You’ve seen me share about this cookbook here on the blog and on my Instagram and I have gotten so many questions about whether or not it was good, so today I’m excited to finally share more about it. I’ll tell you about what we’ve made, what worked, what didn’t and what we liked best!
This post took a lot of “research” aka eating, most of which was pretty darn good. I didn’t want to just make one or two things and then tell you about it, so we’ve actually made several things from the cookbook over the weeks that I’ve had it. Some of those things turned out awesome and we’ve made multiple times, and then there were a couple of fails. So let’s get into all of it!
Why I Bought The True Roots Cookbook
I have been very much wanting to limit my dairy and sugar intake and True Roots is all recipes free of refined sugar, gluten and dairy. I liked it because I saw a lot of balance in it. There are recipes for salads and veggie-packed snacks, but also cookies and cocktails.
Once I got it, I found that the recipes were actually really easy and not too time consuming (or at least the ones we have made have not been). I also thought there was great variety and something for many tastes.
Grocery Shopping Essentials
One question I get a lot, and something I’ve discussed with a friend who also has this book, is about how expensive the groceries are to make the recipes from the book. Honestly, I tried to be strategic about this. If I had to pick up an ingredient for a recipe, I tried to find another recipe that would use it so that I would at least feel like my money went further. Yes, things like coconut flour, almond flour, coconut sugar, matcha and almond butter were a little more expensive (and not things that I just had sitting around), but as long as I felt like I was going to actually use an ingredient, I didn’t mind purchasing it. I also paced myself on it and didn’t buy EVERYTHING all at once.
The Recipes We Liked
Now I will say that we liked more recipes than we didn’t, so overall, I’m calling this cookbook a win. Some of the recipes we liked included:
- Warm Coconut Oats: So good for breakfast and warmed up so well as leftovers!
- Zucchini Bread: She suggests you make it as french toast, which I didn’t do but it sounds awesome and I hear from a friend that it is good!
- Brussels Sprouts and Avocado Salad with Creamy Caesar Dressing: one of THE BEST recipes! I’ve made the dressing multiple times for various salads – it’s SO good.
- Avocado Chicken Salad: Super flavorful, great for wraps and lunches
- Spicy Crab & Avocado Tostadas: We loved this one too – and leftovers were great
- Parsnip Puree: AMAZING. I served this with a pork tenderloin recipe from somewhere else and some kale and it was delicious!
- Blended Mocha: This is SO good. I also saw Kristin do it on Instagram as a bowl with coconut, fruit and some other toppings
- No Bake Cake Balls: These actually taste like cake balls, are super good from frozen and I would make these weekly. They’re so so so good!
Recipes We Didn’t Like
New recipes sometimes don’t work out and, like I said, sometimes its user error, and sometimes they’re just not good. In this case, I think it was a mix of those things, depending on the recipe:
- Cashew Carrot Slaw: This one was just okay. It might have been better with a different main dish.
- Gin and Ginger: Okay, this cocktail was awful. It was so spicy from the ginger and we really didn’t like it.
- Classic Chocolate Chip Cookies: I posted about these on Instagram and heard from a couple of you that they didn’t work for you either. They spread out a lot and actually were good sprinkled on ice cream but they weren’t a “cookie.” There is a recipe for lemon souffles where she uses this (sans chocolate) as the crust and I actually think they’d be perfect for that.
- Zucchini Almond Butter Blondies: the flavor on these was fine and the texture was ehh. I might actually try these again because I think this could have definitely been user error on my part.
Overall + Giveaway!
Overall, I would recommend the True Roots Cookbook! I like the healthy components and the recipes that we liked and that worked for us were really home runs. I am sometimes skeptical about celebrity cookbooks, but I’m pleased with this one and would recommend it to you. I find myself pulling it out now when I’m meal planning for the week and looking for something new to make every week. Kristin also has another book that I would now consider purchasing after my positive experience with this one!
Overwhelmingly on Instagram, you all wanted a giveaway and I am here for that! So enter on the Rafflecopter widget below and I’ve decided that I will give away TWO cookbooks, so there will be two winners. The giveaway ends next Thursday – good luck!
Also, stay tuned to my Instagram this weekend for a bonus entry!
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This post is not sponsored in any way. I purchased the cookbook and products on my own and this is my honest opinion on the book and recipes.