Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Eating and Cooking Like a Caveman! (Primal Cravings Review)

I love cookbooks. Really, I just love books in general, but I LOVE cookbooks.  There's something awesome about following a recipe in a book, making notes on the pages as you make it your own, even seeing some greasy hand prints or stains on the pages. That's when you know it's a good book and/or recipe. Don't get me wrong, I find a lot of recipes on Pinterest, but cookbooks are still my favorite.

When we (and by we, I mean I) decided to start eating cleaner and moving towards a mostly Paleo diet, I decided I needed some cookbooks. I already have a ton of cookbooks, but they aren't Paleo. Instead of spending a ridiculous amount of money on cookbooks, I checked a bunch out from the library (amazingly, I have yet to rack up a ridiculous amount of fines in Durham County...yet). I worked my way through them, finding recipes I liked and tested them out on Aaron.

Some cookbooks went back immediately. One Pot Paleo by Jenny Castaneda was one of them. I'm sure they are wonderful recipes, but they didn't look like recipes I knew that Aaron and I would want to eat. I knew that in order for this to work, we had to like the food we were eating. We're fat kids, people. We love food. Probably a little too much, but that's okay.

Primal Cravings  by Megan McCullough Keatley and Brandon Keatley was one of the first that I looked at and pretty much fell in love with.

I was amazed by all the recipes in there that I thought we would like! I made the Gingerbread Muffins as our first breakfast when we ended the Clean 14 diet. I'd never cooked gluten free before and it went much better than I expected! We also tried the Seafood Pot Pie with Cheddar Crumble Biscuit. It was delicious. So delicious that I kinda forgot to take a photo until we were half-way through with the meal. Whoops!

I'm sure it's not the most appetizing photo ever, but it was yummy! It does have a very fishy smell, so I wouldn't recommend it for lunch at work.
Lunch was hard on the diet, so I really liked this page of "Lunchables."  It's how to make sandwiches without bread out of simple ingredients.  I bought enough for Aaron to make a couple different ones and he really liked them.  

What I really liked about this book (and a few others) was the introduction to the Paleo lifestyle. It breaks down all the different types of food you can eat.  For example, it breaks proteins (meats) down by budget, slow and low and quick. It lists the different types of carbohydrates, fats and oils, sweeteners, recommended equipment and how to stock the kitchen.  It's a great tool for people, like us, that are trying out the lifestyle and figuring out how to make it work. I will definitely be buying my own copy of this! Until then, the library is just going to be short a copy!

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