Pre-Paleo, meal planning revolved around the slow cooker. Once our family made the Paleo transition, our Crock Pot became obsolete. However, as the demands on our family’s time continues to grow, the need for fast and easy Real Food also grows.
Enter Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simpleby Chrissy Gower (of Growing Up Paleo fame) and voila! Dinner is served (in 8 hours).
Why I Love This Cookbook
Most cookbooks are filled with time-consuming and ingredient-heavy recipes—two things that make it more of a special occasion than an everyday experience. Paleo Slow Cooking has the everyday chef in mind in the following ways:
- The purpose of this book is to get dinner on the table. It’s no-nonsense, non-frilly, and uncomplicated. The ingredients are readily available, healthy, and tasty.
- The recipes are quick and easy to prepare. During our most recent family vacation, we spent hours at theme parks and had little time for meal prep. I used this book several times so we didn’t eat churros for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
- The ease of the recipes frees up time and stove space. I struggle making a main dish and side dishes because I don’t have enough time or space on the stove to make everything all at once, particularly with a 2yo pulling on my leg. Having the main dish finished in the morning makes the afternoon much smoother.
Additional Features That Tickle My Fancy
There are also a handful of features that were created with a busy person in mind. My faves include:
- Recipe card for modifications. There’s a space dedicated at the bottom of each recipe for modifications and ideas. Mild Shredded Chicken leftovers turn into a fiesta chicken salad and I can easily access my notes to see that I need to add lime/orange juice, apples, grapes, celery, pecans, eggs, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
- List of necessary tools. In the left-hand corner, you’ll find everything you need for the recipe–peeler, cutting board, spatula, etc. A nifty time-saver that is also helpful for little hands in the kitchen.
- Thumbnail pictures of recipes. I eat with my eyes and the indexed pictures make it easy for me to make a decision or offer choices to my 4yo and 2yo children.
- Breakfast and dessert recipes included. I expected soup and main dishes, but frittatas, oatmeal, and brownies? Yes, please.
Who Should Buy This Book?
The folks who would benefit the most from Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple are those who:
- Need easy (non-gourmet) Paleo meals to prepare ahead of time
- Are overwhelmed by Paleo or gluten-free meal preparation
- Don’t have a lot of time to cook, but still need healthy nourishment throughout the day
- Have small children and only two (or fewer) hands
I love this cookbook. We prepare three meals every single day in our home and it gets exhausting. Having dinner done by 9 am (or even the night before) is a major relief that keeps the family happy and the bellies full.
* I received a promotional copy of Paleo Slow Cooking: Gluten Free Recipes Made Simple. All opinions are honest and my own.
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