Friday, January 24, 2014

Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook Review - Hundreds of Quick and Easy Paleo Recipes and a Giveaway!!

The number one complaint I hear from people who are new to the paleo diet is that they don't have the time to spend in the kitchen cooking. This is a totally understandable barrier when you are used to waking up in the morning to a bowl of cereal, eating a sandwich for lunch, picking up a quick dinner on the way home and eating pre-packaged snacks throughout the day.

Trust me, I get it. I used to eat Lean Pockets for dinner. I didn't understand why anyone would spend more than the two minutes and thirty seconds that it takes to heat up a Lean Pocket to make dinner. Obviously, my thoughts on that subject have changed just a teeny bit, but we are all busy and it can be difficult to find time to cook healthy, delicious meals.

Luckily, there are plenty of tips and tricks to make this transition easier. Using a meal planning calendar like the one I have available here (scroll about halfway down the page) can ensure you know exactly what you will be making each day so you aren't digging through the refrigerator at the last minute and it will also help you build your grocery list for the week.


If you are new to paleo, though, you will need some quick and simple meal ideas to get you started. That is where the Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook comes in! This book, written by Michelle Fagone of Cave Girl Cuisine, has 300 delicious paleo recipes that your whole family will love!

The book starts with a quick introduction to the paleo diet and is then separated out into different chapters for

  • Appetizers and Snacks
  • Sauces and Spreads
  • Salads and Dressings
  • Stocks, Soups and Stews
  • Beef, Pork and Lamb
  • Poultry
  • Fish and Seafood
  • Sides
  • Children's Favorites
  • Grilling Time
  • Additional Paleo Resources
When I received this book from Michelle, I immediately started to flip through it. The recipes are well written and the nutrition information is provided for each. I was super excited to see that there are even some baby food recipes, as we are just introducing solids to Baby A. I dug right in and made the Curried Chicken Salad the very next day after receiving the book. It was quick, easy and delicious! I served it in butter lettuce cups with a side of roasted broccoli.


I was so impressed with this salad that I made another salad from the book later in the week. This time, we tried the Salmon-Spinach Salad, which is a mix of spinach, grapes, carrots, almonds and raspberries topped with a salmon filet. Kevin even made a tasty raspberry vinaigrette to go with it and we served it all up with a side of sautéed asparagus.


Some of the other recipes on my list to make are the Sausage and Spicy Eggs, the Beef and Coconut Curry and Chipotle-Lime Mashed Sweet Potatoes.  It all looks so good! 

So, are you intrigued yet? :) Ready to snag your very own copy of Michelle's book? Well, you are in luck because she very sweetly sent me two copies and I am giving one away to a lucky reader! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. I will choose one winner at random and send you a signed copy of The Everything Weeknight Paleo Cookbook! Good luck!
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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post, but did receive a complimentary review copy of the book. All opinions are 100% my own and I would never share a product or service with you that I haven't purchased or used myself. Purchase links are affiliate links and I do earn a small commission from your purchase, which helps me to keep this blog running.

41 comments:

  1. Plan ahead! Seriously. It seems so simple, but I struggle with it somethin' awful.

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  2. planning and a box of baby kale mix from sam's club! :)

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  3. Prep fruit and veggies on Sunday for the week! Make snack packs of a trail mix that can easily be grabbed during the week if I am out and about.

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  4. I love meal prep, and this book would make everything so simple!

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  5. I would love this cookbook!! I have for kiddos so it is such a task trying to get dinner in the oven during the week with tons of sports and after school activities!! A few recipes to help e do that would be fabulous!!

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  6. Sometimes I am just not in the mood to cook, but chicken with some green veggies, oil, S&P, and spices and BAM what a perfect paleo meal!

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  7. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with trying to cook something that isn't boring on a week night--- but all you need is some coconut oil, veggies and meat with some S&P and spices and dinner can be great!

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  8. I have two kids that our doctor recommended us switch to Paleo for. Homemade breakfasts and school lunches would be impossible to get done in time without a meal plan for the week! Also, I like to make muffins with eggs, and whatever choice of precooked meat on my free days to reheat in a hurry a day or 2 later.

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  9. Having 2 kids who were put on a Paleo diet by their doctor makes having a meal plan essential. I also like to make ahead breakfasts on my free days that can be easily and quickly reheated on rushed school days.

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  10. I agree about planning ahead. I try to make a menu for at least three days.

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  11. I'm not sure of time-saving tips, but planning ahead as was suggested is the only thing I have found that helps.

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  12. Eating fresh takes some time, but the planning ahead suggestion is the only thing I have found that works for us.

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  13. I am BRAND NEW to Paleo so I don't have any tips yet. So excited to get started!

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  14. Planning meals sometimes gets a little tricky. I don't want to get in a rut and make the same things over and over. I like to try new things that taste amazing.

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  15. Yes needed to plan ahead doing my first Whole 30 next month

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  16. Need to plan ahead just starting on this journey and yes it is hard to just "do it on the fly" Doing my first Whole30 in Feb so this will certainly help!

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  17. Meal planning helps tremendously... Also making note of when you need to defrost meat!

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  18. Meal planning is key and making note of when you need to thaw out meat!

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  19. A time saving tip is to purchase the pre-washed field greens; makes making salads much faster.

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  20. It helps to have the prepared/prewashed lettuce.

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  21. Pre-prepping and freezing portions.

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  22. Have ingredients like meat or veggies pre-split into the amount you need. Freeze. Then when you need to whip up a meal, just pull out what you need and start cooking

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  23. I am so terrible at planning ahead more than say that morning, maybe this would help me.

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  24. would love to win the book and help ,e learn to live this way of eating...........

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  26. Best tip is to do some batch cooking. If you double or triple what you make you can freeze some or have leftovers for a busy night.

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  27. Been paleo for a couple months and last minute meals are getting a little monotonous (I can only eat stir fry so much lol) looking forward to these yummy recipes!

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  28. One thing that helps me is having paleo muffins or pancakes made ahead. It is great to have something quick for my 3 kids who seem like they are always hungry. :)

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  29. Prep stuff in the morning when Baby G is happy playing on our own. And meal planning!

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  30. Take a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon to prep! I usually make a dozen hard-boiled eggs, snack packs of raw veggies & olives for each day for me and my husband, a breakfast casserole to last the week and anything else we need "special" for the week - spice mixes, bone broth, mayonnaise. I also stick strictly to a meal plan and my amazing husband starts dinner many nights so I can hit the gym. :-) It is so great being able to say, "Here is what we're having and here is the recipe!"

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  31. Planning ahead for sure, but also not keeping stuff I can't eat in the house.

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  32. Planning ahead and prepping things that are easy to take for on the go.

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  33. Our food processor is our most time saving aspect to cooking paleo!

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  34. This is awesome! Great giveaway.

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  35. This is awesome! Great giveaway.

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  36. I'm not on the Paleo diet but I love the recipes!

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  37. I'd love to win the book! I love What I Gather!

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