Recipes for the Paleo eater!
Elana Amsterdam is well known for the gluten-free recipes found in her cookbooks and on her popular food blog, Elana's Pantry. In her latest cookbook, Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry: Gluten-free, Grain-free, Dairy-free Recipes, Elana brings readers recipes based on what our hunter-gatherer ancestors would have eaten.
You may be wincing thinking, "I'll be eating leaves and twigs on this diet!" But it's Elana Amsterdam's goal to show people that they don't need to forego comforting, familiar dishes they love in order to establish or move forward with a healthy Paleo diet. Your nerves will likely settle as you flip through Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry.
The ins-and-outs of eating Paleo
For those new to this way of eating, Elana provides of list of foods that are included on a Paleo diet. As a general guideline the diet includes meats, seafood, vegetables, fruit, nuts and seeds, fats and oils, and eggs. What is not included are cereal grains, dairy, legumes or processed foods that include soft drinks and candy. Of course, she includes her exceptions: Small amounts of salt; condiments such as oil, vinegar and mustard; and things to bake with such as baking soda, vanilla extract, honey, stevia and chocolate. She encourages readers to modify recipes so they fit their personal taste and lifestyle.
What you might not expect
You'll discover appealing healthy meals in this cookbook, from breakfast through to desserts. In between, Elana provides tips and recipes to create condiments, toppings, drinks, vegetables, and even breads and crackers. The very first recipe in the cookbook is for bagels. While you might think making bagels isn't doable on the Paleo diet, Elana uses almond flour, flax meal and coconut flour as the base for these rounded treats. Ice cream even makes its presence known in the pages of this book, with coconut milk to thank for the creaminess.
Easy, healthy and appealing
Don't fret if you think the ingredient lists for these healthy meals flow with unusual or hard-to-find items. These recipes are approachable and include wholesome foods found in most stores. Recipes and colorful photos for Stuffed Mushrooms, Honey Lemon Chicken, Bacon Tart, Peach Cherry Crisp, and many more will make you hungry for the good things in life.
Try a recipe from Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry:
Asian stir-fry with cauliflower rice
About the author
Elana Amsterdam is the popular food blogger of Elana's Pantry, where she shares gluten-free and Paleo recipes. She is the author of two previous cookbooks: The Gluten-Free Almond Flour Cookbook and Gluten-Free Cupcakes. She lives with her family in Boulder, Colorado. Visit www.elanaspantry.com.
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Reprinted with permission from Paleo Cooking from Elana's Pantry: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, High-Protein Recipes by Elana Amsterdam (Ten Speed Press, 2013)
Photo credit: Leigh Beisch