The Defined Dish:
Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes

by Alex Snodgrass with Foreward by Melissa Urban

OMG, it’s finally here! After nearly two years in the making, my first cookbook is published and available for purchase. Most of you can probably remember when I was working all hours of the day on my “secret project,” and this is it! Since weeknight meals are kinda my thing, I’ve decided to share 100 healthy and wholesome weeknight meals with you.

THE DEFINED DISH is a cookbook that all levels of cooks can enjoy. Throughout the book, each dish is clearly marked to show if it is Whole30 compliant, paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, and more. It is perfect for anyone who has completed a Whole30 and is looking to reintroduce healthful ingredients like tortillas, yogurt, beans, and legumes back into their diet. Recipes like Chipotle Chicken Tostadas with Pineapple Salsa or my Black Pepper Chicken stir-fry are easy to prepare even after a busy day at work. At least 60 of the recipes are Whole30 compliant or include delicious modifications to make when Whole30, such as using lettuce wraps instead of taco shells.

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“Infused with grace, charm, and encouragement to cook what you love, involve the whole family, and create your own version of “balance,” The Defined Dish Wholesome Weeknights—and Alex—will quickly become as beloved in your family as they are in mine.”

— from the Foreword by Melissa Urban, Whole30 co-founder

A Cookbook All Levels of Cooks can Enjoy

Like the real Texan I am, I never skimp on big, bold flavors. These recipes are hearty, healthy and just freaking delicious! Organized by type of cuisine and flavors from around the globe, THE DEFINED DISH has something for every palate!

“Alex and The Defined Dish are my go-to for delicious recipes that are as enjoyable to make as to eat! She approaches both food and life with a playful soulfulness that nourishes my family and my heart.”

—Brené Brown, PhD, New York Times#1 best-selling author of Dare to Lead

It’s a Little Bit of Everything

As you peruse my book, you will find a little bit of everything. These recipes are all inspired by experiences I’ve had in my lifetime. You’ll find a Tex-Mex chapter and a Southern Charm chapter dedicated to my Southern roots with dishes like Mini King Ranch Casseroles, Chicken-Fried Steak with Creamy Cauliflower Gravy, and One-Pan Mexican Chicken and Rice. You’ll also see my Italian mother’s influence in my chapter titled, Mom-bo Italiano, where I share insanely delicious and health-ified classic Italian dishes like Lasagna-Stuffed Zucchini Boats and Sheet Pan Halibut with Italian Salsa Verde!

The rest are dishes that I’ve discovered through travel, in restaurants, or via friends or family that I’ve adapted in my own kitchen to meet the needs of my family and our taste buds. (Other chapters included in the book: Better than Takeout, Satisfying Salads, Soups for the Soul, A Taste of the Mediterranean, Curried and Spiced, Date-night Dinners, and Cleaned-up Kid Food).


“I am so grateful to be able to share this labor of love with each of you, and I absolutely cannot wait for you to cook these recipes in your kitchen!”
– Alex


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