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With six kids, a thriving business and no time, Katie was compelled to create meals that were healthy, easy-to-prepare, and family approved. The number one question she receives from her millions of dedicated fans, is "how do you do it?".  They are eager to take the healthy eating advice Katie provides on her popular Wellness Mama blog, and learn how to put it into practic With six kids, a thriving business and no time, Katie was compelled to create meals that were healthy, easy-to-prepare, and family approved. The number one question she receives from her millions of dedicated fans, is "how do you do it?".  They are eager to take the healthy eating advice Katie provides on her popular Wellness Mama blog, and learn how to put it into practice through delicious recipes, meal plans and time saving tips.  With more than 200 simple recipes and advice on how to create healthy meals that are free of grains, added sugars, and without harmful fats, THE WELLNESS MAMA COOKBOOK is what Katie's fans have been waiting for. Based on her limited, self-published cookbook, this new book contains 200 recipes, all with a focus on being easy-to-prepare and healthy. This new book also contains meal plans, shopping lists, pantry stocking advice, time-saving tips, and all-new chapters on slow-cooker and one pot meals--as well as over 80 full color photographs.


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With six kids, a thriving business and no time, Katie was compelled to create meals that were healthy, easy-to-prepare, and family approved. The number one question she receives from her millions of dedicated fans, is "how do you do it?".  They are eager to take the healthy eating advice Katie provides on her popular Wellness Mama blog, and learn how to put it into practic With six kids, a thriving business and no time, Katie was compelled to create meals that were healthy, easy-to-prepare, and family approved. The number one question she receives from her millions of dedicated fans, is "how do you do it?".  They are eager to take the healthy eating advice Katie provides on her popular Wellness Mama blog, and learn how to put it into practice through delicious recipes, meal plans and time saving tips.  With more than 200 simple recipes and advice on how to create healthy meals that are free of grains, added sugars, and without harmful fats, THE WELLNESS MAMA COOKBOOK is what Katie's fans have been waiting for. Based on her limited, self-published cookbook, this new book contains 200 recipes, all with a focus on being easy-to-prepare and healthy. This new book also contains meal plans, shopping lists, pantry stocking advice, time-saving tips, and all-new chapters on slow-cooker and one pot meals--as well as over 80 full color photographs.

30 review for The Wellness Mama Cookbook: 200 Easy-To-Prepare Recipes and Time-Saving Advice for the Busy Cook

  1. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    This is a hard one to review because I seem to just disagree with the author about what constitutes a healthy diet for a family. I am trying to base my review on the content and not my opinions but it is difficult. To boil it down, if you don't want to include a lot of coconut oil in your diet, then this is not the book for you. I think some of the spice recipes could be really great to try, but those were the only recipes that I found interesting and possibly usable for my family. I also found This is a hard one to review because I seem to just disagree with the author about what constitutes a healthy diet for a family. I am trying to base my review on the content and not my opinions but it is difficult. To boil it down, if you don't want to include a lot of coconut oil in your diet, then this is not the book for you. I think some of the spice recipes could be really great to try, but those were the only recipes that I found interesting and possibly usable for my family. I also found parts of the introduction a bit off putting. To state that all "picky" children are in fact a result of their parent's choices is just wrong. Many children have actual physical and/or behavioral issues that cause them to struggle with eating and food in general. I personally don't believe this is a small enough portion of the population that they should not be considered in a book directed at families. If these children are not treated with respect when it comes to food choices and meal times then the long term consequences could be problematic. In summary, this might be a great resource for some families, but unfortunately not for mine.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    I had to skim over parts of the beginning of this book where the author gives advice on the importance of home cooking and family meals, as well as the background information on certain foods. This is great information for someone just starting out, however it isn't anything groundbreaking. If you have any experience with nutrition and healthy eating it is mostly knowledge you probably already have. I'm also well beyond the stage of needing parenting tips or money saving tips, particularly in a I had to skim over parts of the beginning of this book where the author gives advice on the importance of home cooking and family meals, as well as the background information on certain foods. This is great information for someone just starting out, however it isn't anything groundbreaking. If you have any experience with nutrition and healthy eating it is mostly knowledge you probably already have. I'm also well beyond the stage of needing parenting tips or money saving tips, particularly in a cookout, but I admit I am also not the intended demographic for this book. For new parents, this may be a really useful section. The best part of the book, in my opinion, was the recipes. There were several that I wanted to try. They were very simple to make and had easy to find ingredients. Being someone who does a lot of cooking, I found myself making mental notes about minor changes I may make to make some of them more healthy or more to my family's particular liking, but in general they looked quite tasty. I liked that there was a variety of options. Some of the recipes were fairly creative and some were more traditional. The recipes seemed well written so that they should be able to be easily followed for those just starting out. I originally borrowed this book from the library to see what sort of recipes it had because it was a nominee for the Goodreads Choice Awards in 2017. I like the recipes well enough that I plan to purchase a copy to have on hand. I would recommend checking out this cookbook if you're interested in everyday family meals.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Personally, I wouldn't call what she's feeding her family healthy, but that's totally my personal opinion. I did appreciate that she wants to feed her children home-cooked, preservative free food though. Personally, I wouldn't call what she's feeding her family healthy, but that's totally my personal opinion. I did appreciate that she wants to feed her children home-cooked, preservative free food though.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Christine Polli

    **I received this book as a winner in the goodreads giveaway** I was asked to write a review but I haven't really used the book yet, so can't give much of one. That is why I didn't put any stars. Hard to rate a cookbook! I did make the homemade taco seasoning the other night and it was good. Tasted just like store bought, perhaps even a bit spicy for me. However, I am a spice wimp! I have been put off by some of the recipes with the amount of coconut oil in some of them. Seems like a lot (1 cup in **I received this book as a winner in the goodreads giveaway** I was asked to write a review but I haven't really used the book yet, so can't give much of one. That is why I didn't put any stars. Hard to rate a cookbook! I did make the homemade taco seasoning the other night and it was good. Tasted just like store bought, perhaps even a bit spicy for me. However, I am a spice wimp! I have been put off by some of the recipes with the amount of coconut oil in some of them. Seems like a lot (1 cup in many). But I will continue looking through it to try something new.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    This is my kind of cookbook. Nourishing from-scratch recipes with various flavors explored. Sometimes we go ketogenic in our house and many of the recipes fit the bill or can easily be altered to do so. The photography is stellar, which is a plus. I can't wait to give these recipes a go. This is my kind of cookbook. Nourishing from-scratch recipes with various flavors explored. Sometimes we go ketogenic in our house and many of the recipes fit the bill or can easily be altered to do so. The photography is stellar, which is a plus. I can't wait to give these recipes a go.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Grete Telander

    I got this from the library...and then I got it again, and again, and finally realized that I just need my own copy. I have found a few great recipes that we have added to our regular family rotation. I like that "healthy" defined in this book is more about being preservative free and made from scratch. My family has a cattle ranch, so we eat a lot of beef, and Katie Wells actually has recipes for beef! Many healthy cookbooks favor chicken or fish, but this one has so much more that I can use. I I got this from the library...and then I got it again, and again, and finally realized that I just need my own copy. I have found a few great recipes that we have added to our regular family rotation. I like that "healthy" defined in this book is more about being preservative free and made from scratch. My family has a cattle ranch, so we eat a lot of beef, and Katie Wells actually has recipes for beef! Many healthy cookbooks favor chicken or fish, but this one has so much more that I can use. I also like that there is still lots of dairy and lots of bacon. I find the introductory material overly didactic for a cookbook, and I have no intention of following her lead as far as limiting special birthday foods or other celebratory meals. She argues that food is meant for nourishment, so we should not use food to celebrate. Human cultures throughout history have used food as a part of celebrations, and we'll keep having birthday cakes and Christmas cookies, hot cross buns at Easter and so on, and not feel guilty about it. My family is not gluten free, so I tend to add grain products -- real spaghetti noodles instead of spaghetti squash, for example. I also don't tend to use a lot of coconut oil, I use some conventional oils or olive oil, depending on the recipe. I find the recipes here easy to make, and easy to adapt to my family's preferences, for example, I use real milk instead of coconut milk or heavy cream, and I never have fancy flours like almond flour around so I just use whole wheat flour. We really like the hamburger vegetable soup, the meatballs, the sausage stuffed zucchini boats, and the orange ginger glazed roast recipes, among others.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Her approach is great - very warm, very user friendly. And all the meals in here are very family friendly; she includes a section on dealing with picky eaters. She has six kids, so she's used to cooking for groups and getting dinner on the table every night. There are a lot of photos - almost one for every recipe. And her instructions are very clear, using ingredients that are very easy to find. I know it's popular, but she uses way too much coconut for my taste. And nothing in here is going to Her approach is great - very warm, very user friendly. And all the meals in here are very family friendly; she includes a section on dealing with picky eaters. She has six kids, so she's used to cooking for groups and getting dinner on the table every night. There are a lot of photos - almost one for every recipe. And her instructions are very clear, using ingredients that are very easy to find. I know it's popular, but she uses way too much coconut for my taste. And nothing in here is going to rock your world - I had most of her slow cooker recipes already. Her salads were really creative (grapefruit and avocado - YUM) and the soups were also strong. If you're new to the idea of getting dinner on the table quickly, or if you're looking to get out of a takeout rut, this book is a great place to start. If you've been doing this for a while, I think it's still worth checking out for some ideas for including children in your meals. Despite an emphasis on wellness, there is no nutritional information included in the book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Dawn O. | Left Coast Reader

    I’m a longtime follower of The Wellness Mama and appreciate her countless non-toxic, homemade household recipes - her all purpose cleaner is like magic in my house! I keep a bottle of it in the kitchen and bathroom. When I heard about The Wellness Mama Cookbook I put it on hold at my library and waited sooo long for a copy. A couple of the recipes sound really good and I look forward to making them - Marcie's Moroccan Chicken Stir-Fry and One-Pan Pakistani Kima. I really wanted to love this cookb I’m a longtime follower of The Wellness Mama and appreciate her countless non-toxic, homemade household recipes - her all purpose cleaner is like magic in my house! I keep a bottle of it in the kitchen and bathroom. When I heard about The Wellness Mama Cookbook I put it on hold at my library and waited sooo long for a copy. A couple of the recipes sound really good and I look forward to making them - Marcie's Moroccan Chicken Stir-Fry and One-Pan Pakistani Kima. I really wanted to love this cookbook, and buy my very own copy, but it wasn't for me. So many of the recipes called for almond flour which is expensive where I live and not a financially sustainable option for me. Quite a few recipes used heavy cream - I do not like dishes that are rich and heavy on my regular rotation and really try to avoid eating them altogether. This cookbook is okay and I'm sure the recipes are good but they aren't my type.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Lara

    I liked some of the recipes, but she goes to great lengths in the beginning to warn not to use olive oil for cooking or baking (only cold) then calls for it to be heated in a skillet for a frittata. She also explained that she doesn’t think any amount of sugar (other than what’s naturally found in whole fruits and vegetables) in one’s diet is safe because of the risk of fatty liver disease, but some of her desserts call for cane sugar and coconut sugar. I took away another star just because I ha I liked some of the recipes, but she goes to great lengths in the beginning to warn not to use olive oil for cooking or baking (only cold) then calls for it to be heated in a skillet for a frittata. She also explained that she doesn’t think any amount of sugar (other than what’s naturally found in whole fruits and vegetables) in one’s diet is safe because of the risk of fatty liver disease, but some of her desserts call for cane sugar and coconut sugar. I took away another star just because I had to read the word “healthful” 800,000 times and I’m annoyed. If none of that bothers you, there are some great recipes and ideas in here.

  10. 4 out of 5

    A. B

    Will need to tailor many recipes to fit my idea of “health,” but I see why it would be so appealing to so many people who are beginning to take steps to health. There’s bacon, ham, heavy cream, lots of cheese etc...but I’m excited simply because I didn’t expect to find a recipe that uses a head of cabbage- and for it to be extremely simple. This comes to me right on time because I have a head of cabbage and I’m having difficulty thinking of ways to eat it! Perfect. The rest? Eh. Not healthy. But Will need to tailor many recipes to fit my idea of “health,” but I see why it would be so appealing to so many people who are beginning to take steps to health. There’s bacon, ham, heavy cream, lots of cheese etc...but I’m excited simply because I didn’t expect to find a recipe that uses a head of cabbage- and for it to be extremely simple. This comes to me right on time because I have a head of cabbage and I’m having difficulty thinking of ways to eat it! Perfect. The rest? Eh. Not healthy. But I think it would be appealing to most people.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I absolutely love this cookbook. It went from library grab to my Amazon cart really fast. Now, are they all the healthiest? Nope. But, isn't life about moderation? What I loved most about this book is the simplicity, preservative, processed food absent recipes. I also loved that it is allowing me to incorporate more foods into my life that I am interested in doing where without the book, I'd have little ideas on appealing recipes to please a husband who kind of looks at me sideways when I bring I absolutely love this cookbook. It went from library grab to my Amazon cart really fast. Now, are they all the healthiest? Nope. But, isn't life about moderation? What I loved most about this book is the simplicity, preservative, processed food absent recipes. I also loved that it is allowing me to incorporate more foods into my life that I am interested in doing where without the book, I'd have little ideas on appealing recipes to please a husband who kind of looks at me sideways when I bring these ideas up.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Eva

    This is a great cookbook for anyone that is wanting to start cooking more healthy food but has no idea where to start. It has a couple of simple chapters on what foods to avoid and which to eat. It does not overwhelm you with info, but instead makes changing your style of cooking look attainable! Best of all, she is not following any diet. You won't find the words keto, paleo, trim healthy mama, etc in this book! The recipes I have tried so far are really good! This is a great cookbook for anyone that is wanting to start cooking more healthy food but has no idea where to start. It has a couple of simple chapters on what foods to avoid and which to eat. It does not overwhelm you with info, but instead makes changing your style of cooking look attainable! Best of all, she is not following any diet. You won't find the words keto, paleo, trim healthy mama, etc in this book! The recipes I have tried so far are really good!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    The introduction of this book is a bit too dogmatic for my taste and I almost stopped reading when she said she doesn't believe there is any safe amount of sugar (oddly enough, she has recipes with sugar in the dessert section). I'm glad I kept reading, though, because the recipes are great. They are all grain-free, which I don't do, but easy enough to add grains to. The introduction of this book is a bit too dogmatic for my taste and I almost stopped reading when she said she doesn't believe there is any safe amount of sugar (oddly enough, she has recipes with sugar in the dessert section). I'm glad I kept reading, though, because the recipes are great. They are all grain-free, which I don't do, but easy enough to add grains to.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Luz Jorges

    healthy cooking with excellent recipes I enjoyed this book and the great recipes that go along with it. The excellent homemade recipes using whole ingredients and healthy spice mixes make this a part of my cookbook collection. great spice mixes I will use again and again. Well done.

  15. 4 out of 5

    John'alee

    A great book for anyone wanting to start out eating clean foods. Especially young mothers who are overwhelmed with how to start getting their kids to eat healthy foods instead of the junk-laden food that is so common in our culture. I was so impressed by this book and the recipes in it I bought a copy for 2 of my girls. Excellent!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Heidi

    Really love everything about this cookbook! There are so many recipes that I cannot wait to try. She gives great advice for meal planning and the setup and organization is easy to follow. I follow the Paleo diet and she does include some dairy but it is easy to omit.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    The introduction in this book was a bit too much, but the fantastic recipes made up for that. I also appreciate that the author gave options in recipes for those of us who need a little wiggle room in our cooking.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Great cookbook with a lot of information. It is set-up to help you if you are a starter home chef or a seasoned professional it contains a ton of useful information and very tasty recipes.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Catherine

    Good enough to borrow, not good enough to own. I made two things out of it. They were fine.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mary Porter

    Lots of great, nutritious recipes! Can’t wait to try them out.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cara

    When I first found Paleo I used Katie’s blog for many recipes and advice. I really enjoy her recipes and this cookbook has quickly become a favourite in my house.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Liz Smith

    Some of the recipes are excellent while some are things like eating avocado with cottage cheese...

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Loved that she has a section of one pan meals and a section of slow cooker meals!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Karen Raper

    This cookbook contained a lot of unneeded advice and the recipes were okay, but I didn’t find a lot of recipes that made me want to attempt them for my family.

  25. 5 out of 5

    megreadsnovels

    I’ve been using these recipes for the past six months. The Mongolian beef is a new family favorite!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Excellent recipes and photography.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mariah

    There are so many recipes that I want to try in this book. Most favorite seen was the vanilla chia seed pudding, I definitely want to try that soon!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    So many recipes I want to make. I tried several and they were all keepers. I’ll keep making some and trying new ones. Plus they aren’t overly complicated or time consuming.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Beka

    Nice concept and pictures, but nothing stood out to me.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marisa

    Found a few great recipes in this book!! Great ideas and beautiful photos!!

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