Review: Meals Made Simple {Plus a giveaway!}

I rarely Paleo-bake. Actually, the first few times I tried to make Paleo pancakes or Paleo muffins, it wasn’t edible. Thank goodness I work for two food bloggers, or I would never get my sweet fix on. 

But when I was flipping through Danielle Walker’s second book, Meals Made Simple, I could not stop staring at her desserts. Go figure, right? While I don’t trust my own baking skills, I have heard many compliments on Danielle’s ability to work with alternative flours. Her first book, Against All Grain, had a beautiful selection of Paleo baked treats, and the reviews all stated they tasted just like the “real” thing. Actually, I can remember the day we [Primal Palate] reviewed her first book! Hayley baked up a loaf of Danielle’s famous bread, and it was amazing. We all enjoyed Paleo toast piled high with butter. [I swear, sometimes I wish I still ate bread just so I had an excuse to eat more butter.]

Danielle Walker's Against all Grain

So I figured if I was going to try my hand at Paleo baking again, Danielle’s recipes were definitely a trusted source. I love carrot cake, but rarely have an excuse to enjoy it. I decided to give her carrot cake cupcakes a shot.

One thing is for certain: this recipe was so easy! I honestly could not believe how easily this recipe came together. There are only five steps in total, and that includes making the frosting and the whole toothpick routine. There was no way even I, a baking atrocity, could screw this up. Plus, there was only one ingredient I didn’t have on hand (coconut butter), which I always appreciate. I added raisins, which were listed as an optional ingredient, and really liked the extra texture/flavor they added. 

Against all grain carrot cake cupcakes

Besides offering simple, delicious recipes (she has a recipe for breakfast burritos, everyone. I can’t even remember the last time I had a breakfast burrito), Danielle has included helpful advice throughout the book. You will find her “Tidbits” of information listed with each recipe, including potential substitutions, where to find specialty ingredients, and make-ahead tips. You will also find her list of preferred brands, budget tips, yes/no food lists, and even a 101 on the “Dirty Dozen” rule listed at the beginning of the book. Finally, she offers you eight-week meal plans and shopping lists to help you get started. 

Against all grain carrot cake cupcakes

I made these cupcakes for my running group to enjoy after a race (hey, we need to refuel, right?), and everyone absolutely LOVED them. My teammates were pretty skeptical when I said they were Paleo cupcakes, but later everyone told me they never would have known the difference. I did make a cream cheese frosting to add to half the cupcakes, because that’s my favorite part of carrot cake. However, if you do not eat dairy, Danielle provides a dairy-free frosting recipe made from coconut. Either way, I’m sure you’ll love them! 

Against all grain carrot cake cupcakes

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To enter the giveaway, simply comment below with your favorite recipe you’ve tried on our site. It can be a Primal Palate recipe, or one from our amazing contributors! 

The prize up for grabs is a copy of Meals Made Simple! We’ll run this giveaway until Thursday, September 11 at 9pm EST. Winning entry will be chosen at random. Good luck!


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    1. maport
      September 8, 2014

      Carrot cake all day everyday!!!

    2. Almond
      September 8, 2014

      my favorite cookie recipe is your chocolate chip cookie! Perfect everytime!

    3. gapetts
      September 8, 2014

      Salmon cakes!

    4. alexrmarks
      September 8, 2014

      Lava mug cake… My boys love them for a simple quick dessert

    5. Brittelles
      September 8, 2014

      Salmon cakes- my non paleo hubby will even eat them!!

    6. Kyndal
      September 8, 2014

      I made your gut healing blueberry gummies today! I added stevia and they are perfect for a little snack. Excited about the cookbook! Its perfect timing for finding out my body doesn’t do grains well!

    7. katheryneg
      September 8, 2014

      Kind of a random one, but I LOVE the barbecue sauce. I also really love the cuban ribs from Gather, they are a staple at our house!

    8. SassyJ
      September 8, 2014

      The Gut Healing Blueberry Gummies! My 7 year old daughter can FINALLY have gummies!!! Three of 5 of us are celaic, hubby and son are intolerant – and I do MUCH MUCH MUCH better w/out grains and sugar. All 5 of us are allergic to dairy and soy. Oh I can’t wait to get my hands on this book!

    9. breannaelizabeth
      September 8, 2014

      We love the spaghetti and meatballs. Finding a paleo version of my comfort food has been amazing!

    10. AlyRae
      September 8, 2014

      YOUR carrot cake! Family said it’s THE BEST they’ve ever had- and they don’t normally even try my paleo food. My go – to impressive dessert.

    11. drkullman
      September 8, 2014

      The stuffed sweet potatoes are amazing! I can’t eat white potatoes (so sad!) and that recipe made me feel not so left out. I don’t normally love sweet potatoes, but I do when they’re made that way!!

    12. September 8, 2014

      The chocolate chip cookies. It’s always about the cookies. 🙂 But the bbq sauce is well loved too.

    13. spdaigle
      September 8, 2014

      I love the Garlic Ginger Chicken. It is delicious!

    14. nygirl1953
      September 8, 2014

      Chicken Satay!

    15. barb.mittelstaedt
      September 8, 2014

      Your chocolate chip cookies.love them

    16. carlymcgl
      September 9, 2014

      Pumpkin Spice Cakes … they are sensational and I always have a batch wrapped up individually in the freezer to take to work, on picnics, when visiting etc.

    17. Joyous
      September 9, 2014

      I think my absolute favorite recipe of yours is the General Tso’s chicken from “Gather,” And the easiest go-to recipe for me would be the Caesar dressing.

    18. September 9, 2014

      My adaptation of the Berry Cream Bars is a classic!

    19. bldent
      September 9, 2014

      A simple but great recipe is homemade marshmallows–so good!

    20. carriemak
      September 9, 2014

      Salmon cakes are my favorite!

    21. nikki03
      September 9, 2014

      Coconut fudge 🙂

    22. crossfitchick24
      September 9, 2014

      Hmmm, that Moroccan Chicken was unbelievable! It’s so hard to choose my faves! Your blog is definitely a go to for my meal planning!

    23. cjsorel
      September 9, 2014

      salmon cakes are the best

    24. Jenn3000
      September 9, 2014

      OOh! Your chocolate chip cookies are the best!

    25. josiegomez
      September 9, 2014

      Favorite recipe is the meatloaf! Love the flavor and consistency. Also love that it has liver in it. I know all of the health benefits but hate eating it; unless, of course it’s disguised in delicious meatloaf! I’ve heard amazing things about the cookies but have not had a chance to try yet.

    26. jrwarfield
      September 9, 2014

      I love your meat loaf recipe!!

      jessicarwarfield at gmail dot com

    27. Kevin P
      September 9, 2014

      Ohhh, the Pizza Margherita. The wife loves it too.

    28. dstarrb
      September 9, 2014

      Grandy Kyp’s Chicken Soup – yum!

    29. nicoleteree
      September 9, 2014

      Pancake poppers…I love that my kids eat primally but still have little things like this that are fun!

    30. mateojimmy
      September 9, 2014

      Eleanor’s spice!!! Absolutely delicious!!

    31. September 9, 2014

      Fudgy brownies!! Yummmm.

    32. Suebeetwo
      September 9, 2014

      So hard to pick a favorite! You have such a wonderful blog and great recipes. I check the site at least a few times a week for inspiration plus I have your mobile app on my iPhone to help me at the farmers market and grocery store when planning my meals! Hmm, my favorites include the chocolate cake for special occasions, the lamb meatballs with pesto, balsamic glazed meatballs, beef liver and onion meatballs, beef and bok choy stir-fry, and carrot souffle which I make often. But my all time favorite is probably the beef tagine for the flavoring.

    33. laurapappashealth
      September 9, 2014

      Love your chocolate chip cookie recipe, it’s a favorite and people have told me better than “regular” chocolate chip cookies.

    34. September 9, 2014

      I love your Chicken and Vegetable Lo Mein. It was the recipe that turned me on to your site.

    35. hps623
      September 9, 2014

      My favorite recipe is for steak fajitas from Make It Paleo.

    36. WhiskeyCorsetta
      September 9, 2014

      German Chocolate Torte! I made it for my Dad’s Birthday and everyone loved it!

    37. ruthshort
      September 9, 2014

      The chocolate chip cookies – I’ve used that recipe several times!

    38. StephanieH
      September 9, 2014

      Steak and egg with sauteed cabbage. Simple, but oh, so good!

    39. Petra
      September 9, 2014

      Beef Liver and Onion Meatballs. I would have never thought to add cinnamon with liver, but it’s so delicious!

    40. ziemba.keegan
      September 9, 2014

      My favorite on the site is the Sausage and Zucchini Pasta Bake. It was delicious!!

    41. karen.hart28
      September 9, 2014

      My favorite is your chocolate chip cookies and the crab cakes!

    42. lilypolo
      September 9, 2014

      I love making the Balsamic and Rosemary chicken. My favorite recipe in every season!


    43. edorts
      September 9, 2014

      lava mug cake, mmm!

    44. sathiera
      September 9, 2014

      I have made so many of your recipes…but right now, my family’s favorite is the Almond Flour Pancakes. I have to double or triple the recipe every time!! 🙂

    45. danisolas
      September 9, 2014

      Your site has soooooooooooo many recipes now and I have your books. It’s hard to pick a favorite. I think the next one that I will make (again) is the lasagna – https://www.primalpalate.com/paleo-recipe/zucchini-lasagna/


    46. bizzemommie
      September 9, 2014

      Coffee cake banana bread from Paleo OMG. *Thank you for this great giveaway!

    47. icalyn19
      September 9, 2014

      I have many favorites from your site but my most used would be the mayonnaise recipe. Simple, yummy, and a good base for different types of dips and dressings. Mmmmmm

    48. lorits20
      September 9, 2014

      Your chocolate chip cookies! I have my husband’s 90 yr old grandma even making them! 🙂 I just had my second baby and made and froze 4 batches so I would have some ready to go after he was born!

    49. joannabanana
      September 9, 2014

      my favorite recipe is your short ribs with bacon and garlic!!! i make it every time i get my hands on short ribs!!

    50. julia.c.caruso
      September 9, 2014

      I loved the gingerbread recipe I tried… so did all my roommates 🙂

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