Paleo by Season by Pete Servold of Pete’s Paleo (a giveaway and an interview)

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.

Paleo By Season CoverWhat’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

Carrot Pistou

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 <<

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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!

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    1. loveyland
      August 11, 2014

      Going paleo is much easier if you base your meal planning on vegetables and then adding fats and proteins that are complimentary. And eat until you are full.

    2. August 11, 2014

      My tip would be to not over complicate your food and menu. You don’t need to go out and buy 16 different types of flour so you can make a bunch of cookies and cakes. Go back to the basics of food; meat, veggies, fruit and fat and it is not as overwhelming.

      This book looks amazing! 🙂

    3. August 11, 2014

      My biggest tip would be to plan ahead. Pick a few meals for the week then go to the grocery store and only buy the items you need. This cuts down on waste and also prevents you from any naughty impulse buys.

    4. staceyacooke
      August 11, 2014

      Plan your meals for the week, focus on the basics and keep it simple. Always make extra so you can eat leftovers for lunch. Use that crock pot when you start to feel like there isn’t enough time in the day to cook a good dinner.

    5. Cristal Porter
      Cristal Porter
      August 11, 2014

      My best tip for going Paleo is planning ahead. This will help you to avoid those moments of intense craving that will inevitably come.

      One of my biggest challenges is ignoring the uneducated opinions of others. People seem to be OK with others eating McDonald’s, desserts, and fried anything, but the second you mention that you include animal protein and healthy fats in your diet, they flip out a little. So sad.

    6. ladynna11
      August 11, 2014

      The paleo way has made us feel so much better, but you do need to plan ahead. However, setting up meals for the week helps, especially with that “what’s for dinner” question from the family. Our biggest stumbling block is when we eat out. The temptations are rife, so we have to work on being focused. Although, when we do have that beer or fried whatever, I always remind myself that tomorrow’s another day.

    7. fallenromances
      August 11, 2014

      My best tip would be to keep your dishes simple. Create your plate around lots of veggies, pastured protein and healthy fats.

    8. kellyeliz07
      August 11, 2014

      My best tip would be to not fall into a rut of eating the same foods, while still maintaining a diet that isn’t too overwhelming for your creativity and budget. I do this buy sticking to a relatively simple breakfast and lunch routine (eggs and turkey sausage with fruit most mornings and tuna, avocado, and salsa salad for lunch) and making dinner meals my time to get creative and fun 🙂

    9. jmosack
      August 11, 2014

      My best paleo beginners tip is find a blog or a cookbook that you relate to and just start cooking through the recipes. This is how I started and then never stopped. I also think making extra portions of proteins when you’re cooking makes breakfast or lunch the next day much easier!

    10. greenavocado
      August 11, 2014

      My best tip is to throw away or give away all the foods in your house that are not part of the paleo diet. And if you’re living with someone who decides to bring home chocolate glazed donuts, ask him/her to eat them outside 😉

    11. ReneeS
      August 11, 2014

      Being social, Esp going out w friends and trying to avoid alcohol.

    12. jsmphoto
      August 12, 2014

      Going Paleo? Jump right in! Maybe with a Whole30. That’s what I did. And my biggest challenge is after a year I still can’t get my family to convert.

    13. bldent
      August 12, 2014

      My best tip is to plan ahead but be simple by converting a main protein into different meals throughout the week to keep boredom from setting in– for example, roast chicken with the skin on at the beginning of the week for the first meal, then use some of the leftover meat for a soup with bone broth the next day, a chicken avocado lettuce wrap the following, saute with garlic and put over spaghetti squash the next, etc.

    14. eatrunworkplay
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest tip would be to meal plan and make Mayo! Everything taste great with homemade mayo!

    15. eatrunworkplay
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest tip- make homemade mayo! Everything taste great with it, it’s versatile and it’s so delicious!!

    16. saraw33
      August 12, 2014

      I have found the longer that I stick with Paleo the less I miss foods I used to eat like pizza and bread. The hardest thing is eating out in my small town.

    17. henesy67
      August 12, 2014

      My advice is always, if it has a bar code, it’s not food!

    18. brentrains
      August 12, 2014

      Planning is so essential. Without a plan, I fail.

    19. sgoeller
      August 12, 2014

      My tip is to focus on what you CAN eat as opposed to what you cannot eat.

    20. lilypolo
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest stumbling block is my favorite snack: corn chips and salsa. I haven’t yet found a great replacement/better salsa carrier than regular old corn chips!

    21. cjsorel
      August 12, 2014

      keep it simple and think basic real food. Go to the farmers market and find a meat farmer. Stay out of the middle of the store

    22. jrwarfield
      August 12, 2014

      The cost and constant prep of food is my biggest stumblng block for Paleo.

    23. elizagren
      August 12, 2014

      Always have a big pot of soup in the fridge, you can always throw in an egg as it’s cooking!

    24. August 12, 2014

      I think the best tip I have is to replace grains with leafy greens. I think making Paleo specific meals is a great treat but sometimes I am just worn out and want to fall back on my old favorites. For example, I make tacos, burgers, or simple sandwich fixings and put them on top of mixed greens with the appropriate sauce instead of salad dressing (salsa, ketchup, mustard, etc.). I do this with pasta as well by trying to load up the sauce with as much meat and veggies as I can before putting in on top of the greens. It usually isn’t as delicious as a paleo-specific meal, but is still good and acts as a nice stopgap when I don’t have the energy or creativity to make a more complicated meal.

    25. keenerkitchen
      August 12, 2014

      The best tip for people going Paleo is to keep the meals simple at first. It can be very overwhelming when you are used to supplementing meals with bread, pasta, etc., and then switching to vegetables, meat, fruit & nuts. Stick with simple recipes first and get comfortable with the lifestyle. The biggest stumbling block when eating Paleo is when meals are not prepared ahead of time. It is then easy to go and pick something up that will more than likely derail your Paleo train. Being prepared for the week ahead is the key to success!

    26. Daisy
      August 12, 2014

      Keep it fun and don’t stress over it all at once! If you need to start small do it, or if you think you can go in full throttle go for it but just remember success takes time!

    27. Firefly758
      August 12, 2014

      When transitioning to Paleo take it one step at a time. I stumbled across “Make it Paleo” while looking for a gluten free cookbook after being diagnosed celiac. I learned more about cooking meats and vegetables and slowly added new foods and skills, like making bone broth. Gluten free grains and pastas eventually just didn’t cut it anymore for me and were replaced by nutrient-dense whole foods. Be open and willing to change and let your body be your guide as you find the version of Paleo that works best for you.

    28. photoheidi
      August 12, 2014

      Tip: always cook more than you need for just that one meal. Having leftovers for the week for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner makes life so much easier! It also helps avoid poor choices when you’re hungry if you already have that yummy Paleo leftover ready to eat 🙂

    29. debbiethebeau
      August 12, 2014

      Best advice for paleo enjoyment is eat the best meats & veggies you can find. Don’t settle for less!

    30. Scott.H
      August 12, 2014

      The thing that has helped me most is making sure you’ve stocked up on healthy fats. If they’re not handy, you’ll be more tempted to eat more of other foods than you need, taking the emphasis off fats.

    31. Kimberly Elizabeth
      August 12, 2014

      My best tip with Paleo is to focus on how the food you eat makes your body feel. Really be in tune with your body. I keep it simple – avoid the foods that make you feel crappy or off the walls – and keep eating the real food that makes you feel great. For me it finally clicked when I wasn’t obsessing over every detail but paying attention to helping my body flourish – and those foods always happen to be Paleo.

    32. RottenBadger
      August 12, 2014

      I really want to try Paleo and I’ve wanted so for a long time now, but my biggest stumbling block is: The price of meat. I live in a country were supermarkets sell bad quality meat at a very high price. The biological meat (equal to grassfed?) is even more expensive and the size is so small that you would have to buy at least two pieces for one meal. So let’s say I cook paleo for my husband, my son and me: 5 pieces of meat a day… I just can’t afford that!

    33. August 12, 2014

      My first tip for people is to focus on the delicious foods that you can and should eat, rather than what you “can’t” eat on paleo. Mostly stick to the basics of quality meats, fats and lots of veggies rather than going out and buying a bunch of expensive new ingredients to make paleo-ified versions of your old staples. Have fun with it! Don’t look at it as a set of restrictions, but rather a fun challenge to play with new flavors and enjoy the ritual of cooking.

    34. lynneanway
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest stumbling block is having celiac and having diabetes. I’m really not sure where to start. It’s a little overwhelming. The carbs are an issue as well. Would love this book to try and learn what I believe would help me get healthier. Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

    35. DC
      August 12, 2014

      The easiest way to start paleo is to just do it. Don’t put it off and don’t beat yourself up if you have a set back, get right back into it

    36. WhiskeyCorsetta
      August 12, 2014

      Meal planning helps a lot. My biggest obstacle is when I don’t meal plan and need a quick and easy dinner and I haven’t been grocery shopping in a long time.

    37. August 12, 2014

      Planning ahead and stocking up on healthy fats. Stumbling blocks….is making “comfort” foods for my family from the CSA boxes (hubby and young son tend to stick up their noses to veggies that they are unfamiliar with).

    38. kristymcca
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest stumbling block is that I crave things like crackers or bread if I try to go completely without them. I find that the nut/coconut flour alternatives are not only expensive to make but they don’t satisfy that craving. I don’t normally eat a lot of bread but I can’t seem to give it up completely, yet.

    39. srmhockey
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest tip is to find a go-to meal that you can make when you lack motivation , inspiration, or time. For me, that is lettuce wrapped tacos. If you tend to buy a few basic staples each week, this definitely helps to be able to make this go-to meal. Also, I have clean out the fridge nights where I throw together ingredients that need to be used up with seasonings and fats in my pantry. I’m always taking a risk that it won’t taste good, but so fat this has my happened.

    40. srmhockey
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest tip is to find a go-to meal that you can make when you lack motivation , inspiration, or time. For me, that is lettuce wrapped tacos. If you tend to buy a few basic staples each week, this definitely helps to be able to make this go-to meal. Also, I have clean out the fridge nights where I throw together ingredients that need to be used up with seasonings and fats in my pantry. I’m always taking a risk that it won’t taste good, but so fat this has not happened.

    41. srmhockey
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest tip would be to have a go-to meal that you can make when you are lacking motivation, inspiration, or time. When you have a few staples that you buy most weeks at the store, this helps to accomplish this. I also would recommend having a clean out the fridge night where you structure your cooking around whatever is left in your fridge that needs to be used up along with some spices, seasonings, and fats. This fosters creativity, frugality, and enjoyment when cooking. While I am taking a risk that it could be a bad meal by experimenting like this, I’ve yet to make a meal that was an utter disaster!

    42. cacouper
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest stumbling block when it comes to Paleo goes along with my tip; keep it interesting! When I started I ate the same thing over and over again and got sick of it fast but now that I’ve become a better cook it’s gotten way easier. I still have my go-to easy/quick meals for those days when I lack the energy to cook.

    43. singout
      August 12, 2014

      The best advice I received was to forget about perfection and just focus on what works for me. Once my Whole 30 was over and I transitioned to Paleo, it was helpful to focus on how my body felt and responded to food, rather than trying to adhere to Paleo purity for the sake of purity.

    44. lbabbsalon
      August 12, 2014

      My biggest stumbling block would be that I’m allergic to coconut. Some recipes I have been able to cross over to almond milk or leave the coconut out (depending on what the recipe calls for) but there are so many wonderful looking things I would love to try/cook that coconut is a must have ingredient.

    45. ellie82
      August 13, 2014

      My biggest tip when starting out, and indeed from week to week is to plan all your meals. And then make a list and shop specifically. When I don’t plan it is sooo easy to cook and eat less healthy options. I have a list of 10 main courses which I repeat. As the weather changes I’ll add in new recipes.

    46. MarissaJ
      August 13, 2014

      Keeping only paleo friendly ingredients in your pantry and refrigerator is the key to my success! No temptation to eat other foods.

    47. Bjz610
      August 13, 2014

      For someone just starting, I would say start with the basics and create simple meal plans using similar ingredients each week. Think of Paleo as a lifestyle, not as a diet. Thinking of long term health benefits and finding new ways to eat makes it fun. Forget the “Paleo Police” and if you fall off the Wagon or binge on your favorite (insert non-Paleo dessert here), don’t stress. Tomorrow is always a new day and Paleo is progress. Make it work for your life!

    48. lizoverton1
      August 13, 2014

      Keep is simple and take it one step at a time if you need to. Not everyone is ready to just jump right in. Small steps add up to huge achievements over time.

    49. Davis77379
      August 13, 2014

      My biggest advice would be to plan, plan, plan! I’m just beginning and this has made it so much easier for me. I don’t have to try to figure out what to eat everyday. Everything is already prepared down to the snacks.

    50. clean.plate
      August 13, 2014

      LOVE these comments. The biggest thing that has helped me go paleo is MEAL PREP!! Eating clean is so much easier during the week when your vegetables and meat are prepared to how you’re going to use them, and keeps you sane! Thanks for the awesome contest.

      1. August 19, 2014

        CONGRATULATIONS – Your entry was selected as the winner. Please email us your name, shipping address, and phone number, and we’ll get the book shipped to you. Enjoy!

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