Mediterranean Paleo Cooking Review & Giveaway!!

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.ย 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? ๐Ÿ˜‰

The first part of the book introduces the authors, ย 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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

easy sweet potato salad

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.

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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! ๐Ÿ™‚ My hubby was a happy camper!

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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!? ย 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!

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Comments

  1. What an amazing book! Love the meal plans and grocery lists…can’t believe how detailed it is. And the photos…wow! There are several recipes that I would love to try. The Minty Cucumber and Tomato Salad looks delicious! Would also like to try the Crispy Fried Chicken Tenders, Fermented Probiotic Pickles and the Almond Tea Cookies!

  2. I want to make the meatball chachauka!!! And a whole lot more! !

  3. I would like to try the meatball chouchouka.

  4. Since I love veggies, the green bean soup sounds wonderful, especially with cooler weather coming on!

  5. I’d like to try the pizza recipe. Why? Well…pizza.

  6. Stephanie says:

    YUM

  7. Anne Esparza says:

    I would make the caramelized onion soup. Always loved onion soup and this looks delicious!!

  8. A Lifestyle Exciting Change..All Delicious

  9. Christie B. says:

    There are a few recipes that I would love to try. Shaved Jicama Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette, Mediterranean Chicken Liver Pate, Caramelized Onion Soup (my boys love caramelized onions!), and Cabbage and Meatball Soup. There are others, too, of course, but these are the things that leap out at me.

  10. Kerry Anne says:

    I would love to try the green bean soup!!!

  11. Amber Westman says:

    Oh, wow! Both the Meatball Chakchouka and the Mediterranean pizza looks amazing!!!

  12. I’ve heard such great things about these books!

  13. I would love to have these books. Many amazing recipes. I think the first I would try is the lamb stuffed peppers and zuchini! YUM!

  14. Michael Paulson says:

    So many good recipes. I love lamb kabobs!

  15. Congratulations Susie Malik! An email has been sent to you so you can officially claim your prize!

  16. I’d love a copy of this cookbook! Really feeling that Paleo is the way I should go these days. Just researching a bit before I dig in. I need to improve my overall health and immune system. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. That Lamb stew with saffron and ginger is making my mouth water. Nothing like a recipe that is a visually delicious I addition to being actually delicious to eat! I really want to dig into these cookbooks!

  18. Anti-inflammatory

  19. Being new to all this and looking for some decent primal inspiration to wow the man with these books would come in super handy. I can’t wait for the day I know all the ingredients so well I can start to create my own little dishes of delight! ๐Ÿ™‚

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