The Paleo Approach Cookbook: A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul

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Those of you who have been following me for a while know that my original plan to write a complete guide to managing autoimmune disease and lifestyle was overly ambitious, and the laws of physics (and book binding) precluded me from including everything I wanted to in one single volume. Instead, I have written two books. The first is a guidebook called The Paleo Approach (now a New York Times Bestseller!  Woot!) that details how the foods we eat and the way we live our lives impacts the health of our guts and our immune systems (more info here). The second is a companion cookbook that makes the diet aspects of healing from autoimmune disease both easy and delicious!

Without further ado, the book is called:

The Paleo Approach Cookbook

A Detailed Guide to Heal Your Body and Nourish Your Soul

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What is The Paleo Approach Cookbook?

This is the official blurb:

An estimated 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. If you’re among them, you may know all too well how little modern medicine can do to alleviate your condition. But that’s no reason to give up hope. In this companion cookbook to the groundbreaking book The Paleo Approach, Sarah D. Ballantyne, Ph.D., shows you just how easy and delicious regaining your health can be.

The Paleo Approach Cookbook walks you through which foods you should eat to calm your immune system, reduce inflammation, and help your body heal itself. There’s no need to worry that “going Paleo” will break the bank or require too much time in the kitchen preparing special foods. In The Paleo Approach Cookbook, Dr. Ballantyne provides expert tips on how to make the switch easily and economically. She explains how to stay within your food budget, how to make the best use of your time in the kitchen, and where to shop for what you need. Complete food lists, shopping guides, and meal plans take the guesswork out of eating to maximize healing.

Don’t know how to cook? Dr. Ballantyne walks you through essential kitchen techniques, from chopping vegetables to using a pressure cooker safely. Armed with more than 150 delicious recipes, from breakfast staples to decadent desserts, you can reverse your disease and love every bite!

Sounds pretty great, right? But I know you want more details!

So, let me tell you more about exactly what will be included in The Paleo Approach Cookbook.

Chapter 1: What is the Paleo Approach?

The first chapter summarizes the diet that is presented in detail in The Paleo Approach. Basically, I’ll give you the rules, food lists, and some cliff notes of the whys behind which foods to exclude and which to eat more of. This means that you don’t have to own The Paleo Approach in order to follow the diet and get the full use out of this cookbook. But, if you really want to understand why certain foods are nixed while others are endorsed or want help troubleshooting, that’s what The Paleo Approach is for.


  • Complete food lists, what to eat and what not to eat
  • The importance of variety and food quality
  • Where to source foods and find unconventional ingredients
  • Priorities for tight budgets

Chapter 2: Getting Back into the Kitchen

This chapter will deal with practical nuts and bolts of cooking and eating this way. It will include lists of foods to keep in your pantry, your fridge and your freezer. This chapter will detail strategies for managing time in the kitchen and for getting the most for your dollar when working with a tight food budget. It will also walk you through some basic cooking techniques and vocabulary, and highlight the most useful kitchen tools.


  • Food lists for pantry items, fridge items and freezer items
  • Convenience Foods
  • Substitutions Guide
  • Cooking Guides and Kitchen How To’s
  • Kitchen conversions
  • Basic cooking techniques and vocabulary
  • Tips on managing time in the kitchen

Chapter 3: Meal Plans & Shopping Guides

This section will include five 1-week meal plans, each designed to balance nutrients. Each meal plan will include a shopping list and an “on hand” list. These meal plans will also take into account that most of us have less time to prepare food during weekdays compared to weekends and include suggestions for items that can be made ahead to make the week more manageable.


  • Six complete 1-week meal plans
  • Two meal plans are low FODMAP
  • Complete shopping lists for each week
  • Plan-Ahead guides to save time during the week
  • Snack suggestions

Chapter 4: Kitchen Staples & Basic Techniques

Green Tea Pickles from The Paleo Approach CookbookThis chapter includes recipes for basic foods that either are frequently used as ingredients in other dishes (like broth or coconut milk) or that you might enjoy as a side dish (like various fermented vegetables).


  • Perfectly crisp bacon and bacon bits
  • Homemade coconut milk
  • Yeast-free coconut milk yogurt (pictured on the cover)
  • Simple sauerkraut
  • Green Tea Pickles
  • Fermented carrots
  • Broth, broth and more broth!
  • Easy spice blends to keep on hand
  • Cauliflower Gravy

Chapter 5: Breakfast Foods

Breakfast Sausage from The Paleo Approach CookbookOf course, any meal can be eaten first thing in the morning and it’s important to break the association of certain foods as breakfast foods. For example, you might just enjoy soup or maybe dinner leftovers for breakfast. But, the recipes in this chapter are designed to make breakfast feel much more like the traditional breakfast you’re used to.


  • 8 varieties of sausage
  • Herbal coffee
  • Breakfast hash
  • Carrot muffins
  • Bacon fruit cups
  • Plantain and Apple Fritters
  • Broiled Grapefruit

Chapter 6: Meat & Poultry

Tourtiere-Stuffed Acorn Squash from The Paleo Approach CookbookThese are staple recipes, mostly designed to give you lots of leftovers or quick meals (or both!). You’ll find a huge variety of cuts from different animals represented here, including recipes for turkey, chicken, beef, bison, lamb, and pork. There is both a nod to classic dishes like roast beef, roast chicken, and steak, and also a nod to inexpensive meal options like burgers, “spaghetti” and pork pad thai.


  • BBQ Pork Ribs (yes, that means BBQ sauce!)
  • Leg of Lamb with Mint Vinegar Sauce (pictured on the cover)
  • Garlic and Rosemary Roast Beef
  • Whole Turkey with Mofongo Stuffing
  • Pork Pie-Stuffed Acorn Squash
  • Braised Pork Chops with Apple and Fennel
  • Rustic Bison Pot Roast
  • Burgers with Balsamic-Grilled Portabello “Buns”
  • Lamb “Biryani” (pictured on the cover)

Chapter 7: Seafood

Baked Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa from The Paleo Approach CookbookSeafood is an important part of The Paleo Approach. You’ll find many different ways to cook seafood in both this chapter and in Chapter 11. This chapter has a focus both on decadent meals and on super quick and easy meals perfect for a rushed weeknight.


  • Mediterranean Mahi Mahi
  • Scalloped Hake and Oysters
  • Bacon Braised Whitefish and Brussels
  • Lemon Thyme Broiled Salmon with Blood Orange Salsa
  • Simple Baked Whitefish
  • Pomegranate Molasses-Glazed Salmon
  • Teriyaki-Poached Salmon

Chapter 8: Offal

Beef heart Stir Fry from The Paleo Approach CookbookEating “snout to tail”, including plenty of organ meat is a feature of The Paleo Approach. But that doesn’t have to mean holding your nose while you gag on liver. The recipes in this section are both designed to highlight just how delicious organ meat can be but also give you a variety of ways to hide it in your own food!  Many of these recipes include variations for similar dishes with muscle meats.


  • Thai-Inspired pork jowl (pictured on the cover)-this is one of my favorite meals EVER!
  • Steak and Kidney Pot Pie (pictured on the cover)
  • Honey Garlic Roasted Trotters
  • Beef Heart Chow Mein
  • Beef Tongue with Celeriac and Fennel Slaw
  • Hidden Liver Swedish Meatballs

Chapter 9: Soups and Stews

Rabbit Stew from The Paleo Approach CookbookSoups and stews are easy, cheap and very comforting. This chapter gives you a whole range of options, taking flavors from cuisines around the world. You’ll find some that you just throw in a pot and enjoy, while others that take a little more time to finesse gourmet flavors. There’s something for everyone in this chapter!


  • “Wonton” Soup (pictured on the cover)
  • Beef Cheek and Daikon Stew
  • Vegetable Soup with Chicken Sausage
  • Green Garden Vichyssoise
  • Beef Heart Borscht
  • Rabbit and Wild Mushroom Stew

Chapter 10: Side Dishes

Roasted Broccoflower from The Paleo Approach CookbookVegetables, vegetables, vegetables! This chapter include some “how to” type recipes, like how to braise greens and what you can mix together to make an awesome salad. It also contains a variety of truly delicious side dishes, focusing both on super easy recipes and recipes with gourmet flavors (which also happen to be pretty easy!). You’ll also find tons of possible variations of these recipes so boredom is not an option!


  • Braised Greens
  • Kale Chips
  • Roasted Broccoflower
  • Balsamic-Roasted Beets
  • Salad Dressing (6 varieties!)
  • Wild Mushrooms with Tarragon
  • Whole Carrot Tabouleh
  • Easy Broiled Asparagus
  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Roasted Butternut Squash
  • Biscuits (yes, you read that correctly!)

Chapter 11: Snacks, Appetizers and Beverages

Har Gow-Inspired Shrimp Balls from The Paleo Approach Cookbook

Many of the amuse-bouche recipes in this chapter could actually be used as lunch foods or even breakfast. But there’s also some terrific recipes in this chapter to help you entertain, or have a healthy snack to eat on the go. You’ll also find offal and seafood featured heavily in this chapter.


  • Har Gow-Inspired Shrimp Balls
  • Lox Canape
  • Smoked Salmon and Roe Endive Boats
  • Shrimp and Avocado Skewers
  • Plantain Crackers
  • Bacon and Bison Liver Pate with Fresh Fig Jam
  • Pork Rinds
  • Steamed Clams

Chapter 12: Treats

Carob Ganache Torte from The Paleo Approach CookbookYes, treats. This section includes both treats that could be enjoyed daily, like fruit salad, sorbets, and an amazing berry terrine recipe. It also includes recipes that would be appropriate for special occasions. While these recipes contain more sugar than you would want to consume on a daily basis, they avoid gut irritants and immune simulators including absolutely no grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugars, refined oils, eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, and alcohol!


  • No-Guilt Berry Terrine
  • Applesauce Spice Cake with Caramel Sauce
  • Mini Carob Ganache Torte
  • Olive Oil Ice Cream
  • Maple Shortbread Cookies
  • Strawberry Fro-Yo
  • Carob Brownie Bites

Appendices and Tear-Away Guides:

There will be several appendices, including a Yes-No-Maybe-So look-up guide for figuring out if an ingredient is Paleo Approach-friendly, a Recipe Top Ten list which highlights the recipes highest per serving in a variety of micronutrients, thumbnail index, and tear-away guides on how to read labels and each meal plan and shopping list as a tear-away guide too.


Yes, this is another BIG book. It contains over 200 recipes!  That’s about double what’s in most cookbooks at this price point.  The reason for so many recipes is to give you variety and make sure there’s something for everyone.  Some recipes are designed to be super easy to make for the novice cook.  Others are designed to only use inexpensive easy-to-find ingredients.  Others are designed to provide a sophisticated gourmet experience.   Others are focused purely on nutrient-density to help support healing.  Others are designed to challenge your comfort zone with unusual ingredients (such as offal, and one recipe uses cricket flour!) to increase variety and the nutrient content of your diet.

I hope you are just as excited about this book as I am!

Buy Your Copy Now!


Yes, there is a Kindle version of the book and it’s available on  iBooksNook and Kobo.

Once again, thank you for your continued enthusiasm and support!



All of the recipes in the cookbook will be AIP (no eggs, nuts, seeds, nightshades, grains, etc)— Tamar, Sarah’s assistant

Yay!!! I have a rare autoimmune disease called Churg-Strauss. Not sure I’ll see illness remission from the AIP diet (I also have issues with FODMAPs) since I’m on prednisone and immunosuppressive medication, but I’m going to give it a try for a while. I have a lot of symptoms that hopefully will be alleviated at least.

There is not currently a packaged deal for the books, but you can find both of them on Amazon (for upwards of 35% off), B&N, Indiebound, and Book Depository (with free international shipping). – Christina, Sarah’s assistant

I am just starting the transition to AIP using your books. I want to make the mofomgo stuffing but not stuff in the turkey. Do I need to add extra liquid (broth) to bake in a separate pan? Cant wait to feel better and try all of the recipes!

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