Cobb Salad. – classic, simple, delicious, and Paleo?
In The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking by Hayley Mason and Bill Staley, Cobb Salad is just one of the many recipes that you can enjoy when trying the paleo diet. There are over 75 recipes covering everything from breakfast to “pasta.” However, you won’t find recipes for desserts in this cookbook. This book is a just what it says – a guide. After 30 days, you can then start adding paleo desserts to your diet.
Before even getting into the meat of the book, there are 8 success stories of people who have benefited from the paleo diet. Each story is inspiring and a testament to the effectiveness of the diet.
It took me less than an hour to read the first two parts of the book, setting the foundation for what is and what is not on the diet.
In Part One, the authors briefly explain the difference between primal and paleo. (I prefer primal dieting since it is inclusive of dairy.) They cover what types of protein are good and discuss what to look for when purchasing meat, pork, chicken, eggs, and seafood. There is also a guide for what fruits and vegetables are in season. Information about oils and fats, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices, and other key ingredients is included as well.
To get started with the diet, Hayley and Bill have listed the first step as A Total Junk Food Purge. This may be one of the hardest aspects of the diet, especially for people like me who live in a “divided” home. I have slowly given away some foods that I know that none of us need while at the same time slowly added more of the foods that we all can enjoy.
Part One also has information about meal building, shopping guidelines and tips, and answers to common questions.
Part Two begins the 30 Day Meal Plan.
What I like about this is that they tell us that it is a general guideline and that we can prepare any recipe for any meal. “There are no rules. We have provided a road map, but you are free to take detours.” There are 4 weeks of shopping lists to coordinate with the weekly meal plans. In the back of the book there are the same lists that are perforated so that we can take them with us when we go shopping.
Part Three is my favorite section – the recipes.
Almond Flour Pancakes (picture from The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking)
Tandoori Shrimp Stir-Fry (picture from The 30 Day Guide to Paleo Cooking)
I have been permitted to share the recipe for Cobb Salad from the book. Go ahead and try it. You will see that eating paleo foods is really quite good. This book would be a great introduction to paleo cooking.
Originally published July 2, 2014.
Here is Another Great Paleo Recipe: