When I started my Fighter’s Diet program, the biggest single influence on its design was Robb Wolf’s book on the Paleo Diet. Since moving from an Atkins-inspired low-carb diet, to a Paleo-style program I’ve dropped weight and seen improvements in my training. I’m a big convert.
When I started working Paleo concepts into my diet, it was pretty easy at first. Eggs and fruit in the morning. Meat and veggies at night. Wash, rinse, repeat… However, just working off the basic stand by meals can get boring. That’s why I’m so glad this book was created!
Paleo Comfort Foods: Homestyle Cooking for a Gluten-Free Kitchen by Julie Sullivan Mayfield and Charles Mayfield gives an awesome introduction to cooking creative dishes using only “real food.” They give you great alternatives to things you may be missing like muffins, tortillas, fried chicken and (this one is dangerous) chocolate cake! All of these things made with ingredients that aren’t full of anti-nutrients.
The book covers all sorts of basics like how to make great salsa, guac and even catsup with all the scary stuff you’ll find in the off-the-shelf products. It offers ideas for how to bake with wheat flour alternatives like almond flour and coconut flour. The Morning Glory Muffins are awesome, and totally gluten free. There is also a huge list of main dishes that you can make for you friends and family where they wouldn’t even know you’re feeding them special food. I served the Chili recipe for a crowd on New Years Eve and got rave reviews!
All the recipes have clear directions and are generally easy to follow. However, they often call for ingredients that I haven’t been able to round up at my local super market. Thus, you may need to work on shopping ahead. I’ve had to order some ingredients (like almond flour) on the internet. Also, while some of these recipes are easy, many are time consuming. Expect you’ll be spending more time working on these than the simpler recipes inside Mike Dolce’s book. But, even if it takes more time, the results are simply amazing!
One of the things I love about this book is that each recipe has an absolutely gorgeous photo with it. It’s just a really attractive books and even my daughters have enjoyed browsing it and picking recipes. Here’s a picture of my little kitchen ninjas helping me with prep work.