Friday, November 8, 2019

Freeform Friday: The Big Book of Paleo Pressure Cooking + 6 FABULOUS RECIPES + A GIVEAWAY

Today's post is about two of my favorite things.  Books & food.  Hold on to your aprons, people!

We couldn't be prouder of former RFS cookbook reviewer 
and current Rock-Star-Goddess Food Blogger, Natalie Perry of Perry's Plate.  
Her most recent baby -- and by 'baby' we mean her latest cookbook -- just turned ONE year old!

That makes now the perfect time to spotlight her cookbook and talk about several of the recipes inside, which have become instant family favorites.  And if that isn't enough, 
Natalie has graciously given us the link to enter her awesome GIVEAWAY!
(keep reading....)

There's a lot to get through, so without further adieu I give you....

Voila!  Look at that cover!  Don't you just want to lick it?!
I'll save you the painful papercuts. It's crisp, with notes of paper, and has a dry, printer-ink finish.
Trust me, the real thing is muuuuch better.

I wanted to give this cookbook a really good go (the last one was BOMB),
so these are the recipes I made for my family of six:
(Psssst. See those links down below. 
Those are to actual recipes. Give them a try!)

Creamy Hot Chocolate for a Crowd
Gingered Apple Cider
Cabbage Roll Soup
40-Minute Steak Pho
Zuppa Toscana
Vegetarian Paleo Chili
Hearty Steak & Potato Chili
Basic Shredded Beef
Sloppy Joe-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Soft or Hard Cooked Eggs
BLT Egg Salad
Gyro-Inspired Shredded Beef and Tzatziki Sauce
Pot Roast w/ Balsamic Gravy
Veggie-Packed Taco Meat
BBQ Bacon Meatloaf and Potatoes
Home-Brined Corned Beef and Cabbage
Ancho Flank Steak with Shishito Cabbage Slaw
Mongolian Beef
Indian 'Butter' Chicken
BBQ Ranch Chicken Bites w/ Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Shredded Red Curry Chicken and Sweet Thai Slaw
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs and Artichokes
Coconut-Lime Chicken Thighs
Chicken Drumsticks with Tangy Bacon and Mustard Sauce
Roasted Ratatouille Turkey Meatloaf & Marinara
Caribbean Pineapple Pulled Pork
Teriyaki-Glazed Pork Roast
Pork and Cabbage Egg Roll Bowls
Pork and Apple Stew
Whole Steamed Potatoes

That's THIRTY mouth-watering recipes tried (many multiple times), and
my family loved 96% of them.  Yes.  I did the math.
Alas, Cabbage Roll Soup was not well-received by the my kiddos,
even though Nat's kids loved it.  Ah, well.  You can't win 'em all.

Since it would be fairly ridiculous (not to mention time-consuming) to try to give you my thoughts on all thirty recipes, I've tortuously narrowed it down to my family's top five favorites, in no particular order:

Top 5 Family Faves
40-Minute Steak Pho
BBQ Bacon Meatloaf and Potatoes
Indian 'Butter' Chicken
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs and Artichokes
Pork and Cabbage Egg Roll Bowls

(I have made these each at least three times, with no sign of meal fatigue)

(Note: Please forgive my pictures.  It's late as I write this and there is no-way-in-hades I'm going to hassle Nat for pictures at this hour.  So I took lame pictures of her awesome ones.  Note all the post-its of stuff I still want to try!)

Natalie's 40-Minute Steak Pho is the reason I bought a small hand-held zoodler.  It's also the reason I quickly purchased a better one so that I could make this meal more often.  Her pho is the perfect combination of savory, blow-your-mind broth, tender meat and zoodles, crunchy sprouts, and fresh herbs.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- and I have -- with not a single regret.

I like to write my family's feedback on the recipe right into the cookbook, so that I can remember what we liked about them or what I might tweak the next go round.  My notes on this one said:

  • Best dinner ever!
  • Perfect Chopstick Meal
  • Great Zoodles
  • Raved over broth -- loved with all the toppings
  • Next time cut the zoodles (or you will get one big zoodle mass) 
Okay, so that last one was kind of a rookie move.  I was a newbie zoodler.

The BBQ Bacon Meatloaf and Potatoes is this cookbook's ultimate comfort food.  I have never in my life been able to make a meatloaf that gets the kind of familial approval this one gets without even trying.  It is ridiculously easy to make and fan-freaking-tastic.  You don't have to even worry about clean up because it will be COMPLETELY GONE (maybe you'll have enough for a meatloaf sandwich the next day). 

My notes on this recipes said: 

-  Simple sauce
-  Perfect pairing with potatoes.
-  SO flavorful & moist!
-  SIX thumbs up!
-  People had thirds! Had to cut off at 4ths!

Mom confession:  This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but I intentionally cut my kids smaller slices of this one so that I can have a bigger one.  Sorry, not sorry. Don't worry.  They still get plenty.

I knew I had to try Indian 'Butter' Chicken when I read how much Natalie's kids loved it.  I have never had any other kind of Butter Chicken, so I don't have much to compare it to, but my family devoured this one.  It's got some great spices, but isn't particularly spicy,which is just about perfect if you have to feed people with a sensitive palate.

My notes on this one:

  • 6 thumps UP!
  • [Child #2] actually LICKED her plate clean!
  • Mild and flavorful
  • Miraculously 'buttery' 
  • Just the right amount of everything.  
  • Try over rice* 
*Because while Nat is Paleo and avoids rice...I am not and do not.  

Sadly, I do not have a picture of the Lemon-Garlic Chicken Thighs and Artichokes (it wasn't pictured in the book), but I do have a picture of my messy hand-written notes.  And what is it they say about pictures?  A picture is worth a thousand words.  Enough said!  This was my husband's fave.  Not sure why my family thinks lemon, artichokes, and chicken taste like "Thanksgiving", but whatevs.

I don't have a picture of the Pork & Cabbage Egg Roll Bowls either, but they are truly divine.  I made them just the other day and, can I just say, it's so nice to have my kids literally cheer (rather than groan) when I tell them what I'm making for dinner.  It feels something like -----> This meal comes together in a snap, can be served over cauliflower rice or regular (my preference), and has a comforting, savory flavor.  It's my go-to meal if I am lucky enough to have ground pork in the freezer, though I do have to make a little extra so I can scarf some for lunch the next day.

Runners Up
Literally everything else we tried -- except Cabbage Roll Soup.

I am not finished exploring this book; there are still so many recipes I want to try!  I haven't even gotten to to the appetizers or desserts yet, and oh, man, do they look scrumptious!
Based on what I've tried so far, this book has definitely earned all 5 stars!

If you would like to try some of Natalie's recipes 
follow these links give them a try!

Zuppa Toscana
Vegetarian Paleo Chili
Home-Brined Corned Beef and Cabbage
Shredded Red Curry Chicken with Slaw
Mustard-Herb Pork Loin with Maple Butter Mash
Cauliflower Puree with Rosemary and Garlic

If you'd like a chance to win this wonderful cookbook, Natalie is giving away THREE signed copies on her Instagram.
(ends 11/10/19 at 10pm Mountain Time)

In the meantime, you can visit Natalie's food blog anytime over at Perry's Plate.
And for those of you who don't yet have a pressure cooker, be sure to read our review of her first cookbook, The Big Book of Paleo Slow Cooking.  Spoiler:  We loved it!

Full disclosure: This book was gifted to me because Natalie is an awesome friend who knows
how much I loved her last cookbook. We didn't make any arrangements for me to review it.  I'm doing that of my own free-will because it's awesome and I want to share it with the world.

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