Cookbook Challenge Week 4: Practical Paleo

Happy November everyone!  I will be back later to post on our Halloween experience or lack there of…

Let’s hear it for week 4 of my self-imposed cookbook challenge (see the previous weeks herehere, and here)!  Last week’s cookbook was a VERY informative one to say the least.  If you are even remotely considering the Paleo diet lifestyle and don’t know what book/cookbook to pick up…get this one stat!  Check out my posts on Paleo here, here, and here.

I decided to go with Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo, BS, NC, of Balanced Bites, when I came across it while shopping at Costco.  Sure enough this one caught my eye.  There is so much info in here that I can’t begin to fit it all in…and honestly I haven’t read my way through it yet.  I did peruse Diane’s 30-day menu plans which include a month’s worth of her recipes depending on certain issues you may have.  I feel it’s important to list these, so bear with the length of this post.  *Also, I wanted to note, she is on tour this month in Texas, so if you’re in Houston, San Antonio, or Austin, go check her out!

Half of her 400+ page book focuses on the what and why of Paleo, along with these detailed menu plans for certain health issues (that seem to cover every person I know).

Autoimmune Conditions:

  • Addison’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Asthma
  • Celiac Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Eczema
  • Grave’s Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Psoriasis
  • Raynaud’s Disease
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
  • Scleroderma
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Vitiligo

Blood Sugar Regulation:

  • Dysglycemia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Diabetes Type 1 & 2

Digestive Health

  • Leaky gut
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Colitis and Ulcerative Colitis (UC)
  • Celiac Disease (CD)

Thyroid Health:

  • Hypothyroidism (autoimmune Hashimoto’s or otherwise)
  • Hyperthyroidism

Multiple Sclerosis, Fibromyalgia, & Chronic Fatigue

Neurological Health:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Anyone seeking a ketogenic diet approach

I wouldn’t be surprised is several of you had one of these mentioned above.  If you do and are unable to get relief or need some assistance, please look into this way of eating.  Yes, it’s hard at first, but I guess to me I’d rather say ‘no’ to crap and ‘yes’ to a long, healthy life (if I can help it).  So without further ado, here was last week’s menu.


Bacon & Egg Salad

Zucchini Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes


Monday: Lemon & Artichoke Chicken

Tuesday: Spiced Lamb Meatballs with Balsamic-fig Compote

Wednesday: Cumin Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Root Vegetables

Thursday: Bacon-Wrapped Smoky Chicken Thighs (Super Easy)

Roasted Figs with Rosemary

Friday: Pesto Shrimp & Squash Fettuccine

Saturday: Hayley’s Skirt Steak Tacos

Sunday: Chorizo Meatballs


Pepita Goji Berry Bark

YUM to the above bacon-y goodness bark!  In case you didn’t notice, Diane uses bacon grease A LOT and it makes my tummy happy.  I used to be the type the threw away bacon grease (the gall!) thanks to my parents.  Then again, I grew up on well done filet mignon, beyond dried out chicken breast, and buttery spreads-how did I ever survive!?  But as I got older and wiser and read a boatload of books, I have since mended my ways and turned a new leaf in cooking.

I thoroughly enjoy cooking these days (especially with a plan) and my hope is that sharing these super easy Paleo recipes has inspired you.  If you’re curious to give it a whirl, try out one of Diane’s 30-day menu plans and see how you feel…it won’t kill you, I promise!

Let me know if you try any of these delicious recipes and if you are a lover of bacon like I am.

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