You guys, I’ve been sitting on a piece of information for a few months, and I’m bursting-at-the-seams excited to finally let you in on it!
I’m writing a cookbook!
^Can you tell beating around the bush to incite mystery isn’t on my list of talents? Captain Candid over here 😉
I’ve known for a few months now that this book was in the works, but I wanted to be sure I nestled into the concept on my own before shouting it from the mountaintops. So as you can see, I’ve nestled! I’ve marinated, I’ve meditated, and my golly, I’m so ready to upchuck all the details so that we can move forward on this epic adventure togezzah! Plus, I have included a few spoiler photos to whet your whistle.
Ready for all the deets? Here we go!
What’s the topic? I’m writing the book on Paleo bowl food – we’re talking paleo meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert) that include seasonal produce, yummy mouth-watering sauces, all swaddled in a big nourishing bowl of bliss. All recipes will be whole food based using unprocessed ingredients, and contain zero grains (with the exception of a little rice), dairy, alcohol, beans, legumes, or refined sugar.
WORKING TITLE: Power Bowls: 100 Quick and Easy Paleo Meals in Bowls… Any suggestions on title? I’m not married to this one, though I do like it.
MATERIALS DUE DATE: May 1, 2018
TENTATIVE PUBLICATION: November, 2018
MY WEEKLY GOAL: Develop 3 recipes for the book per week (in addition to my freelance work and blog recipes) <- so far, this has been pretty doable!
Who is this book for?
Who is this book geared for? I’m tempted to toss my hands in the air like the salsa dancer emoji and just say, “Everyone!” As you can tell, I’m wildly passionate about living an unprocessed, au natural, granola munching, hippy McHipsalot life, so in my heavily biased mind, most individuals can benefit from a cookbook centered around whole foods. But if I were to elevator pitch this out, I would say it’s designed for:
- Carnivores who crave wholesome, fresh meals that take very little time or effort to prepare.
- Individuals who are looking to make changes to their diet.
- People who are looking for unique yet approachable recipes to help fuel their lifestyle or a temporary elimination diet.
- Those with autoimmune disease, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, IBS, candida, leaky gut, and/or other illnesses that necessitate a very low-inflammatory diet.
- The crossfit enthusiast or gym rat jonesing to jettison him or herself into ketosis.
- Folks looking to maintain or lose weight, and/or individuals wanting to re-set their metabolism.
- Each recipe will be accompanied by a photograph (snapped by yours truly).
- There will be vegetarian, vegan, low-FODMAP, and AIP options in addition to animal protein-infused bowls. Recipes will be marked as such
- One-pot and 30-minute meals will be abundant and called out with symbols.
- Suggestions for additions, substitutions, omissions, etc to tailor each recipe to your personal preference and/or dietary needs.
- In addition to the 100 meal recipes, I’m including a section on condiments, sauces, and dressings which can be utilized in all sorts of ways, as well as meal essentials such as cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles, how to make perfect quinoa or crispy sweet potatoes, etc, etc.. I’m not counting these recipes as part of the 100, because I wholeheartedly believe they are bonus essentials to enjoying your whole food based life. What that effectively means is there will be closer to 150 recipes in the book.
- A section on how to stock your pantry for easy paleo living, as well as an extensive introduction on who paleo is right for, digestive health, paleo for athletes, ketosis, and more.
Okay, so those are the main bullet points, but I wanted to take a second to tell you why I chose the topic. (<- YES, I actually got to choose this topic – a rarity in publishing, indeed!). First and foremost, I primarily eat Paleo in order to maintain digestive health. If you haven’t read My Journey with Gut Health, feel free to give it a gander so you can deepen your understanding of why I develop the recipes I do. I’m fortunate in the fact that I wholeheartedly LOVE the way I eat. It’s not a chore or a bore, and the process of learning how my body interacts with various foods has been a fascinating experience.
A low-inflammatory, nutrient rich diet like Paleo can be extremely beneficial to individuals with medical conditions, ranging from Celiac and Crohn’s, to diabetes, heart disease, autoimmune disease, as well as manageable yet still aggravating conditions such as IBS, acne, eczema and other skin conditions, hormonal imbalance, etc. It can also be an extremely powerful tool for athletes to increase athletic performance, and/or those looking to maintain or lose weight. In essence, I want to help feed the population of individuals who have either the need or the want to eat this way.
Lastly, I legit eat all of my food out of bowls. I’ve told you this before in past blog posts, but there are few things I find more comforting than a bunch of fresh, vibrant, nutritious ingredients nestled together with a tasty homemade sauce. Even holding a big steamy bowl is therapeutic! I love that I can mix around the individual parts to create a cohesive (and super tasty) meal. I also find the visual beauty of bowl food to be stunning..it’s always nice to experience the artistic side of food prep in addition to the overall nourishment. Can you tell I’m excited to be on this journey? It’s pretty epic!
I completely get that some folks don’t love the concept of a fad diet…I don’t either. The term, “Paleo,” just happens to be the easiest way of describing the food I make. I’m not cultish about it, overly opinionated, and nor do I consider Paleo to be something everyone on this planet should do. It just so happens it’s the the way I eat in order to feel my best. For me, the process of discovering the foods your body naturally loves is an incredible, positive experience. After all, a happy digestive system equates to a happy mind, which in turn equates to a happy life.
SO! This isn’t my first go with cookbooking…this will actually be book three for me! For those of you who have been around a while, you know my first two cookbooks, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and Let Them Eat Kale! were published back in 2014. After the first two, I took a break from writing cookbooks to focus on growing my blog and also to regroup and re-energize. Real talk: at the time, I was working too much (by choice), and that little voice in my heart was telling me to slow down. I needed a hiatus to get my bearings, gain some clarity, and balance out my work/life ratio. By George, I’m re-charged and ready to develop the crap out of some Paleo bowl food recipes!
I always knew I would re-visit print, and right now feels like the right time!
All this to say, I’m out-of-bounds excited for this book! I have already started developing recipes, and so far, the process has been very enjoyable! I want to make the process as stress-free for both you and me as I can, because let’s face it: cooking is supposed to be fun, and I want that passion to shine through in my book.
So because I’m still in the development phase of my book, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email with recipe requests that you’d love to see in print. Or, if you have other suggestions such as certain information you’d like me to include in the introductory part of the book, or even suggestions on aesthetic, I’m all ears (and eyes)!
My goal is to keep you updated on my progress in my blog posts and in my Instagram stories. I’ll try not to give you too many spoilers, but I want you to be included in the process along the way..let’s have fun with this!
What I’d love to know from you:
If you’re interested in providing feedback, I’d love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Some of the things I’m most curious about are:
- What are your favorite animal proteins and how do you like them prepared (roasted, slow cooked and shredded, grilled, sauteed, poached, etc.) And/or what are your favorite flavors and ingredients?
- Is there a type of dish you’ve been itching to reverse engineer and/or healthify, and haven’t gotten around to it or perfected it (for instance, tikka masala, cashew chicken, broccoli beef, that sort of thing)? Lemme know, cause I’m up to the task.
- What do you look for in a recipe – a short list of ingredients, a short prep and cook time, nutritiously well-balanced? Lay it on me.
ALSO! I’m in the market for ceramic bowls, so if you throw, know someone who throws, or have recommendations for stores I can purchase bowls from, holler at your girl! Send me an email at Julia (at) TheRoastedRoot (dot) net.
Questions? Comments? Concerns? Lay em on me! As always, thank you so much for your continued support. I’m so happy we’re on this journey together!
P.S. If you can’t wait to bathe in the glory of some paleo recipes, simply check out the Paleo section of my site!