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The Paleo diet has been the latest health movement, taking the low carb diet a step further by eliminating grains and legumes and eating only lean, grass-fed meat. In short they consume only what was available to ancient humans or cavemen. The theory says that by eating what human bodies were designed to eat, people will be healthier, have fewer illnesses and lose weight. The Paleo diet has been the latest health movement, taking the low carb diet a step further by eliminating grains and legumes and eating only lean, grass-fed meat. In short they consume only what was available to ancient humans or cavemen. The theory says that by eating what human bodies were designed to eat, people will be healthier, have fewer illnesses and lose weight. In many cases, Paleo diet consumers are also fueling their P90X or Cross Fit exercise routines, the two most popular fitness regimes in the country. The health benefits have been supported by major studies. This is a popular trend much like the low carb diet. It is combined with the great bookselling topic of slow cooking. While the cavemen didn’t have slow cookers, they certainly used slow cooking techniques over fires which make the meals in this book one step closer to the origins and theory behind the diet. The delicious dishes are as homey as they are healthy—and ready when you are.


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The Paleo diet has been the latest health movement, taking the low carb diet a step further by eliminating grains and legumes and eating only lean, grass-fed meat. In short they consume only what was available to ancient humans or cavemen. The theory says that by eating what human bodies were designed to eat, people will be healthier, have fewer illnesses and lose weight. The Paleo diet has been the latest health movement, taking the low carb diet a step further by eliminating grains and legumes and eating only lean, grass-fed meat. In short they consume only what was available to ancient humans or cavemen. The theory says that by eating what human bodies were designed to eat, people will be healthier, have fewer illnesses and lose weight. In many cases, Paleo diet consumers are also fueling their P90X or Cross Fit exercise routines, the two most popular fitness regimes in the country. The health benefits have been supported by major studies. This is a popular trend much like the low carb diet. It is combined with the great bookselling topic of slow cooking. While the cavemen didn’t have slow cookers, they certainly used slow cooking techniques over fires which make the meals in this book one step closer to the origins and theory behind the diet. The delicious dishes are as homey as they are healthy—and ready when you are.

30 review for The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-free Meals the Easy Way

  1. 4 out of 5

    Diana

    On a low carb diet from the doctor and I'm getting really tired of the things we've been fixing since January. I needed to find a few new recipes. There were a few in here that sounded like something I'd try. Hopefully, they taste as good as they sound and look. On a low carb diet from the doctor and I'm getting really tired of the things we've been fixing since January. I needed to find a few new recipes. There were a few in here that sounded like something I'd try. Hopefully, they taste as good as they sound and look.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Author Groupie

    Perusing the aisles of the local Whole Foods, I spotted the cookbook section where Arsy Vartanian’s The Paleo Slow Cooker caught my eye with its vibrant picture of Ground Lamb with Pine Nuts and Mint. After a quick flip, I added this cookbook to my cart. Having a slow cooker at home, I thought this would be an ideal way to introduce the “Paleo Template” (Vartanian 8) to my family. Up late into the night reading The Paleo Slow Cooker, I was inspired by the simple recipes and rarely used (by me) in Perusing the aisles of the local Whole Foods, I spotted the cookbook section where Arsy Vartanian’s The Paleo Slow Cooker caught my eye with its vibrant picture of Ground Lamb with Pine Nuts and Mint. After a quick flip, I added this cookbook to my cart. Having a slow cooker at home, I thought this would be an ideal way to introduce the “Paleo Template” (Vartanian 8) to my family. Up late into the night reading The Paleo Slow Cooker, I was inspired by the simple recipes and rarely used (by me) ingredients. In addition, the organization of the book seemed ideal for the Paleo beginner like myself such as an Introduction with a Guide to Using Fats and Oils. Color-coded chapters represent recipes for different proteins as well as appetizers and desserts. Who knew one could make a Paleo-friendly finish to a meal in the slow cooker? Anxious to attempt a recipe, I was drawn to the Chicken with Mushrooms and Artichokes. Easy! The recipe called for ingredients I typically cook with and have on hand such as boneless/skinless chicken breasts, onions, and mushrooms. Thrilled the recipe also called for paprika, I think I have only ever used this spice as a finishing touch to deviled eggs. With aromas filling the air as cooking time increased, my girls asked to sample the dish immediately upon completion. My eldest daughter responded, “This chicken is tender!” a definite thumbs up coming from an eight-year-old. My critique of this work first comes due to a split infinitive, “If you choose to not include . . .” (32), and then followed by a spelling error, ” . . . conatins” (39). The English teacher within is hyperventilating! In an ideal world, too, I would definitely appreciate additional stunning pictures of the dishes. For me, I like to know if what I cooked is close to being on the right track because I am, without a doubt, a novice when it comes to Paleo preparation.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Brindi Michele

    I liked it, but felt most of the recipes were a bit similar (just different meats) and I'm afraid that's my love-hate relationship with the slow cooker. I liked it, but felt most of the recipes were a bit similar (just different meats) and I'm afraid that's my love-hate relationship with the slow cooker.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hillary

    I made four recipes from this book and they were all tasty: chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes, chicken verde, ropa vieja, and stuffed eggplant. I found the recipes very fussy for the slow cooker. All four recipes I made included at least 30 minutes of prep time since you have to brown meat and saute veggies before adding to the slow cooker. That's not including all the dishes that had to be washed after prep. My favorite of the four and probably the only one I'd make again was the chicken s I made four recipes from this book and they were all tasty: chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes, chicken verde, ropa vieja, and stuffed eggplant. I found the recipes very fussy for the slow cooker. All four recipes I made included at least 30 minutes of prep time since you have to brown meat and saute veggies before adding to the slow cooker. That's not including all the dishes that had to be washed after prep. My favorite of the four and probably the only one I'd make again was the chicken stuffed with sundried tomatoes. It was very pretty because the chicken stays intact and looks great served. Then you can just pull it apart on the plate easily with your fork and mix in the lovely juices. This is one I would serve to company. I checked this book out from the library and won't bother to buy it. I prefer simpler and faster slow cooker recipes.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    The writing and copy-editing of the book leaves something to be desired (why is this a perennial problem with cookbooks? People who like to prepare and eat food and people who want to read good, properly punctuated writing are not mutually exclusive). And while the recipes hold a lot of potential, I'm a little skeptical about their results in the slow-cooker. I'm game to try, but I agree with other reviewers who said that the book misses the point of the slow cooker if much preparation has to be The writing and copy-editing of the book leaves something to be desired (why is this a perennial problem with cookbooks? People who like to prepare and eat food and people who want to read good, properly punctuated writing are not mutually exclusive). And while the recipes hold a lot of potential, I'm a little skeptical about their results in the slow-cooker. I'm game to try, but I agree with other reviewers who said that the book misses the point of the slow cooker if much preparation has to be done outside of it. I'd rather just dirty a roasting pan or another stove-top pot if I'm going to have to brown meat or saute vegetables anyway.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    I couldn't find anything in this one that I wanted to try at this time. Lots of it sounds good but would need supplemental dishes for my family and is therefore still not worth it right now for me--I really like one dish dinners. I will probably try it out again in 6 months or a year, though. I couldn't find anything in this one that I wanted to try at this time. Lots of it sounds good but would need supplemental dishes for my family and is therefore still not worth it right now for me--I really like one dish dinners. I will probably try it out again in 6 months or a year, though.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    Easy, But Lacking Pictures The recipes are easy enough in this book, but I always enjoy pictures of the recipes, and this book is sorely lacking that. I need to know for certain I’m making a Pinterest FAIL or Instagram Win.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Ive been eating paleo for years and I didn’t feel like this really had anything new or different. Most of the things I made we didn’t even care for, especially the kids.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Cinda

    This is a beautiful cookbook and I love that it is hardback. Right off the bat I noted nine recipes that I wanted to try. Five of them are a part of our meal plan over the next two weeks. This morning I put the first recipe, Pork with Pineapple and Peppers, in the crockpot. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm looking for crockpot recipes because I want something fast - throw it on in the morning and it's ready to eat in the evening. Not this cookbook - brown the meat - saulte the vegetab This is a beautiful cookbook and I love that it is hardback. Right off the bat I noted nine recipes that I wanted to try. Five of them are a part of our meal plan over the next two weeks. This morning I put the first recipe, Pork with Pineapple and Peppers, in the crockpot. I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm looking for crockpot recipes because I want something fast - throw it on in the morning and it's ready to eat in the evening. Not this cookbook - brown the meat - saulte the vegetables, then put them in the crockpot! Who's got time for that?! Now I have more dishes to do! And this recipe had absolutely no mention of when you were supposed to add the 2 cups fresh-cut pineapple! Regardless of how good the food is, I don't want the hassle. I'm glad I got this book from the library before wasting my money on it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan Mcclain

    Was very excited to read this cookbook, because I love my slow cooker for it's convenience since I travel so much (and I'm Paleo, at least trying to be). Lots of great recipe ideas, which I will use. However, annoyed that so many of the recipes require browning the meat and veggies prior to adding to the slow cooker. Slow cooking is supposed to be an easy "dump and cook" process, at least that's my take on it. I never brown my meat (I'm talking roasts and chicken) and it comes out great every ti Was very excited to read this cookbook, because I love my slow cooker for it's convenience since I travel so much (and I'm Paleo, at least trying to be). Lots of great recipe ideas, which I will use. However, annoyed that so many of the recipes require browning the meat and veggies prior to adding to the slow cooker. Slow cooking is supposed to be an easy "dump and cook" process, at least that's my take on it. I never brown my meat (I'm talking roasts and chicken) and it comes out great every time. If you've got time to spend browning, go for it. But I will be using other recipes for my busy lifestyle.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

    I was given a copy of this cookbook by a friend of mine who works for the publisher. I read a lot of the recipes in the book, and they seem yummy. I just don't know how realistic it is to use a crock pot for *every* meal. I know they also don't want you to be a part-time paleo, so you'd have to supplement with other recipes for days you don't want to use a crock pot. Also, the author seems a bit condescending in the tone of her introductions to each section. That being said, I will try some of t I was given a copy of this cookbook by a friend of mine who works for the publisher. I read a lot of the recipes in the book, and they seem yummy. I just don't know how realistic it is to use a crock pot for *every* meal. I know they also don't want you to be a part-time paleo, so you'd have to supplement with other recipes for days you don't want to use a crock pot. Also, the author seems a bit condescending in the tone of her introductions to each section. That being said, I will try some of the recipes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    This book lost me pretty much in the introduction when it advocated "cleaning out your fridge/pantry and throwing away" all non-paleo approved food. WUT. Full of lots of pseudo-science and talk about "inflammation" being diet-related (not saying it is or it isn't, but come on!) when really...a paleo diet is pretty much common sense. Lots of veggies, lean meats, whole foods--um of course that is healthy. Pretty good, tasty-sounding recipes though. Just wish the book did not veer into pseudo-nutriti This book lost me pretty much in the introduction when it advocated "cleaning out your fridge/pantry and throwing away" all non-paleo approved food. WUT. Full of lots of pseudo-science and talk about "inflammation" being diet-related (not saying it is or it isn't, but come on!) when really...a paleo diet is pretty much common sense. Lots of veggies, lean meats, whole foods--um of course that is healthy. Pretty good, tasty-sounding recipes though. Just wish the book did not veer into pseudo-nutrition science talk.

  13. 5 out of 5

    AnandaTashie

    Lots of recipes so I'm sure plenty of people will find some yum / useful, but I'm a little underwhelmed. (Maybe that will change if one of these becomes a new "staples" though!) Typical paleo-purity talk aside, I would have liked to see photos for all the recipes. (When I'm not familiar with making something, I'm kind of visual that way.) Most of the recipes also require prep work on the stove before transferring to the slow cooker. I will (probably) try Paleo Beef Casserole (uses yams & peppers Lots of recipes so I'm sure plenty of people will find some yum / useful, but I'm a little underwhelmed. (Maybe that will change if one of these becomes a new "staples" though!) Typical paleo-purity talk aside, I would have liked to see photos for all the recipes. (When I'm not familiar with making something, I'm kind of visual that way.) Most of the recipes also require prep work on the stove before transferring to the slow cooker. I will (probably) try Paleo Beef Casserole (uses yams & peppers), Chicken Breasts Stuffed With Sun-dried Tomatoes, and Cauliflower.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hana

    The book is divided into different sections based on types of meat, vegetarian and desserts. One thing that I did not like about the book was that in more of half of the recipes, they call for the meat to be browned before putting into the slow cooker. Usually when I'm using a slow cooker its because I want to be lazy and have very limited prep-work. A friend of mine says that browning the meat is not necessary, it just helps add to the flavour of the dish. I found a good handful of recipes wort The book is divided into different sections based on types of meat, vegetarian and desserts. One thing that I did not like about the book was that in more of half of the recipes, they call for the meat to be browned before putting into the slow cooker. Usually when I'm using a slow cooker its because I want to be lazy and have very limited prep-work. A friend of mine says that browning the meat is not necessary, it just helps add to the flavour of the dish. I found a good handful of recipes worth photocopying and if I had the stomach for duck and lamb, I would have had more!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cynthia

    This is a large and heavy, hardback book. It is also full of nice, colorful pictures to go along with the recipes. The cookbook starts out with a brief introduction to the Paleo lifestyle. Good information here - don't pass this up. However, I feel this cookbook may be for the advanced/diehard Caveman. Not for me. I love crockpot cooking and practice it regularly, but I didn't feel some of these recipes would transfer or substitute well (ie: using beef instead of lamb). Also, when you use this bo This is a large and heavy, hardback book. It is also full of nice, colorful pictures to go along with the recipes. The cookbook starts out with a brief introduction to the Paleo lifestyle. Good information here - don't pass this up. However, I feel this cookbook may be for the advanced/diehard Caveman. Not for me. I love crockpot cooking and practice it regularly, but I didn't feel some of these recipes would transfer or substitute well (ie: using beef instead of lamb). Also, when you use this book in the kitchen, be prepared to use a sturdy cookbook holder.

  16. 5 out of 5

    BookBec

    There were a couple of recipes I may try, but overall the book was unimpressive. Was the plan to save money with bad photos and no copy editing? The photos show one brown meal after another. Not inspiring! Where are the colorful veggies like the cover shot? And you, shouldn't put commas between subjects and verbs. Or have a duck recipe where step one says to rub the chicken with ghee (p174). Or tell us "this one is a really to make" (p180). Typos, missing words, bad grammar ... way too many writing There were a couple of recipes I may try, but overall the book was unimpressive. Was the plan to save money with bad photos and no copy editing? The photos show one brown meal after another. Not inspiring! Where are the colorful veggies like the cover shot? And you, shouldn't put commas between subjects and verbs. Or have a duck recipe where step one says to rub the chicken with ghee (p174). Or tell us "this one is a really to make" (p180). Typos, missing words, bad grammar ... way too many writing problems.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Dykins

    I tried a few recipes over the weekend. The recipes were simple enough but I have two major complaints about this book. There are glaring editing mishaps in this book. (see the recipe for Picadilla) There are not enough instructions about when to put things in the crock pot. My second complaint is that in some sections, like the veggie or the warm deserts sections, there are not enough recipes in them to be called sections. There are a mere 3 veggie recipes which is surprising for such a large b I tried a few recipes over the weekend. The recipes were simple enough but I have two major complaints about this book. There are glaring editing mishaps in this book. (see the recipe for Picadilla) There are not enough instructions about when to put things in the crock pot. My second complaint is that in some sections, like the veggie or the warm deserts sections, there are not enough recipes in them to be called sections. There are a mere 3 veggie recipes which is surprising for such a large book!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Many of the recipes called for actually cooking the item and then placing it in a slow cooker for 8 - 10 hours or more. Fish???? There is a recipe for liver and onions where the onions are caramelized, the liver is pan-fried or braised and then placed in a slow cooker for over 6 hours. It read like a recipe for shoe leather. There has to be a better way .....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristi

    I was extremely excited to get this book because I always need ideas on cooking meats but I just did not find the recipes in this book appealing. I thought they were a bit more complicated than what I am used to when it comes to slow cooking. Also I would have liked to see more pictures with the recipes.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jason Diederich

    I'd like to rate a book on paleo slow-cooking higher, but it's full of very complex recipes (which seems counterproductive to one of the biggest benefits of slow-cooking), and many include ingredients I can't find anywhere. I'd like to rate a book on paleo slow-cooking higher, but it's full of very complex recipes (which seems counterproductive to one of the biggest benefits of slow-cooking), and many include ingredients I can't find anywhere.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    An okay recipe book There's nothing spectacular here, however there are some good simple recipes to take away. There are many that look funny. to try but seem like they would be too expensive to be part of a routine. An okay recipe book There's nothing spectacular here, however there are some good simple recipes to take away. There are many that look funny. to try but seem like they would be too expensive to be part of a routine.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Guyette

    Not sure it's fair to rate a cookbook without cooking lots of the recipes, but I can say there are many I want to try. There are also many that I doubt will work out correctly from a crock pot. And I think it's cheating a little to create a crock pot recipe that takes 2 hours, lol. Not sure it's fair to rate a cookbook without cooking lots of the recipes, but I can say there are many I want to try. There are also many that I doubt will work out correctly from a crock pot. And I think it's cheating a little to create a crock pot recipe that takes 2 hours, lol.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Ronan

    Haven't made any of the recipes, though there are several I'd like to try. I like the multi-ethnic variety of dishes, though agree with other reviewers about the amount of prep being too much. Some great ideas to start from, though. Haven't made any of the recipes, though there are several I'd like to try. I like the multi-ethnic variety of dishes, though agree with other reviewers about the amount of prep being too much. Some great ideas to start from, though.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I got this as a library book, and haven't made anything from it yet, but almost everything looks really good. My only problem was the picture if the cute little piggy in front of the pork section. I don't want to see the pig! I added this one to my Amazon wish list. I got this as a library book, and haven't made anything from it yet, but almost everything looks really good. My only problem was the picture if the cute little piggy in front of the pork section. I don't want to see the pig! I added this one to my Amazon wish list.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Lots of great recipes w/photos.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Beautiful photos, delicious recipes ......but, how can a diet that is mostly meat and no grains, dairy or beans really be healthy?

  27. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    I thought the recipes were killer. Loved the Middle Eastern angle.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Natasha Kraft

    Will check out from library again. Want to try a few of the recipes

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Noel

    Yummy recipes and fun meals to prepare.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Mindy

    Has so many great recipes that I am actually considering buying it.

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