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The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover's Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Delicious Meals

The Paleo Foodie Cookbook: 120 Food Lover's Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Delicious Meals

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by Arsy Vartanian

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Excite Your Inner Food Lover with the Best Paleo Recipes Out There

Arsy Vartanian, Paleo Foodie and author of the bestselling cookbook The Paleo Slow Cooker, is ready to share only the best of the best Paleo recipes that'll have your mouth watering.

Arsy's delicious and nutritious recipes range from modern twists on traditional dishes to a wide


Excite Your Inner Food Lover with the Best Paleo Recipes Out There

Arsy Vartanian, Paleo Foodie and author of the bestselling cookbook The Paleo Slow Cooker, is ready to share only the best of the best Paleo recipes that'll have your mouth watering.

Arsy's delicious and nutritious recipes range from modern twists on traditional dishes to a wide range of ethnic influences from both her Armenian background and her culinary curiosity. With 120 tried-and-true recipes, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook includes Salmon Ceviche with Mango and Cucumber, Sun-Dried-Tomato-And Fennel-Braised Short Ribs and Wine-Braised Duck Legs, among other culinary delights.

Looking for the perfect gluten-free and grain-free recipes to keep you healthy while your family and friends keep asking for more? Jam-packed with recipes that don't skimp on nutrition or taste, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook is your one-stop destination for delicious Paleo fare.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In her second Paleo cookbook, Vartanian (The Paleo Slow Cooker) once again tackles the lifestyle and food necessary to sustain the Paleo way of life. Seemingly limited in its structure (one can eat it "if it lives, grows, rots, and dies") one might assume it is nearly impossible to have tasty meals while following the diet, but this book disproves that. By employing the allowed ingredients to their utmost, one can enjoy healthy, alternative meals that are meant to help one better live his or her life. The "Smoked Salmon Nori Wraps with Wasabi Mayo" and "Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chicken Mole" are examples of dishes that expand the palate. Similarly, the "Panfried Mackerel with Green Olive Relish" or the "Ginger Lime Butter-Sautéed Shrimp" pack a punch. In case the reader needs a refresher course on what it means to be Paleo friendly, the first two chapters of the cookbook help explain the diet and lifestyle and include helpful charts that break down ingredients and detail how they interact with the Paleo routine. For those interested in trying out a simpler, healthier method of cooking, this is the right book to read. (Apr.)
Chris Kresser

If you're a Paleo foodie like I am, this book is a must-have for your kitchen.
Robb Wolf

The Paleo Foodie Cookbook gets it all right. From farm-to-table to a full offering of Paleo deliciousness--you will love it!
Elana Amsterdam

I love Arsy's recipes and am thrilled to have another collection of her incredibly healthy dishes!
author of the bestselling Paleo Breakfasts and Lun Diana Rodgers

Arsy has an incredible talent for blending fresh herbs and spices into really amazingly flavorful dishes. Her recipes are fresh and exciting. If you love ethnic cuisine as much as I do, I highly recommend you buy this book!
founder of Primally Inspired Kelly Winters

Arsy has a flair for turning traditional dishes into unique, sophisticated and flavorful masterpieces. If you are seeking to impress and be inspired, The Paleo Foodie will do just that.
founder of Domestic Man Russ Crandall

Arsy has once again proven that eating a Paleo diet doesn't mean limiting flavor. A must-buy for Paleo eaters and foodies alike.
founder of The Spunky Coconut Kelly Brozyna

Having had the pleasure of eating dinner from The Paleo Foodie Cookbook at Arsy's very own table, I can tell you that these recipes are completely amazing.
founders of the Primal Palate Bill Stayley and Hayley Mason

The magic of Arsy's recipes has always been transforming simple ingredients into impressive dishes. Her everyday exotic creations will surely spice up your weeknights with fabulous new flavor combinations.
founders of Paleo Parents Matt McCarry and Stacy Toth

A great follow-up to Arsy's first book, The Paleo Foodie Cookbook is a straight-forward approach to cooking whole, real foods deliciously. From inventive and exotic recipes to new twists on classics, this book will bring out the foodie in all of us.

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The Paleo Foodie Cookbook

120 Food Lover's Recipes for Healthy, Gluten-Free, Grain-Free & Delicious Meals

By Arsy Vartanian, Amy Kubal

Page Street Publishing Co.

Copyright © 2014 Arsy Vartanian
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62414-049-5


COOKING TIPS & TRICKS for the Paleo Foodie

For those of you new to cooking or new to Paleo, I've compiled some of my favorite kitchen tips and tricks! These are the tactics I use to keep costs down, cook efficiently and make meals that turn out delicious every time!


At first glance, real food seems expensive, especially compared to the abundance of cheap and unhealthy food available. This lifestyle does require us to spend more money per month on food than the average American, and committing to it may require that we make some shifts in our budgets. Although this isn't the cheapest way to eat, with a few tips and tricks, it can be made more affordable.

Ideally, I recommend that you make the recipes in this book using organic, pasture-raised and grass-fed ingredients. When cooking Paleo foods, we are using simple, fresh ingredients whose flavors, or lack thereof, won't be concealed with sugar- and salt-ridden packaged sauces. For this reason, the meals are only going to be as good as the ingredients used. Try to choose the best quality ingredients that you can afford.

If you can only afford the ingredients listed under "good" then that is perfectly fine. Start where your budget allows and I encourage you to make small changes as you learn more or as your budget increases.



Eating like a foodie used to mean white-cloth dining and overpriced steaks. If you frequent farm-to-table restaurants, the traditional filet mignon is often missing, replaced by delicious, slow-braised meats and high-end versions of traditional comfort foods. Chuck roast is one of my favorite tough cuts of meat. For the best flavor, look for a roast that has thin ribbons of fat marbled throughout the beef, as this is where much of the flavor comes from.


Many people are discouraged from purchasing grass-fed beef due to the higher cost. Purchasing directly from a farmer or through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that offers meat is a great way to avoid paying this premium. An analysis published in the April 2011 issue of Cooking Light found the cost of grass-fed beef purchased directly from a farmer was only slightly higher than that of conventional beef. "Our cost per pound of Boutwell's beef was $5.32, including everything from ground beef to liver to filet mignon, which made it only marginally higher than similar quantities of regular grain-fed beef prices in local supermarkets." In addition, it is very satisfying knowing and trusting the person who produces your food.


CSAs require members to pay at the onset of the growing season. Once harvesting begins, they will receive a weekly share of vegetables and fruit based on what is available. The vegetables and fruit are often harvested the day before, which is quite a treat in terms of flavor. CSAs are also very affordable. In our area, a small share is about $22 a week. We cook almost every night and struggle to get through our entire box. With a CSA, you won't know what you are receiving until that week, but it is a delightful surprise to open up your box of vegetables and anticipate your experiments for the week. CSAs also encourage you to try new ingredients!


Foods are more expensive when they are out of season, and lack significant flavor. Choose recipes and ingredients that align with the season. Often farmers' markets are more affordable than health food stores, as the middleman is cut out, allowing the farmer to sell directly at a lower price.


Spices and herbs sold in bulk bins are usually significantly cheaper than packaged spices and herbs. You can buy a small amount if that is all you need. Often, the more exotic herbs and spices are only found in the bulk bins. Spices don't tend to go bad, but with time become less potent. If you buy spices in smaller portions and replace them frequently, you will get the most in terms of flavor and freshness. Lastly, it is more environmentally friendly to buy in bulk, as it requires less packaging; you can also just bring your own packaging.


Many of my longtime blog readers (www.rubiesandradishes.com) know that I am a complete novice in the garden, but I see great value in growing herbs, even if you are inexperienced. Recipes usually call for a sprig of this or a teaspoon of that. Buying the entire bunch just to use a sprig adds immensely to the total cost of your recipe. Fresh-snipped herbs also tend to be more aromatic and flavorful. Rosemary, mint and thyme are a few examples of easy-to-grow herbs.


After you have made a recipe once and are familiar with the intended flavor, experiment with swapping out recipe ingredients for what you already have on hand. If a recipe calls for pistachios and you only have macadamia nuts, give them a try!


After working in restaurants as a server for several years and observing the chefs and cooks, the most valuable lesson I learned was to set up my station, or mise en place. Restaurants could not crank out quality food in a timely manner without a well-ordered, well-prepared kitchen. When I implemented this method at home, cooking became more relaxing and I started enjoying the process from start to finish. Prep cooking is now the part I look forward to the most!

You will have to find what works best for you, but in addition to my knife and cutting board, these are the components of my station:

INGREDIENT CONTAINER. I recommend gathering all of your ingredients before you start cooking. I use one large, stainless steel bowl to gather all of my ingredients in.

GARBAGE OR COMPOST PAIL. I use a second empty bowl for all my vegetable peelings and trimmings, which I save to compost. This tool has become as essential to me as my knives. Having a place to put your garbage will help you keep your prep space clean and clear, and will become the difference between being a frantic cook and a relaxed cook.

RAMEKINS. I use small ramekins or containers for my chopped vegetables and spices. Since they may be needed at separate times, it is helpful to have them in individual containers. For efficiency, read through the recipe and use one container for ingredients that are added at the same time.

KITCHEN TOWEL. To keep your work space clean.

Put on your favorite music, gather your ingredients and get chopping!


TASTE AS YOU GO! Recipe results can vary depending on your ingredients, your stove and even your altitude. Tasting as you go is the best way to ensure a delicious meal.

READ THE ENTIRE RECIPE BEFORE YOU START. This will give you a chance to get familiar with the instructions and make sure you have everything you need.

DON'T RUSH. Many of the recipes in this book require low and slow cooking, which allows the meat to become tender. Cooking at a higher heat for a shorter period will likely leave you with a tough, dry dish.

GET TO KNOW YOUR OVEN. Many ovens don't cook at the intended temperature; they may run warmer or cooler. You can use an oven thermometer to check and adjust recipes accordingly.

BRING MEAT TO ROOM TEMPERATURE BEFORE COOKING. Meats cook more evenly if started at room temperature. Smaller cuts of meat might only require 10 minutes of sitting before cooking. Larger cuts such as roasts might require 30 minutes.



Fats are an essential component of cooking. They add flavor and texture to foods. They also are important to our health. They deliver the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K throughout our bodies. In addition, fat plays a major role in helping us feel satiated and full. Basically, fat is where it's at!


To say that I love butter would be an understatement. When I was growing up, I used it in my egg salad instead of mayonnaise. When I was pregnant, I ate it by the spoonful.

In the strictest sense, butter is not Paleo, as no dairy was consumed in the Paleolithic era. As the Paleo movement has evolved, butter and ghee have become much-accepted and even praised foods by those who tolerate them. Butter from grass-fed or pasture-raised cows is a nutritional powerhouse.

Butter is a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K. Vitamin A, in particular, is essential to a healthy immune system. Butter is also a good source of vitamin K–2, which has been found to help protect us from heart disease, promotes brain function and helps prevent cancer.

Once milk is removed, butter is left with very minimal traces of lactose and casein, the components some people are intolerant to. When milk solids are separated and removed, we are left with clarified butter or ghee, which have even less casein and lactose than butter. Clarified butter essentially is pure butter fat. It has a better tolerance to heat than butter, so is ideal for high-heat cooking.

Unless you're dealing with autoimmune issues or are intolerant, butter is a superfood and can and should be consumed generously.

For a foodie, nothing compares to butter's rich, creamy flavor. Butter adds complexity and flavor to sautéed vegetables, sauces and browned meats that cannot be achieved with nonanimal sources of fat.

I believe butter to be a true health food. The recipes in this book liberally use butter. If you are sensitive to butter and ghee, or you choose not to use them, refer to my guide for using fats and oils to find a substitute.


Low fat, fat free, reduced fat — the food industry leads us to believe that food products with these labels are healthy. They tell us fat is bad and blame everything from heart disease to cancer on fat. But what they're not telling us is that we need fat in order to live! It is an essential nutrient. Without it none of us would be alive.

Dietary fat is our precious source of the essential Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which occur in nature in several different forms. The Omega 3 and 6 fats in plants, called Alpha Linolenic and Linoleic acid respectively, are transformed in the bodies of the animals we eat (and to a lesser degree, in our bodies) into the forms humans most need: DHA, the end-usable form of Omega 3, which is found in fish and grass-fed meats, and Arachidonic Acid, the form of Omega 6 that is found in organ meats and egg yolks. These fats are critical for bile flow, blood clotting, brain health, cell structure, temperature regulation, and for mediating inflammation. Our bodies need both Omega 3 and Omega 6 fats, in proper proportion to one another.

Fat is also where the body stores extra energy. When there is no food available, the body draws on fat stores to keep it running like a well-oiled machine. During exercise fat steps in as muscle fuel when glycogen stores have been depleted. (Note: This only happens after prolonged, strenuous exercise.) As a vital component of breast milk, fat is extremely important for optimal infant brain development. Additionally, this fabulous nutrient plays a key role in the brain, nervous system, skin and every cell in the body. Fat is mandatory for the absorption of the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K and for hormone production.

Make healthy fats part of your daily meal plan and know that fat free is not the answer regardless of the hype.


Saturated fats are the best options for cooking; since they are chemically stable, they are resistant to damage from heat. Opt for grass-fed, organic and unrefined options.


These oils should be unrefined, expeller-pressed or cold-pressed to avoid high heat and chemical processing that will damage the oils.


These fats are either man-made or highly processed with chemicals. These oils oxidize easily and become rancid, causing inflammation in the body. Avoid anything that is hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated.



The appetizer is often my favorite part of a meal. I love being able to taste small bites of many different flavors. Appetizers also represent the beginning of the evening, and the excitement and anticipation of good food and great company to come.

In my experience, a well-executed cocktail hour provides an intimate atmosphere full of lively conversations. It feels less formal than dinner and allows guests to unwind, enjoy great food and catch up.

When I am the host I thoroughly enjoy overhearing the cheerful banter among my guests, while I finish the meal in the kitchen.

In this section, you will find some of my very favorite appetizers, including Paleo versions of some family recipes. These tidbits are not only tasty, but are also nourishing!



I usually prep these, stage them in the oven and turn the oven on as soon as the first dinner guests arrive. Greeting guests with warm, gooey cashew cream, crunchy bacon and sweet dates always impresses them. These are usually gone within minutes!


1 cup/110 g raw, whole cashews filtered water for soaking
1/3 cup/80 ml water
1 heaping tbsp/20 g of nutritional yeast from non-GMO beets
2 tbsp/6 g chives, chopped
6 large basil leaves, chopped
¼ cup/10 g fresh parsley
1 clove garlic
1 tbsp/15 ml fresh lemon juice
¼ tsp lemon zest
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp sea salt
10 pieces of bacon, cut in half
20 Medjool dates, slit, seeds removed


Place the cashews in a bowl and cover them with filtered water. Allow them to soak for 5 to 6 hours. Preheat oven to 400°F/204°C. Remove the cashews from the water, rinse them and place them in a food processor. Add 1/3 cup/80 ml filtered water and pulse until cashews are creamy, about 2 minutes. Add the rest of the filling ingredients (yeast, chives, basil, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, pepper) and pulse until they are well combined, about 1 more minute. Adjust salt to taste. Fill dates with cashew filling. Securely wrap each date in a half-piece of bacon. Arrange dates on a wire rack and set on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes or until bacon is cooked through. Serve warm.


SERVES 12 (2 per person)

Figs are harvested twice a year in California, in early summer and late summer or early fall. I always grab a basket or two as soon as I see them at the market. In my opinion, not many other fruits can compete with the sweet flavor and the soft texture of a fresh, ripe fig. Crunchy walnuts and savory pancetta provide the perfect accompaniment to this honeyed fruit.


24 walnut pieces
12 large black mission figs, sliced in half
24 strips of pancetta, very thinly sliced


2 tsp/10 ml extra-virgin olive oil
2 tsp/10 ml balsamic vinegar
1 tsp/5 ml champagne vinegar
2 tsp/1 g mint, chopped
1 tsp/1 g chives, chopped
sea salt and pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 350°F/177°C. Chop walnuts and press into the center of each fig. Wrap a piece of pancetta around the fig. Place figs on a baking sheet and cook for 30 minutes or until pancetta is browned. While they cook, stir the vinaigrette ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. Arrange figs on a platter and drizzle with vinaigrette.


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Meet the Author

Arsy Vartanian is the creator of the popular Paleo blog Rubies&Radishes. Her previous book, The Paleo Slow Cooker, is a breakout hit among the Paleo community. Arsy's work has been featured online at ChrisKresser.com, BreakingMuscle.com and CaveGirlEats.com, to name a few. She lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From front to back, this is a beautiful cookbook full of "keeper" recipes that will impress anyone. I especially love the International flair of the recipes. And all the recipes I've tried so far are very simple to prepare, which is a big bonus. I would consider this a must have Paleo cookbook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a regular user of Arsy's first cookbook I was sitting on the edge of my seat with anticipation for her latest book.  As expected, Arsy knocked it out of the park with this one... I was happy to see a few organ meat recipes included since I can never figure out how to incorporate them into my family's meal rotation in a tasty easy-to-make manner. If you're short on time but want delicious healthy meals, I highly recommend The Paleo Foodie! You won't be disappointed!
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The Paleo Foodie Cookbook is the second cookbook from Arsy of Rubies and Radishes. I own her first book The Paleo Slow Cooker. The Paleo Foodie brings in everything you love about Arsy's recipes (well, minus the slow cooker, i guess). Simple dishes made with real ingredients that I believe anyone can make! I don't use the word simple as boring and bland. But the "simple" that Arsy creates in her recipes is the perfect fusion between elegant and attainable. Her recipes are creative and use the freshest herbs and spices for complex and layered flavors. But you won't have to spend hours and hours in the kitchen to get the taste you want. Everyone can be a "foodie" and completely fall in love with this cookbook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So being a proclaimed foodie my entire life, I can say I have read through hundreds of cookbooks.  "The Paleo Foodie" is by far my favorite cookbook!   I have been Paleo for 2+ years and I don't buy Paleo cookbooks, I honestly like non-Paleo cookbooks.  This one on the other hand is life-changing.  Seriously! I have made 3 of the recipes in less than a week and can honestly say all 3 of them have been amazing!  I have made the Thai Curry Mussels, Flank steak with cilantro sauce and the Sun-dried tomato Lamb burger.  I followed all of the recipes to a T and let me tell you Rubies and Radishes has done her research!  They were all spot-on amazing!  I would highly recommend this book to a Paleo newbie, Paleo expert or anyone who loves food in general.  These Paleo recipes are real food, not to be mistaken for a diet food.  I am so happy with this book!- JohnMack