book review: clean living fast food


Clean Living Fast Food by Luke and Scott

The lowdown:

A simply illustrated, easy-to-follow cookbook full of comfort food and much-loved favorites given the Paleo (free of wheat, sugar, dairy, grains, yeast and gluten) makeover.

Recipes include pizza, ice-cream, various desserts (lots of chocolate ones), doughnuts, burritos and fish & chips. Highly appealing for the time-poor but healthy cook. Not a book to be left for display on your coffee table as there’s so much do-able (not just for show) healthy food inspiration, and recipes can be tweaked to suit your needs.

On the downside, not a lot of cuisines represented here, and there are only several breakfast ideas. Still, a great book if you’re not a devoted Paleo follower, or haven’t even heard of Paleo for that matter!

So what’s to love?

Ingredients are relatively easy to source. There’s no need to go to your organic health food store or farmer’s market for most of the recipes. Lots of the ingredients can be found in your fridge (such as eggs, sardines, beef mince, and greens). Plus, readily available ingredients usually means you’re more likely to make them!

Easy-to-follow meals. If you’re not the type to spend a lot of time preparing meals, this book offers plenty of instant “throw together” dishes. Entertaining or having friends over? There’s some great fancy-looking stuff that takes minimum effort, including the Bacon and asparagus quiche, Pork San choy ban and the Cacao strawberry bar.

A few things to note:

Loads of effort required for some meals. If you love to cook, then you probably wouldn’t mind making your pizza base from scratch (mostly made from almond meal and eggs), or your tortillas and even beef stock and sauces. I reckon a lot of us can’t be bothered sometimes, especially if a dish isn’t meant to be gourmet, but if you’re willing to put in the effort, you’ll be rewarded with amazing dishes sans guilt, bloating and sugar overload.

There’s no cooking/baking time attached to the recipes. A tad annoying if you’re not an expert in the kitchen and want to know how to whip up an elaborate looking meal that sounds easy to make but, in reality, would probably take twice as long as it lets on! Which is probably why there isn’t a time allocated on the recipes…

* A little side note: While many healthy desserts aren’t considered junky, it doesn’t mean you can eat as much as you want! There’s loads of yummy and tempting treats in this book but be aware of portion sizes when it comes to nuts, seeds, and natural sweeteners. Treats are still treats even if they’re wheat, sugar and dairy-free 🙂

Overall verdict:

Recipes are super healthy, as well as popular favourites so it isn’t hard to find something to make. Most are also easy to follow and can be made on a regular basis. Although there are many books of a similar kind, and not entirely original, I’ll give it a 7/10 🙂




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