Thursday, February 19, 2015
Have you ever wanted to try the paleo lifestyle? Bobby and I did Whole 30 in August of 2013 and had a good experience with the program. It was pretty extreme as it is a temporary elimination diet. I am sure you have met people that are all paleo all the time and do a great job of sticking to it. One of the things I struggled with during Whole 30 was being creative in my cooking. If you take a look at Pete Evans website the opening page says "Pete is the only person who cares and talks this much about food." I don't know that he is the only person but he definitely has some great recipes and ideas for paleo cooking.
Pete starts his book off with 10 things you need to know about the paleo lifestyle. He covers everything from this being a way of life and what to eat and drink to exercising and thinking positively. He, of course, gets everything he can directly from the source and makes sure to practice nose to tail eating. When talking about ingredients he says, "No matter what ingredients you choose, always select the highest quality, organic, and sustainable products you can find and afford." Cooking paleo is expensive.When we did our Whole 30 I spent far more on groceries than I normally do. Granted we used everything up but you have to be prepared to spend more, especially if you are going all in for the locally sourced, organic, humanely treated, non-gmo, nitrate free, cage free, free range meat, eggs, etc. All I am saying is be prepared to spend more on your monthly grocery bill.
Now, on to the recipes! Since I already know that I am a meat eater, and that I tolerate paleo meals quite well I have picked out a recipe from Pete's book that I want to try from each section.
Muesli & Berry Parfait with Coconut Cream (pg.26)
Snacks and Sides
Kale Hummus (pg. 46)
Roasted Winter Vegetables (pg. 73)
Grilled Wild Salmon with Artichoke Salsa (pg. 90)
Actually the entire poultry section looks great to me!
Pork Cutlets with Cabbage Salad and Romesco Sauce (pg. 144)
Well, you know we like dessert in our house but the one that stands out is:
Mixed Berry Cheesecake (pg. 168)
Based in the photo alone I would choose the Iced Chocolate (pg. 200)
I am excited to get started cooking from Pete's book! I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.
Pete also has a Pizza cookbook, a Casual Home Cooking cookbook and a Vegetarian Kindle book available. You can click below to see those. If purchases are made I get a tiny percentage of the sale as an Amazon Associate.
Monday, February 02, 2015
They always say
time changes things,
but you actually
have to change them
The quote above is on the first page of Q&A a Day. Are you the kind of person who journals every day no matter what? Or are you more like me who had grand intentions of journaling every day and after a couple of months that fizzles out? This book is for you! When I ripped the shipping container open to get to this tome I was so excited. This is the perfect size to carry with you or place by your bed. It is a 5 year journal with questions every day. Since I got mine today the question for February 2nd was "Who do you live with?" Today the answer to that is my husband, 2 kids, a dog, and two cats. 3 months ago that would have included a hermit crab and a hamster. You go through and answer the same question on the same day for five years.
I think this is brilliant but I am the kind of person who loves being able to go back and see what we have done on the same day each year. For instance I like being able to track what we dressed up as for Halloween each year.
The pages are all edges gilt. The book feels comfortable in your hand and makes you want to write in it right away! The entries are short and while you can think awhile you do not have to write a ton each day. You can check out Clarkson Potter to see more titles. Not only is there Q&A a Day, there is also "Our Q&A a Day" and "Q&A a day for College".
Check it out!
I received a review copy of this journal from Blogging for Books.