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This Week's Menu: A Taste of The Defined Dish

Enjoy this Week's menu!

Recipes curated and/or created for you to save you valuable time during the week. I do the research, test the recipes, and then share them with you with tips to help you out! - Enjoy this week's menu!

potato soup

I love cookbooks and though I get many recipes from online I still love to pour over a good cookbook! This week's menu comes from the cookbook The Defined Dish by Alex Snodgrass and the website by the same name. #thedefineddish

In "The Defined Dish Cookbook," readers are given versatile recipes that cater to various dietary preferences. Each recipe is thoughtfully labeled for easy identification of dietary requirements such as Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Paleo, Whole 30, or Grain-Free, ensuring that no matter your chosen path, there's something for everyone. Plus, Alex provides helpful suggestions for modifications to suit individual tastes.

Beyond recipes, the book offers insights into the author's heart for the book, as well as an interesting list of recommended pantry essentials, empowering readers to stock up on key ingredients for culinary success. Moreover, the author's heartfelt introduction serves as a gentle reminder to embrace self-compassion and strive for balance while recognizing it isn't a place of perfection.

While rooted in a Whole 30 perspective, "The Defined Dish Cookbook" I appreciate that there are guides for a variety of diet styles.

This Week's Menu:


I often find myself torn between purchasing a cookbook or browsing online for recipes. In this case, I discovered that only a handful of the recipes featured in the cookbook were available on the website. However, I managed to find similar recipes on the site, which I've linked for your convenience. To avoid the website's excessive power consumption, I suggest utilizing the "print" option and saving the recipes as PDFs. Personally, I encountered frequent reloading issues on both my computer and iPhone while navigating the site.


The cookbook does not have many vegetarian or vegan options, but substitutions can be made easily and more meatless options are available on her website.


Cookbook version: Greek Lemon Oregano Potato Soup

To go Meatless Monday use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth.

This is similar to the Greek Lemon and Oregano Potato Soup in the book. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, omit the milk, and use 2 tsps dried oregano instead of thyme. Blend well.


Time: 45 minutes


Cookbook version: Chorizo con Papas Taquitos

This is very similar to the cookbook recipe. To make Taquitos fill tortillas with 2 Tbsps of the mixture roll it up and either bake, airfry, or pan-fry until golden and crispy.


Time: 30 minutes


This is and easy dish to make at home and feel like you had takeout!


Whole30 Pot Roast - Slowcooker

Time: 4 hours 20 minutes

Simple -Moderate

Cookbook Version: Curried Pot Roast

The recipes are very similar with the addition of a curry sauce. For quick and easy try adding a can of fire-roasted tomatoes and 2 tsps of curry powder.


Time: 15 minutes


Cookbook Version: Simple Waldor Tuna Salad

The main difference is that a Poppy Seed Dressing is used in the cookbook version.


Let me know in the comments if you tried any of the recipes!


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