I cannot begin to express my excitement over The Paleo Parents new cookbook, Eat Like a Dinosaur, it is exactly what I’ve needed since embarking on my own grain-free lifestyle nearly a year ago. How much easier my life would be if I could just get my kids on board!
Eat Like a Dinosaur just might be the ally you need in your quest to transition your family to a wholesome, grain-free diet. The key word in that sentence is “family.” While we can all make our own decisions as grown-ups, it can be exceptionally difficult to convince our independently minded offspring to accept the “correct” dietary choices (this never happens to you, does it?). If there is one major takeaway from this book (aside from the great recipes and tips) it would be Stacy and Matthew’s decision to radically alter their family’s diet all at once. While this “rip-the-band-aid” off approach might seem incredibly difficult to fathom with your cereal-loving posse, the logic of it does begin to make sense the more you consider it. Don’t make it a drawn-out process where your kids slowly watch their favorite foods disappear – it builds up a sense of anxiety and depression over the impending “loss” and only bad things can come of it (at least for teens and adults who have the ability to score their own food). I think I went on 4 “farewell tours” of all my favorite gluten-full restaurants before I went gluten free the first time in 2005. One tour was not enough. “Just one last time” will never come when you make too big of a production, it will only make you want to quit…before you’ve even had the chance to begin.
Of course your kids will balk at their new food (which is real food, as opposed to sugar frosted purple and pink gluten balls), and they will balk at losing their favorites whether you take them away one at a time or all at once. Think about it, would you rather deal with a week of hell while you transition (for which I highly recommend tip #3), or have a dozen little fights as you slowly remove the bad food one item per week?
More Than A Cookbook
The dinosaur inspired family story is adorable, and if your kids are dealing with visible physical symptoms related to their diet (ADHD, eczema, etc.) then this chapter will be quite helpful. I think it is critically important to help our kids understand that what they put in their mouth will directly affect how they feel, and if they want to feel better, they need to put better food in their tummy. Of course, they won’t care about this during the week of hell, but it seems to me that this story will be a great reminder of what your family is striving for.
The pictures are gorgeous which is a real plus. But what I really, really, really like about this cookbook is that every single recipe is simple enough to fit on one page. Easy and simple instructions that your kids (including your husband) can execute. Most of these recipes are very straightforward and simple, which might not sound like a plus for a cookbook, but let’s be honest: when your dealing with family life type of pressures, what we all need are dishes that are very straightforward and simple. Roasted Dijon duck breasts with wild mushroom creamy brown rice is great every once in a while, but not if you have to cook it between laundry and T-ball practice!
The illustrations by Amanda Gates are visually stimulating, bright and cheery but what I like MOST about Eat Like a Dinosaur are the little handprints over the numbered steps that are easy for children to accomplish on their own. Absolutely brilliant!
Fool’s Gold Chicken Nuggets (otherwise known as get your superheroes right!)
My kiddos absolutely flipped over the chicken nuggets, gobbling up the entire plate in mere minutes. They aren’t crunchy like most commercial chicken nuggets, the coating reminding me more of Shake ‘N Bake, which is a good thing because I used to LOVE that stuff in my former gluten-eating life! As for the Batman toothpicks, I was a little worried my boys would rebuff the non-crunchy nuggets so I devised a plan for turning them into “Kryptonite nuggets!”
Apparently, I need to brush up on my superhero knowledge because this is what I was met with:
“Um, mom? That would be SUPERMAN. Duh.”
Obviously, my attempt at circumventing a potential problem was not needed and I only made myself look like an imbecile in the process. Good one, Heidi.
50/50 Bacon Burgers
All I can say about the 50/50 Bacon Burgers (other than the fact I’ve made them 3 times this week) is OMG!!!! I’ve never had a better burger in my life. Like, ever. This recipe alone is worth the price of the cookbook. My meat-averse four year old ate 3 burgers the first night I made them. THREE!
In case you’re wondering what the orange stuff is, it’s Sriracha Mayo, an idea I got from this recipe over at Cook IT Allergy Free, simply add gluten free Sriracha sauce (to taste) to Soy-Free Vegenaise (or real mayo if eggs are allowed in your diet) and voila! A delicious dairy free alternative to cheeseburgers!
Features of the Cookbook
- 288 pages – more than recipes, includes a “how to” chapter for parents and “projects” to get the family spending time together
- illustrated kids story aims to get kids excited and thinking positively about embracing food changes
- over 100 recipes and projects which are grain-, dairy-, legume- and refined sugar-free, but not lacking in flavor or fun!
- all recipes have full color, bright, fun layout with corresponding photo – enticing to kids
- allergy-friendly book has top 8 allergens on each page and easy index in the back
- written & photographed by normal suburban family who turned their health around with switching to a “real foods” diet (lost over 200lbs, kids no longer have asthma, eczema, allergies, behavioral issues, etc.)
- All recipes are Paleo, but it’s not a Paleo specific book – it’s for all kinds of families with a wide range of food habits – including those with allergies, WAPF, GFCF or simply trying to eat better.
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Stacy and Matt have given me an extra copy of Eat Like a Dinosaur: Recipe & Guidebook for Gluten-free Kids to give away to one of my lucky readers!
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