It’s All Good 365 {Review}


The lack of recipes on my blog has come to an end! This mamma has been back in the kitchen and it feels so good. My beautiful friend and client gave me the book “It’s All Good” : Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great by Gwyneth Paltrow and I have embarked on a little fun challenge with Jen and some friends from IG.

Ok, so first off  the cookbook has gotten a lot of FLACK and some not so great reviews. Mostly because a lot of the recipes are so simple and kind of not even recipes.  Instead of going off with what everyone was saying, I thought I would do a little research myself and create a challenge called, “It’s All Good 365”. The challenge is to get through the whole cook book in a year! Yes, you heard it right…the WHOLE cookbook. I have never done anything like this before and when I opened the cookbook and most all of the recipes that I saw in it were things that I , A. Already eat or B. Have been dying to make and never have.

It’s a lot of clean eating recipes that I have seen all over, (honestly nothing new or mind blowing) but I like that fact that it’s all in once place and there are some more labor intensive recipes that I don’t mind trying out, because I LOVE to cook. This challenge is kind of like the movie “Julia and Julia”, except the cookbook is a lot shorter and healthier Winking smile

I actually kind of joked about Gwyneth writing this cookbook in the first place, because I always feel that when a famous person slaps their name on something that has already been written a 1,000 times over, it because a NOVEL idea! But if it makes one more person healthier and happier then that is all that matters in the end.

I am also a sucker for pictures in cookbooks and hers are beautiful! My goal is to make 4-5 recipes a week from the book, anything from breakfasts to dinners! She has all kinds of yummy juice recipes, smoothies and muffin recipes.

So far I have embarked on the following, more to come weekly:

Turkey Meatballs– Easy and Delish!

(Picture from It’s All Good)

  • 10 small onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup arugula, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Italian parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 8 fresh basil leaves
  • Leaves from 4 sprigs thyme
  • Leaves from 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 cups Go-To Tomato Sauce* or store-bought spaghetti sauce
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • *Check out Gwyneth’s book for her Go-To Tomato Sauce recipe.
  1. In a food processor, pulse onion, arugula, parsley, garlic, sage, basil, thyme and rosemary until finely chopped. In a bowl, combine onion-herb mixture with turkey, salt and pepper; mix with hands. Roll turkey mixture into 24 golf ball-sized meatballs. In a large pot over low heat, warm tomato sauce. In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook meatballs in skillet in batches, stirring, until browned, 10 minutes. Transfer meatballs to simmering sauce; partially cover pot. Cook meatballs, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes. Serve hot with gluten-free pasta or polenta or vegetables.

334 calories per 6 meatballs with sauce, 19 g fat (4 g saturated), 17 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 26 g protein

Recipe Source:

Adapted from “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen (Grand Central Life & Style, 2013).

Chicken + Turkey Sausage Paella – Very good, but labor intensive and I added tomato sauce and spinach.

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Turkey and Black Bean Chili With Sweet Potato –LOVED LOVED LOVED! I would make this next time with Kale!

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MAKE AHEAD: The sweet potato can be roasted, cooled and refrigerated a few days in advance. The chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

Makes 6 1/2 cups (4 servings)


  • 14 ounces sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin, or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet Spanish smoked paprika (pimento dulce), or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon mild chili powder, or more to taste
  • 1 pound ground turkey, preferably dark meat
  • 28 ounces canned, no-salt-added whole peeled tomatoes, plus their juices
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 14 ounces cooked or canned no-salt-added black beans (if using canned, drain and rinse; see headnote)
  • Chopped fresh cilantro, for serving
  • Chopped fresh scallions, white and light-green parts, for serving


Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.

Toss the sweet potato chunks with 2 tablespoons of the oil until well coated, then spread on the baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle with a good pinch of the sea salt. Roast for about 20 minutes or until softened, stirring a few times. Let cool.

Meanwhile, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, chili powder and a big pinch of salt, stirring to coat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until softened.

Add the turkey; cook, stirring a few times, until the meat is cooked through and its moisture has evaporated, which should take about 20 minutes. The turkey should be well incorporated into the onion mixture.

Add the tomatoes and their juices and a big pinch of salt; increase the heat to high and add the water. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce the heat to low and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Stir in the beans and the cooled sweet potatoes; taste, and adjust the seasoning as needed. Cook for 15 minutes to blend the flavors.

Divide among individual bowls; top with the cilantro and scallions. Serve hot.

Recipe Source:

Adapted from “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen (Grand Central Life & Style, 2013).

Sweet Potato + 5 Spice Muffins: Easy and ok tasting, not my favorite, but not bad.

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  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 3/4 cup good-quality maple syrup or xylitol, plus 2 extra tablespoons for brushing the muffins
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour (if the flour doesnt include xanthan gum, add 1 teaspoon)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt

Preheat the oven to 400F. Prick the sweet potato a few times with a paring knife or fork. Bake until soft (when a paring knife can cut through with zero resistance), about 1 hour. Set the sweet potato aside until its completely cool.

Peel the sweet potato, discard the skin and mash the flesh in a mixing bowl with a fork. Whisk the olive oil, almond milk, maple syrup or xylitol, and vanilla into the sweet potato. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, five-spice powder and salt. Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners and evenly distribute the muffin batter among the cups.

Bake at 400F for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean, brushing the tops with extra maple syrup during the last 5 minutes of baking. Let the muffins cool before serving.

Recipe Source:

Adapted from “It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great,” by Gwyneth Paltrow and Julia Turshen (Grand Central Life & Style, 2013).

What is one cookbook you would love to make every single recipe?
Do you have “It’s All Good”? What is your take on it?


5 responses to “It’s All Good 365 {Review}”

  1. Have you kept up with you 365 challenge? I couldn’t find any additional reviews.

    1. I really tried but her recipes got too complicated! Guess I should update on the cookbook!

  2. Those turkey meatballs look delicious. Yum!

    I want to cook every single recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking cookbook. I have one recipe done. It was hard, but so worth it.

  3. I have the cookbook Plenty and I have cooked about 20 or so recipes from it. It is my fav cookbook by far. The imagery is stunning and the flavor combinations are so unique! I highly recommend!

  4. OH thank you for posting this! I saw your chili on Instagram last night and I wanted the recipe! Perfect timing 🙂