Monday, February 16, 2015

The Performance Paleo Cookbook {paleo cookbook review}

I was first drawn to this cookbook by its promise of fueling my body correctly fr my sport, but I soon realized it wasn't just a sports cookbook - it was a dang good cookbook! Seriously, every recipe I tried was amazingly delicious - and super simple to throw together. Plus, there are full color photos on nearly every page - and I love me a photo-filled cookbook!

This cookbook isn't organized like most cookbooks, by breakfast, lunch, and dinner, rather, it's organized by need. Here are the main chapters:

  • Pre-Workout Snacks
  • Post-Workout Refuel
  • Protein-Packed Meals to Build Strength
  • Carb-Dense Sides to Maximize Recovery
  • Nutrient-Boosting Veggie Sides
  • Tasty & Nutritious Treats
  • Scrumptious Sauces & Seasonings
Finally! A paleo cookbook that puts an emphasis on carbs! Not only is it easy to build a complete meal from these chapters {simply choose a protein, a carb and a veggie recipe}, but Stephanie has taken an extra step and provided three pages of meal combo ideas!

As for the recipes, they're cleanly laid out, easy to follow, and use common ingredients - I have 90% of the ingredients in my pantry at all times! And, as I said earlier, there is a photo for each recipe - I find this reassuring as I can compare my result to hers to see if I'm doing it "right".

Stephanie explains how to use her delicious recipes to fuel your body, based on your specific workout schedule - no matter if you workout first thing in the morning, late at night, or anywhere in between. Everything from what and when to eat, as well as how to ensure you're getting to most out of your food, is clearly laid out at the beginning of the book. Extra explanations and tid-bits are sprinkled throughout the recipe pages, making for a thoroughly complete book.

Also, macronutrients are listed for each recipe, if you need or are interested in that sort of thing.

I would definitely recommend this cookbook to anyone interested in improving their performance, regardless of the sport they practice. But even if you are active, or don't consider yourself an athlete, this book still has plenty to offer you. For example, many of the recipes are portable - which would be great for those who need grab-and-go options throughout the day. 

The hubster's personal favorite recipe? The Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Pine Nuts. My favorite recipe? The Salmon Cakes with Capers and Dill. Unfortunately, if you want to give those recipes a try, you'll have to buy the book. In the meantime, here's a teaser recipe to give you a little taste of the goodness this book holds :)

Smoked Salmon Egg Bake
Portable pre-workout protein with a smoked salmon twist - 6 servings
With their protein and healthy fat profile, eggs make a fantastic pre-workout food. They’re rich in essential nutrients like vitamin D, choline and folate and are a relatively inexpensive way to incorporate more protein into your diet. In this recipe, I bumped up the veggie content with the zucchini and green onions. Cut into squares, and take them with you on the go!
  • 1 tsp + 1 tbsp (15 mL) coconut oil
  • 1 lb (454 g) zucchini, shredded
  • 3 green onions (2 oz [57 g]), white and light green parts, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 8 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp dried dill
  • 4 oz (113 g) smoked salmon, chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/177°C and grease an 8-inch x 8-inch/20-centimeter x 20-centimeter baking dish with 1 teaspoon coconut oil.
  2. Now sweat the zucchini and green onions. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, then add 1 tablespoon/15 milliliters coconut oil. Add the zucchini, green onions, salt and pepper. Cook and stir until the veggies are wilted and lightly browned. You want most of the moisture to cook off , about 6 to 8 minutes. Let the mixture cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, beat the eggs together with the dill, then mix in the smoked salmon. When the zucchini and green onions are cool, add them to the eggs and stir until everything is well combined. Pour the mixture into the baking dish. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the center is set and not liquid.

  • FAT 11G

From The Performance Paleo Cookbook by Stephanie Gaudreau of

1 comment:

  1. I so want this book! Thanks for sharing the recipe, I'm going to try it!