Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Whole Family by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre

Title:  Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Whole Family
Authors: Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre, MS, CN
Publisher:  Harmony Books
Release Date:  October 11, 2016
Genre: Cookbook / Food 

From two popular bloggers and leaders in the functional medicine movement, here’s the ultimate guide to eating healthfully as a family—a simple, practical cookbook that shows how easy it is to ditch processed foods one meal at a time with 365 delicious, whole food-based, allergen-free recipes that the entire family will love.

It can be daunting to live a whole foods lifestyle in today’s busy world—even more so to prepare plant-rich, allergen-free meals that’ll get the whole family around the table. Popular blogger Ali Segersten and functional medicine expert Tom Malttere are a team devoted to teaching their children—and readers—the importance of living a whole foods lifestyle. Nourishing Meals makes it easy and fun with dishes that burst with flavor, such as their Cherry Pecan Salad, Butternut Squash and Pinto Bean Enchiladas, Chipotle-Lime Roasted Chicken, and Banana Coconut Cream Pie. 

Every recipe in the book is free of the most common allergens: gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy, as well as refined sugar. And these dishes are designed to appeal to everyone, including vegan, vegetarian, seafood, and meat-eaters. In addition to wonderful food, Ali and Tom offer easy, doable steps to help you change your family’s health, tips for making the transition easier, and ways to get the kids excited about wholesome foods. They map out the best foods and recipes for every stage of having a family, from pre-conception and pregnancy through each year of a child’s life. And they explain in accessible terms what makes their recipes so effective for achieving optimal health. Originally self-published with an avid following, this edition will feature more than 30 new recipes, and many of the original recipes have been updated. This new edition will also include 100 beautiful all-new food photos featured in two inserts. 

With an easy, tasty recipe for every day of the year, it’s never been simpler to adopt a healthy, whole foods lifestyle!

Nourishing Meals: 365 Whole Foods, Allergy-Free Recipes for Healing Your Whole Family by Alissa Segersten & Tom Malterre is exactly what its title claims to be. I have several members of my family with different types of allergies, including sensitivities to gluten and soy products. I was thrilled to try this cookbook out. I particularly love the soup section of this book, since I'm a huge fan of soups. Easy to prepare with the simple directions. Ever tried Creamy Potato Leek Soup without the dairy factor? Well, I think you'll love this recipe in Nourishing Meals.  The recipes aren't outstanding, except for a few possibly, but what makes this cookbook a staple is the variety it encompass for each and every one of your family members.  What I also love about this is the informational aspect of what certain foods do to your system. The early chapters in the book, as well as periodic charts/snippets you'll find throughout will be something you'll refer to constantly at first. I would flag them to make it easier for you to go back to.

In all, a staple to keep along with the different ones you have, like Joy of Cooking. One minor detail is that it doesn't have a picture with every recipe. For that it took away a star from me. Despite that, I still think this is one cookbook worth keeping and holding onto.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

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Alissa Segersten is a cooking instructor and author of the food blog,, empowering people with cooking skills and knowledge of whole foods so that they may reconnect with pleasure in eating delicious, nourishing food. 

Tom Malterre, MS, CN, is a certified nutritionist who holds two degrees in nutritional sciences, and is a faculty member of the Autism Research Institute. He coaches physicians and other health care practitioners on using Functional Medicine principals in their clinical practices, and travels the U.S. and Canada lecturing on the biochemical interactions within the body and their relationship to diet. 

Tom and Ali are often described as "food whisperers" who speak and write on the connection between diet and autism, fertility, and raising healthy children. They live in Bellingham, Washington.





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