True Comfort

More Than 100 Cozy Recipes Free of Gluten and Refined Sugar: A Gluten Free Cookbook



About the Book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The TV star and author of True Roots shares 130+ of her favorite recipes for healthy, natural, wholesome comfort food in this essential cookbook.

“Kristin’s family-friendly, decadently ‘health-ified’ recipes will have you reliving favorite memories and making delicious new ones bite after bite!”—Daphne Oz, Emmy Award-winning television host and bestselling author


Over the past few years, Kristin Cavallari has become known for the healthy recipes she cooks at home for her family. In her bestselling cookbook, True Roots, she shared the recipes that keep her motivated and inspired and in turn challenged fans to cook more meals at home and live a healthier lifestyle.

Now, in True Comfort, Kristin turns her attention to some of the most-requested dishes that are hardest to find: healthy comfort food. True Comfort features her favorite recipes for cozy breakfasts (Apple Pecan Dutch Baby, Espresso Overnight Oats, and Sweet Potato Toast), lunches (Roasted Cauliflower Tartine, Nashville Hot Chicken Salad Cups, and Butternut Squash and Leek Chowder) and dinners (Red-Wine Braised Short Ribs, Oat Crust Chicken Pot Pie, and Saffron Seafood Cioppino) plus desserts (Orange Olive Oil Cake and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Silk Pie) and drinks (Cashew Eggnog and Rosemary Charcoal Latte). With tips and tricks to put together a well-stocked pantry, fridge, and freezer, this book goes beyond the traditional cookbook to help readers feel more like Kristin in the kitchen.
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Praise for True Comfort

“What could be more truly comforting than giving your body the nourishment it needs while satisfying the food cravings we all have? Kristin’s family-friendly, decadently ‘health-ified’ recipes (hello, Slow-Cooker Banana Bread Oatmeal and Nashville Hot Chicken Salad Cups!) will have you reliving favorite memories and making delicious new ones bite after bite!”—Daphne Oz, Emmy Award–winning television host and bestselling author

“Kristin’s book is full of my dream recipes! Indulgent, delicious food for the family that has thoughtful and healthy ingredients. I’m looking forward to using these recipes for my family and creating lasting memories around the dinner table.”—Lily Aldridge, mom and model

“Kristin’s recipes are after my own heart! As a girl from the south, I’m so happy to see comfort food done right. There are so many mouth-watering meals made without health-wrecking ingredients to choose from—a must-have in everyone’s kitchen.”—Vani Hari, New York Times bestselling author and founder of FoodBabe
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True Comfort


Comfort food has always played a crucial role in my life. I grew up in an Italian family, eating casseroles, pasta, and a ton of sweets. But unfortunately, both white flour and cow’s milk leave me feeling irritable and lethargic. I became aware of my food sensitivities in my early twenties, and since then I’ve been on a mission to make delicious food using good-for-you ingredients—nutrient-rich ingredients that still fluff up and thicken, that are creamy and comforting, that just taste great while fueling your body, giving it the natural energy it needs. Quite simply, I learned how to make healthier swaps for the ingredients I had grown up eating.

These swaps are as simple as using gluten-free oat flour in place of white flour that’s been stripped of all its nutrients. Did you know that natural sweeteners contain vitamins and minerals? Meet maple syrup and honey, my two baking best friends. I don’t use any crazy ingredients that you can only find at a specialty store in the middle of New York City. You’ll be able to find everything in this book at your local grocery store, or if not, then you’ll be able to order it on Amazon or Thrive Market. There was no way I could give up all the food I love. What I came to realize was that if I made these swaps, I could still eat everything I loved and my body wouldn’t hate me for it—and I wouldn’t feel like I was missing out on anything.

Some of my favorite childhood memories are centered around food. I will always remember my Italian grandma making pizza fritte (fried dough–um yeah, yum) for my brother and me when we would stay at her house, or my dad and I making homemade meatballs and sauce every Christmas Eve, and my mom teaching me how to make Thanksgiving stuffing the first time I hosted the dinner in my own home.

Good food can transform us and put a smile on our faces. Some days we just need to curl up on the couch with a big, comforting bowl of pasta bolognese. But in the past, when I indulged like that, I’d feel the effects of a bloated stomach and would be so tired I could barely keep my eyes open. Luckily, with the right ingredients, that’s no longer the case for me . . . or for you!

After the response to my first cookbook, True Roots, which dealt with mindful eating and the 80/20 lifestyle, I realized there was a definite need for these types of healthier recipes. I believe that most people are like me: we know nothing beats comfort food—that’s where the heart is. During the fall and winter months, when we’re warm and cozy inside our homes, with our loved ones, food brings us together and helps create lasting memories.

This book is a true representation of how my family and I eat on a daily basis. We don’t consume cow’s milk, gluten, or anything processed and white (like white sugar, white salt, or white flour). We make substitutions with other types of dairy (buffalo mozzarella, anyone?), brown rice and lentil pasta, oat flour for baking, maple syrup and other healthy sweeteners, plus pink Himalayan salt, which is packed with vitamins and minerals.

I’m not a chef—I’m just a mom who loves to cook. I love food and I’m a health nut, and those two things don’t have to be mutually exclusive. If I can make these dishes, so can you. And if I can commit to making this an important part of my lifestyle, you can too (if you want to really change your lifestyle). You have a choice every day to live your best life.

With love . . . I hope you enjoy this book as much as I loved creating it.

Kristin Cavallari

About the Author

Kristin Cavallari
Kristin Cavallari is a television host, designer, entrepreneur, and author of the New York Times bestsellers True Comfort, Balancing in Heels, and True Roots. She starred in MTV’s hit series Laguna Beach and The Hills, as well as her very own show, Very Cavallari on E!. Cavallari has a recurring role on E!, co-hosting the “Behind the Scenes at the Emmys” pre-show. She is the founder and CEO of the lifestyle and jewelry brand Uncommon James, and she resides in Nashville with her family. More by Kristin Cavallari
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