I have been full tilt in the kitchen these past couple of weeks. Not creating my own recipes, but checking out some of the amazing new cookbooks that have come out recently. I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump, so I am needing some inspiration. This past weekend I dove into the new book, The Paleo Kitchen, by Juli Bauer (from PaleOMG) and George Bryant (from Civilized Caveman.)
I’ve been a big fan of PaleOMG for some time now. She has been a big inspiration for me on my blogging journey. So when I saw that she had a new book out, I knew I had to have it. Just looking at the cover was making me drool.
I’m a bit newer to George and Civilized Caveman. But I’ve been seeing his recipes around the blogosphere and am really digging his recipes for Avocado Stuffed Burgers and Pumpkin Cinnamon Muffins. His personal story about his journey to healthy living and creating his blog is really inspiring. I love how real he is. And his photography is kick ass!
Juli joined forces with George and created a really quality and beautiful paleo and primal cookbook. I’m totally impressed. I love that the first 70 pages of the book includes:
- Juli and George’s paleo stories,
- tips for getting started on your paleo journey
- shopping and cooking tips
- a guide to kitchen tools and equipment,
- the paleo kitchen makeover
- and top four tips for sticking to the paleo lifestyle
Then comes the 100+ brand new mouth-watering recipes, all with drool-worthy photos to draw you in I have to admit that when it comes to cookbooks, I’m all about the photos.
The recipes are divided into 11 chapters, from breakfast to pork, chicken and beef dishes and everything in between. I almost didn’t know where to begin. So I started with the cover.
Did you see the Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes dripping with maple syrup on the cover? Best damn paleo pancakes I have ever had! We made them twice over the weekend, and my family devoured them. Light, fluffy, and just like real pancakes. My paleo pancakes often come out a bit “eggy” but I think the tapioca flour in this recipe helps with that. Definitely will be making these again.
Next came the Cinnamon Chocolate Swirl Banana Bread. I couldn’t resist. It just looked so dang tasty. Plus, I had a slight over-abundance of ripe bananas in my fridge since I just did my post on how to quickly ripen bananas. Another winner! Perfectly moist and delicious. Prettiest banana bread I have ever made. Julie actually posted this recipe as a sneak peek of the book, so you can check out the recipe HERE.
I don’t just eat desserts, so next I made the 4 Layer Beef and Bacon Casserole. Just look at that thing. I had to try it. Imagine layers of sweet potato, cauliflower mash, beef and bacon. Yeah, it was bomb. We ate the whole thing for dinner one night. My little one even licked her plate. This is my kind of dish. Want to try it? You can check out the recipe HERE.
The next recipe that caught my eye was the Sweet Plantain Guacamole. I love all things avocado, and I have a slight plantain obsession going on right now. I added kale to my guac recently when I made my Kale Guacamole, but I had never thought of adding plantains. It really works. I made a little taco salad with spiced ground beef and salad green and added this guac on top. It was delish. This would be so good with shredded pork. Juli and George have a Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe that I want to try. Juli did another sneak peek on her site of the guac recipe, so you can check out the recipe HERE.
And last night, I made this. When I saw the recipe for The Perfect Burger, I wanted to eat the page. A burger covered with avocado mousse and shoestring parsnip fries? Sounds like my kind of burger. Just like the photo, it was divine. The avocado mousse is in the book as well. It was a deliciously creamy addition. The parsnip fries were fun. I would eat it again. George did a little sneak peek of this recipe on his site, so you can try this amazing burger too. See it HERE.
Well, if those amazing pictures are not enough to convince you that you need this book, take a look at the recipe list I am planning on making this coming weekend. My family is going to be so happy.
- Honey Mustard Chicken Thighs
- Spaghetti Squash Chicken Fritters
- Honey Dijon and Rosemary Grilled Sweet Potatoes
- Asian Marinated Asparagus (wrapped in bacon!)
- Coffee Pecan Ice Cream