Hi Friends, We’re excited to bring you a fun interview and giveaway today. A few months back while we were at Paleo Fx in Austin, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our favorite people. Pete (from Pete’s Paleo) definitely falls into rank as one of the coolest people to talk to about Paleo cooking. A seasoned chef, Pete has built a hugely successful Paleo meal delivery business based out of sunny San Diego. Pete’s Paleo aims to make clean paleo eating accessible to those that might not know where to start in the kitchen (or might not have time to cook). Similarly, his new cookbook, which he co-authored with his wife and photographer Sarah, seeks to accomplish the same mission – to make Paleo eating delicious and accessible for anyone.
What’s different about Paleo by Season?
With so many new Paleo cookbooks on the market, that seems to be the million dollar question. What sets this book apart from others? Well to start, Pete is a classically trained chef who studied at Le Cordon Bleu. In Paleo By Season, you’re going to be walked through how to cook your way through a CSA box. If you don’t have community supported agriculture (CSA) in your area, it’s all still relevant. Pete shows you how to take advantage of the best seasonal ingredients, just like a restaurant chef would. And finally, this cookbook comes at Paleo from the cuisine angle. Here are just some of the dishes you’re going to be inspired to make:
Panang Duck Curry
Bacon and Shaved Brussels Sprouts Salad
Pulled Creole Braised Chicken
Mushroom Ragout with Gremolata
Those aren’t just offered up to pepper the book with fancy culinary terms. The hand picked dishes that Pete selected for this book were all thoughtfully chosen to provide recipes across multiple cuisines, skill levels, and taste preferences. Beginners won’t be overwhelmed (we promise), and people with serious cooking skills can skip right to the “full difficulty” recipes. It sounds cliche, but there really is something for everyone in this book. Beyond being a Paleo power couple, Pete and Sarah have also become good friends of ours over the last few years. We remember Diane (Sanfilippo) telling us “you’ll LOVE Pete and Sarah” and we thought “okay, they sound awesome, so probably.” We got to finally meet them at Paleo Fx 2013, and we all instantly clicked. Even if we weren’t good friends with them, we would still tout Paleo By Season as an impressive cookbook (because IT IS). They should be extremely proud of such a beautiful and comprehensive book. As we said, we had a chance to chat with Pete at Paleo Fx this past year about their new book. (Sorry about all the background noise in the video!)
We think Paleo By Season is one of the best Paleo cookbooks of the year so far – so if you are able to, you should consider ordering a copy. This book is sure to help sharpen your skills in the kitchen and break you out of any boring meal routines you might be suffering from. Paleo by Season is available now online and wherever books are sold.
>> Order Paleo By Season on Amazon <<
(or see other books we recommend in the Primal Palate Store)
Entering the Giveaway
To enter the giveaway, simply comment below with either:
– Your best tip for people trying to go Paleo, or
– Your biggest stumbling block with eating Paleo
The prize up for grabs is a copy of Paleo By Season! We’ll run this giveaway until Friday, August 15 at 9pm EST. Winning entry will be chosen at random. Good luck!
My tip to Start Paleo is always plan ahead have everything ready especially if you’re on the go go go like me. I’ve been on Paleo for 4 months and i got to say i love i have learn so much from all this amazing bloggers and their cookbooks , love their yummy recipes and best part you can eat what ever you want and still be healthy you wont miss a thing thanks for this amazing giveaway
Plan a head and set a side a few hours each week to focus on meal prep.
My biggest tip for those starting to go paleo is to meal plan each week- plan to cook 3 or so large meals, and then eat leftovers to simplify. And to look at the menu ahead of time if eating out!
My biggest tip is meal planning! I think it’s important to set aside a big block of time one day a week to prep. For me this day is Sunday. I go to the local farmers market, a regular grocery store and back home. I’m always stocked up on nut milk bags, mason jars, and pryex containers. I roast a chicken, make almond milk, shred sweet potatoes, chop onions, freeze fruit and label all of my meats. I like to make one dish in the crockpot too. When I don’t have food prepped and ready to go into recipes I am much more likely to make a bad food decision. I also remind myself that if I’m not hungry enough to eat an apple or a plate of fish and veggies, I’m probably just bored!
i definitely think making a bunch of foods to have ready is very helpful!! i don’t always have time to cook on days that i work so i hardboil a ton of eggs, make a big meat dish, and roast a lot of different veggies. i also live off of epic bars, canned fish, and beef sticks!
i make a ton of meals to take to work and to have when i get home. i rarely feel like cooking after a long day so this is helpful.
Eggs and bacon for breakfast!
Making meals ahead and also making a meal plan helps. Whenever I don’t have a plan is when I end up cheating!
My tip is also my stumbling block…. When I first went paleo I spent a lot of time recreating what I was already eating to fit within the confines of “the paleo diet.” This was really helpful in terms of transitioning to a new eating style but it also impeded my progress. As I learned more about what it means to eat for optimum health, I reduced my treat intake and I began to heal a lot quicker but I still think there is a time and a place for paleo friendly goodies.
My biggest stumbling block is finding quick take out meals on the go. I work in a facility that does not offer cafeteria style lunches, they sell a few salads but mostly snacks (chips, chocolate bars, etc.) If I don’t prepare nutritious food for my 12 hour shift I’m out of luck for purchasing anything. So All these tips of meal prep. are key on! 😀
My biggest stumbling block is not giving into the cravings for non-paleo foods.
My biggest stumbling block was allowing myself A LOT of treats while I was pregnant (mostly paleo, but lots of sugar!). Now that I am no longer pregnant, I am having massive sugar cravings. Really hard to get back to being fully healthy/paleo!
I’m a newbie with Paleo. My biggest challenge is letting go of sweets! I have high cholesterol and worry about using coconut oil and coconut milk due to saturated fat. If I can’t bring down my cholesterol, I’m going on a statin, which I do NOT want to do!!
biggest stumbling block: going without dairy in my coffee. trying to find a balance in the world of quality heavy cream or half n half, but even the tastiest home made almond milk just doesn’t even come close.
I am within my first quarter-year of strict Paleo. My greatest food-related stumbling block thus far has been what to do when one is ill or too exhausted to cook dinner? I’m a homemaker, and have been making food fresh each day. This is wonderful most of the time, but every now and again, I feel too tired to move. Some days I don’t eat at all, but that leads to a downward spiral of no energy It would be great to know of something super simple to make to eat out of ingredients that I could successfully have on-hand on a regular basis.
I’m a homemaker, and I tend to cook our meals fresh daily. In most cases, this is a great thing, but not always. Some days I feel like I have no energy at all, and even healthy people can catch a bad cold every now and again. My stumbling block has been days like these. What can people do when they don’t have the energy to make the meal they had planned? I would love to know of a quick-and-easy dish to make from non-perishable ingredients that I can keep around the house for days like these.
By far my biggest stumbling block with eating paleo is food preparation and diversity. While I love experimenting with recipes … I find myself sticking with trusted favorites simply out of ease of cooking. Because at the end of the day … if I didn’t meal plan or prep, I fall back to tried and true favorites. Sigh! How’s that for laziness. Ha ha 🙂 A forever work in progress, right?!?
By far my biggest stumbling block with eating paleo is food preparation and diversity. While I love experimenting with recipes … I find myself sticking with trusted favorites simply out of ease of cooking. Because at the end of the day … if I didn’t meal plan or prep, I fall back to tried and true favorites. Sigh! How’s that for laziness. Ha ha 🙂 A foreveBy far my biggest stumbling block with eating paleo is food preparation and diversity. While I love experimenting with recipes … I find myself sticking with trusted favorites simply out of ease of cooking. Because at the end of the day … if I didn’t meal plan or prep, I fall back to tried and true favorites. Sigh! How’s that for laziness. Ha ha 🙂 A forever work in progress, right?!?r work in progress, right?!
Don’t throw out all your NON PALEO items. Read them. Inspect then. Know WHY they aren’t good for your foundational health and only THEN decide to toss them or not. Knowing the WHY is so critical to being able to stick with the lifestyle. Cheers!
My biggest tip is to be simple!!
All those wonderful recipes out there can be super duper overwhelming! Stick to a protein, then fat, then veggies at every meal when you first start eating Paleo. Then as you get used to that, add one maybe two new recipes at time.
I love this advice! I tell my friends, prepare your cupboards and buy a food processor!!
My tip for beginners is to focus on the foods that are part of the diet and not what isn’t. I often hear, “But you can’t eat bread? No “carbs”? What, no dairy?…” Once you start following a Paleo diet the foods I thought I would miss rarely cross my mind! And I am often told I eat a better lunch than my coworkers have for dinner! Keeping your focus on the “cans” instead of “can nots” will open the door to a new world!
My biggest stumbling block has been overcoming those emotional comfort food cheats. Pizza does me in, and I tend to do without rather than a paleo version. My biggest win going paleo has been learning how good nourishes me and the things my body doesn’t tolerate. It’s an ever evolving process and just giving myself a break and eliminating judgements around food has been huge!
My tip for going paleo is to keep all the food in your house “paleo approved.” If it’s not there you won’t eat it, and you also learn to cook and be creative with the wonderful foods that will make you feel great! 🙂
My tips for someone who’s trying paleo would be to plan ahead, try out some recipes that look appealing, and just find what works for you! 🙂
Looks like a great book.
Biggest stumbling block is social events, which are ALL about the food rarely include anything paleo-friendly.
For those who may be considering Paleo, my tip would be (cliche but true!): remember the importance of having fun with it. My fiance cannot tolerate dairy and has Celiac disease so we literally HAVE to eat by the Paleo guidelines. A lot of people see our situation as “sad” but honestly, it is so fun for us. We’ve got our own garden, are CSA members, and have built back healthy relationships with food! Eating this way isn’t a chore or a bore when you put yourself in the mindset that you are being so good to your body!
I am new to paleo eating but what has worked for me is making small changes instead of going cold turkey, hey some people can do it but I’m trying to not change only my eating but a family if 6. So I started with breakfast foods now we eat paleo breakfast. Now I’m in the second phase paleo lunches which is pretty challenging because of school but it is doable! So make small changes they do count!!
My biggest stumbling block which is also a tip involves going to restaurants. I have found that I wanted to avoid going out to eat with friends in fear that my meal wouldn’t be Paleo – and that’s no fun! I’m a bit shy so I am never one to make a fuss/be one of those “ugh” people who asks a million questions when ordering a meal. But, I’ve learned that most restaurants have an email address on their website and I have found if I look at menus and then email the restaurants, they are more than willing to answer all my questions. You can also call and I have spoken w/a few chefs, who have been more than accommodating. Then, when I’m out with friends, I already know what I can and can’t eat and how to order it! All that being said, I still am cooking way more than going out to eat and WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK!
My biggest block is I react to a lot of different foods so I get nervous trying new things but I’m sick of eating the same foods all the time. I always look for new recipes but I get overwhelmed since I’m not the best cook! Haha happy I found your site!!
Biggest stumbling block is chips and salsa! Salsa may be great but I miss the vehicle to put it in my belly!
Okay everyone! Entries are officially CLOSED! We will announce the winner tomorrow! Thanks to everyone that entered!
Definitely buy in bulk. Get a whole or half cow from a local farmer you trust. That’s a great way to start.