Today I get to share with you a beautiful new cookbook that has been a great addition to my grain-free cookbook library! It’s the All-American Paleo Table by Caroline Potter, NTP of Colorful Eats Nutrition.
I learned about Caroline from a podcast she did with Liz Wolfe about a year ago. After checking out her blog and her instagram account, I fell in love with her recipes and photography! The story of her diagnosis with Type 1 Diabetes and how she uses nutrition to improve her health, is an inspiration to all of us living with chronic illness. I just love her positivity, and how she makes the best of what life has to offer her. I took a little road trip to Portland when Caroline was in town for her signing and it was such a pleasure to meet her in person. She’s just as sweet and genuine as she sounds online!
In the All-American Paleo Table, Caroline shares grain-free versions of some comfort food favorites. I’m pretty sure I started drooling as I flipped through her book for the first time! I had so many recipes that I wanted to try “first”, that it was so hard to decide where to start.
I was fortunate enough to enjoy the Toasted Coconut Lemon Tarts (page 116) without having to make them myself! My aunt and uncle, who happen to know Caroline’s husband well, made them for dessert when I joined them for dinner one night. I was so excited that I got to enjoy dessert with everyone else! That’s something that doesn’t happen all too often. The tarts were a perfect combination of sweet and some pucker, and the toasted coconut crust was not only delicious, but held up so well.
One morning while having a cereal craving, I opened up Caroline’s book and made the Crunchy Cinnamon Toast Squares (page 18). I felt like a kid again, sitting down with a bowl of cereal covered in coconut milk. Needless to say, between me and my husband, those little squares didn’t last long!
Caroline’s Tomato Basil Soup (page 190) started calling my name when our weather went from mild and dry to cold and rainy in the Pacific Northwest. It totally hit the spot! Starting with roasting the tomatoes, onions, carrots and garlic, the house began to smell amazing.
While my tomato soup cooked away, I prepared the Crackling Pork Belly Croutons (page 86) so I could top my soup with them. I had a hard time keeping my paws off them before the soup was ready! We really loved the addition of the salty, crunchy croutons with this creamy soup!
Because I just love this soup so much and it’s the perfect time of the year to enjoy it, I’m so happy I can share it with you here! Thank you, Caroline!
Tomato Basil Soup
- 2 lbs Fresh, Ripe Tomatoes
- 1 small Sweet White Onion
- 1 large Carrot
- 5 cloves Garlic peeled
- 1/4 cup Olive Oil
- 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt Divided
- 30 oz Canned Tomato Puree
- 1 1/2 cups Full-Fat, Unsweetened Coconut Milk
- 1/2 cup Fresh Basil plus more for garnish
- 1/2 tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
- 1 cup Crackling Pork Belly Croutons (page 86), for serving
- Preheat the oven to 400F (204C). Slice the tomatoes in half, discarding the stems. Cube the onion and carrot. Add the tomatoes, onion, carrot and garlic cloves to a large roasting pan. Toss together with olive oil and half of the salt. Roast for 40 minutes, stirring halfway through.
- Cool the vegetables for 10 minutes before transferring to a large pot. Add in the remaining ingredients. Use an immersion blender to puree until the soup is completely smooth. If you do not have an immersion blender, you can use a blender, but make sure your tomatoes are cool and you work in batches to avoid a mess! Simmer on low for 30 minutes before serving.
- Top your bowl of soup with a garnish of fresh basil and Crackling Pork Belly Croutons.
There are so many amazing recipes to try in All-American Paleo Table! My husband keeps asking me when I’m going to make the Thin Crust BBQ Pizza with Crispy Bacon (page 186). He’s a pizza fanatic so it’s no surprise that’s the one he’s asking for. I guess it will have to be next!
Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of All-American Paleo Table for yourself, or add it to your holiday wishlist!
Make sure you head over to my instagram account to try your luck at winning a copy! Contest ends Wednesday, November 25th at 5pm PST and is open to US residents only. Good luck!