The book I want to share with you today is Paleo in 28 by Kenzie Swanhart of Cave Girl In The City. This book is absolutely perfect for any of you beginners who may be completely daunted by any of us who did the Whole30, yet curious enough to want to try Paleo for your health.
While Whole30 is pretty strict and has no treats, baked goods, desserts, etc, the regular Paleo diet includes all these and more. What Kenzie has done in this book has been to lay out a simple 4 week Paleo meal plan that includes fun treats but also will help jumpstart your health. Desserts aren't specified on the meal plan but she notes that if you are desiring one, that you can just head to the back of the book to pick a recipe out. The meal plan includes shopping lists and a lot of information on what to do to start the Paleo diet. It's simple to understand, and what I love about her meal plan is that she incorporates leftovers! (so many meal plans I see don't, and I am HUGE leftover fan because it makes life so much easier).
The last 2/3 of the book includes 130 recipes. These are great recipes for us busy folks – nutrient dense and full of flavor, yet the majority of them take 15 minutes or less to prep. Cook times are longer, but to me the time is in prep. If I can prep a meal and put it in the oven, then I have 30 minutes to fix up my kids' snacks for the next day, put in a load of laundry, read some books with my kids, and change into my pjs. One of the biggest barriers to eating a Paleo diet is the amount of time it takes for cooking, but this sort of reframes that mentality.
Most of the recipes also only require 5 ingredients or less, and are all ingredients you can find in most grocery stores. Both of these facts further make the barriers to Paleo less of an issue.
Recipes include things like Spinach Artichoke Turkey Meatballs (prep time 20 min), Buffalo Cauliflower Poppers (10 min prep), 30-minute Beef Chili (5 min prep), Lemon Butter Cod (5 min prep), Blueberry Crisp (10 min prep) and Perfect Pancakes (5 min prep, 15 min cook).
Who this book is for:
This book would be perfect for someone just starting out on the Paleo diet, someone wanting to just try out some simple but nutritious Paleo recipes to see it if “fits”, or someone who already knows Paleo and wants to simplify or clean up their diet. Busy and work full-time? This is your book.
This book is NOT for a die-hard foodie looking for some amazing gourmet meals or fast food re-creations.
Simple, good, quick, nutritious food is the focus of this book. This is a book I definitely reach for when I don't have a ton of time but want a really tasty meal.
This book is currently only $11.32 USD on Amazon.
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