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Review: The Performance Paleo Cookbook by Steph Gaudreau

The Performance Paleo Cookbook | lizniland.com

When I started to really focus on a less-processed way of eating and stumbled across the paleo movement, Stupid Easy Paleo was one of the websites I scraped for recipe ideas and learnt so much from. I’ve followed its creator, Steph Gaudreau, around the interwebs ever since and was so pumped when I heard she was releasing a real hold-in-your-hand cookbook chock-full of her signature speedy, simple & delicious recipes.

So full disclosure: here I am just hangin’ out with Steph in Thailand last year on a Culinary Adventure. While I don’t know her well, what I have got to know about her is that she’s incredibly passionate about helping people live healthier, more balanced and effective lives. And because she’s a life-long athlete herself, Steph has a special interest in forging paleo-fueled sports superstars.

Just hanging out | When in Chiang Mai: Elephants & Ziplining | lizniland.com

The Performance Paleo Cookbook is written “for anyone who is passionate about performance” but alongside the recipes for pre-workout protein hits, shakes and post-workout carbs, you’ll also find recipes like Apple Fennel Slow Cooker Chicken and Blackened Fish Soft Tacos with Mango Slaw. And they are hardly worth hiding from the more casual athletes amongst us!

My most favourite recipe in the book would have to be the Hasselback Sweet Potatoes. My dad would occasionally roast us up a batch of white potato hasselbacks and while they were delicious, I think the sweet potatoes are a much more impressive vehicle for hasselbackin’. They take a while in the oven but I reckon it’s totally worth the effort.

Hasselback sweet potatoes | Performance Paleo | lizniland.com

One thing I love about Steph’s recipes is that she rarely uses where-the-hell-am-I-supposed-to-buy-that ingredients. Relying on the beauty of natural flavour combinations and herbs & spices, Steph still churns out deceptively simple, dinner party-worthy feasts like Mocha-Rubbed Slow Cooker Pot Roast and Honey Garlic Lemon Chicken Wings. And if you don’t have a particular ingredient in the house, or you want to switch your proteins or veggies around, it’s all pretty foolproof in most cases. Which is pretty much what I did with the below custards.

Using the recipe for the Lemon Vanilla Custard with Blueberry Sauce, I hacked my way to a Jaffa Custard – oranges instead of lemons, a scoop of cacao and a cacao & coconut oil topping instead of the blueberry sauce. Gotta love a successful experiment!

Jaffa custard | lizniland.com

Athletes – and that’s anyone from weekend warriors to full-on sports wonders – will get the most out of The Performance Paleo Cookbook, regardless of whether you’d normally identify as “paleo”. While the book is targeted at active types, don’t think you’ll have to feed your visiting grandmother from a different tome. My granny would be happily all up on the majority of the dinner options!

If you’re a fan of Steph’s recipes from the Stupid Easy Paleo website, or you have her e-book, The Paleo Athlete, this cookbook is well worth the investment.

x Liz

Review: The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry

The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry | lizniland.com

Plenty of cookbooks have great recipes, sweet anecdotes and pretty pictures. Fewer cookbooks are worthy of a spot on the top shelf for regular inclusion in the meal planning process. And fewer cookbooks still are capable of inspiring a new way of eating and preparing food. 

Up there with my favourites Sarah Wilson’s I Quit Sugar For Life and Mel Joulwan’s Well Fed 1 & 2, Lola Berry’s The Happy Cookbook has had me shopping differently, preparing food differently and even rethinking my meal components.

Zucchini Fritters| The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry | lizniland.com

I’ve rediscovered dill, and not just for pairing with fish. I’ve simplified weeknight dinners without sacrificing flavour. I’m having messier, less Insta-pretty meals but getting bucketloads of nutrients.

Between recipes like the zucchini fritters and my favourite, Crispy salmon and kale mix-up with avocado and dill, Lola gets her holistic health coach hat on with mini wellness tutorials on topics like sleep, biophilia (the healing power of nature, fyi) and mindfulness.

Crispy salmon & kale| The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry | lizniland.com
Another favourite discovery in The Happy Cookbook has been the Superfood Bircher. I often make a full batch and leave it in a covered bowl in the fridge – it gives us both a timesaving breakfast for 3 days straight. Gotta love that! I also occasionally make smaller serves of it in grab-and-go recycled juice jars.

Superfood Bircher| The Happy Cookbook by Lola Berry | lizniland.com

If you’re looking for a cookbook that you won’t want to put away, Lola’s new one is just the ticket. While there are recipes to impress special guests (hello Paleo ganache chocolate birthday cake!), primarily The Happy Cookbook will keep you and your farmer’s market haul happily feasting all throughout the week.

x Liz

Review: Let’s Eat Paleo by The Merrymaker Sisters

I’m a cookbook fiend but in an already tightly-stuffed apartment, there’s only so many books a girl can keep in stock.

Enter, the e-book. Now normally, I do like my cookbooks to be a touch splattered with the dinners of days gone by. But, for The Merrymaker Sisters and their cute new e-book, Let’s Eat Paleo, I’ll try & keep the mess to a minimum (garlic-scented iPhone anyone?)

Let's Eat Paleo

Let’s Eat Paleo provides an easy introduction for those new to paleo life & a refreshing approach to daily dino chow for those already in the know. And if you like your paleo treat eats, The Merrymaker Sisters oblige with a variety of sweets including tarts, smoothies, cakes & brownies.

Having made a few recipes from The Merrymaker back catalogue, I was excited to see which delights had made the cut for the 50 paleo recipes included in the PDF. While there’s plenty of new additions, my favourite recipe from the girls – the De-Snicker-licious Raw Cake – deservedly makes an appearance, as does the Spinach & Leek Meache which I keep meaning to whip out. It’s got Sunday night supper written all over it!

De-snicker-licious cake

The bottom half of this extravaganza I made last year is the De-Snicker-Licious Raw Cake – it lived up to its name!

Other recipes I can’t wait to crack out include Sweet Potato & Kale Pancakes, Raw Bircher Muesli, Mustard & Chive Scones, Lamb Korma in the Slow Cooker and Shepherd’s Pie in a Capsicum (why did I not think of this!?). I’ve also got the Creamy Chicken & Tomato Pasta plotted into the meal planner this week – stay tuned for my verdict & happy snaps later in the week.

In addition to the recipes, there’s an inspiring intro which focuses on the paleo lifestyle, not just the paleo diet. It’s obvious from the blog & Instagram feed The Merrymaker Sisters maintain that they’re active little vegemites who know there’s more to maintaining health & wellbeing than running endless kilometres on the treaddie! It’s so great to see this attitude being spread by young Aussie women.

If you want some fun foodspiration, a way to support young local talent or just a handy little e-cookbook, Let’s Eat Paleo is a splatter-proof investment.