|| Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo ||

*Note: this is a long one folks… but worth the read and the book is so worth the buy, so go grab it now! Then get your coffee with coconut milk and let’s talk paleo.

Keeping with the paleo book theme, (read my last review: Eat Like a Dinosaur) I wanted to share with you a book that kept me busy in the kitchen this summer, and now I’ve picked it up again, to make some of the fall foods recipes  – Practical Paleo by Diane Sanfilippo of Balanced Bites blog.


Eat Like a Dinosaur : A never-had-so-much-fun-in-the-kitchen book review (and giveaway)

*This giveaway is now closed — thank you to everyone who commented! The winner is…. KAREN, who said, “I see many great reviews of this cookbook and I would love to have one, I have just discovered the Paleo diet and this would help alot!” Congrats, Karen — please send an email to: celiacinthecity@gmail.com to claim your prize!


I was lucky enough to receive a copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur a couple of months ago, and am finally getting around to talking more about it.

I’ll start out by just getting to the point — go out and get yourself a copy.

There has been plenty of chatter in the gluten-free world about following the paleo diet. Also referred to as primal or real/whole foods. I was intrigued by it all, so I started following along on some of the blogs and Facebook pages: Balanced Bites, Paleo Parents, (also known as Matt and Stacy, the authors of ELaD)  PaleOMG, Mark’s Daily Apple, to name a few faves.  (Next up in the reviews is Practical Paleo from Diane, over at Balanced Bites.)

Like I said, I was gifted a copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur, from their publishing company several months ago, but because my “dinosaurs” are in Minnesota with their mama, my celiac sista, we had to use Skype to introduce them to the book.

One of the first chapters is actually in storybook form, about a little boy who went from pizza Fridays at school to a very different way of eating (like a dinosaur…and liked it!) – thanks to technology, I was able to read it to them and get them tuned in to the idea of trying some new eating habits.

This summer they came to stay with us for a week, so we dove into the book on the first day, and worked our way through it during their stay. (and their mama was busy trying out some recipes at home too — like this Spaghetti with Meatballs dish, made with spaghetti squash.)

training my sister to take a photo of all her meals too


{Friday Photos}

Welcome to Friday Photos, a weekly feature here on Celiac in the City — you can read how it all started by clicking HERE.

Hello, Friday.

  • This was taken on the way to La Crosse today — to meet up with my sister, mamasita and ALL the boys.
  • My two best buddies are coming to stay with us ALL week.
  • They already want to: make ice cream, go to the Betty Brinn museum, go swimming, bake cookies, go to Discovery World, visit Mark’s parents, (they have dogs and a big yard) go to the lake, and play tag.
  • I may need a nap.
  • Or a margarita.

Hello, French Dip.

  • Served on Molly’s Gluten Free Bakery bun.
  • Tastes so much better when people go out of their way to make a recipe GF for you.
  • My sister-in-law rocks.

Hello, make ahead breakfast.

Hello, simple lunch.

  • All it takes is hard boiled eggs, a little mayo, smidge of mustard, and some salt and pepper.
  • Served on Canyon Bakehouse’s Colorado Caraway (it’s like a mock rye, but more interesting — soft, chewy, good bread.)
  • Who else loves egg salad?

Hello, Practical Paleo.

  • Cannot wait to dig into this book.
  • I realize that may be hard to believe after seeing all of the other photos in this post.
  • Already loving the layout and marking 34 recipes I want to make this week.
  • I realize that may be impossible with my buddies staying over, but they like to hang in the kitchen, so let’s hope for the best.
  • Snag your copy on pre-order from Amazon. (like right now, go!)
  • Might as well check out the blog too. 🙂

Hello, healthy cookbook.

photo source

  • The pictures are stunning — and not just a few photos in the book, we’re talking big, beautiful photos of every single recipe.
  • These recipes are simple and easy to follow, perfect for a newbie to the GF diet.
  • I’m giving away a copy of this book at our GF Get Together on Tuesday.
  • You should come, so you can make things like this…

  • I already did make some of the recipes from the book — and I know I’ll make plenty more.
  • I’m loving these no-bake cookies.

  • I’ve never had quinoa for breakfast.
  • I think I should more often.

  • Grab your copy of The Healthy Gluten-Free Life today.
  • We could all use a little more healthy in our lives, right?
  • Am I the only one who hadn’t had quinoa for breakfast yet?