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Confession: my slow cooking experience before reading this book were limited to this slow cooker chicken recipe. I’m dead serious.

I was so excited to receive Arsy Vartanian’s book, The Paleo Slow Cooker: Healthy, Gluten-free Meals the Easy Way.

The truth is, I love cookbooks and trying new things but with a full time job, a full time blog and 3 kids I don’t often get around to experimenting in the kitchen much and 4 hour Thanksgiving type meals are reserved for holidays.  It ain’t happening on a weeknight.

I love slow cookers so much I bought a second one last month.  I don’t even bother putting it away.  It lives on my counter because if it’s not making dinner, it’s bubbling away with bone broth.

Arsy is a busy mom like me so she gets it.  Her story is very inspiring and she is a perfect example of someone who did not let anything get in the way of her success of healing herself with nutrition.  It highlights the importance of including nutrient dense foods like bone broth into your paleo template because really, just giving up nutrient poor foods is sometimes not enough to achieve optimal health.

The biggest misconception I had when I realized I needed to switch from the “newbie fat-phobic paleo diet” of chicken breast, broccoli and coconut oil to the “OG paleo diet” filled with delicious saturated fats and every meat and vegetable under the sun was that I’d have to spend my life in the kitchen and take on a 3rd job to be able to afford it.

Not true!  With the slow cooker Arsy shows us a multitude of ways to use inexpensive cuts of meat, flavor them in a few minutes before running out the door and coming home to a delicious inexpensive home cooked paleo meal.

What I love about this book is that it fits my “lazy chef” style just beautifully.  I want a decadent delicious meal and I want to spend very little time on it.  Oh, and I want it ready when I walk in the door.  I guess what I’m saying is I want a personal chef but delicious, simple slow cooker recipes are a close second. 🙂

The spice and flavor combinations in this book are a welcome break from the ordinary combinations I tend to stick to and get in a rut with.  She uses everything from mustard based spices to apple cider vinegar.

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My favorite recips so far is the Apple Cider Pork with Rosemary.  I ended up with a succulent shredded pork that I had a really hard time sharing with my kids.  My mistake was not making larger quantities since it’s a perfect recipe to use for leftovers to pack for lunch easily or add to other dishes and sauces.  The apple and pork flavor combo is genius!  We prepped this recipe in a few minutes on a Sunday morning before heading to the beach and came back in around 4, all of us starving and kids entering the bewitching hour and  did not need to resort to take out.  So awesome.

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This book will live on the very small cookbook shelf I have in the kitchen, saved for the handful of books I use on the regular!  I highly recommend you pick up a copy for yourself and it would make an awesome holiday gift as well.  Arsy goes into the basics of the paleo diet in the first part of the book so this would also make a great gift for family and friends that are considering paleo but just “don’t have the time to cook”.  It’s a great excuse busting book!

Guess what!? Arsy is offering a giveaway of her book to one lucky Hollywood  Homestead reader!

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Winner will be announced on October 16th and has 48 hours to email me at info @ hollywoodhomestead .com

Do you use a slow cooker? What is your favorite recipe?


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Sylvie McCracken is a former celebrity assistant in Hollywood turned full time entrepreneur currently living in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and 3 kids. She writes about treating and preventing health conditions with real food and natural remedies, as well as anything else she feels like writing about because she's a rebel like that. 😉 She also mentors entrepreneurs on her other site,