The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook written by Sophie Van Tiggelen is an amazing way to help you streamline your way of making and eating this specialized diet plan. Following the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) has a list of foods that can be eaten, and foods that should be avoided. It also uses some specific ingredient to make recipes work in AIP. This cookbook not only provides a wonderful variety of recipes to use for everything from breakfast to snacks, but she also takes approximately 5 recipes and creates a series of meal plans. This meal plan is something that you can batch cook at the beginning of the week and then you are ready with 5 days of healthy AIP options with variety and a way to mix the menus up so you are not eating the same thing for every meal for days.
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Meal Plans make it easy
Each meal plan contains recipes that will cover you for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. What I love, is the grid at the start of each meal plans that shows how you could map out your week. Each recipes makes about 4 servings, so she breaks those down into different meals to keep your AIP plan interesting without feeling like all your are doing is prepping and cooking. She includes shopping lists for each meal plan, and even calls out the equipment and tools that will make the prepping process easy.
Now, here is the part that I LOVE about this book. You get batch cooking directions for each plan. Now, at first this may not seems like a big deal, but she actually goes into detail about what to cook when, how to share ingredients efficiently and even how to make sure that you package all of your meals at the end. (Yep, those muffins that you baked at the beginning and are now cooling on a rack, she even reminds you to wrap those up so everything is done for the week.) You will have to see her level of hints to believe how helpful she is in making AIP a plan you and really live with.
Each recipe give you specifics on prep time, cook time and the yield for the recipe. The beginning of the recipe will introduce you to why she makes the changes to the recipes that she does. For example, she explains why her Chicken Marsala uses a mixture of grape juice and liquid Coconut Aminos instead of the traditional Marsala wine. (Not only is this dish the most amazing color, but it tastes fantastic and you will feel better too!) The other part of these recipes is the ease of dishing it up into portions. There is no need for laboring over measurements, and no matter what container you have you use, it will work out perfectly. She keeps it simple and tells you to divide the dish evenly among 4 containers. Brilliant!
The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook Recipes
I have been struggling with cooking the AIP way, so I choose a meal plan that had my name all over it - Easy-Peasy Meal Plan. The recipes include; Sweet Potato Bisque, Ginger Applesauce, Harvest Skillet, Sweet and Sour Asian Cod with Rainbow Slaw, and the Chicken Marsala I referenced above. I made all of these recipes on a Saturday I wasn't working and they came together perfectly as I following the batch cooking directions. I cannot tell you how incredible it was to 5 days worth of meals, cooked and in containers ready to be reheated with minimal fuss. I was able to take things to work and stay on AIP with no effort.
If you are living with an Autoimmune condition, and want to make sure the food that you eat is helping your overall health, this book is a must have! The Autoimmune Protocol Meal Prep Cookbook will build your confidence with cooking, baking and preparing for the foods that will help your body. A big 5 stars for this book and everything that it helps you to accomplish for your health.
Disclosure: Thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - Fair Winds Press for providing me with a complimentary copy of this e-book for review purposes. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.