The most beautiful slow cooker book ever--and it's Paleo-friendly!
You definitely don't have to eat a Paleo diet to enjoy the delish recipes, gorgeous photos, and whole ingredients featured in this book. Anyone who wants to eat nutrient-dense, quality nourishment without irritants and inflammatory foods (so, most of us in theory, right?) will appreciate these!
So here's my review of The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-Free Meals the Easy Way!
The book has several different chapters and features, including a nice intro to what the Paleo diet is and how we aspire to eat the most nutrient-dense, high quality, nourishing foods.
Arsy dramatically improved her health through her Paleo diet and through care from a favorite alternative health practitioner, Chris Kresser. (So jealous. My husband and I are such fans of this guy, always blown away by his podcast and presentations.) Chris Kresser also wrote the intro to the book, and Amy Kubal, a registered dietitian, wrote some of the summaries about glucose metabolism, insulin, carbohydrates, all that stuff I find fascinating... (another thing I've loved about our new diet is learning more about how the body works. Can't believe I didn't know this stuff before but am always learning more and feel so enlightened and empowered when I do!) So I love the brief facts and intro pieces Arsy included.
After the appetizers/finger food chapter is the beef chapter. Pretty much my fave right now. After 13+ years of vegetarian and vegan eating, I know nothing about cooking meat, so have been learning a ton the past few months. We've bought shares of grassfed cows from a local farm (my husband's done a post about that), and grassfed beef is our most common protein source since I know a lot about it, I like it, and it's the best source of a lot of essential fats and vitamins we know we need. So I liked the beef chapter a lot!
Thai Red Beef Curry...
Bulgogi! Korean Beef...
Then the lamb chapter. Pretty amazing when you find a cookbook and there's an entire lamb chapter. Grassfed lamb is the other common source of super high quality ruminant meat, and I really want to try lamb but haven't found a great local source yet.
Arsy is Armenian, and grew up in California around a lot of different food cultures. I love how many international cuisine recipes there are. I never would have imagined so many combinations you can make in a slow cooker. ;)
Armenian lamb and apricot stew...
Onto the poultry chapter (an area I know even less about... no idea how to cook a chicken and don't like it much, usually...). Got me excited to try duck sometime!
Duck legs with yams (perfect Paleo meal for after a workout! Great carb source...)
There's even a seafood chapter! Who knew you could make fish in a crock pot?
Slow-Cooked Salmon and Seafood Bouillabaisse...
There's a veggie dish chapter, too. Slow cookers are great for side dishes and soups that are heavy on the veggies.
More good stuff mixed through the back--a piece about making your own bone broth in the crock pot (we've never tried that, but have been experimenting! Another of my husband's posts, on bone broth, here), and some more pearls of wisdom from the resident dietician...
Those are some of my fave pages of The Paleo Slow Cooker!
As you can see, gorgeous book, TONS of delicious recipes that are almost all as easy as, "Sear meat. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook 6-8 hours." That, I can do. Pretty photography, varied cuisines, yum yum! And I didn't even show the finger food and dessert recipes!
So I tried the Thai Red Beef Curry--beef and eggplant and delish Thai spices. I actually cut up everything the night before and put it in the fridge. Before I left for work, I put it in the cooker appliance and set the timer.
I came home to a delicious smell and this! Kept warm for me and all ready to eat. Oh, so wonderful to get home from work and have dinner all ready. Whew. Seriously, wish I could do this for us every day so I don't have to cook when I'm tired and hungry. ;)
It was delicious. Had two helpings, then brought another big serving for my lunch the next day. Husband had some too, and he [says he] doesn't like eggplant. (But he totally eats it when I put it in something yummy.) Mmmm!
Can't wait to try more recipes from the book! With the ease and foolproof-ness of a slow cooker, maybe I could even tackle a poultry recipe. (Terrified.) I'll definitely be trying some of the Paleo, slow cooker-friendly versions of beef classics with our next beef share!!
Check out the book on Amazon and check out Arsy's blog, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
(If you're curious, you can read my transition-to-Paleo story here, some fave Paleo recipes and food posts here, and my husband's blog, Grassfed Geek, about our adventures with quality local beef, fueling with grassfed butter, optimum fitness and mental performance, and lots of other good stuff. Also, I'm super duper proud of him for blogging. ;) )