What IS paleo, anyway?
So… what do you eat?
And what… don’t you eat?
….. not even quinoa?
What about when you go out?
Can you drink?
How do you even know how to cook that?
Oh my gosh – you eat BACON? And cook with BACON GREASE (gasp!)?
And… you really eat that much steak too?
You feed your meat… grass? What?
And… you’re not worried about your cholesterol.
This is good for you because… ?
But, my doctor says…
If you, or someone you know, has these questions, this post is for you.
It’s rare that Jake and I find something that we wholeheartedly agree with. We’re discerning, but for good reasons. In regards to diet, food quality, and overall well-being, after years of continuous research, we know what we like and what we recommend. We’re confident, though still evolving, and were so excited when Practical Paleo, by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, was released this summer. Finally, a book exists that combines all of our favorite points about living healthy, complete with really awesome recipes, and even a cooking guide for those who have become strangers to their own kitchen.
We consider the Practical Paleo book the Gold Standard of paleo information offered today.
Buy it for yourself, and buy it for someone you love. The recipes will draw you in, but all the great info is there in a friendly, fun format. It’s a paleo encyclopedia that makes learning about yourself and your health FUN!
(And no, this is not a paid endorsement – we bought the book and simply felt the need to share!)
We’ve cooked up several of Diane’s recipes (many more than once). Please enjoy a few photos to see what you, too, could be enjoying!
First up, we made her Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs. (Sides of mashed sweet potatoes and sauerkraut.)
Next up were two of Diane’s recipes: Grilled Garlic Flank Steak and Baked Beets with Fennel. I had never worked with beets nor fresh fennel before – YUM on both accounts! The Garlic Flank is also a new staple in our house!
I even stepped way out of my comfort zone to try the Nori Salmon Handrolls. It was my first time ever having salmon as a meal. The lemon slice and fresh avocado make this recipe super fresh and fun. Yay adventure!
These Chinese 5-Spice Lettuce Cups were awesome. Flavors I wouldn’t have though to put together on my own were an instant hit. Loads of flavor in just one little cup! We paired it with the Cilantro Cauli-Rice and it was a perfect combination.
Beef and Mixed Veggie Stir-Fry was a warm, flavorful use of really simple ingredients. Our first time experimenting with coconut aminos too!
This next one is a true new favorite of ours. Just thinking about it makes me smile. The flavors will transport you to a sunny, sapphire-watered, windmill-adorned Greek Isle where only good things can happen. We give this recipe for Lamb Lettuce Boats with Avo-Ziki Sauce five stars.
Okay. Are you done drooling? What are you waiting for?
Happy eating :)