I remember how excited I was when I first began the Paleo Diet. I reckoned it might take a while to break those carb laden cravings and give up “staples” I had considered staples for 25 years. It was the perfect diet though. What else could go wrong? Well, if you have no culinary training (like me), the food is likely to get boring and/or lack variety. I remember eating a salad and some kind of meat with a glass of water for lunch and dinner. Breakfast was usually eggs, bacon, and fruit. It worked fine for about a month, but I started to get tired of salads. I was used to mashed potatoes, bread, pasta and rice for my sides and milk/cereal/oatmeal/pancakes for breakfast. I thought to myself “What I need are some Paleo recipes, or maybe even a Paleo cookbook.” Before I become hardcore about blogging, I did some searching around and product testing with various publications and am happy to share my most trusted resources. These authors have put a lot of time and effort into researching the Paleo diet, easy to acquire ingredients, and easy ways to prepare your meals. Plus everything is delicious! (assuming you’re at least an average cook and can follow directions ) If you absolutely suck at cooking, scroll down to the very bottom.
Paleo Cookbooks gets my highest recommendation. These recipes are mouth watering and so easy to prepare. The best thing I like about the book is the color photos! The next best thing is how easy the meals are to prepare. I’m hardly what you would call a good cook, but I somehow manage to not screw my dinners up with these recipes. If you would like to purchase the cookbook, you actually get an extra one free along with some bonus material including the first edition Paleo Cookbooks and a 30 day meal plan that will take all the planning work out for you. The author offers a 100% money back guarantee so you have nothing to lose by trying the recipes out. This product comes in an e-book format meaning you can download it immediately. No shipping costs or down time. Start cooking Paleo tonight! Tip: if you sign up for the newsletter you can get a free report on cooking with herbs. Sometimes just adding some simple herbs like rosemary, dill, cilantro, or fennel to your fish or chicken is all it takes to make an ok meal a superb meal. Check it out!
Author Nikki Young also sells Simplepaleorecipes . These recipes are simplified a bit from the paleo cookbooks and the pricepoint is a little more affordable. By purchasing this e-book Nikki will also throw in one of my favorite bonuses: Paleo Milkshake Recipes. Don’t worry, cow’s milk is not called for, but rather, coconut and almond milk, as well as some other Paleo approved ingredients. I don’t know about you, but milkshakes were one of the hardest things for me to give up (to be honest, I never gave them up) But for times when I’m kinda craving a milkshake, but not so bad as to go to Dairy Queen, I mix one of these bad boys up and I’m good to go. Tip: sign up for the newsletter on this site and receive a free report on 7 Budget Saving Tips for the paleo diet.
The second cookbook is by none other than Primal head honcho, Mark Sisson. The Primal Blueprint Cookbook is an accessory book to the Primal Blueprint. Just like Paleo Cookbooks, you get over 300 recipes, color photos, and easy to follow directions. Unlike Paleo Cookbooks, you get a physical product and you will find the price to be slightly more affordable. I would say that the recipes in Paleo Cookbooks are more creative, and for lack of better description, “fancier”. There is a 30 day money back guarantee with Mark’s books, but if you are serious about the Paleo Diet, you should be fully satisfied.
Mark also sells an abbreviated version called Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals This cookbook contains only 100 recipes, but focuses on meals that take less time and effort to prepare than the ones in the larger cookbook.
***TIP*** Mark offers these two books along with the Primal Blueprint in a 3 book package. It really is a the best bang for your buck if you know you would like to buy all three books anyways. If you are curious about the The Primal Blueprint checkout Mark’s page on it here.
***EXTRA TIP*** Keep an eye on the blog for free recipes that I post occasionally. Paleo cooking can and should be tasty, easy, nutritious, and fun. It’s my goal to make it all of these to the fullest for you so that you stick with it.
This guide offers up more than just a few recipes, it offers practical advice about making the switch to the Paleo diet. If you consider yourself a seasoned Caveman eater, then it still has lots of time and money saving tips to make life easier.
If you are a smoothie-holic, or need some great ideas for Paleo breakfasts (usually the hardest meals for Paleo eaters to come up with), then Paleo Diet Smoothies is for you. Stop being jealous of all your friends posting pictures of their tasty Paleo smoothies or “green monsters” on facebook and learn how to make them yourself.
This book by Sarah Fagroso just came out. I haven’t got a copy of it yet, but everyone in the Paleo scene is recommending it and giving it great reviews. Here is the synopsis from Amazon:
“In Everyday Paleo, Sarah Fragoso gives detailed instructions for acquiring a Paleo lifestyle and improving the health and longevity of your family. An active mother of three, Fragoso shows that eating Paleo is not only feasible for the busiest of families, but also easy, delicious and completely life-changing. She offers numerous recipes for all meals of the day, and provides tips for getting around common roadblocks, such as eating out. Finally, to keep your entire family fit and sane in the 21st century, she lays out easy-to-follow workout routines that you can do either in the gym or your own home. In Everyday Paleo, Fragoso shows you how to make Paleo your lifestyle, not just another fad diet.”
The Paleo Diet Cookbook is the companion cookbook to one of the Paleo books that started it all, The Paleo Diet, by Loren Cordain. It has over 150 recipes for lunches, dinners, snacks, and beverages.
In the end, if all else fails, just go raw!