Paleo Meatballs – The Paleo Recipe Book Review

The Paleo Recipe Book ReviewHey guys, it’s Mike again, and welcome to the Paleo Recipe Book Review, a certified weight loss coach’s honest and unbiased take on Sebastien Noel’s paleo cookbook: The Paleo Recipe Book.  If you’re interested in the paleo diet, primal diet, a low-carb lifestyle, or even just to move away from processed and unhealthy ingredients that saturate most cookbooks, I firmly believe that there is no better paleo cookbook out there. It contains hundreds of delicious and innovative recipes including my favorite: paleo meatballs.  The Paleo Recipe Book review is below.

Note: this is a review site:  Click Here to Visit Sebastien Noel’s Paleo Recipe Book Official Website

The review you are about to read contains the ESSENTIAL details you need to know before grabbing a copy of the recipe book yourself.  I’ve purchased and used several similar cookbooks over the years but as you’ll soon see, most of them fall short. This is the one I recommend and use myself when I’m cooking paleo recipes.

 

So what exactly is The Paleo Recipe Book?

The Paleo Recipe Book Review is for a monstrous 409-page recipe book or cookbook that is chock-full of delicious and easy paleo meals for all occasions.  It’s very comprehensive and organized so you can effortlessly browse through the recipes whether you’re looking for a specific dish or you just want to try something new.

When you download and open the recipe book, one of the first things you’ll see is the conveniently organized table of contents that splits the recipes into sections (which a whole recipe for a new dish on each page):
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Pg. 15 \ Red Meat
Pg. 57 \ Pork
Pg. 76 \ Poultry
Pg. 103 \ Stews & curries
Pg. 132 \ Fish
Pg. 149 \ Shellfish & Seafood
Pg. 167 \ Vegetables & sides
Pg. 186 \ Salads
Pg. 223 \ Eggs & omelets
Pg. 210 \ Stir fries
Pg. 249 \ Snacks
Pg. 284 \ Soups & stocks
Pg. 265 \ Offal / Organs
Pg. 342 \ Dips & condiments
Pg. 300 \ Vinaigrettes, marinades & sauces
Pg. 395 \ Lacto-fermented vegetables
Pg.367 \ Breakfast & dessert
Pg.384 \ Smoothies

PLUS sections on conversion tables, doneness temperatures & roasting times, food list, finding food online, good fats, making clarified butter (ghee), rendering animal fat, and more!  For a small sample of how to cook the perfect steak, which Sebastien goes over in the recipe book, check out my last post.

 

What are the BAD things about The Paleo Recipe Book?

Just like every book and product I have reviewed, nothing is perfect.  Here are a few of the flaws and/or minor gripes I have with this product:

  • If you are strict paleo and use no forms of dairy products, legumes, etc. there are a couple recipes in there that call for peas (technically a legume) and butter (dairy product, although one of the most digestively tolerated ones.)  This really isn’t that big of a deal, as you can easily substitute them, but in defense of the hardcore paleo eaters out there, I thought I’d voice my disapproval for you.

What are the GOOD things about The Paleo Recipe Book?

  • Its organization and aesthetic appeal are the best out of all the competitors I’ve reviewed.  Almost every recipe has a beautiful picture, simple ingredient list, and detailed, step-by-step preparation and cooking instructions.  Everything you’d expect from a top-notch cookbook.
  • It has just under 400 recipes! That may seem intimidating at first, but since using the search feature on the top of the PDF makes finding the recipe you want a breeze.  Or, if you know what ingredients you want to use, you can search them and discover all kinds of new and interesting recipes that contain those ingredients.
  • Contains and Offal / Organ meats section.  A lot of people don’t know this, but these are some of the most nutritious parts of the animal and are WAY cheaper to boot! Having a way to cook them in a savory recipe can add a ton of nutritional value to your diet as well as a ton of money back into your pocket.  The sections on paleo snacks, smoothies, and desserts are really a treat as well
  • There is a ton of variety with the recipes.  Some have long lists of ingredients and instructions that more accomplished chefs and foodies will really enjoy, while others are short and sweet that are great for those with less experience in the kitchen or who are simply in a hurry.  There really is something in this book for everyone
  • It’s comprehensive.  It doesn’t just have recipes like many other cookbooks.  There are also sections on recommended foods to buy, how to cook the perfect steak, which fats are recommended to use, rendering animal fat and clarifying butter, which temperatures to cook meats until to achieve desired tenderness, etc.  Sebastien gives you the tools and targeted information to become a more capable and knowledgeable force in the kitchen.

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Overall, what do I think?

The Paleo Recipe Book is, in my opinion, the best paleo cookbook available to date.  It’s beautiful, comprehensive, easy to use, and the recipes are absolutely delightful.

Paleo has never tasted so good! As a weight loss coach, I’ve learnt a lot from this recipe book and never tire of some of the recipes (especially the different kinds of paleo meatballs, my favorite!)  There are some other good paleo cookbooks out there, but this one is head and shoulders above the rest and I recommend it to clients and those interested in the paleo diet, primal diet, a low-carb lifestyle, or eliminating the junk, processed, and genetically altered foods.  It is also sold through ClickBank, a service with which I’ve had nothing but good experiences, and they offer an unconditional no-questions-asked money-back guarantee.  So if you decide to buy a paleo recipe book, this one is well-worth considering.

 

Go check it out here:  Sebastien Noel’s Paleo Recipe Book Official Website

 

Anyway, I hope my review was helpful.  I wish you the best with your health endeavors.

 

All the best,

Mike

Sebastien Noel on Cooking Steak

Although I especially love my paleo meatballs and all their varieties like paleo turkey meatballs, paleo Italian Meatballs, paleo Italian meatballs, and chicken ‘poultry’balls, who doesn’t absolute LOVE a good steak?  And although how to make homemade meatballs is my specialty, I thought I’d share some advice from my all-time favorite paleo- inspired cook, Sebastien Noel.  From his paleo recipe book/paleo diet cookbook, The Paleo Recipe Book, here are a few tips on how to cook the perfect steak.  Enjoy!

Sebastien Noel

Choosing the Steak

Grass fed and grass-finished is ideal for maximum nutritional value and mouth-watering taste.  These can be obtained for very reasonable prices if you get your meat from a local source.

The Different Cuts

Whether you prefer a rib eye, T-bone, porterhouse, sirloin, New York strip, or tenderloin, they can all make for a delicious steak dinner.  These tend to be from the tenderest areas of the cow since these areas do not receive a lot of exercise.  These will be the most flavorful cuts, but other cuts will work well, too, if you prefer them.

Before Cooking

It’s crucial to allow the steaks to come to room temperature before cooking them.  When ready, pat them dry and season them with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Next, rub some melted or very  soft cooking fat into the steak.  This can be butter, ghee, coconut oil, tallow, lard, etc.  Since this is a paleo diet cookbook and paleo recipe book, vegetable oils are not a good option here because of their high amounts of omega-6 fatty acids and they’re susceptibility to oxidize under heat which is harmful to your metabolic rate to consume.   Paleo diets foods for cooking lean toward saturated fats, which are much more stable under heat.

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Sebastien Noel then goes into the process of actually cooking the steak and examines the “flip once” and “flip often” methods, how to enhance the flavor with spices like rosemary and garlic, how to determine the doneness of the steak, and how to wrap up the process after cooking.  It’s very detailed and easy to follow.

 

Until next time,

Mike

What’s so good about paleo foods?

paleo foodsFor a lot of people, adopting a paleo meal plan based around paleo foods can be intimidating.  “Are grains really so bad?” they ask.  Many claim to eat them all the time with little or no ill effects; however, grains, legumes, and host of other fillers and chemicals are insidiously making us fat and sick.  The gluten and lectins (among other toxic matter) cause severe inflammation in our systems that can lead to leaky guy, digestive issues, fatigue, lactose intolerance, hair loss, hand and feet numbness, irritation, anxiety, depression, and the list goes on and on…and on.  It’s truly a tough pill to swallow because in a world where convenience is highly valued, picking up a packaged meal or a sandwich is quick and portable option, and they certainly won’t be found on any paleo diet food list.

Unfortunately, paleo foods at first glance seem very restrictive to many who are used to eating lots of these foods, (especially grains.)  Trust me, there was a time where I absolutely loved chowing down on croissaints and fettuccine alfredo.   Nowawdays I much prefer paleo spaghetti and meatballs, made with spaghetti squash, paleo turkey meatballs, paleo Italian meatballs, or paleo Swedish meatballs (Note: for those wondering how to make homemade meatballs or how to make Swedish meatballs, in an upcoming post I’ll talk about my favorite paleo diet cookbook, which contains my absolute favorite paleo meatball recipe for the perfect paleo meatballs and sauce and hundreds more delicious, healthy, quick and easy paleo foods.)

My body reacts much better to these grain-free meals and my clients have reported feeling a lot better on paleo foods.  I understand that everyone is different and some people tolerate gluten better than others, so I always recommend that people experiment with different foods and eating styles to determine what works best for them!  Just make sure to listen to your body :)

Eating paleo foods seems to be very helpful for losing toxic amounts of excess adipose tissue (more lovingly known as ‘body fat’), reducing inflammation, improving digestion, alleviating joint pain, and increasing energy levels; however, it’s premise also flies in the face of conventional wisdom when  it comes to what constitutes a healthy diet.

paleo foodsFor example, a paleo diet breakfast of bacon and eggs (other paleo breakfast ideas include frittatas, specialty pancakes, and coffee with heavy cream) is high in dietary cholesterol and fat, which are both widely and commonly considered to be ‘bad’ for our health.  Low-fat items are praised and saturated fat and cholesterol are avoided like the plague, while we chomp down on harmful grains, legumes, fake sugars, processed foods, and numerous harmful chemicals in the name of being healthy.

With more and more research coming out from evolutionary scientist and researchers that claim we evolved on diets high in fat (yes, especially saturated fat) and cholesterol, this new (ironically, it’s millions of years old actually  ) way of eating is what are bodies are most adapted to eating, not the grains that have only been in our diets for since the Agricultural Revolution!  Therefore, more and more people are starting to experiment with paleo foods via a primal diet or caveman diet, usually with stellar results.

Again, just try new things and see how your body reacts.  Take a mindful, sensible approach and take control of your body and your health.  Maybe you’ll give paleo foods a shot. Maybe you won’t.  Maybe you’ll like it a lot.  Maybe you won’t.   Listen to your body and pay attention to what foods it likes the best.

 

Take care,

Mike

Paleo meatballs? What is this “paleo plan”?

I bet you’re wondering why this site is actually called “Paleo Meatballs” (check out my About Me page for the short story.)   I also looove good, homemade meatballs; however, since I eat on a paleo plan, I only eat meals that consist of paleo diet foods (a paleo diet foods list isn’t really necessary, but more on that in a minute.)   For me, this means delicious paleo Italian meatballs, paleo Swedish meatballs, paleo turkey meatballs, and even paleo spaghetti and meatballs!   Whoa, got a little carried away there talking about me and my meatballs…let’s focus, Mike.

paleo meatballsSo what exactly makes a meatball “paleo”?  What is this “Paleo Diet”I’ve been hearing so much about?  It’s centered around the foods that we were evolutionarily designed to eat, based on foods we evolved eating.   Basically, if a caveman couldn’t eat it, you shouldn’t eat it either.   You see, the Agricultural Revolution 10,000 years ago brought grains and legumes into our modern day food supply; however, our bodies still have not evolved to be able to properly process, digest, and utilize these foods.  Look, if you were to visualize your standard 100-yard football field as the course of human evolution, we’d be standing on the HALF yard line, meaning we’ve only moved INCHES since the beginnings of agriculture.  So what’s the result?  Lots of foods that we as homo sapiens are still haven’t nearly evolved to being able to eat well.

This is why the Paleo Diet is so great.  It’s how we are evolutionarily designed to eat.

Legumes and grains (yes, even whole grains) are often touted as healthy, yet they are actually highly inflammatory to the human body.   Eating quick and easy paleo meals eliminates this inflammation.  And let’s not even get started on simple sugars and the abundance of processed foods that are available nowadays…there’s no wonder obesity and mortality rates are going up and children are developing type II diabetes (which was once called “adult onset diabetes”, but not after children started to develop it from having such poor diets.)  But again, I digress.

Eating on a paleo plan based around healthy whole foods such as meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, roots, and tubers will drastically improve your health and get rid of excess toxic adipose tissue, otherwise known as body fat.  For those wanting to reclaim bodies and their health, I recommend them starting by simply getting a paleo recipe books.  There are quite a few out there, but I’ll recommend my favorite paleo diet cookbook in an upcoming post.  It’s everything a paleo cookbook should be: bursting with paleo diet recipes, including paleo diet breakfast ideas, snacks, dressings, and even desserts! Yum

paleo meatballsFor people just starting out that can’t make the whole switch to paleo cold turkey, as a weight loss coach I recommend clients try to implement a paleo diet breakfast first, and see how they feel.  The results in improved energy levels and body composition are often motivation enough to eat more paleo meals!

Anyway, I hope this was a clear explanation of what a paleo or primal diet entails.  Be mindful of what you put in your body…as they say, “you are what you eat!”

 

All the best,

Mike

Healthy Meal Ideas and The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is starting to catch on as paleo foods are considered to make up the backbone of healthy meal ideas.  A paleo meal plan generally consists of meats (preferably grass-fed), vegetables, nuts, seeds, and fruits.  There are a lot of different schools of thoughts when it comes to paleo foods, primal foods, or similar labels.  For example, while a paleo diet plan does not include dairy, a primal diet plan encompasses it.

Some proponents of the paleo diet restrict fruit, root vegetables, and tubers such as potatoes and yams, while others find these to be completely fine.  Specifically for athletes, these higher levels of carbohydrates can help to fuel their workouts and help with recovery.  All this variation can lead to confusion among newcomers to this ideology of eating the way our ancestors ate; however, it’s important to realize that all of these related ways of eating propose healthy meal ideas by avoiding processed foods, grains, and legumes.  Chronic and compulsive consumption of these man-made foods are the real enemy here in a world increasingly plagued by obesity and disease.

healthy meal ideas

The point is, by adding in paleo foods and removing processed and artificial foods from your diet (Twinkies anyone?), you will be creating a healthy meal plan without too effort.  Here, at Paleo Meatballs, I encourage people to be good to themselves and their bodies.  If you take care of your body by eating well the majority of the time the quality of your life will increase tremendously.  After all, without your health, what else can you have?

Take it easy,

Mike