Warning: Not for the paleo police!
This is a book I’d recommend for people who have already been paleo for a while and want to indulge in some of their old favourites without having to cheat with non-paleo ingredients.
We have been cooking from Danielle’s fabulous recipes for quite a while already and couldn’t wait to get our hands on the Against All Grain paleo cookbook!
First of all, with more than 150+ recipes it’s epic! Just about every single one of your old favourites are there, just made healthy with paleo ingredients. Each recipe is beautifully illustrated, the layout of the book makes it very easy to use and the photographic recipe index in the back of the book makes it very easy to find the recipe you’re looking for.
Another great feature for us aussies is that the book features a handy conversion chart too, so even though the recipes are in Fahrenheits and ounces, it’s still easy for us to use.
What I really love about this book, is that it features a whole section of kid friendly paleo recipes! From easy ways to ‘hide’ veggies in food to tasty snacks for lunch boxes. This will come very handy once our little caveboy grows a little!
The only downside is that some of the ingredients are a tad odd for us. For example, a lot of the recipes seem to call for ‘palm shortening’ – we just replaced it with coconut oil and the brownies (see below) turned out great.
Please note: If you’re only just starting paleo, we would recommend to start with a combination of It Starts With Food & Well Fed instead of using this book to paleo-fy your old kitchen staples. We think it’s important to get your head around to proper paleo thinking and detoxing from your previous eating habits before starting out with paleo pancakes or paleo bread. Having said that, if you were to indulge in said treats, the recipes in this book are much preferable to eating normal pancakes or bread!
Testing the recipes
The hardest thing was to decide which recipes to try first! We ended up making a dinner out of Barbecue Bacon Burgers and Hamburger buns with a dessert of Dark Chocolate Cake Brownies and French Vanilla Ice Cream. Yum!
Barbecue bacon burgers & hamburger buns
The hamburger buns were very quick and easy to make. While the dough felt very watery and a tad odd to handle compared to normal dough, the buns turned out beautiful and had a nice taste and texture.
The barbecue bacon burgers turned out delicious and combined with the buns the result was epic! We stacked the burgers with homemade mayo, beetroot, pineapple, onion, lettuce and tomato.
Dark chocolate cake brownies & French vanilla ice cream
The desserts were equally easy to cook. The dark chocolate cake brownies turned out amazingly rich and had a beautiful strong dark chocolate flavour without being too sweet.
Combining it with the homemade french vanilla ice cream was a match made in heaven and left even our non-paleo dinner guests speechless.
Overall verdict: utterly delicious!
We love, love, LOVE the book and warmly recommend it to everyone who has been paleo for a while and wants to indulge in the occasional treats without having to venture outside the paleo framework.
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