Eleven months into my experience with paleo nutrition, I've learned a lot...
9 Weeks of Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals
- “With Amber’s friendly guidance, it’s easy to dine sumptuously on weeknights without sacrificing your kitchen creativity, your entire evening, or your sense of goodwill.”
- “These recipes are so flavorful, so grounded in good taste and attention to culinary detail, you and your dining companions will forget these meals were born of the desire for good health and weight loss.”
- “Amber’s done all the hard work of creating paleo recipes that taste like real food so you can reel in the art of cooking, even when you’re making dinner.”
- Menu: A list of the meals for the week
- Make-ahead schedule: Instructions for prepping vegetables, blending a sauce, making a vinaigrette, cooking the longer-to-cook items, etc. This was GREAT. I really like the make-ahead instructions, because ever since I started doing my own Sunday prepwork, I was often left wondering how long I could realy wait before consuming certain dishes. Here in Weeknight Paleo, Amber tells me! She writes right there in the meal plan: "Serve within 2 days," or "serve within 5 days." Just what I needed!
- Shopping list: Contains all the items you'll need to cook a given week's meals, and categorizes ingredients by grocery store department for easier shopping. Thank you!
In addition to the week menus and recipes, Weeknight Paleo also has sections on "Stocking Up," which provides tips for a well-stocked pantry and refrigerator, and "Flavor Boosters." Like many other cookbooks I’ve seen and reviewed, these few pages are dedicated to specific, commonly used seasonings and their uses. Amber shares her “Paleo Savvy House Seasoning,” “Paleo Mayo,” and “Homemade Pesto,” and suggests various uses for all three.
Weeknight Paleo so generously provides the shopping list upfront. I didn't have to do the math and guesswork across recipes; it was all done for me! I simply checked my kitchen for what I already had and copied down what I needed! How comforting it was to know that I wouldn't end up with excess of one thing or not enough of another.
|Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup|
|Herbes de Provence-Crusted Salmon|
with a Citrus-Herb Sauce and Asparagus
|Spaghetti and Meatball Sauce|
|Balsamic-Glazed Brussels Sprouts|
Paired with Tuscan Steak that was a fail on my part.
Recovering vegetarian still learning how to cook steak.
Although adhering to the literal week-long dinner meal plans didn't really work for me, it's definitely a great outline to have for people cooking for a family. For me, choosing just two to three meals and cooking the full recipe was enough to last me lunches and dinners all week long. So many recipes approved, and so many more I have yet to make. So check it out for yourself, experiment, and see what works for you!
I am so thankful that Amber was gracious enough to share her e-book with me. If you're interested, you can find Weeknight Paleo on Amazon! You'll get tons of delicious recipes, and actionable prep instructions to make your paleo weeknights easier. If you want a sneak peek, check out the Paleo Savvy blog.
Do you plan your weeknight meals in advance? Would a book like this help you better live up to your nutritional goals?