Make it Paleo: Over 200 Grain-Free Recipes

By | Nov 4, 2011

Today’s review is for a new cookbook with recipes designed for the grain and dairy free Paleo Diet.  Make it Paleo by Bill Staley and Hayley Mason features over 200 grain-free recipes for any occasion. Though the recipes included in this book stick to the rules of the Paleo diet – lots of meat, veggies, fruit and nuts sans the dairy, grains and processed food- they are also designed for food lovers.  As a food lover I can say they completely succeeded.

The recipes in Make it Paleo can range from extremely easy, to those that require a tad bit more skill. Regardless of the difficulty level very few of the dishes require more than eight ingredients. Although the ingredient lists are simple the dishes are far from bland because they use natures own flavor enhancers like garlic and pepper along with delicious food pairings to achieve maximum flavor while maintaining the larger goal of a healthy diet.

Simple ingredients do not mean boring either. This cook book is jam packed with a wide variety of dishes ranging from Asian or Indian inspired to traditional American meals and all are adjusted to fit the Paleo Diet. Just like the subtitle implies the dishes in Make it Paleo are indeed for any occasion, since the book does not only cover breakfast, appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, and deserts it also includes recipes to make the sauces, soups, salads, and even a recipe to make homemade Almond and Coconut milk! A few recipes you can look forward to if you purchase this book include (just a very small sample as there are far too many to list):

  • Eggs Paleo (the Paleo Diet version of eggs benedict)
  • Deviled Eggs (includes homemade mayo that is paleo approved)
  • Chicken and Vegetable “Lo Mein”
  • Artichoke and Avocado Salad (yummy)
  • The seasonal must, Butternut Squash Soup (I made for the first time after being inspired by this recipe)
  • Garlic and Herb Mashed Cauliflower,
  • Cajun Sweet Potato Fries (I’ll be attempting these fries this weekend).

The recipes for all the sauces and dressings required for any of the dishes in this book are also included. And the dessert section includes cookies, cakes, pies and baked fruits all made the grain-free Paleo way.

Make it Paleo is easily worth its cost in recipes alone, but this cookbook includes so much more. Along with explaining the basics of the Paleo Diet, the first few sections are very guide like with in-depth instruction for changing your kitchen into a Paleo Kitchen. After seeing how much thought and effort went into this book it is clear to me that the authors not only subscribe to this diet but feel passionately about it.

It is important to note that though the Paleo Diet ends up being gluten-free it is not designed specifically for those suffering from Celiac Disease. The recipes included are naturally gluten-free as long as you make sure any of the ingredients you purchase to include in these recipes are also gluten-free. This shouldn’t be too hard since the majority of the recipes are made with fresh ingredients. The authors of Make it Paleo and all of us here at GFHP promote actively thinking about what you are eating and reading all food labels, both are something that HAS to become a way of life for those with dietary restrictions.

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