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You might have seen me on Instagram dishing up celeriac-topped shepherd's pie, Baba Ghanoush and Italian salami salad - well, it's all because of this book. Paleo: 12 Weeks to Change Your Life, by Rebecca Field.
I've known Rebecca in Paleoland for a little while now - we've both hosted Paleohour on Twitter (Tuesday evenings, 8-9pm UK time) and we both write for Primal Eye magazine. She's a UK blogger and she knows a lot about paleo. And she's the reason I fell in love with celeriac again.
She sent me a copy of her new book to try some recipes from. The first thing I noticed was the price tag - £34.99, which sounds a bit hefty at first glance. That is, until you realise what you get for your money.
Paleo: 12 Weeks to Change Your Life has over 200 recipes - yep, 200 - that are all obviously grain, soy and refined sugar free. In the beginning, she answers the most common questions people have when starting paleo - what side effects might there be, and what snacks you can eat. There are list of foods to eat and foods to avoid, how important exercise is and a run down of the basics you'll need to know to put paleo into practice. It's a handbook - everything is there.
Shepherd's pie (much tweaked though) from @paleodietandfitness new book 12 Weeks to Change Your Life. Used beef mince as didn't have lamb (making it a cottage pie I guess!) didn't use tomato paste and added peas - because childhood comfort food. Celeriac makes a gorgeous topping for shepherd's/cottage pie. AIP except for the peas. Love this! #paleo #primal #paleouk #primaluk #paleofood #almostaip #aip #aipuk #aipdiet #aipeats #autoimmune #autoimmunediet #autoimmunepaleo #autoimmunedisease #autoimmuneprotocol #psoriasis #glutenfree #grainfree #dairyfree #lunch #bankholiday #comfortfood #paleocomfortfood #guthealth
THEN you get 12 weeks - that's 3 months, peeps - of meal plans and shopping lists and all the recipes that go with them. Some of the recipes might seem a bit simple (bacon and eggs, for example) but these are important if you're starting paleo from scratch. It can seem intimidating, and it's good to know that some of our old favourites can be carried over to a paleo lifestyle. So even the simpler recipes totally belong in the book.
I tried the Shepherd's Pie, which has mashed celeriac as the topping, and it was GORGEOUS. The whole family asked for it again. The Italian Salad is now a regular in my husband's glass jar for him to take to work, and is quick and easy enough to put together. I tried my reintroduction of aubergines (eggplant) with a batch of Rebecca's Baba Ghanoush and it was really good. There's no denying that the recipes in the book really work. And there are a lot I haven't yet tried but are on my list.
I've been cooking this week from @paleodietandfitness new book 12 Weeks To Change Your Life - this is the Chopped Italian Style Salad, without the red onions. There's a load of basil which gives this a beautiful flavour. The only thing not #AIP is the salami because it has black pepper but you could use prosciutto instead. Love it! #paleouk #paleo #paleodiet #paleofood #autoimmunedisease #almostaip #glutenfree #grainfree #nutrition #health #healing #healthy #guthealth #eat #eatright #eatrealfood #primal #primaluk #jerf #dairyfree #salad #dinner #dinnertime #chickendinner
Paleo: 12 Weeks to Change Your Life is a sturdy, thick paperback and it's nestled up to Mickey Trescott's Autoimmune Paleo Cookbook on my kitchen worktop. It's too indispensable to be buried in a bookshelf - I'm leafing through it at least a few times every week for dinner ideas.
Want to find out more? You can buy Paleo: 12 Weeks to Change Your Life on Amazon or on Rebecca's site Paleo Diet and Fitness.