Welcome to my new series: REAL Food Books. There is so much awesome and amazing information out there to help us on our journey to health. From time to time, I will be sharing some of the good reads from my nightstand. I mostly read cook books and books about REAL food. I hope that you find these resources helpful as we continue to learn and grow together.
Today I am sharing about Real Food Survival Guide for Busy Moms by Lindsey from Homemade Mommy. This is a book geared not only towards mothers but towards anyone who feels like life is too busy to eat REAL food. Lindsey is a full-time working mom dedicated to feeding her family REAL, unprocessed foods in a way that fits into our personal lifestyles, without all the stress.
Feeling overwhelmed by trying to get REAL food on the table every night? Need some new food and snack ideas to add to your food rotation at home? Want to learn how to stretch your time and money in the kitchen? This is the book for you!
Must Read for All Busy Families:
I want to begin by saying that this book, from the start, is realistic, down-to-earth, and practical. I’m a busy lady. I have 2 kids to take care of, one a teenager and one a very busy toddler. Both with their very different needs. I spend a lot of time working on my blog, cooking, writing, taking photos, and editing. I work in my garden. I clean my house. And I like to eat REAL food. This book is seriously a great resource for making it all work without all of the stress.
What I like most about this book is that Lindsey gets it. She works full-time, raises a family, AND has an amazing blog. She is completely dedicated to feeding her family REAL food but understands that we all need a little help in making it all work. And she has a forgining attitude that allow for real life to happen. Her ideas are practical. Her tips are useful. And her recipes are realistic. I love to cook but just don’t have the time to cook 7 big meals a week plus breakfast and lunch. Lindsey gives some great planning advice and time saving ideas that really make it do-able. (Is that a word? It just looks weird!)
This quote from the book about changing our attitude around the chore of cooking sums up why I got drawn in by this book:
“We have to change our perspective. Mine changed dramatically when I started focusing on providing nutrient-dense foods for my family that would not only fill our bellies, but also start to heal our various ailments. Cooking was no longer just to put something on the table. It served a purpose – to heal, to nourish and to delight our taste buds, as well as be a shared experience.”
What You will Learn:
- How not to feel overwhelmed by cooking
- The secret to making food your family will eat
- Making life more convenient (and tastier) without a microwave
- How to leave meal planning to someone else
- How to save time and money on real food and reduce shopping trips
- Helping you understand the basics of restocking your pantry with real food alternatives
- Saving time on prep: understand which recipes to make on a regular basis
- How to travel with real food
- How to pack smart with homemade beauty products
- Lunch ideas for kids in school
- Some staple recipes to get you started
- What to do when you go out to eat
Homemade Mommy’s Real Food Survival Guide for Busy Moms is all in all a great resource for anyone who wants to make home-cooking a reality in today’s busy world. Not only does she give tons of practical advice on how to be more efficient in the kitchen, she also shares money saving tips and ideas on sourcing food locally. I love that she focuses on making the food that we eat more nutrient-dense with just a few little simple tricks. This is more than a recipe book. It’s a manual on REAL life cooking and eating. I’m an over-achiever. I try to do it all. And it gets overwhelming. Lindsey gives permission to not have to do it all and lots of support in finding ways to make REAL food fit into my life.
The recipes I use most out of this book are:
- Fermented mayonnaise
- Fermented Ketchup
- Real Ranch Dressing
- Easy Meatballs