Weeknight Paleo Book Review and Giveaway!

 

First off, I’m a cookbook addict. There. I said it. I absolutely, positively adore cookbooks. I have an entire bookcase (not shelf) in the house dedicated to cookbooks – and I’ve actually given away a bunch to friends! And speaking of giveaways – Amber has given me TWO e-books to giveaway! Be sure to get to the bottom of this post for details on how to enter.

But also, in direct contradiction to that, I can’t follow directions. I love going thru cookbooks to get ideas but then when it comes to it, either the recipe takes too long, or I haven’t got one of the ingredients, or there’s something in my fridge I need to use up first.

But when Amber from Paleo Savvy asked me to check out her new cookbook, I jumped at the chance. Not least, because I’d already downloaded the sample pages and really was looking forward to the rest of the book. I also loved the idea of recipes that took 30 minutes or less to get to the table. Because although I love cooking, I’m also pretty lazy!

Flicking thru the e-book, I was first struck by the design of the book. It’s clear, and bright and well laid out. You can see at a glance the ingredients and exactly how long it takes to prepare. The photographs are stunning! But after the first glance, I realized exactly what a great cookbook this is – especially, I imagine, for non-cooks or people who just don’t have time to either paw through their mountain of cookbooks every night of the week.

See, Amber has planned out 9 weeks for you. Each week chapter begins with a page explaining the 4 meals (it’s weeknights, remember?) followed by a shopping list. So you have the week’s meals all sorted and the shopping done by Monday. Her recipes within each week can use up leftovers from the night before, which is perfect. And in general, all meals are for 4 – although the ones that are for 8 are freezable.

Back to my not being able to follow directions, I didn’t follow a full week – which is a shame, as I love the idea of cooking a meal on, say, a Tuesday and then using the leftovers on Wednesday in a completely different meal. (I do this often, except usually the second meal is some sort of omelette with leftovers….!) Also – we have friends visiting this week – which is great for trying out new recipes, except one if a vegetarian – very challenging for me, indeed!

But I did select a few recipes from the book this week including Slow-cooker Chicken Mole (holy crap, this was amazing!!!), Paleo Tater Wedges with Chipotle Mayo (also suitable for vegetarians…), Thai Pork Meatballs (this has become a new staple in my kitchen…), and Carrots and Currants Salad (The Vegetarian was impressed with this one last night!). I can’t wait to try the Spicy Sloppy Joes with Citrus Twist Broccoli, Tomato Gratin, Spinach Stuffed Chicken and Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts and Prosciutto-Wrapped Tilapia. We all know how much I love food wrapped in prosciutto…

Basically, Weeknight Paleo is a great book to the time-crunched cook as well as someone searching for new ideas. You can work your way through the 9 weeks easily, or just dip in and out as I did (the index is great for this). The designer in me loves the photos and layout. I especially love the li’l icons with tips and tricks. Great touch!

Weeknight Paleo is available direct from Amber’s website, Paleo Savvy as an e-book for $14.95 or as a printed book for $29.95. I have to admit, I definitely prefer the Real Book format but that’s a personal preference. I also prefer real cds to mp3s, and dvds to downloaded movies…. call me old-fashioned. You can download a 39 page sample of the book from Paleo Savvy to try before you buy.

Or, you can win one of two copies right here. Leave me a comment to tell me what your favourite weeknight paleo meal is; what is your ‘go-to’ meal? I’ll pick my favourite answer.

The other book will be given away at random from all Rafflecopter entries in the widget below  – and you can get up to 8 entries. Get to it! (If you leave a blog comment, click on the Rafflecopter button to gain those two extra entries for the random giveaway….!)

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34 Comments

  1. Loved the meatballs from the recipe book! Very tasty!

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  2. I love cook books!

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  3. Steak, broccoli and avacado

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  4. If I want something warm, I whip up some “meat loaf balls” usually with ground beef, sweet potato cubes, onions, garlic and whatever else I’m in the mood for. Sometimes I will use ground turkey or ground venison.

    If I want something cold, I mix up some tuna with homemade mayo, add in onions, celery, apples and/or grapes, and some avocado. Yum!

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    • Aubrey! I’m totally going to make these this week – I never thought about putting sweet potato in meatloaf balls, I love that idea! I hope you enjoy the cookbook from Paleo Savvy!! 😉 Have sent you an email…..

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  5. My go-to weeknight family paleo dinner is definitely a great stir fry of mixed veggies from my CSA or farm market, with healthy fats, grass fed/pastured protein cooked ahead for the week added in, and then served as-is or over cauliflower rice, spaghetti squash or shirataki noodles to take advantage of a nice paleo stir fry sauce. Comfort food for all seasons. Mmmm.

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  6. I’m new to Paleo so I’m still learning but my favorite go-to has to be “stir fry” beef or chicken and veggies!

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  7. My favorite go-to meal is eggs and bacon, hands down, no matter the time of day! :)

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  8. My favorite go to meal is grilled chicken thighs…I usually grill up a BIG batch a couple of times a week and then have the leftovers for quick meals. I LOVE them…hubby gets tired of them…need some new ideas to keep him happy!

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  9. My favorite weeknight paleo meal is a pizza. I have 3 kids, 5 and under so it’s the easiest thing that I know everyone will eat.

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  10. My go-to meal is apple-dijon burgers. They are fast, easy, and so delicious. I just pull out whatever’s in the fridge for toppings.

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  11. This sounds awesome! My go-to meals are spaghetti squash bolognese (Practical Paleo – so simple) and a tangy tuna or salmon avocado mashup (here: dareyouto.blogspot.com/2012/06/tangy-tuna.html).
    Thanks for the review and giveaway!

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  12. My go-to meal is a slow-cooker pot roast with grass-fed beef – super-simple and feeds us for days! If I’m not organised enough to get the slow-cooker on (and don’t have leftovers), I tend to rely on my freezer. I always have a stash of pre-cooked meals ready to go – e.g. mini-meatloaves, chili, soup etc…

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  13. These books look great, planned weeks + shopping lists are always a win.

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  14. steack, tomatoe sauce, poached egg, broccoli and zucchini with roasted sweet potatoe

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  15. During the week, I love to bake chicken with paprika, salt, pepper, and some chili powder. I usually bake it with vegetable slices or the occasional sweet potato.

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  16. Crock pot soup. Always a go to!

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  17. I’m a cookbook addict, too! My weeknight go-to is burger (no bun of course) and sweet potato oven fries.

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  18. Grass fed beef stuffed peppers all the way.

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  19. I have an avocado and chicken salad. It’s sooo good! I know my husband loves it when he’s had a bad day.

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  20. Our go-to meal depends on the season, right now it’s autumn so a nice hearty pumkin-bacon chili warms our hearts and in the summer/spring it would have to be a hunk of BBQ’D meat and steamed or stir fried veggies in season :)

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  21. New to paleo, been changing our kitchen slowly for 2 weeks now. So far our favorite go to meal is fritattas- we’re a busy family on the the go and I love how versatile this dish is- virtually anything in my fridge can go with eggs, and if you whip up a homemade salsa or avocado mash as a ‘sauce’ the kids gobble it up!! Loving the changes so far, looking forward to learning more recipes.

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  22. I have never felt better than the Paleo Lifestyle.It makes sense and I love all the new ideas and recipes I can find.

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  23. My menu would have to be the Paleo Tater Wedges with Chipotle Mayo as a “picky” starter followed by the Thai Pork Meatballs with the Carrots and Currants Salad on the side. Mmmmmmmmmmmm

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  24. Frying pan, fat, meat, veggies…

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  25. stir fry and sweet potato wedges!!!!

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  26. I am new to paleo so I am keeping it simple with chicken, favorite salsa and avocado. I love cookbooks too!

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  27. My fav go-to paleo meal is crock pot pork stuffed peppers! I’m drooling just thinking about it!

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  28. My favorite weekday lunch is tuna & cabbage salad, drizzled with a little sesame oil, splash of vinegar and a few almond slivers. Totally satisfying!

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  29. My favorite go-to-paleo meal is a homemade chicken fajita salad on romaine lettuce with sliced avocado! Mmmmm!!!

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  30. Thank you for all your great ideas, folks! I’m totally going to be cooking some of these! But I had to chose a winner, so congrats to Aubrey Baker and the randomly chosen Jaime Misler. Enjoy your cookbooks!

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    • Wow, I’m so excited to get this!!! I will definitely put this book to good use!

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