Danielle Walker's Healthy in a Hurry

Real Life. Real Food. Real Fast. [A Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Dairy-Free Cookbook]



About the Book

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 150+ quick and easy recipes to get healthy gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free food on the table fast—from no-cook lunches to one-pot dinners and simple desserts—from the New York Times bestselling author of the Against All Grain series.

Healthy in a Hurry helps busy, working moms (like me) get delicious meals on the table fast with tried-and-true recipes that are full of comfort, flavor, and easy variety.”—Melissa Urban, co-founder and CEO of Whole30

Beloved author Danielle Walker proves that healthy cooking is both doable and oh-so-satisfying. In Healthy in a Hurry, Danielle presents more than 150 paleo recipes inspired by her sunny California lifestyle and diverse cuisines from around the world, including: 

• No-cook lunches: Pesto Chicken, Nectarine & Avocado Salad; Thai-Style Shrimp Salad; Steak Lettuce Wraps with Horseradish Cream Sauce
• Freezer-friendly meals: Pork Ragu over Creamy Polenta; Turkey Chili Verde; Baked Pepperoni Pizza Spaghetti with Ranch
• Delicious pasta dishes: Curry Noodles with Shrimp; Mac & Cheese; Creamy Roasted Garlic, Chicken Sausage & Arugula Pasta
• Sheet pan dinners: Mediterranean Salmon with Artichokes & Peppers; Lemongrass-Ginger Pork Chops with Crunchy Jicama & Mint Salad; Peruvian Steak & French Fries
• Easy grills: Skirt Steak Tacos with Sriracha Aioli; Hawaiian BBQ Chicken with Grilled Bok Choy & Pineapple; Chipotle Cranberry–Sweet Potato Turkey Burgers

Each recipe is shaped by Danielle's capable hands to be free of gluten, grains, and dairy—and most have just ten ingredients or fewer. And if that weren't good enough, every recipe is photographed and all are fast to make, giving busy people with dietary restrictions lots of ways to eat well on a tight schedule. With prep times and cook times, dietary guidelines, a pantry of sauces and spice mixes, and six weeks of meal planning charts, Healthy in a Hurry will help you become the calm, organized cook you've always aspired to be.
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Praise for Danielle Walker's Healthy in a Hurry

Health in a Hurry is destined to be a modern classic. Just as Julia Child introduced French cooking to Americans, Danielle has been a pioneer in showing us how to eat well—without dairy, grains, legumes, and processed sugar—but also without sacrificing taste. Danielle’s guidance in the kitchen will revolutionize and level-up the way you eat.”—Guy Raz, founder of Built-It Productions and creator of podcasts How I Built This, Wisdom from the Top, and Wow in the World

“Danielle is always inspiring me with the way she cooks and manages to get the meal on the table in what seems like an effortless flash. This newest cookbook proves that it is indeed possible. This book is a necessity for every kitchen, with so many new favorite recipes that I will be adding to my weeknight rotation!”—Ayesha Curry, New York Times bestselling cookbook author, television host, and producer

“From dishes that can be prepared in 30 minutes or less (Cajun Chicken ‘Pasta’) to meals that don’t require any cooking at all (Pesto, Chicken, Nectarine, and Avocado Salad), Walker’s recipes are sure to delight busy home cooks. Likewise, Walker’s sheet pan meals—such as her Sweet-and-Sour Pork, and Herb-Crusted Black Cod with Harissa Cauliflower—prove to be delectably handy for harried weeknights, as do her tips for ‘freezer cooking,’ which allow readers to make and freeze up to five recipes ahead of time: her foolproof Creamy Sausage, Kale, and Sweet Potato Soup, for instance, takes under 15 minutes to make and cook. Whether home cooks have dietary restrictions or just want to eat healthy, this is a book that they will turn to time and again.”—Publishers Weekly
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Danielle Walker's Healthy in a Hurry


When I wrote my first cookbook in 2013, I wasn’t sure I would have reason to write another. But as the years passed, more and more readers shared with me their stories of finding health through food, and my passion to provide recipes for those on a similar journey only intensified. Now, five books later, it seems that more than ever people realize the value of feeding themselves and their loved ones healthy, nutritious meals over highly processed foods.

I have been trying to recover from the autoimmune disease ulcerative colitis for twelve years. While food has saved me in so many ways over the years, it hasn’t been a perfect process and there have been a lot of bumps in the road. Even while eating a healthy diet, I have run myself into the ground or bumped up against unavoidable trauma and life’s daily stresses, causing me to experience setbacks. After going through that cycle many times, I’ve come to realize that while food is a very powerful device in the overall toolbox, it is just one of many ways to maintain my health. I’ve learned so much about how taking care of my body with nourishing food can be less impactful if I don’t take care of my emotional, physical, and spiritual needs, too. For my body to be at its healthiest, I must also prioritize rest, exercise, mindfulness, counseling or therapy, and journaling. But the time I devote to preparing food also goes into the equation. Spending hours in the kitchen in an attempt to eat healthy can sometimes just add to the stress. I wrote this book to achieve the former (healthy eating!) and avoid the latter (kitchen stress).

“I’m too sick.” “I don’t have time to cook.” “My kids or spouse won’t like this dish.” “The ingredients are too expensive.” “I don’t know how to cook.” At one time or another, I’ve said all of these things about cooking. And they are also what I hear most frequently from people who are afraid to start cooking healthy foods.

After I released Eat What You Love, my cookbook filled with recipes for comfort foods and childhood favorites, I received so many requests from readers asking for easy meals for beginning cooks. Some wrote of being intimidated by my use of ingredients like arrowroot powder (it looks a lot like cornstarch), coconut aminos (it tastes a lot like soy sauce), and coconut milk (you can use it like cream). Many chronically ill people sought a book that would teach them or their loved ones who care for them how to nourish their bodies with homemade, healthy food. Others told me of simply wanting to cook healthily to nourish their family but of not always having the time to do it. (Isn’t that all of us?) Well, this is the book that does all of that! And although you may occasionally see an ingredient that you aren’t familiar with, the majority of the ingredients are staples in a grain-free kitchen and each will be used multiple times throughout the book, allowing you to purchase them with the confidence they won’t go to waste.

I also drew upon my love of different cuisines from all over the world to create these recipes. Having lived in California nearly all of my life, I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing many different food styles. My dad also traveled internationally for work when I was younger, which meant we frequently had overseas guests who would share some of their culture through food. In addition to inheriting a love of Italian cuisine from my dad’s side of the family, I came to appreciate many other food traditions during my childhood. From Thai, Korean, and Moroccan to Greek and traditional California cuisine, there’s a lot to love in this book.

I wanted to keep the flavors and approaches fresh and exciting for those of you who, like me, have been eating grain-free and gluten-free for more than a decade. I also tried to ensure that each recipe is approachable enough for those of you who are just venturing into this lifestyle, perhaps feeling afraid that things won’t taste as good as the foods you’re losing. Nothing should ever, ever taste like cardboard! That’s not a sustainable approach. And this way of eating is a lifestyle, not a diet.

Eat well, feel great friend!


About the Author

Danielle Walker
Danielle Walker is the author of two New York Times bestselling cookbooks, Against All Grain and Meals Made Simple. She is also the voice behind the most popular grain-free website on the Internet, AgainstAllGrain.com. She is a self-trained chef who tempts a range of appetites with innovative and accessible grain-free recipes that are not only healthy and delicious, but also can be credited with saving her life after a diagnosis of a serious autoimmune disease. She lives with her husband and two sons in the San Francisco Bay Area. More by Danielle Walker
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