I met Megan via the blogging world. Megan authors the blog, Freckled Italian, a site with a full mix of recipes, lifestyle, fashion, and personal posts. She also teaches blogging classes here in Charlotte. Speaking of, if you haven’t checked out Skill Pop CLT, you definitely should! These recipes for Paleo Barbecued Chicken and Kale Salad with Pecans and Apples are inspired by her new cookbook, The Big 15 Paleo.
Megan has compiled her recipes and is releasing her first cookbook this week! The Big 15 Paleo, 15 Fundamental Ingredients, 150 Paleo Diet Recipes, 450 Variations, has some of the most approachable paleo recipes I have encountered. She stays away from obscure ingredients and focuses on the basics of her diet. She shows you how to cook healthy staples, including kale and cauliflower, in a variety of ways, and she included some gorgeous food photography. Megan began the paleo way of eating several years ago when she realized gluten, dairy, and refined sugar were affecting her health and how she felt. She is not pushy about it, though, and approaches this popular eating plan in a down-to-earth way. Included in her book are the recipes and motivation behind this Paleo Barbecued Chicken and Kale Salad with Pecans and Apples.
I received an advance copy of the book, and tried two recipes. I made her Paleo BBQ Sauce and used it on Barbecue Chicken with Grilled Pineapple. I also made her Kale, Apple, Pecan and Bacon salad and I grilled some sweet potato fries. The meal was light, fresh, and was plenty filling without any refined sugar, wheat, or dairy.
Her Paleo BBQ sauce includes pineapple juice, so I thought that adding some grilled pineapple slices to the dinner would add a perfect touch of sweetness.
The Big 15 Paleo cookbook is available on Amazon, and is currently on a pre-order discount through tomorrow!
I received a copy of The Big 15 Paleo to review, but all opinions and photos are my own.