Make Ahead Paleo!! A Review and a Giveaway!

make ahead paleo

CONTEST IS CLOSED!  Congratulations to Melinda for winning a copy of Make Ahead Paleo! 

Wait, there’s a book out there that can make my life easier you ask?  YES is the answer!  YES!!  With all the gazillions of paleo books out on the market (my own included) I was honored and delighted when Tammy Credicott approached me and asked if I would write the forward for her new book Make Ahead Paleo.  I’ll be honest with you.  I don’t/can’t read every single paleo book that crosses my desk but because Tammy asked me to write the forward for her latest masterpiece, I of course read the manuscript and recipes that she sent to me.  JOY!  HOORAY!  USEFULNESS! DELIGHT!  All words that filled my head as I read.  (Yes, I’m a poet…) I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the real printed book and with zestfulness I wrote Tammy’s forward because this my friend is a book worth diving into.

I love to cook, I love writing my own cookbooks, I preach and preach and preach preparedness to clients, blog readers, book readers, and workshop attendees.  I added meal plans and shopping lists to Everyday Paleo and Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook and Tammy now has offered Make Ahead Paleo that makes it EASY for you to move forward with your Paleo Life and ALWAYS be prepared no matter what the occasion. No Excuses. You can now eat Paleo in a hotel room for goodness sake – just be prepared!  Tammy will show you how to travel paleo, how to freeze meals properly so you’re not defrosting a freezer burned tasteless clump (been there done that) and Tammy has an incredible Low & Slow section with slow cooked meals that you can make ahead of time and come home to. Coolest part?  These slow cooked meals TASTE and LOOK amazing…

In Make Ahead Paleo you will also find a section called On the Go. Who is not on the go these days?  We are all on the go, constantly, and without a paleo fast food restaurant on every corner (a dream I have by the way) we have to – what’s the words I’m looking for?? Be Prepared.  Tammy takes the guess work out of how to do that in this book. Oh, and yes there is a Travel Treats section, how to make a weeks worth of meals in one day, a Room Service section, and all sorts of tips on storing food properly, tear outs in the back to help you keep track of your freezer inventory, a helpful grocery list for your Week in a Day prep, and so many more tips and tricks.  You’ll just have to get a copy for yourself and see what I mean.

A few nights ago our family tried one of the recipes from Tammy’s Low & Slow section and of course, it was fabulous!  It was a crazy night and we didn’t really have a “sit down” dinner as usual and as we tore around the house getting ready to run out the door to an event we had to attend, the boys stopped and wolfed down the Bacon & Onion Roast like the little crazy animals that they are.  Rowan stopped long enough between bites to say in his almost 6 year old way, “Mom, this is taaaaaasty!” Enough said.

Tammy gave me permission to share this recipe from Make Ahead Paleo (thank you Tammy!) and she also offered a signed copy of her new book to one lucky reader who made it all the way to this part of the review!  All you have to do is go like Tammy’s Facebook page and my Facebook page and post to comments below on THIS post that you did so.  The lucky winner will be picked on Monday September 9th at 9am PST.

OH, speaking of winning, don’t forget to enter the Everyday Paleo Adventure to Italy contest ending TOMORROW September 7th!  Details are here

Now enjoy this recipe and go get your hands on Make Ahead Paleo!

make ahead

Bacon & Onion Roast

7 slices bacon, chopped

Sea salt to taste

Freshly ground black pepper to taste

3-4 pound chuck roast

2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

1/2 cup red wine

3 cups beef broth

3 cloves garlic, minced

1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it is browned and slightly crisp.

2. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon, and transfer it to a paper towel-lined plate. Set it aside.

3. Sprinkle sea salt and pepper over all sides of the roast. Add the roast to the hot skillet with the bacon grease, and brown it on all sides.

4. Transfer the roast to the slow cooker.

5. Meanwhile, lower the heat under the skillet to medium. Add the onions, and cook, stirring occasionally until softened, 3-5 minutes.

6. Remove the onions from the skillet, and place them in the slow cooker on and around the roast.

7. Add the wine to the skillet, and scrape any yummy bits of goodness off the bottom of the pan.

8. Add the beef broth and garlic to the skillet, and stir to combine.

9. Pour the wine-broth mixture over the roast and cook the roast on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours.

10. Serve slices of the roast with the juices, cooked bacon pieces, and onions.



  1. Andrew schuerr says

    I liked both facebook pages. Please enter me for the signed copy of the book. Recipe looks awesome.
    Thanks, Andy

  2. Ching-yuan Hu says

    I’ve liked both pages as well (well, the Everyday Paleo one I think I have liked for a while now…) I’m excited to check out recipes in this book as I am trying to figure out lunches and whatnot, so this make ahead concept gives me the weekend to make for the next week! Thank you!

  3. Cheri Nienhaus says

    I had already Liked both of you! I have your Everyday Paleo and Italian Cuisine books. I also have Tammy’s Paleo Indulgences – bought all at Costo :) I would love to win a copy of Make Ahead Paleo. Thank you!

  4. Tracy E. says

    I like you both on Facebook. I would love to win a copy of this book. Make ahead things are what I need right now.

  5. Kaki says

    I already like both of your pages. I made your crock-pot meatballs and sauce last night for the first time. Huge hit! Thanks!!

  6. Beverly says

    I like both Facebook pages. I want to be entered to win a signed copy of the book. It would be awesome to have as I am making changes in my life and Paleo seems to be the best for me.


  7. Anne says

    I “Liked” both of ya’lls pages a while back! Would love to win the cookbook!
    Thanks to both of you for such great recipes and info!!

  8. Krystal Chittenden says

    This review sealed the deal for me on this book! I’d love to have a signed copy :) Both facebook pages are ‘liked’! I think I’ll be adding this roast to my recipes for the weekend. Thanks!

  9. Desiree says

    I liked both pages and I have to say I am so pumped to see a make ahead paleo book. I work full time and have three young children, am a single mom and find it challenging to prepare proper meals. This is just what I have been looking for!!

  10. says

    Liked you both on Facebook and even had to start following Tammy’s blog. Thank you for introducing this to me! I need to be more prepared. Especially for trips and vacations.

  11. Colette Cranston says

    My college kid needs this cookbook. Talk about a challenging environment in which to stay on the Paleo track!
    Liked both pages and hope to win!

  12. Stephanie Schmieding says

    I have LIKED both facebook pages. The book sounds wonderful. Thanks for all the information and the wonderful recipe!

  13. Lauren says

    More than like, I love both facebook pages. Keeping fingers crossed that I am selected. Thank you both for this giveaway!

  14. Melissa J says

    I’ve like both pages. I would love to have this cookbook. My family and I eat at different times of the evening and have different tastes in foods. I’ve been in a food rut recently as well. Some new recipes will definitely perk up our old standbys. And recipes that can be stored and eaten later are even better!

  15. rebekah rodrigues says

    I have both pages “liked”. I love using my crock pot so this book is right up my ally!! I love any help i can get as i start my journey!!

  16. Alicia says

    i’d love to win this book! we started this way of eating in February and absolutely love it- i’m down 35lbs today! the funny thing is i only own one Paleo cookbook, “Well Fed” and i need more books to put in my arsenal! thanks for the blogs/ recipes, such a help!

  17. Carrie says

    I was already a fan of Tammy’s page, and now definitely a fan of yours- and I would have done that, regardless of the contest. What a bonus…

  18. Helena Oberg-Avola says

    Liked and liked, more like totally LOVE and would love to win this book! Can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend.

  19. Laurie says

    Already liked Tammy’s FB page and now I liked yours also. I think this book would a wonderful addition to my cookbooks!! For yearsssssssssssssssssss (and I mean years!!!) I had the worst eating habits, and now I am eating a no grain diet and I feel better at 57 than I did at 27!!!!

  20. Jo Ottey says

    Liked and Liked, and even pre ordered but a second copy would make the perfect gift to inspire and help a paleo newbie :) fingers crossed.

  21. Ash says

    I liked both and would really like this giveaway. I’m trying to eat healthier after a huge gallstone scare that I now realized is from eating processed unhealthy food. I hope to win so I can have ideas of what to make for my new lifestyle.

  22. JonnyD says

    I liked The Healthy GF Life page, and I had already liked Everyday Paleo. Please enter me in the contest. The Make Ahead Paleo book sounds great!

  23. Kelly says

    I liked both pages, and am super excited to try this recipe this week! Looking forward to the Make Ahead Paleo book as well!

  24. Michele says

    I like both pages. Would be awesome to win. In always looking for make ahead recipes. Paleo can be challenging with 3 kids an a full time job. Always looking for ways to make it a little easier to live healthy.

  25. Susan says

    I am new to Paleo and am delighted to have such wonderful resources. Thank you! I would love to win the cookbook but you know I will purchase it anyway!

  26. Christina Miller says

    I have liked both pages. I am new to paleo. Started 3 weeks ago and I love it. Not only have I been losing weight but I feel so much better, too. Everyday Paleo has been such a god-send while im learning. Now I would really appreciate having another book to get meal ideas. Thanks for all your help in my “new and healthy me” adventure.

  27. Sarah Elwell says

    This looks like a great book that will help me and my family along on our paleo lifestyle change! I’ve like both pages on Facebook. Thanks for your consideration!!

  28. Cathy E. says

    Liked both pages and can’t wait to “like” my own copy of Make Ahead Paleo! Tammy, I have both your other books already and you’re a kitchen genius! 😀

  29. Alison says

    I’ll definitely need Make Ahead Paleo in my collection! Both pages liked, crossing my fingers to win a copy. Thanks!

  30. PappaSky says

    Well you know I have already “liked” you and now have another GREAT resource thanks to you!

    Now I have liked her as well. No matter the winner, I will buy this one to add to my growing collection of Paleo Cooking Goodness.

    Thanks for sharing this with all of us!!!

  31. Holly P. says

    I “liked” both Facebook pages :) I have Tammy’s other two books and I WILL have this one – one way or another :) Thanks for the chance!

  32. Robyn says

    I have ‘liked’ your page for some time now (and your cookbooks) and now I have ‘liked’ Tammy’s. I cannot wait to try her recipe that you have shared and I hope to win her cookbook.

  33. LeeAnn says

    Both FB pages liked! This book looks like exactly what I need to maintain our relatively new Paleo lifestyle. Thanks for sharing the great review! Can’t wait to see the whole book!

  34. Kathie Thornton says

    Done & done! Super excited! I hope to win the book, but if I don’t, I’m still going to purchase a copy!

  35. tara says

    i NEED this cookbook in my life! my husband and i are just finishing up the Whole 30 (three more days!!!) and i desperately need a break from all the cooking. meals that i can make ahead would save me so much time, especially now that school has started and we are back in full swing of busy life!

  36. Lauren S. says

    I have “liked” both of your pages for quite some time :) Thank you for the amazing giveaway!! I am so excited for this book.

  37. jeanne b says

    that recipe sounds fabulous. I would love to get that book. I have one of your books Sarah. It is fantastic. I am going to get your latest very soon.

  38. Flo says

    I have tried so many different lifestyle food choices and have made my way back home to Paleo based eating. I am feeling like a kid again with energy and overall well being. Thanks to all those who are devoted such as you who take the time to share knowledge and life lessons!

  39. Carol Trost says

    I liked both you and Tammy. I would love to win her new book. Paleo eating is saving my life and your site has been wonderful while on my new quest to a healthier me. Thanks.

  40. april says

    I like both of your pages. Love your blogs, too! Thanks for all the inspiration and direction on living the paleo life!

  41. Jeff says

    Great FB pages! Liked them both. Enjoyed the review and plan to pick up a copy of Make Ahead Paleo as soon as it hits the shelves!

  42. Jenw says

    I liked your page a long time ago and just liked Tammy’s :) This book looks great! My husband and I have a new routine…On Sunday, I plan the week’s meals and then make the grocery list(paleo of course) and he does the shopping. It has helped us stay on track and this book will be helpful with the planning. Already have a bunch of your books and they are my go to cookbooks!

  43. Sherry says

    Already liked both of the pages… been doing Paleo since joining Crossfit a few years back. Thanks for having this giveaway!!

  44. Lori says

    I have been a big fan of both of you for a couple years now. Don’t know how I had missed your facebook page. Both are liked now!!

  45. Felonice says

    I already liked both pages! As a busy mom to two kids under 5! I so need this book! Anything i can do to make being paleo easier.

  46. Valerie A. says

    I have been a follower of both of your FB pages for a while now. I appreciate all the info and recipes you both provide. It has been most helpful with my transition into Paleo.

  47. Amanda wright says

    I’ve liked both pages for some time now. My family eats paleo but we do not own a cookbook yet. This is the ONLY one ive really wanted so that would be awesome!!!

  48. Nikki Bontrager says

    I already “like” and follow both pages on Facebook. If I don’t prep and make ahead I get stuck eating te same things over and over. This book would be so helpful for me so I will be much more successful with keeping my diet clean for optimal health despite being a busy college student :)

  49. Anna W. says

    Love both of you ladies! You’re both amazing resources on nourishment I’ve “liked” you both for ages. Thanks for all you do!!!

  50. Dyanne Spease says

    I have liked both pages on FB. Have been following both of you for a couple months actually. This is an awesome giveaway. It would be a huge blessing for my kitchen.

  51. Katrina says

    I liked both Facebook pages. And I love the recipe here as my hubby & I were just looking for a Sunday roast recipe that was Paleo.

  52. Cheri Steiner says

    Was already following Tammy’s page – but I did like your’s too, look forward to new posts from you. Please enter me to win Make Ahead Paleo. If it is half as lovely as her Healthy GF book, it will be a welcome addition to my kitchen! Thank You!

  53. Barb Harrington says

    I liked both pages, and I’m looking forward to buying the book as soon as my wallet permits. Of course, if I win, I can get started all the faster. :-)

  54. Amy Aldinger says

    I liked both your & her fb pages & would love my own signed copy of Tammy’s new cookbook! 😉 May u have great success Tammy with your new book!

  55. Laine Fancher says

    I’m already following both of you on FB. I love our paleo family! And really appreciate all that both of you do to share your paleo “savvyness” with us!

  56. Lana says

    Liked both facebooks pages, can’t wait to see if I’ve won the cookbook. Got Sara’s book for my birthday and it is SUPER!!

  57. Donna Newell says

    I have recently begun changing the way I eat and have learned so much from your website and have tried several of your recipes – all delicious! This new cookbook sounds great, especially the part about portable food and traveling since that has been an issue for me. I liked both facebook pages as you said – I don’t enter too many contest like things, but this definitely motivated me.

  58. Ana says

    Like & Like! Just getting started, my sis has your book and highly recommended it, will be getting my copy of your book soon! :) Hope I win this book cause I’m gonna need it!

  59. Ellen says

    This recipe sounds wonderful and I would like to make it for my family. Since we cannot have the red wine, could tell me a substitution?

    Thank you!

  60. Britt says

    Oh I need this! I’m such a busy gal during the week and need good make ahead recipes! I’ll be trying this one this weekend!

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