Past Primal cookbooks have been about what you’d expect from a cookbook: elaborate, full-on meals made with healthy, delicious ingredients. They were often simple meals that you could easily make on a regular basis, but they were meals that took real effort. Humans are creatures of habit. We often eat the same meals, over and over again, because they’re reliable and we know how to make them well.
And so, when I sat down with my co-author, food writer Jennifer Meier, to discuss the next Primal cookbook, I knew what I wanted to do. I didn’t want to give people another book of meals to add to their repertoire. That may come in the future, but I knew that most people already had their favorite Primal things to cook. I figured they didn’t need a whole other host of meals to “worry” about just yet.
Instead, I knew that if we could come up with a way to give new life to old standby meals without forcing people to learn entirely new recipes, we’d have a winner on our hands. A real helpful tool in the Primal kitchen.
Enter Primal Blueprint Healthy Sauces, Dressings, and Toppings, our newest cookbook showing you how to make the old standbys (like ketchup, barbecue sauces, mustard, hot sauce, and mayo) you’ve been missing as well as the innovative (chutneys, pestos, dressings) that you may not have tasted before.
Why Healthy Sauces, Dressings, and Toppings? As much as we all say we love our usual go-tos in the kitchen (and I’m no different: give me an omelet in the morning, a Big Ass Salad at lunch, and lamb chops with veggies for dinner and I’m a happy camper), variety truly is the spice of life.
If we’re not careful and provide ourselves enough variety, food fatigue can set in. We’ll get tired of the healthy foods we’re eating – not because they’re healthy, but because they’re the same thing we ate the last ten nights. We begin to branch out to unhealthier foods, simply because we’re sick and tired of the healthy meals we’ve grown accustomed to.
And variety isn’t just great because it’s something different that allows us to enjoy good food; varying our food choices, or adding antioxidant-rich sauce to our food actually broadens our nutrient intake and makes food healthier. Furthermore, healthy sauces, dressings, and toppings actually improve the metabolic response to food, particularly if those sauces are made with healthful herbs, polyphenol-rich spices, and healthy fats. Dietary fat and cholesterol are less likely to oxidize and become problematic in our bodies when they’re slathered in antioxidant-rich sauces.
I don’t think food has to be humdrum or everyday. I think food should be exciting. And Primal Blueprint healthy sauces, dressings, and toppings is the easiest, simplest, surest way to make your staple foods even more exciting, nutritious, and delicious.