I love Mediterranean Paleo Cooking!!! I knew that I liked mediterranean cuisine, but I had no idea how much I LOVED it! This book has been a life saver for me! It has definitely given me new hope in trying the autoimmune protocol. I know that I will at least have some tasty things to navigate between, without getting stuck in the land of the bland and flavorless. There is so many things to say, I just simply don’t know where to start. So I guess, what better place than the beginning? 😉
The first part of the book introduces the authors, Caitlin Weeks (aka Grass Fed Girl) and Chef Nabil Boumrar and gives a brief description of their relationship with Diane Sanfilippo, from Balanced Bites. It explains a bit about Mediterranean cuisine and the many health benefits of the Mediterranean lifestyle. They then take great care in showing you how to stock your kitchen with all of the things you will need to prepare all of these awesome paleo recipes.
The cookbook is designed to accommodate those of us with many different diet restrictions as well. They talk a bit about FODMAP, SCD/GAPS, AIP, and Low Carb in the beginning sections. Once you get into the recipes, there is a section at the bottom left of every recipe that tells you if the recipe is nut free, egg free, low FODMAP, AIP- friendly, SCD/GAPS compliant, or low carb….If the recipe does not meet the requirements of these diets, they try their best to give substitutions so you can still partake in the recipe. Obviously, if you need egg free, they are not going to be able to offer an alternative to make the frittata. But you get the point, they try their best! They even include 30 days of meal plans for the everyday paleo person, as well as an alternate 30 day meal plan for someone on the autoimmune protocol!
Out of the 3 recipes that I made during my exploration, I made 2 of them that were, or were changed to be, AIP compliant. The sweet potato salad was already compliant with all AIP guidelines. It was super simple and quite tasty. I already had some baked sweet potatoes in my fridge, so those were what I used. I think it was a bit softer than the authors intended, but it worked, just the same. 😉
My new favorite recipe, Tangy Lamb Stew with Saffron and Ginger (Harira), is divine! I didn’t even try to make the original recipe. I just dove straight into the AIP substitutions that they offered, and it turned out amazing! I have already made a double batch and put some meals in the freezer! I didn’t use the stew meat, because I didn’t have any. However, lamb burger worked marvelously. I also did not blend the veggies. The soup still became super creamy from the pumpkin, and I liked the added texture of the cooked onions and celery.
Finally, I made Nora’s Green Bean Soup. I was able to add a pound of cooked ground lamb to give the soup a bit more bulk, and it was a definite winner! 🙂 My hubby was a happy camper!
I am waiting on my chocolate that I ordered to arrive so I can take a shot at the Flourless Chocolate Cake! It keeps taunting me with its yummy and enticing picture! (you will have to check that out in your review of the recipe index 😉 )
One of my favorite things about this book is it’s recipe index! I LOVE the idea of a picture index. I mean, who doesn’t eat with their eyes. That is why we like Pinterest so much, right!? These are the pictures that we are going to use for the first entry into our giveaway. In order to view the entire index, CLICK HERE. It will take you to Mediterranean Paleo Cooking on Amazon.com. Click on the “look inside” feature on the picture in the upper left corner of the screen. This will allow you to get an inside look at a few recipes, other book contents, and of course…the entire photo index of recipes! Take a look at all of the recipes, and comment below, telling us which recipe would be the first one you would love to try!
Because Diane is so amazingly awesome, she has given me a copy of Mediterranean Paleo Cooking AS WELL AS a copy of Practical Paleo to give away to one of my lucky readers! So take a few minutes and enter to win, it’s totally worth your time!