EveryDay Paleo by Sarah Fragoso
It wasn’t by a sudden interest in health that led us to “Paleo” – more like a super slow processing of information and research that slowly winded its way to the knowledge of how we should eat, but unsure of wading through billions of recipes and picking through ingredients. Actually, we knew we wanted to eat Paleo/Primal FAR before we knew it even had a name! Once I had a name for this “way of eating” we’d basically been researching before it even had a name, I wanted to know WHERE I could find the best recipes…ever.
You see, I wanted foods that we’d eat. All of us – my meat-loving-huge-portion-eating husband, my picky 5 year old, and my 3 year old who will try most things once. And me… I wanted food that would fill me and not leave me TIRED and hungry while literally running after 3 kids all day long.
I kept getting pointed back to Sarah Fragoso and her two cookbooks – and after introducing myself, Mrs. Fragoso sent me her books so we could check them out and share our findings with our awesome readers (YOU!)
Let’s start with Everyday Paleo:
First, Sarah begins with an intro to Paleo and WHY Paleo is important. Then, she writes about her story and how Paleo has affected her and her family’s life – which I can really appreciate. She’s a mom who has had to make her own way – not someone who just had endless income and was bored at home with nothing else to do but make healthy food and “trail-blaze.” She is normal (and busy)!
Next, she addresses CHANGE and how to get your family on board. I have to say, this is one of my favorite sections! Beyond just getting them to AGREE (or being stealth and “hiding extra veggies”) is a good look at what it means for your kids school lunches and beyond! She covers it all!
Then, over 200 pages of RECIPES! With photographs! –All divided up by category! AND, she even goes over shopping lists, types of kitchen cookware you will need, etc so you can be prepared BEFORE you get home from your huge shopping trip.
In the back of the book are meal plans, workout plans (even workouts that include a partner or a baby!), and a pictorial index of recipes… HOORAY!
This book is a great all-in-one find and the food recipes are definitely not lacking. Sarah provides fresh, colorful, and tasty dinner options that will satisfy and leave you looking forward to leftovers! From Pear Salad to Jambalaya to Meatballs and more, your family won’t be missing chemical-laden processed foods all that much!
Next up – Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook: This book is primarily a cookbook – Sarah includes a great introduction of her family and self and of course, Paleo. She talks about the foods that are focused on in the Paleo lifestyle and gives even more attention to making Paleo work with kids and school lunches. Then, on to the great recipes with the same great pictorial recipe index to find recipes quickly! (Note: the recipes in each book are different…and great!!)
Check out the books on Amazon (see links above) to see some of the recipes/photographs.
These books are great and a huge timesaver!!