Welp, they've done it again. My amazing friends Bill & Hayley, of The Food Lover's Kitchen and “Make It Paleo” fame, have created another unbelievable masterpiece that will for sure be an absolute must-have in every Paleo chef's kitchen from here on out. These two don't miss a thing, and have made all of our lives easier for when we want to entertain while still keeping things paleo. Personally I LOVE cooking for my friends, and would do it every day of the week if I could. But I know that for some people, cooking for others is super stressful, especially when trying to stick to whole foods or accommodating food allergies and sensitivities.
This book is broken down into the four seasons and each has upwards of 25 recipes! Within each season they have designed some of the most creative, complete entertaining menus you will ever find. From simple and fun, friendly gatherings like “Takeout Fake-out” and “Birthday Celebration,” to more elaborate festivities like “A Night in Tuscany” and “Thanksgiving Feast,” you won't have any trouble finding the perfect plan for your next get-together.
I really love how Bill & Hayley even included a “Shopping and Preparation” section for each gathering. They give advice on creating the perfect ambiance to match the theme of the menu, plus how to plan out shopping for supplies and what dishes can be made ahead of time so you can spend more time hanging out with your guests (instead of stressing out in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun).
My favorite menu plan is the Takeout Fake-out. In my
former fat kid pre-paleo days, I was a pretty big fan of Chinese food (mainly because I never cooked for myself and we all know how addictive and delicious that stuff is… MSG, yum!). So when I saw a recipe for “General Tso's Chicken,” I may or may not have freaked out a little and immediately ran to the kitchen to try it out. Well we all know how this story ends: the flavors are seriously spot-on and I was so pumped that the “breading” was thick and flavorful just like I'd hoped it would be. Follow the recipe directions people and The Food Lover's Kitchen won't steer you wrong! I was so excited about writing about this book, I forgot to mention where you can buy it. Have no fear, you can click on any of the photos which will link you to the book, or you can click right HERE.
- 1/2 cup buffalo mozzarella
- 1 medium tomato thinly sliced
- 10 basil leaves
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit (163 Celsius)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your almond flour, arrowroot flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, oregano, basil, marjoram, garlic powder, onion powder, coconut oil, and eggs
- Mix thoroughly until a dough forms
- Flatten the dough to a consistent thickness of 1/4-inch, forming it into a rectangle or circle
- Bake the dough for 20 minutes or until it becomes a firm crust
- While the crust is baking, make the sauce
- In a medium saucepan, heat the fire-roasted tomatoes and tomato paste over medium heat
- Add the pressed garlic, minced onion, oregano, basil, salt and pepper
- Stir to combine, and let the sauce simmer while the crust is cooking
- When the crust is done, smooth a small portion of the sauce on the pizza, using more of less depending on your preference
- Less sauce will yield a more crispy pizza, and more sauce will yield a softer pizza. Be careful, however, as too much sauce will make it impossible to pick up the pieces
- Add the mozzarella, tomato, and basil toppings on top of the sauce and bake the pizza for an additional 20 minutes
- Turn up the heat to 400 degrees fahrenheit (205 Celsius) after 20 minutes, and cook for a final 5 minutes
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