Giveaway – Best of the Grain Free Meal Plans Cookbook from Health, Home, and Happiness (Worldwide: 05/19)

I love meal planning. It really takes the stress away from feeding my family. Meal planning also really helps when you have a family with diverse eating habits and dietary needs. I would seriously go nuts if I did not have a weekly game plan.
Don’t get me wrong. I enjoy creating meals based on recipes that I come up with on my own. In fact, nothing is more satisfying than whipping up my own creation. However, when you have young children, culinary  undertakings get hijacked more often than not. Quite frankly, I am more than happy to have someone else telling me what to cook and for which meal.

Enter the Grain Free Meal Plans from Cara at Health, Home, and Happiness. If you have wanted to try a grain free diet, but were overwhelmed and didn’t know where to start then this is definitely something you should invest a little money into. I subscribed to the monthly grain free meal plans for a year (with my own money – not as a perk from blogging) and benefited immensely.  I do not think I could have gotten through meal planning without them! All of the meals are based on the Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet and Specific Carbohydrate Diet diets. Menu plans are for 3 meals a day, 7 days a week, plus snacks and sweets. Recipes are all kid tested (both at Cara’s  house and mine). A simple, easy to follow shopping list is included for each week. You really can’t miss with this!
And just when I thought it couldn’t get better…

Cara put together the Best of the Grain Free Meal Plans cookbook volume 1. The best of the monthly menu planning service is rolled into a helpful full color cookbook.
I asked Cara if I could review a copy of her new cookbook even though I had a year’s worth of her amazing recipes. I wanted to see if this was a resource I should share with all of my wonderful readers.
And yes, yes it is!
Let me give you a wee bit of background info. Cara started her daughter on a grain free diet to help with developmental delays at the end of 2008. She found the transition overwhelming, but knew that she had to keep going as her daughter was thriving on a grain free diet.
Cara’s goal with the Best of the Grain Free Meal Plans cookbook is to help share her knowledge with other families who are trying to go grain free, or who already are successfully grain free but are looking for recipe inspiration.
The book divides the 70+ recipes into 8 sections including Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Soup, Snacks and Sides, Desserts, Cultured Food, and Staples. It then has an incredibly helpful section on sourcing high quality food followed by a section on recommended kitchen equipment.
The book offers clear instructions for beginning cooks, using ingredients and preparation techniques that can realistically fit into a busy household. There are lots of color photographs guaranteed to activate your taste buds and motivate you to try grain free cooking!
I was super excited to see some of my favorite recipes in the line up! The Butternut Squash and Beef Bake is out of this world as are the Fried Cheese Sticks. The Celery Root Hash browns sound a little odd but are one of my favorites! Cara’s Cowboy Cookies are a must! Every lunch item in this cookbook is kid friendly and on the top of my menu planning list.
This is honestly a resource that any home could benefit from.  Even if you are not grain free, you will get some wonderful recipe ideas that are palate pleasing and easy to make. Who doesn’t love easy and delicious? 
Another plus is that a lot of Cara’s best recipes are child inclusive. Tiny has been helping me make a lot of the recipes in this book since she was 2 ½.  Bonding with your wee ones + healthy, nourishing foods = a huge win!
In addition to this stellar cookbook and the monthly grain free meal plans, Cara offers What Can I Eat Now? 30 Days of recipes and tips for the GAPS™ Intro Diet Ebook. This Ebook was a complete lifesaver for me as I embarked upon the GAPS journey to heal my ulcerative colitis. Seriously, it took care of ALL of the meal planning for the 30 days I was on the Intro diet. All I had to do was follow the easy, easy recipes (all of which are delicious) and stick with each stage faithfully. There is a lot of great information about the GAPS diet in general.
Ready to win? Cara is generously giving away 2 copies of the Best of Grain Free Meal Plans Cookbook! That means two of you will win!  Whoo hoo!
All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post letting me and Cara know WHY you would like to win this Cookbook. Be sure to include your email if it is not linked to your profile!
But wait! There are MORE ways to win!

  • Visit the GAPS and Grain Free Recipe page at Health, Home, and Happiness and tell me what recipe tempts your tastebuds! Leave a second comment!
  • Visit Health, Home, and Happiness and check out the Natural Healthsection. Then leave a comment letting me know one thing you learned or than interested you from any post listed there! Leave a third comment!

This giveaway opens today, May 9, 2012 and closes May 19, 2012 at 11:59pm PST.  Winner will be selected via  I will email you and you will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is selected. This giveaway is open worldwide.
Can’t wait to win it?  Then buy the Best of Grain Free Meal Plans Cookbook!
Good Luck!

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  1. says

    I want to win this book because I’m always looking for new recipes grain free!
    Thanks, great giveaway!
    barbarapalermo at gmail dot com

  2. Anonymous says

    I’d love to win this book because myself and 3 of my 6 children have Celiac Disease, also I find that alot of other grains bother me. I’d love to win this as I need something to help me step by step as we go grain free and that I really can’t afford to purchase the book right now.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Lori G.

  3. Christine Powell says

    I would love to win this book, thanks for the opportunity! My son and I both do better on a grain free diet.

  4. says

    I would love to win this giveaway, I’m trying so hard to start GAPS to help with my severe depression but with 3 children I’m struggling to implement it. I also want to get my middle child especially on it as she has an awful immune system and I think she shows some autistic traits. It wasn’t until I heard of GAPS I realised the link of food to autism. I would just love for recipes to all be in one place so that I can actually get myself organised and doing GAPS.

    Faye xxx

  5. says

    So I’ve looked at the recipes again, the main one that always catches my eye is the Nutella!! But I like the sound of the Slow Cooker Chilled Beet Soup, if I can mix my new found love of the slow cooker with GAPS I will be over the moon!!!!

    Faye xxx

  6. says

    Me again!!! I have to say I found the post about A Healing Crisis so amazing the first time I read it. I know it will help so much when I do finally start my GAPS journey. But, as I had read that before I thought I’d comment on one I hadn’t read. I read about ACV, I didn’t realise how much it helped with so many things. I will be going out to look for some ACV and making sure it’s raw!!

    I also realised I didn’t put my email!

    Faye xxx

  7. says

    I thought the article about the Honey and Cinnamon cold remedy was interesting. I’ll definitely try it the next time I feel something coming on!

  8. Charlene says

    I’m always looking for grain free recipes and Cara’s are some of my very favorite! My family loves her loaded muffins. I would love to have them conveniently in once place.

  9. says

    I would love to win this book i have been trying everything to go gluten free …. due to stomach issues and have had such a hard time finding reciepes. Especially ones everyone in the house will eat. I think ill buy it even if i dont win. This book just looks amazing! Beccy

  10. Erin says

    I would love to win this cookbook because I think going grain free would improve my kids health as well as my own, also I find the idea of meal planning overwhelming erin(dot)thomson(at)rogers(dot)com

  11. says

    I loved reading about GAPS intro. I keep hearing the name, but no one has been able to explain it to me. Very intriguing. I think my family follows the most of the lifestyle naturally, but definitely going to try to incorporate the rest of it. Thanks!

  12. Anonymous says

    I would love to win this book. I have been thinking about GAPS for a long time but it looks intimidating and I think this book would be a good start. I have been almost grain-free (and totally gluten free) for the better part of a year and this would be a great next step.

  13. Justine says

    I THRIVE off of meal plans! I guess I didn’t get the ‘meal planning’ gene so the more help I can get, the better! My family has recently tried to do more grain free, but it’s a hard transition. This book would be a definite tool my family would use to eat grain free! Thanks!


  14. Georgina says

    I’d love to win this because I truly believe my family would benefit from becoming a grain-free family. I see how grains are negatively affecting our health, from seasonal allergies to emotional sensitivities. I grew up in a Greek household so it’s a bit difficult for me to wrap my head around a grain-free diet. This book would not only give me the recipes I need but help me plan them as well!

    My email is Thank you so much for offering this book to your readers! 😀

  15. Anna says

    Oh I would love to win! My husband has really bad GERD which he takes a pretty potent cocktail of drugs to manage it… he is MUCH better when we avoid wheat, but I am just so used to cooking with grains that we don’t get much further than that for now.

    And yeh, then there’s the small matter of my gut, which has given me all kinds of trouble for years now – the Dr suspects inflammatory bowel disease, but I’m just not ready for the colon biopsy just yet… wanna see if diet will manage it, first.

    anna [at] needleandhook [dot] co [dot] uk

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