A few months ago I was fortunate to be added to the Charlotte Food Bloggers community, which has allowed me to meet and communicate with some fantastic fellow bloggers who love food and wellness as much as I do. What I like most is that the community is comprised of people who support each other with their different ventures instead of competing with each other. We may all focus on food, but we’re all writing about it in our own way, which makes each person, and his or her blog, unique and valuable.
One such fellow blogger, Megan Flynn Peterson, recently wrote and published her first cookbook, The Big 15 Paleo Cookbook. Megan is the founder of Freckled Italian, an awesome lifestyle blog focusing on food, style, travel and photography. Megan was kind enough to send me a review copy of her cookbook and I’m happy to help her promote it. The book centers on the Paleo diet and includes 150 easy recipes utilizing meat, seafood, eggs and veggies. It also includes some pantry basics, like homemade mayo and dry rub, and useful cooking resources. The book will officially be released August 16th for $17.99, but you can pre-order it now for only $10.92 on Amazon! That’s a steal for a cookbook of this size and quality.
While I personally don’t strictly follow a Paleo diet, I do enjoy veggies and seafood quite a bit, and this book is full of both. You don’t have to be on a Paleo diet to enjoy the recipes in here, you just have to enjoy eating real, healthy food. Though if you are following a Paleo diet, you’ll really enjoy this book. I love that all of the recipes contain whole ingredients and are easy to prepare, with variations to suit your taste buds. There are no artificial, unhealthy, or hard-to-find ingredients, so the recipes are practical for the average, or even beginner, cook. There are so many recipes in this book that I plan to make, but the Chili-Lime Sweet Potato Fries stuck out to me to try first. I love sweet potatoes and Mexican food, so these were right up my alley.
In this recipe, sweet potatoes are sliced into wedges, tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper, roasted until crisp and then drizzled with lime juice. Per Megan’s suggestion, I also added cinnamon to them, which gave them an added kick. These fries were spicy, sweet and tangy, a truly delicious combination of flavors. I ate them with some homemade veggie tacos. I usually crave ketchup when I’m eating fries, but these were so flavorful that I preferred to eat them as is…though there is a recipe for homemade ketchup in her book if you so desire! You can easily half, double or triple this recipe to accommodate your serving needs.
Here’s a glimpse at the full recipe from the review copy I received:
Some of the other recipes in this book I can’t wait to try are the Blackened Shrimp Tacos, Curry Cauliflower Bites, Ginger-Beet Sorbet and Roasted Brussels Sprout Skewers. My favorite cookbooks are those that contain easy, practical, flavorful and interesting recipes, and this one is no exception. I can see myself using this book often to prepare meals for friends, family and myself.
Is your mouth watering yet? Then make sure to pre-order your copy to try out all of these great recipes and save some money in the process! Plus you’ll be supporting a local food blogger who is working hard to help others get healthy and eat right. Show Megan (and me :)) some love by sharing this post to encourage others to jump on the healthy food bandwagon. Thanks y’all!
*I received this book for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. All opinions mentioned above are my own. I was not paid to write this review.