Friday, January 24, 2014

Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook Review - Hundreds of Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes and a Giveaway!!

The number one complaint I hear from people who are new to the paleo diet is that they don't have the time to spend in the kitchen cooking. This is a totally understandable barrier when you are used to waking up in the morning to a bowl of cereal, eating a sandwich for lunch, picking up a quick dinner on the way home and eating pre-packaged snacks throughout the day.

Trust me, I get it. I used to eat Lean Pockets for dinner. I didn't understand why anyone would spend more than the two minutes and thirty seconds that it takes to heat up a Lean Pocket to make dinner. Obviously, my thoughts on that subject have changed just a teeny bit, but we are all busy and it can be difficult to find time to cook healthy, delicious meals.

Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks to make this transition easier. Using a meal planning calendar like the one I have available here (scroll about halfway down the page) can ensure you know exactly what you will be making each day so you aren't digging through the refrigerator at the last minute and it will also help you build your grocery list for the week.

If you are new to paleo, though, you will need some quick and simple meal ideas to get you started. That is where the Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook comes in! This book, written by Michelle Fagone of Cave Girl Cuisine, has 300 delicious paleo recipes that your whole family will love!

The book starts with a quick introduction to the paleo diet and is then separated out into different chapters for

  • Appetizers and Snacks
  • Sauces and Spreads
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Stocks, Soups and Stews
  • Beef, Pork and Lamb
  • Poultry
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Sides
  • Children's Favorites
  • Grilling Time
  • Additional Paleo Resources
When I received this book from Michelle, I immediately started to flip through it. The recipes are well written and the nutrition information is provided for each. I was super excited to see that there are even some baby food recipes, as we are just introducing solids to Baby A. I dug right in and made the Curried Chicken Salad the very next day after receiving the book. It was quick, easy and delicious! I served it in butter lettuce cups with a side of roasted broccoli.

I was so impressed with this salad that I made another salad from the book later in the week. This time, we tried the Salmon-Spinach Salad, which is a mix of spinach, grapes, carrots, almonds and raspberries topped with a salmon filet. Kevin even made a tasty raspberry vinaigrette to go with it and we served it all up with a side of sautéed asparagus.

Some of the other recipes on my list to make are the Sausage and Spicy Eggs, the Beef and Coconut Curry and Chipotle-Lime Mashed Sweet Potatoes.  It all looks so good! 

So, are you intrigued yet? :) Ready to snag your very own copy of Michelle's book? Well, you are in luck because she very sweetly sent me two copies and I am giving one away to a lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. I will choose one winner at random and send you a signed copy of The Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook! Good luck!
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive a complimentary review copy of the book. All opinions are 100% my own and I would never share a product or service with you that I haven't purchased or used myself. Purchase links are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from your purchase, which helps me to keep this blog running.