There are several meal plans at the end of the book, and I’m a sucker for anything that has the potential to streamline, organise and improve my life. This book ticks all of my personal preferences, as the plans:
Include options for solo eaters, families of four and those looking to detox;
- Integrate leftovers;
- Are frugal, advising how many portions to make, eat now or freeze for another time;
- Are flexible, suggesting swaps for ingredients i.e. no asparagus in season? No problem, here are other vegetables that will work instead;
- Are realistic. If a recipe calls for ½ a courgette, chances are there’s a plan for the other ½ the next day.
Side note: there are plenty of kitchen tools out there that can save you time in the kitchen, and while initially expensive they will soon earn their keep. The equipment I recommend investing in include a slow cooker, a julienne peeler or spiraliser, a decent knife set and a high powered blender. If you buy nothing else, I’d say the blender is the most important to get right – I have tried countless numbers of cheap ones and with hindsight would have been better off buying an expensive one in the first place. You can’t go wrong with a Nutribullet imo.
The food philosophy is plant focused, paleo and gluten free friendly (all recipes suggest adaptations), with emphasis on nutrient dense and whole foods. If you like these kinds of recipes and want more ideas, I can personally recommend The Art of Eating Well by Hemsley + Hemsley and Get The Glow by Madeleine Shaw. Here are a few of my favourites from the book are below.