Friday, September 11, 2015

Nom Nom Paleo - Cookbook Review

For some reason, I was confusing the Paleo diet with a raw diet, but that's not what it is at all. Eating Paleo means eating whole, unprocessed foods (plants, meat, and seafood) and eliminating grains (most of which are genetically modified), legumes, sugar, and processed seed and vegetable oils. You're also supposed to cut down on fruit, nuts and seeds, starches, dairy, and natural sweeteners.


But that's what's great about Nom Nom Paleo by Michelle Tam and Henry Fong. This cookbook, which is based on the website Nom Nom Paleo, sets you straight and gives you a nice jumping off point if you're serious about starting a Paleo diet. Nom Nom Paleo is funny, informative, and filled with cute illustrations. A lot of the foods are Asian-inspired because Michelle's family is Chinese. And the majority of the Paleo recipes are also naturally gluten-free, which is good news for those with Celiac who are looking to eat more whole, nutrient-rich foods.

The only thing is that most of the recipes are going to take a long time to make, and for some of them, there are other things you have to make first. I was really excited about Fiona's Green Chicken (two hours to make), Super Pork-tastic Meatloaf (two hours to make), and Oven-Baked Sweet Potatoes (one hour to make). Even the Fried Salmon Patties take an hour to make! On worknights, we need dinner to be ready in 30 minutes, otherwise we'll be eating at 9:00, and that's too close to my bedtime.
Maple Sausage Patties
We managed to make the Maple Sausage Patties, which only took about 30 total minutes to make and cook. We had ours with scrambled eggs, and then we had the leftovers as part of bagel and egg sandwiches. The bagels were definitely not part of the Paleo diet plan, but we never said we were going totally Paleo here, so oh well!

Nom Nom Paleo is published by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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