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

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  449 ratings  ·  31 reviews
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. ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published January 25th 2013 by Race Point Publishing
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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. ...more
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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
Brindi Michele
Oct 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: cooking-baking
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. ...more
Sep 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: food-and-drink
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 ...more
Jan 24, 2020 added it
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.
Mar 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cooking
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.
Dec 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: paleo
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 ...more
Susan Mcclain
Apr 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nutrition
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 ...more
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: cookbooks
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
Jul 31, 2013 added it
Shelves: non-fic, 2013
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 ...more
Jan 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: cookbooks
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 ...more
Feb 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, cookbook
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
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: food
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
Jessica Dykins
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: health
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 ...more
Aug 08, 2013 rated it did not like it
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 .....
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Jason Diederich
May 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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. ...more
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.
Sarah Guyette
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Amanda Ronan
Aug 10, 2014 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Lots of great recipes w/photos.
May 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Beautiful photos, delicious recipes ......but, how can a diet that is mostly meat and no grains, dairy or beans really be healthy?
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I thought the recipes were killer. Loved the Middle Eastern angle.
Natasha Kraft
Will check out from library again. Want to try a few of the recipes
Stephanie Noel
Yummy recipes and fun meals to prepare.
Jul 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Has so many great recipes that I am actually considering buying it.
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Arsy Vartanian is the author & chef of the paleo recipe & lifestyle blog, Arsy has had a keen interest in food & nutrition since she was a teenager. Coming from a family with a long list of lifestyle related health conditions, she knew that she had to do something differently. Having a formal graduate level education in Sociology, Arsy was prone to question and think critica ...more

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