This week’s October Unprocessed Meal Plan dinners have been based around my recently acquired Weeknight Paleo cookbook by Amber Beam. I saw Amber was selling the eBook version of this tasty looking cookbook for a steal at $9.99 and decided to pick up a copy – I was so impressed that I went to Amber to ask if she would donate one to give away here (I love sharing the love when I find a great product!).
Amber generously agreed to donate not one but 2 copies of the Weeknight Paleo eBook – 9 Weeks of Quick & Easy Gluten Free Meals, and is offering a special discount to Becoming Crunchy readers as well (let’s just say that while the $9.99 deal is no longer available, you’ll still get to take advantage of it!).
So what’s so special about this cookbook?
To start – it’s all real food, all the time. Yes, it is Paleo – and I know not everyone is into that bandwagon, but even if you’re not all about the grain free I can promise you you’ll love this book if you’re at all into real food cooking. These recipes rock the unprocessed ideal – and with all the concern over GMOs, dyes, sweeteners, and all around fake food, it’s always helpful to add as many real food options as possible to your arsenal.
Especially because this real food cookbook is simple! It’s not named Weeknight Paleo for nothing.
My husband and I both work full time and facing the cooking for dinner is one of my biggest challenges. I’d say I succeed about 60-70% of the time, which is far below the mark as far as I’m concerned. Tell me I can cook a real food meal and have it on the table in around 30 minutes and I’m there.
I have to say, Amber delivers on her promise with these recipes. They are amazing – totally the kind that look/taste like you spent hours on them when it was really more like minutes.
A lot of that is the way this book is written. You get a shopping list for the beginning of the week – I can’t tell you how grateful I was for this feature! All I had to do was copy it down and go to the store – no thinking involved.
Then there are the make ahead instructions – Amber tells you exactly what you can make on Sunday to get ahead for Monday.
Finally, there is the key use of leftovers – but not in a boring way! Turning Surf & Turf from Monday into a Spicy Steak Stir Fry for Tuesday was so tasty and so simple – and we even had enough leftovers for lunches, saving even more time!
The other thing I love about the recipes in Weeknight Paleo is their ‘do-able-ness’. You don’t have to go out and get a bunch of weird ingredients; if you are not strictly paleo there are plenty of things you can sub in from your own pantry, and if you are paleo you will love the spins on tons of ‘traditional’ dishes provided here – and the awesome variety – you won’t ever feel like you’re doing the same tired dish over and over.
Overall, I highly recommend the Weeknight Paleo cookbook for anyone trying to move toward more real food choices, and especially for those strapped for time in the evenings.
As I mentioned above, Amber is offering a special discount for Becoming Crunchy readers – the first 50 readers to use the discount code CRUNCHY when you purchase at Paleo Savvy will get an eBook for $9.99. This offer is valid until 50 readers have downloaded or until October 31, whichever comes first. You can purchase the hard copy on Amazon by visiting here.
You also have the chance to win one of two copies of the Weeknight Paleo eBook by filling in the Rafflecopter entry system below. There are no mandatory entries – you may complete as many or few as you would like – all I ask is that you be honest! (Dishonest entries will not be considered).
This giveaway is open Worldwide and runs through November 2nd, 2012. 2 winners will be drawn at random. See here for full contest rules. Good luck!
Amber Beam is the author of Weeknight Paleo: 9 Weeks of Quick and Easy Gluten-Free Meals and
Paleo Savvy, a Paleo cooking blog. She develops (and devours) quick, easy, and tasty recipes that follow a grain-free, gluten-free diet. She enjoys spending time with her husband and English Bulldog, watching James Bond films, and occasionally treating herself to extraordinary chocolates.