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Paleo Cookbook and Websites I Love!

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I have been totally “wowed” recently with some new cookbooks I ordered off amazon.com. People often ask me where I get ideas of what to fix my family? Well, honestly – other people who have gone before me give me ideas and I expound on or revise those. I’ve had to teach myself to cook – and to find tricks that work for my own family.

Ironically, or maybe… not ironically… many of these people have similar-ish health stories to me, and our family. It’s nice to realize there is a HUGE world out there with people who are like-minded in regards to how things like food can contribute to slowly bringing us disease, or health! Praising God for the internet and information!

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So far, I am in love with my Elana’s Pantry book, and my Against All Grain cookbook. I also am really enjoying the Primal Cravings cookbook – and as soon as I get some pastured pork – the Beyond Bacon will be to put use as well. It’s VERY educational. For those of you who prefer to look at REAL cookbooks, Against All Grain is awesome. Beautiful pictures for EACH dish – which I love. Easy to read and follow… and the results? They’ve been nothing short of spectacular because she has a little bit different ways of doing things.

One of the difficult things to overcome when going Paleo is the density of some baked goods… However, this puts all of those complaints out the front door! The baked goods are lighter and more “gluten-like” …except NUTRITIOUS, and SO flavorful. Thank you SOOOO much “Against The Grain”!!!

Elana from Elana’s Pantry was interviewed in my Paleo magazine this month and she even said not to get her cookbook before trying lots of her FREE recipes online first… to see if she was a good fit for you. (Love her baking, you won’t be disappointed!!) I thought that was admirable. Most of these authors have blogs, and FREE ideas online also – which is SO helpful if you’re like me and utilize both forms for baking/cooking.

Here are some websites/blogs that might be helpful if you’re starting out, or looking for new ideas before buying more cookbooks (although I must admit, I LOVE cookbooks to read/understand why people have done what they doing/and look at pretty food pictures):

Elana’s Pantry

Paleo OMG

Nourished (you can get this app which is awesomeness)

Paleo Parents (authors of Beyond Bacon)

Health Bent (Primal Cravings author)

The Healthy Gluten Free Life  (author of Make Ahead Paleo and Paleo Indulgences, both awesome!)

Paleo Mom (she also has a great section on auto immune disease protocol – revised Paleo)

Nom-Nom Paleo

Real Sustenance

Balanced Bites (author of Practical Paleo) GREAT podcasts available here too – check those out for sure!

Ditch The Wheat

The Domestic Man

The Food Lovers Kitchen (primal palate) Authors of “The 30 Guide to Paleo Cooking”

Grassfed Girl

The Spunky Coconut

Delicious "World Famous Paleo Bread" from "Against All Grain" cookbook.  It smelled delish!

Delicious “World Famous Paleo Bread” from “Against All Grain” cookbook. It smelled delish!

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it.

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die;

but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.

For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.”

Romans 8:12-1

Some Different, Is Good!

Eating gluten-free, especially Paleo can feel mundane sometimes – unless you get out of your box.
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This new cookbook I got from Paleo OMG (which I choose to say Oh, My Goodness… but do not love either), is the bomb-diggity.  It’s turned Paleo on its head and really come up with some different things for me to make for my family.  I love her recipes.

The good news is, she also has a lot of great ones online… so if you can’t buy the cookbook now – then definitely check out her website.

I’ve really enjoyed some of her different muffin ideas, and her meal ideas are also fabulous. (not for me, BUT definitely for my family!)

I thought I’d share a few of the muffins I’ve made recently (with a few adjustments, because … well… I’m just like that). 🙂  But the credit and ideas are hers… I just make it work for our family of 10.

Maple Pecan Crunch Banana Muffins (the topping makes these delightful, and they were a HUGE hit with my family!)  ** I did add a cup of coconut flakes, and a cup of almond flour.  I didn’t put the dates in the food processor, I just cut them up small instead.

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Aren't they pretty??  My husband claimed they were some of the best muffins, EVER.  (That's a homerun!)

Aren’t they pretty?? My husband claimed they were some of the best muffins, EVER. (That’s a home run!)

Another favorite was a banana, chocolate chip, STRAWBERRY muffin.  I think I quadrupled this recipe and made 2 dozen.  The only changes I did was no flaxseed and I just chopped up the dates. again, vs. putting them in the food processor.  (Although I might start doing that because I have ONE child who swears she doesn’t like dates.  WHAT?  How can you NOT like God’s caramel???)

Our staples are EGGS and bananas in this house. We go through a ton.  Do you see why?  Great binders for Paleo eating!

Our staples are EGGS and bananas in this house. We go through a ton. Do you see why? Great binders for Paleo eating!

It's crazy how just adding strawberries into something can really trick your taste buds.  My kids were so excited about these muffins!!

It’s crazy how just adding strawberries into something can really trick your taste buds. My kids were so excited about these muffins!!

Right before they went into the oven.  My kids like "poofy" muffins - so I try to fill them up past the muffin cup top.

Right before they went into the oven. My kids like “poofy” muffins – so I try to fill them up past the muffin cup top.

WARNING:  One major thing I don’t like, and other have complained about, is her crass language through her blog and cookbook.  She’s young, immature, and I wouldn’t leave her cookbook out for your kids to read.  Personally I just skip her little blurbs and look at the pictures and recipes.

Happy Saturday!  We are entertaining a family of 7 tomorrow – so we’ll have 17 people here!! I can’t wait!  First on my list – make fruit kabobs!

“Finally, brothers,

whatever is true,

whatever is honorable,

whatever is just, whatever is pure,

whatever is lovely,

whatever is commendable,

if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise,

think about these things.”

 Philippians 4:8 ESV

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