The Big Book of Paleo Cooking: 175 Recipes & 6 Weeks of Meal Plans by Angela Blanchard
I love this cookbook. The day it arrived, I flipped through it & next thing I know I'm in the kitchen whipping up the Banana Cream Pie Parfait on page 61. This turned out delicious & I'm not even crazy about bananas! The pudding was my favorite part, but it all came together great, giving me four easy to grab breakfasts. Another simple favorite is the French Vanilla Coffee Creamer on page 74. I hate how you can't get healthy organic creamer at the store. It is always loaded with thickeners, flavors, & all sorts of weird junk. Now, this is no problem as I make my own. I also made the Chicken Pot Pie on page 134 except I swapped out the sweet potato topping (my husband doesn't like sweet potato topping & he will throw it out. Considering that I actually grow these organic sweet potatoes on my eco farm, harvest them, store them & finally cook them, him tossing out all of that work...) with a plantain "crust" from the AIP cookbook 'The Healing Kitchen.' It turned out great. The Sweet Potato Toast recipe on page 60 was very tasty as well. The author recommends topping it with jam. I really wasn't too crazy about that. I found a little sprinkle of sea salt much more to my liking. I store the leftovers in a glass refrigerator dish. To reheat I just pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes. They taste great!
I did have one disaster so far. The Mint Chip Ice Cream on page 220. I used my food processor instead of my blender because I hardly use my blender & it was packed away. I don't know if using the food processor was the reason this didn't work or not. Normally I can use it in place of the blender. What happened was the fat separated from the water. It was an unappetizing mess that I had to toss.
Recipes are marked for various dietary needs, AIP, egg free, etc. I follow an AIP/low FODMAPs type of diet for what works best for me. One thing in AIP is to avoid ingredients like black pepper. For some reason in this book, recipes with AIP ingredients like black pepper are marked as AIP friendly. If you are new to AIP, you might want to grab Sarah Ballantyne's AIP books first.
I have ordered a lot of Paleo cookbooks this year & this is without a doubt hands down my absolute favorite.
Note: If you need to follow an autoimmune (AIP) diet I highly recommend the following books:
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