I've been holding off on doing this review for a couple of weeks. I started cooking for my clients again and the second week, every recipe on my menu was from Practical Paleo. I emailed Diane Sanfilippo and she said that I could post up to two of her recipes as long as I cooked them. Today I am going to post my favorite recipe that I have made so far from her book.
Before I do that, I'd like to talk about the best part of the book and that's the informative section. I've read reviews where the reviewer is a little shocked that she did an infographic on poop but I praise her for it. It's one of the most talked about topics with my clients. I was at a BBQ last Friday and when my friend, Mousa, so graciously cooked me some chicken without any sauce, it brought up some questions. Within a few minutes, I had a girl asking me a ton of questions. She's in the process of trying to figure out what allergens and intolerances that she has and whispered issues with her "bathroom drama". I just laughed and said it was ok to talk about it and it instantly relaxed her and she told me everything...and I do mean EVERYTHING! It's unfortunate that it's such a disgusting subject because it's important for people to be able to recognize what's happening in their body is reflective in their poop. Ha, it's even weird for me to write it.
Diane also included a lot of meal plans based on what issues your body is having. I already know which foods I am intolerant to because I have done such extensive testing. However, not everyone is that far in their journey. Her 30-Day Meal Plans are there to lead people in the right direction. Some of the plans are for digestive health, thyroid health, MS, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, athletic performance, neurological health, heart health and cancer recovery, just to name a few. She has really done so much of the work for you.
Her website, www.balancedbites.com, already contains so much information and she has quadrupled what’s on it, into this HUGE book. It's written as though she's talking to you and you can feel the passion just oozing off of the pages. I do have one small warning though. Don't leave your copy sitting outside on a beautiful New England day because you never know when a nice thunderstorm will hit and your book will end up looking more like this:
I need to order a new copy ASAP. I just saw on her Facebook page today that Amazon has them in stock again. YAY!
******While waiting for my copy to arrive, I was reading reviews coming in and a post from Bill and Hayley really stuck out. They were working together to help Diane finish her book. Their post was actually quite funny and very honest. I love that this community helps each other out so much. Sure, it's a business and we all want to make a living but that's just it. It's our living. This is what we literally eat, sleep and breathe. Thank you to all of the kind and helpful people in this community that I have met. Together, I know we can make a difference!!!******
The recipe that has turned out to be my favorite in this book is the Balsamic Braised Short Ribs. Yummy! I was a little skeptical because my short rib recipe is one of my all-time favorites. I have cooked it for many special occasions and even though it's not quite paleo, it's close and can be altered to make it so. I also thought this was going to be way too sweet and it really wasn't. I will paleo-ize my recipe in the next few weeks and post it so you can be the judge.
Have you made any of the recipes from Practical Paleo? Which one is your favorite?
Balsamic Braised Short Ribs
2 T savory spice blend *see below
2-3 lbs of bone-in beef short ribs
1 T coconut oil
1 15-oz can plain tomato sauce
1/2 c balsamic vinegar
4 whole dried dates
6 cloves garlic, smashed
Savory spice Blend
2 T Rosemary-Sage Salt (I just used 2 T salt with a tsp of rosemary and a tsp of sage)
1 T garlic powder
1 T onion powder
1/2 T paprika
1 tsp black pepper
Rub the savory spice blend into the short ribs.
Melt the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and sear the short ribs 1-2 minutes per side or until they are slightly browned.
Place the short ribs, tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, dates and garlic in a slow-cooker. Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or until the meat is tender enough to fall apart with a fork.
Shred the meat off of the bones and serve with roasted vegetables.