15 Reasons You Will Love Mediterranean Paleo Cooking for Healthy Recipes –
Our new book Mediterranean Paleo Cooking has something for everyone. Our goal with this book is to help you enjoy cooking again and bring new exciting flavors into your Paleo routine. My husband is from the region, and he grew up eating local and seasonal foods accented by spices and herbs that highlight the unique flavors of each dish. When we got married 8 years ago I did not know how to cook and mostly subsisted on energy bars so needless to say I didn’t know how to make dishes from his home country.
I always felt kind of left out when he would go to his friends houses to eat their wives cooking instead of mine because I didn’t know how to cook very well, especially not the kind of food he was used to. I kept asking him to teach me but he was not really sure either until he graduated from culinary school a few years later. Then we started tweaking our recipes to be Paleo friendly after I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease in 2010.
My husband tried Paleo about a year later and he noticed how much better he felt giving up gluten so we both became more interested in writing down the recipes to help others and after two years of work our book is hitting the shelves! You can see his 30 day results here.
15 Reasons You Will Love Mediterranean Paleo Cooking for Healthy Recipes
For Healthy Recipes:
I am sure you have heard of the Paleo diet but did you know it is a certain set of foods that can reduce inflammation and improve health just by eliminating certain hard to digest foods. It can be a challenge in the beginning to change how you may have been eating all your life but the results many report are so worth it. It can help you have more energy, improve your mood, sleep better, lose weight and your doctor will probably be excited when they see you the next time. The best part is that that the whole time you are following this so called diet you will get to eat foods dripping with flavor and dare I say luscious fat, which supports the immune system and brain heath.
This book is not filled with placeholder recipes. Almost every recipe is practically a meal in and of itself and some dishes have two meats in one!
AIP Friendly Modifications:
This book is perfect for people who are following an AIP diet and has 112 recipes that are suitable for the AIP diet or have a simple modification to follow. We omit eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, alcohol, and stevia and of course grains and dairy. Please see the AIP introduction page for the specifics on how to use our modifications key and all the specifics about how we applied AIP swaps in our recipes. We also have a 30 day meal plan that will give you a good roadmap of how to implement our recipes into everyday life.
SCD/ Gaps Friendly Modifications:
Do you follow the SCD or Gaps diet for IBS or gut healing? Well great news, this book can support you on your way to improved health. We have 159 recipes that are SCD/Gaps friendly or have easy to follow modifications. These diets are designed to pull out gut irritants which include starches such as sweet potato and tapioca so it is slightly different that regular paleo although there is a great deal of common ground. We use pumpkin, butternut squash, eggs and coconut flour in recipes to substitute starches and in desserts we used honey in place of coconut sugar or maple syrup. People who follow these approaches will feel right at home with Mediterranean Paleo Cooking.
Lower Carb Modifications:
People who are following a lower carb diet will be happy with this book because the recipes have substitutions for starches and sweeteners in the modifications key. While we do not count carbs we did take out the foods that would contribute most to carb counts and used the natural sweetener stevia in the desserts. Vegetables are essential for antioxidants, minerals and vitamins and many times the carb impact is negligible when subtracting the fiber. We have 158 recipes that have lower carb options.
Nut Free Modifications:
Whether it is an itchy mouth or a brick like feeling in your stomach, nuts are out the door but we have the answer! In this book we used flax seeds, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds (and sunflower meal) as a nut modification so people can still enjoy most of the recipes. We have 152 recipes that are nut free or have easy modifications.
Egg Free Modifications:
Eggs today are pretty different from eggs people may have had access to during prehistoric times and some people may react to what the chickens are fed. Also the egg white has anti-nutrients that can rev up the immune system for others. We found many ways to work around eggs in this book often the AIP and the egg free modification will be the same and a no less tasty version of the recipe can be enjoyed. We have 129 recipes that are egg free or have easy modifications to make them egg free.
Low Fodmap Modifications:
Many people are told to follow a lower FODMAP diet by their doctors in order to deal with IBS symptoms. FODMAPs can be fermented by misplaced/overgrown bacteria in the small intestine. The biggest fodmap which stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols is wheat so we definitely have that one covered but we also provide a chart for people to use which shows which foods have the highest fodmaps and the ones they may want to eat with caution. We have 159 recipes that have low fodmap modifications or are already low in fodmaps.
Tired of buying books with recipes that just don’t work? Well have no fear, we had recipe testers who are real Paleo peeps test out our recipes for several months. We had novice cooks up to seasoned Autoimmune protocolers trying out our recipes.
Pizza! (need more reason that that? ):
Do you miss your pizza since going Paleo? We have 5 pizza recipes that are crispy and delicious. The versions include: lower carb , AIP (is also egg free), nut free, cashew crust (for people who can’t eat almonds, and a regular crispy thin Paleo crust made with tapioca and almond flour.
Pasta and Noodles:
Do you love noodles? Of course you do! Our book has a wonderful pasta recipe that has a great bite and holds together for easy twirling. One tester said it reminded her of egg noodles that she used to buy from the store. We also have recipes made with noodles such as the cumin spiced spaghetti and meatballs and the AIP no-mato sauce over zucchini noodles.
More Breakfast Variety:
One of the biggest complains I hear about Paleo is the lack of breakfast variety. Most people only think to eat eggs for breakfast. Of course our breakfast section does have eggs but it gives you new ideas of how to use them such as a cauliflower and cumin omelet with garlic and Swiss chard frittata.
We also have egg free ideas such as savory breakfast sausage, apricot breakfast cookies, probiotic coconut yogurt with Paleo cinnamon granola and two different smoothies.
We have two meals plans that are 30 days each, one designed for general Paleo followers and another for people on the Autoimmune Paleo diet. These meal plans can help you get started if all of this is new to you or if you are someone who likes to follow laid out instructions so you can focus on other things. These meal plans have accompanying shopping lists that can be printed here.
Slow Cooker Versions:
In many of our red meat and chicken recipes we included slow cooker directions for busy people that have to work all day. We know that cooking most meals is a big challenge for people on Paleo if they have been eating SAD before so we tried to make it as easy as possible. The dishes taste great in the crock-pot but we do encourage you to try the stove top method when you have time for intensified flavors and perfectly browned meat. We have 17 slow cooked versions.
Do you have trouble getting broth in your diet? You have heard about all the benefits of gelatin rich collagen filled broth for glowing skin, strong bones, and detoxification but who has the time? The great news is that most of our main dish recipes create their own broth during the cooking process so you can get two stars from the teacher, one for being Paleo and one for getting in your broth. There are 3 broth recipes in the book that can be adapted for the slow cooker when you are on the go. We also have many healing soups that will keep you warm all winter such as cabbage and meatball, pumpkin oxtail with allspice and lemony lamb Harrira.
Menu’s For All Occasions:
Sometimes you get a cookbook but have trouble figuring out how to put it all together. We understand, so we put dishes together in a useful and delectable format. They are all laid out in beautiful thumbnail photos with titles such as Food Nerd Party, AIP menu, Sunday dinner, Brunch and Casual dinner party.
In case you have not heard of the bazillion times NY Times bestselling author of Practical Paleo and 21 Day Sugar Detox, Diane Sanfilippo is also a contributor to our book. She did all the photography and design aspects (aside from some real life photos I took during my trips to North Africa) and helped with lots of other input. Diane is my long time friend from nutrition school who loved our food and our concept so much that she came on board to bring all the special touches that her fans know and love.
Everyone loves dessert and it can be hard coming up with acceptable treats when going Paleo and giving up flour and refined sugar. We have nearly 20 recipes that will give you lots of new ideas, from Madeline’s to Macaroons, Biscotti, flour-less chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, strawberry tarts and pistachio cocoa bites that will make you feel like your are spending your afternoon in a seaside coffee shop. Don’t forget the all natural lower-carb substitutions for those wanting to reduce their sugar intake. We think treats should be for special occasions but we also never want you to go to party and fall off the Paleo wagon because you did not BYO grain free dessert.
We are so excited to bring traditional recipes into your home, Mediterranean Paleo Cooking will bring your family together to enjoy cooking and eating. We hope to liven up your Paleo diet with novel flavor combinations that will improve your health at the same time.
Our Book Releases on Oct 28. Order here
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- Chicago – Oct 30
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- Los Angeles, CA – Nov 21*
- San Diego, CA – Nov 22
- Seattle, WA (Vashon Island & Lake Forest Park) – Dec 7
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- Houston, TX – Dec 11
- Rochester, NY – Dec 13
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