-tested and approved in this house.  (And, no one suspected the birthday cupcakes were any ‘different’ last year!)

5.  Nourished Kitchen Meal Plans – The year my son was born, we moved during the pregnancy and again shortly after he was born.  During this time we were also just beginning our journey into a more traditional, real-food lifestyle.  To help simplify things I decided to sign up for the Nourished Kitchen meal plans to keep us on track that year.  Let’s just say, we ate really, really well.  Many of the recipes have become favorites that are still in constant rotation in our house.  She has recently come out with her own Nourished Kitchen cookbook as well.

Happy cooking this fall!  Enjoy that time back in the kitchen, making amazing meals for your family.



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