Last week, my postwoman delivered a package to my door. When I opened up the package and saw my review copy of Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook by Rachael Bryant of Meatified, I felt like it was Christmas morning. I had anxiously awaited it’s release for many months.
You see, Rachel’s recipe for Pork Belly Carnitas is one of my favorite all-time AIP recipes. Seriously, I make a batch about every two weeks. They are to die for! Last time I made them, she let me know she had a new Pork Belly Carnitas recipe in her upcoming cookbook, Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook. That’s all I had to hear. I needed this cookbook!
So, obviously, the first recipe I cooked was her Pork Belly Carnitas with Apple. I really didn’t think it was possible; but, these were even better than the original recipe. I mean, these were beyond delicious! And, like all the recipes in her cookbook, they are totally AIP compliant!
After my success with the carnitas, I decided to cook Crispy Shrimp with Preserved Lemon and Chive “Mayo”. Since it was Friday night, and I didn’t feel like cooking two meals, I fed it to my hubby too. He does not eat paleo, much less AIP. Not only did I love them, he loved them! These shrimp certainly lived up to their name. They were crispy and delicious! The Preserved Lemon and Chive “Mayo” was fantastic. Another success!
Next up was the Lamb & Leek Burgers with Lemon “Cream” and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts with Lime & Crispy Shallots. Both of these were winners! The Lamb & Leek Burgers were juicy and so flavorful. The Lemon “Cream” added the perfect touch of tartness. Brussels sprouts have become one of my favorite side dishes. These did not disappoint! I loved the crispy shallots on top. Nice touch! Success number three and four!
Last on my list, Plantain Croquettes with Pancetta & Red Onion. These….were…..AWESOME! At first, I was having trouble with my plantain dough. It was totally my fault because I was being my usual trying-to-do-too-much-at-one-time self. So, I sprinkled a bit of arrowroot powder onto my hands. Boom, problem solved! Once I got that remedied, I proceeded to make the most perfect little croquettes. Mind you, they weren’t as pretty as Rachael’s; but, they were very nice. The flavor was out of this world! Success number five!
Today, I will be cooking Pan-Fried Sardines with Lime, Cilantro and Mint. This is the recipe I’ve chosen to share with you. I’m sure it will be just as delicious as all the other dishes I’ve cooked from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook. You know how I love my sardines! Enjoy!
There are still so many recipes I want to cook from Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook. I didn’t even get a chance to make any of the desserts yet. I would have loved to show you the Balsamic Roasted Strawberry Popsicles, “Soft Serve” Sundae with Salted Caramelized Plantains, or Spiced Banana-Carob Pudding with Crispy Bacon. Unfortunately, I gave up desserts for Lent; soooo, I couldn’t make any.
In Nourish: The Paleo Healing Cookbook, Rachael has proven that AIP compliant foods do not have to be bland and tasteless. Her recipes are filled with flavor and beauty. She gives us recipes to many of the foods we never thought we’d be able to eat while on the autoimmune protocol. The only problem you’ll have, is trying to decide which recipe to cook first! It’s completely filled with beautiful photographs of the most amazing foods, you’ll love eating. You’ve got to get this cookbook. It will surpass all of your expectations.
As always, I wish you good health…….and, good food!
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