I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and was able to enjoy a wonderful time of celebration with family and friends. I enjoyed my Christmas, and I consider myself very blessed to have the family and friends I do. Not only are they supportive, loving, and fun to spend time with, but they know exactly what to get a paleo PA (I may have helped a bit).
I was lucky enough to get a few cookbooks that were at the top of my Christmas list:
The new autoimmune cookbook by Sarah Ballantyne and Alaena Haber called The Healing Kitchen: 175+ Quick & Easy Paleo Recipes to Help you Thrive. I haven’t had a chance to make any recipes from this book but they look delicious and more importantly, easy to prepare.
My kitchen is already full of kitchen gadgets and tools that make cooking paleo easier and more fun. Just when I thought I had everything I could need (Need is definitely different than want. There are still several things I would like!), I found this nifty gadget in my stocking. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet, but anything that makes de-stemming kale and other greens easier is a great idea in my book. This one is the Kale, Chard, Collard Greens and Herb Stripper by Chef’n.
Since, most of the readers don’t know me very well, I’ll let you in on a little insider information – I love to wear fun socks. I received several new pairs for Christmas, but here are some that a Paleo PA can especially appreciate. The egg and bacon socks came from Target if you are interested in buying some of your own. The only things missing from the coffee socks is a pat of butter and coconut oil to make it bulletproof 🙂
I know it’s a little late to create your own Christmas wish list. For those of you that received gift cards and are wondering what to buy yourself, here are a few things I already own and love.
For those that are cookbook collectors or are looking for some great cookbooks to help get started cooking paleo, here are some of my favorites:.
–The Ketogenic Diet Cookbook by Maria Emmerich and Jimmy Moore. There are so many low carb, high fat delicious recipes in this book it definitely makes the ketogenic diet doable if there were any doubts in your mind. Even those that don’t follow a ketogenic diet will find these recipes delicious!
–The Paleo Kitchen: Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking by Juli Bauer of PaleOMG and George Bryant of Civilized Caveman.
–Paleo Takeout: Restaurant Favorites Without the Junk offers remakes of favorite takeout and delivery from Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, American and many other cuisines.
–Well Fed: Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat and Well Fed 2 are great options by Melissa Joulwan. Both of these cookbooks are perfect for those that prefer a little more freedom in the kitchen and enjoy making some of their own variations of a recipe. Melissa offers several base recipes and variations on each one to suit your tastes.
–Meals Made Simple: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free and Paleo Recipes to Make Anytime by Danielle Walker of Against All Grain. This is another great cookbook for those that don’t have a ton of time to spend in the kitchen.
-And for those missing the food of the south, Down South Paleo has some scrumptious recipes like Chicken and Waffles, Fried Green Tomatoes, and Gumbo.
-Even though I don’t think paleo treats should be eaten on a daily basis, sometimes something sweet is needed. Both The Paleo Chocolate Lover’s Cookbook and Dairy-Free Ice Cream: 75 Recipes Made Without Eggs, Gluten, Soy, or Refined Sugar offer very yummy desserts and other sweet treats.
With all these delicious recipes there are some kitchen tools that I love using and definitely find handy in the kitchen. The Instant Pot is one of my favorites. It is a 7-in-1 multi-function cooker that allows you to pressure cook. slow cook, steam, sauté, and others. I’ve made bone broth in 3 hours instead of the 48 it can take with other methods and it is more gelatinous. Just about any crockpot can make cooking easier in the kitchen because you can start the cooking process before you leave in the morning and food is ready when you get home. Even though it is an investment, the KitchenAid Mixer has been indispensable. I own the 6-quart Professional version but the 5-quart Artisan version is a little cheaper and works just as well. You can also purchase some great attachments: spiralizer, ice cream maker is very handy when cooking from the Dairy-Free Ice Cream cookbook above, and the food grinder to name a few. A food dehydrator is great for making Paleo chips with kale, zucchini, sweet potatoes, and other veggies. The one I own is not only one of the cheaper versions but it works well, the Nesco Square-Shaped Dehydrator.
I know this list was made for the foodie, but I hope everyone can enjoy it and find something to add to their wish list! Happy Shopping! If you have anything that you think is great or can’t live without, please post below.