Those are two of the arguments I hear about both the slow-carb and paleo diets. Some people think they’re too restrictive (when I told someone I don’t generally eat grains, refined sugars, or dairy they asked me incredulously, “Then what do you eat?!”), and others say it’s just boring (especially when Tim Ferriss says in The 4 Hour Body that you should eat the same meals over and over.
I’m going to prove to you that it’s not boring. In fact, I’m going to tell you about some of the most amazing and interesting dishes I’ve seen.
Update: Check the end to see who won the book! You can also use this link to get free shipping when you order one!
Today I’m reviewing a cookbook called Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals by Mark Sisson.
More meal ideas than you can shake a stick at
I have to credit Brian from 4-Hour Body Zone for turning me on to these recipe books. They’re created by Mark Sisson of Mark’s Daily Apple, and they’re full of recipes created for what Mark calls the Primal diet.
Primal is a sibling of the Paleo diet, with the main difference being Mark’s OK with some dairy. See, there are different flavors of diets that follow the same general guidelines and are still effective. I’ve called slow-carb a close cousin to the Paleo diet because the only real difference between them is that slow-carb calls for legumes and not fruit and Paleo does the opposite.
Whether or not you’re following a strict slow-carb diet, if your primary goal is to eat protein and veggies and to avoid grains and refined sugars, this Primal recipe book is an excellent addition to your cookbook shelf.
Let’s take a look at some of the recipes
If you’ve poked around this site at all, you’ve probably stumbled across my Slow-carb Breakfast Burrito recipe. I can’t take any credit for that one – it came straight from Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals. There’s another recipe from the book that I’m going to post soon as well (with permission, of course), so look out for that one in the next few weeks.
In all, there are over 100 fantastic recipes with beautiful photos, great descriptions, perfect instructions, and even nutritional info for those of you who insist on counting!
The categories include:
- Breakfast (23 recipes)
- Lunch (21 recipes)
- Dinner (22 recipes)
- Appetizers and snacks (24 recipes)
- Sauces and toppings (10 recipes)
- and Rubs (10 recipes)
Here are some of the succulent recipes you’ll be able to enjoy from this book:
- Cauliflower Purée with Sausage and Poached Eggs
- Tropical Avocado and Shrimp
- Chorizo and Almond-crusted Halibut
- Chocolate Coconut Bark
- Spinach Horseradish Sauce
- Moroccan Rub
- and a whole lot more
Would I recommend it?
By now you should know what my answer to that question is: a resounding yes. Not only would I recommend this book, I’d also highly recommend Mark’s other recipe book, Primal Recipes.
Almost every recipe in both books is perfect for a slow-carb diet, and of the few that aren’t strictly slow-carb, 90% of them can be tweaked to become strictly slow-carb. However, once you get to know Mark Sisson a little bit, you’ll realize that he’s not going to recommend eating anything that’s going to keep you chunky.
And the winner is…
The contest was fun, and I plan on doing it again. I wish I had more books to give away!
The winner of this one is – Amy! I’ll be contacting you via email soon, so stay tuned!
You can still get the book
Even though I can’t get you one for free, I was able to get a link for free shipping. If you purchase from this link, you’ll get free shipping on everything Mark offers, even though the link won’t go directly to the book like the others will.