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Is Gwyneth Paltrow turning the page?
The Academy-Award winning actress – who has caused eyes to roll by insisting she is responsible for the popularity of yoga and other remarks – may just wipe the slate with her latest cookbook "The Clean Plate: Eat, Reset, Heal" out Tuesday. Her latest work featuring recipes sans alcohol, gluten, processed foods or sugars, caffeine, nightshades, red meat, dairy, peanuts and soy – follows two others, "It's All Good," on USA TODAY's top 150 best-sellers list for nine weeks, and "It's All Easy," on the list for four weeks.
While Paltrow's wellness site Goop has laid an egg (of the jade and rose quartz variety), having shelled out $145,000 to settle a consumer protection case over unsubstantiated health claims for products the company sold online, "Clean Plate" feels refreshing in that she's not asking readers to shoot for the Moon Juice. (Perhaps we should've seen this coming, considering the shockingly not-so-Goop-y book "Sex Issue" released in April.)
While she lists a Vitamix blender, which costs hundreds of dollars, as one of the "essential tools," most of the recipes feel very doable. Some recipes have even been labeled "quick" indicating they can be made in under 30 minutes. There are recipes for vegans, too.
So how effortless can the recipes be? Paltrow offers readers instructions for a veggie scramble, requiring just olive oil, scallions, spinach, salt and pepper and eggs. Her "Easy Frittata" has just six ingredients, including salt, pepper and olive oil. Sure, there are more complicated breakfast recipes, like a "Clean" version of avocado toast made on Seed Cracker, which calls for items you might not have in your pantry – arrowroot powder, black sesame seeds and white sesame seeds – topped with red onions GP would like you to pickle yourself, but the book offers options. It also offers soups, salads, bowls, rolls, drinks, snacks and a section with foods that are "a little more filling."
"While I tend to gravitate toward lighter salads and wraps for lunch, when it comes to dinner, I'm definitely a turkey burger/spaghetti and meatballs/roast chicken and potatoes kind of girl," Paltrow writes. "I want something that will fill me up and warm me from the inside out; something cooked with love and layered with flavor." If this feels relatable, let us remind you, Paltrow professed in an interview with the Financial Times published Friday, she is "a real person who wants to eat delicious stuff,” listing alcohol and french fries among her favorites.
But that's not to say readers will be bored by the woman who touted vaginal steaming. "Clean Plate" details recipes for Nomato Sauce, a substitute for those looking to rid their diet of nightshades. Paltrow promises "you don't really miss the actual tomatoes," of the recipe which gets its texture and color from butternut squash and beets.
Paltrow also lauds fruit smoothies made with frozen cauliflower.
"I know, I know, frozen cauliflower in a smoothie sounds gross," she admits, "but it adds incredible creaminess without all the sugar of bananas... and, paired with tropical fruit and lime, actually tastes really good." Paltrow says her kids – Apple, 14, and Moses, 12 – "happily slurp" down the Strawberry Cauliflower Smoothie, while she likes to sip on the Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie after a workout.
Here's to happy and "Clean" eating.
Contributing: Mike Snider
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Gwyneth Paltrow serves up doable recipes in 'The Clean Plate' cookbook – seriously!