I’ve decided to launch a new feature on the blog called “Friday Favorites!” Every other Friday, I will feature a review of a favorite cookbook, website, product, store, program or other item of interest that I think you may find useful. I’ll highlight why I like it and how it may serve you as well.
I’m delighted to kick it off with a review of Make It Paleo II, the newest cookbook release from Bill and Hayley Staley.
I first found Bill and Hayley’s blog Primal Palate three years ago when I began a 30-day Paleo challenge. I didn’t really know much about what I was doing and I needed some recipe inspiration. I started Googling Paleo recipes and stumbled across the blog. I immediately fell in love with it. I was amazed at all the recipes, tips and information they freely offered – and the mouth-watering photography! All the photos are simply stunning. Now that I’m taking my own food photos, I’ve even more amazed by their photography and food styling skills.
When I started to try some of their recipes I found another reason to be hooked – they’re all amazing! Seriously, I don’t think I’ve ever tried a recipe from Bill and Hayley that I didn’t like and I’ve made dozens! I bought Make It Paleo when I decided to embrace the Paleo lifestyle and it quickly became a go-to favorite. When people ask me about switching to a clean eating or Paleo lifestyle, I tell them Make It Paleo is a must-have.
I began to follow the blog and Bill and Hayley’s social media accounts. I eagerly awaited the release of Gather: The Art of Paleo Entertaining and it didn’t disappoint. I also love the good, clean options in The 30-Day Guide to Paleo Cooking. When I saw that Bill and Hayley were beginning work on another cookbook, I knew it would be one I would pre-order as soon as it was available. All of their cookbooks have upped the ante in the world of Paleo-friendly recipes and I was confident this one would be no exception.
I wasn’t disappointed.
Bill and Hayley – and Hayley’s sister Caitlin Grace Nagelson, who assisted with this cookbook – offer a wide variety of delicious recipes and as always, the photography is simply stunning.
The cookbook begins with a simple, but thorough explanation of the Paleo diet, Paleo basics and essential kitchen tools and skills, making it a great option for someone completely new to clean eating.
Next up – more than 175 mouth-watering recipes including Bill’s famous Dry-Rubbed Spareribs, Scottish Meat Pies, Pork Dumplings, Orange Chicken, Cauliflower Couscous, Smoky Barbecue Sauce, Cranberry Hand Pies, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Ginger Beer and the recipe for Bill and Hayley’s Wedding Cake!
Think some of your favorite pastry-based foods are a thing of the past? Think again! Make It Paleo II includes recipes for Nut-Free Pasta Dough, Savory Chestnut Flour Pie Crusts, Wrapper Dough, Tortillas, Pizza Crust, Empanadas and Fried Wontons. Mmm!
One of my favorite recipes so far is the Skillet Chicken Thighs. I was first introduced to the idea of de-boning chicken thighs for skillet frying through Nom Nom Paleo’s fabulous Cracklin’ Chicken. Pan-frying the chicken with the skin on gives it a crispy exterior and seals in the juices, but removing the bones allows for easier eating. Win-win.
Hayley uses a similar approach with this dish that features pan-seared chicken thighs, artichoke hearts and olives. It’s a simple meal packed full of delicious flavor – and I’m all about that!
Let me warn you, if you decide to make the No-Bake Cinnamon Cookie Bites – prepare to become addicted at first bite! They are SO good and I love that they are only sweetened with dates, which makes them perfect for a snack or a treat when you need just a little something sweet. They remind me of a snickerdoodle cookie. I’m a big fan of LARABAR bars and I like their seasonal snickerdoodle flavor, but this recipe puts that one to shame.
Some of the other recipes I’ve tried:
- Nightshade-Free Breakfast Sausage
- Hash Brown Nested Eggs
- Roasted Chicken with Aromatic Spices
- Braised Brussels Sprouts
- Caramelized Carrots
Here are some of the recipes from Make It Paleo II that have been shared on different food blogs:
- Breakfast Casserole
- Lobster Fettuccine Alfredo
- Honey Sesame Wings
- Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Citrus Dressing
- Nightshade-Free Pizza
- Nut-Free Pesto
- Spinach and Artichoke Quiche
- Luscious Lemon Cupcakes
- Lemon Blueberry Waffles
I think this cookbook is so awesome that I’m going to make it my first-ever giveaway on the blog!
Enter in the widget below. The winner will be chosen on Friday, June 26. If you don’t win, you can pick up your own copy or take a closer look at the cookbook here.
6/27/15 Update: Congratulations to Denise J., who won the giveaway! I hope you enjoy the cookbook, Denise!