Kelly Brozyna, the spirited personality behind the enormously popular food blog The Spunky Coconut, brings you 150 easy Paleo family favorites—with all the pluck and liveliness her readers have come to love.
As a busy mom of three who has been feeding her family a restricted diet for multiple health reasons, Kelly understands the challenges of preparing healthy meals daily. Having nearly a decade of experience in gluten-free dairy-free cooking and baking, Kelly presents scores of creative meals using time saving-techniques essential to anyone wanting to make healthy eating easier.
- How to maximize your results with efficient meal planning.
- Useful strategies for making the most of every ingredient.
- Several make-ahead dry mixes for all sorts of baked goods, including pizza & bread, pancakes & muffins, scones & pie crust, making for fast and easy weeknight baking.
- Tips and tricks for optimizing health and soothing stress.
- How to get your kitchen organized and save money.
About the Author
Kelly, of TheSpunkyCoconut.com, began to study nutrition in 2004 when her girls were very young. Her daughter, Ashley, was a baby and Zoe was a toddler at that time. Both girls were not well. Her naturopathic doctor worked with them to radically change their diet by removing gluten, casein, and sugar. Kelly and her husband soon realized that their own health problems could be resolved as well. It was very eye-opening to see how many kinds of issues could be treated with the diet. So, after years of research and experimentation, Kelly now creates food so similar to conventional wheat/dairy/sugar recipes that no one feels deprived. Together, through diet and biomedical treatments, their family is overcoming celiac disease, gluten-intolerance, ADD, and autism with great success. Kelly lives in Southern California with her husband and three daughters.
I received my per-ordered copy of this book and was very surprised that it was so incredibly thick. I own two of Kelly’s cookbooks, one of her original spunky coconut cookbooks and the dairy free ice cream cookbook. I have seen such an evolution in her cookbooks and recipes and I love her blog and free recipes she shares on her newsletter, etc. When I heard about this book I had to pre-order, especially after her coconut bread recipe, doughnut recipe and pumpkin rolls allowed me to enjoy things that tasted like foods I used to love. I am not exactly paleo, but I have been working on doctors on medical issues that are rooted in diet. I tend to vary between paleo and keto diets or somewhere in between where I am avoiding all grains and sugars because carbs spike some of my adrenal issues to trigger other things. Best things about this book: 1. Kelly sharing her story. I find it easy to relate to and less preachy when people share “their story” including their trials and errors, struggles, etc rather than an author feeding me a slew of what I should eat and shouldn’t just because they have opinions on things. Many fad diets are like that, but this book starts off explaining how it was a lifestyle shift, which drastic diet changes do tend to be and going paleo is absolutely a lifestyle shift. I love how this book introduces in this way. It was a short intro worth reading to me because it set the tone for the rest of the book. 2. I love that she simply just explains things in steps. Step 1 – here’s the picture of what you keep and what you eliminate. Why they must be eliminated, and the best alternates and substitutes to staples. Step 2 – the staples and how to organize them. Step 3 – kitchen tools.. Step 4 – Strategy and meal planning ideas. As an auditor and process improvement specialist in the corporate world, this speaks my language of logic and efficiency. Thank you Kelly for speaking my language with food. 3. The Photography is amazing. Seriously amazing and it really takes all the content of the recipes and lifestyle shift to the next level. Not only do nearly all the recipes have pictures of what they look like (which is key for someone like me who is visual and questions if what I made looks like what the author intended to have it look like) but the pictures of storage spaces, the kitchen tools, ideas of organizing, and what types of jars to use really make the book stand out for me. Its just as great as going to Pinterest. 4. The organization chapter. Especially the part when you say there is no perfection in organization. I seriously needed someone to acknowledge that. The pictures in this section are real and I feel inspired to replicate them. 5. Kitchen quick tips. Love these, wish there were more of them! 6. Meal planning chapter. I still need to wrap my head around this one and really see if I can do this and engage my family. I don’t yet have kids, but I have a large husband child that probably needs to be tested to prove he needs this diet before he will help me with the meal and planning prep. I understand the concept, but I think the lifestyle shift around meal planning is going to be something I will find challenging. I know its the way to do it. I need to give it a whirl and really get down and dirty with the two chapters that focus on this. I also have to explore her website templates that she talks about in this section to see how they will aid me. I need help with meal planning because I know it helps it stick. I am a little confused about why there are only two weeks per season in the plan. the grocery lists are great. They must be examples or replicated during the month. I understood the general concepts of stretching when you do have time to make meals, I do that now, but I guess I need to dive into this deeper to grab onto the strategy here since I perhaps skimmed this session to get to the delicious part of this book…. 7. Hands down – the recipies are amazing. There is a range of complexity in them and having made some of them from her blog, I know they must be amazing. Simplifying the baking mixes is genius and pre-making those helps a lot with the way she has this set up. My personal favorites: pumpkin rolls, creamer, best-ever pancakes (they really are), and sandwich bread. If you are paleo, this brings back food that fits in with your diet and is some of the tastiest meals I have had. I can’t wait to try some of the soups and dinner dishes. They look so tasty! Very pleased with this purchase.
Love everything Kelly does; her blog, newsletters, etc… For those complaining that they are being forced to use/buy her packaged baking mixes, I suggest you read some of the book, because she tells you exactly what the proportions are to create the identical for yourself. Kelly’s work, books, personal struggles, and values have created an environment where those of us that have been mistreated, misdiagnosed and damaged by certain medical practices are now able to cook and eat foods that taste good. I was living in a world of deprivation, weight loss and depression. I love her videos, her attitude and enthusiasm for being proactive. Thanks so much Kelly!
while I am a good cook, and have many restrictions, this book brought to light some alternatives I had not thought of. Organizing to make it easier! That helps so much. I have used her blog and have another book of hers, which is great. This is NO disappointment. Her style has helped me think out of the box. I made the mushroom soup..I used shiitakes..oh my gosh it was a hit! saved a little bit and added about 1 tablespoon to a beaten egg and used greased muffin tin ,and had mini quiches…I do these things now, add lib of sorts, due to seeing how she uses and offers alternatives in cooking. Not sure what I will fix next, but I am sure it will not be disappointing.
- Title: Easy Paleo Meals: 150 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Family Favorites
- Autor: Kelly V. Brozyna
- Publisher (Publication Date): Victory Belt Publishing; 1 edition (October 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1628600853
- ISBN-13: | 978-1628600858
- Download File Format: EPUB, PDF