Welcome to food freedom: 100+ recipes that prove you can make healthy choices without sacrificing the meals, snacks, and sweets you love—with plenty of gluten-free, Paleo, and plant-based options.
Rachel Mansfield’s vibrant debut cookbook proves that living a healthy lifestyle doesn’t mean adhering to restrictive diets or giving up all the foods you crave. Using better-for-you ingredients, such as grain-free flours, collagen peptides, and coconut sugar, you can indulge while still maintaining a balanced approach to eating.
Rachel’s recipes focus on creative, flavor-forward takes on favorite, comfort food dishes—think Almond Butter Pad Thai, Sweet Potato Nachos with Cashew Cheese, Homemade Pastry Tarts with Berry Chia Jam, and Epic Quinoa Burrito Bowls. Though Rachel personally doesn’t prescribe to a single diet or label, many recipes are Paleo-friendly, dairy-free, and gluten-free, and none include any refined sugar. This highly approachable book is organized to reflect the rhythms of real life: grab-and-go breakfasts, meat and vegetables perfect to mix and match for meal prep, easy solo dinners, potluck-friendly spreads, shareable snacks, and, of course, sweets—lots of ’em because as Rachel says, “You can have your gluten-free cake and eat it too!”
Perfect for those who are new to cooking or learning how to incorporate healthy ingredients into their everyday lives, Just the Good Stuff includes an entire chapter on food prep (both a money and time saver!), lots of confidence-building tips, and inspirational advice.
Praise for Just the Good Stuff
“In Just the Good Stuff, Rachel creates recipes that are gluten-free, dairy-free, and deliciously vibrant. Her Crunchy Tahini Chocolate Grain-Free Granola and Paleo Everything Bagel Bread are just two of the many recipes you’ll crave over and over again. Plus, having a guide to prepping food for the week, this book has you covered for all aspects of eating.”—Frank Lipman, MD, bestselling author of The New Health Rules and How to Be Well
“Rachel’s recipes are modern, approachable, and simple enough that anyone can make them! Just the Good Stuff is a new staple on my bookshelf!”—Gina Homolka, New York Times bestselling cookbook author and founder of Skinnytaste
About the Author
Rachel Mansfield is a recipe developer, food stylist, and founder of the wellness blog rachLmansfield. Rachel specializes in creating recipes made with simple, real ingredients that are suitable for anyone (Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, plant-based, and more). She lives in New Jersey with her husband and their son.
“These recipes are the perfect mix of classic, emotion-tugging comfort food made healthy and innovative flavor combinations that stoke excitement about just how good healthy food can taste. While Rachel’s baked goods are always drool-inspiring (the Maple Bacon Banana Nut Loaf might be the best banana bread I’ve ever had), the savory items shine as well. Enchilada Pie, in the sweetly community-building Gatherings section, is a new classic, and the crispy avocado tacos will win any #tacotuesday. Rachel’s personality is as winning as her food—flipping through feels like talking to your cool best friend. The genius inclusion of shopping lists and meal-prep guides will make healthy eating easy for even total novices.”—Liz Moody, author of Healthier Together and host of the Healthier Together podcast
“Just the Good Stuff highlights how much there is to love about consuming real foods. With vulnerability and creativity, Rachel brings together recipes and stories that inspire us to use food as therapy every day. More than that, this book teaches us to embrace who we are in our journey to finding true self-love.”—Priscilla Tsai, founder and CEO of cocokind
“I’ve always been a fan of Rachel’s food philosophy of incorporating real, whole foods into your routine and listening to your body above any other source (of which there can be many in today’s world). Just the Good Stuff is a beautiful articulation of that philosophy, and it encapsulates recipes that hit on every craving and meal type. It’s impossible not to find something you can make on your own and love doing so, regardless of your culinary experience. The layout and commentary throughout make this so much more than just a cookbook. Rachel’s personality and thoughtfulness for her readers shines through each section, making it a useful and entertaining read. As a fellow nut-butter lover, the Peanut Butter Cinnamon Rolls with Coconut Glaze are currently on the top of my “to-make” list. Yum!”—Leigh Keith, president and cofounder of Perfect Snacks
“Rachel Mansfield turns healthy eating into an attainable and enjoyable experience with a beautiful collection of recipes that are simple to create yet complex enough in flavor that eating them makes you wonder what’s been holding you back from the kitchen in the first place. Not only will you learn why you should fuel your body with certain foods, you’ll learn how to translate these healthy ingredients into new favorite dishes as well as ones you have loved throughout your life.”—Dr. Will Cole, leading functional medicine expert and bestselling author of The Inflammation Spectrum and Ketotarian
“Rachel’s approach to eating is delicious, mouthwatering, and approachable— and I love that. The recipes in Just the Good Stuff are tailored to those looking to indulge without guilt, while also catering to anyone with dietary restrictions. Her recipes are based on various life experiences and learnings, making this book relatable to readers while also making us crave her healthier spin on Crunchy Baked Cinnamon Churro Chips and Homemade Sweet Potato Pierogis.”—Hannah Bronfman, author of Do What Feels Good and founder of HBFIT
“Just the Good Stuff is how I want my family to eat. I can make many of these recipes after work in less than thirty minutes—my toddler enjoys eating from this book, too, and the recipes are nutritious enough to eat every day. Rachel has made some of my favorite childhood staples, like nachos made with sweet potato chips and from-scratch marshmallows and graham crackers, just a little bit healthier.”—Colleen Wachob, cofounder and co-CEO of Mindbodygreen
“Just the Good Stuff so perfectly represents Rachel’s smart and wholesome approach to food and recipes! This entire book makes my mouth water and my stomach growl, and my entire family is obsessed with her healthier twists on classics like Frosted Blueberry Pastry Tarts and Chocolate Chip Banana Bread. You really can’t go wrong with anything in this book!”—Melissa Ben-Ishay, president and chief product officer at Baked by Melissa