I met Juli back in 2013 when she was teaching a couple cooking classes in Boston, and I have been a massive fan ever since. I read all of her blog entries, and I’ve decided that I love PaleOMG for 3 main reasons: Juli tells it like it is, the community is so active and supportive, and every single recipe has its own story. I began my paleo journey back in October of 2012 to figure out some digestive issues and limit the times I had to call my best friend with an “ailment of the day”. The experiment turned into a lifestyle, the lifestyle turned into a blog, and the blog turned into a cookbook! I have always believed that every meal we eat has incredible stories woven into it. There are the stories of the ingredients itself from the plants, animals, and farmers, and then there are the stories of the laughter, momentous occasions, and life events that are intertwined with these meals. While I do get a hard time about it, I can remember almost every meal I have served and been served. I remember everything from the faces of the people around me to the actual food we were eating.
I decided to take this obsession concept and draft up my first cookbook called Bowls of Love: Paleo Soups for the Seasons. Soup has always been my favorite thing to cook because there are no rules, and you can very easily create colorful masterpieces that warm the hearts and stomachs of all of your friends and family. I decided to reach out to 49 of the most special people in my life, sharing this dream, and requesting a favor. I asked them each to send me a bowl. The bowls had no restrictions on size, shape, color, or pattern, but it had to be from the heart. Every day, packages from all over the world were arriving with the most gorgeous bowls, and I began crafting recipes. I created a seasonal paleo soup recipe for every person and then had it photographed in the given bowl. Each recipe in the book is accompanied with a story about the person who gave the bowl, recounting special memories all revolving around food and the table.
The book is basically the best Valentine’s Day gift ever (hint, hint) because it is stock full of incredible paleo recipes all made from the heart and designed to spread the love and community that was always meant to live in and with the food we eat. Enjoy the delicious Moroccan flavors in this lamb stew, and check out my blog and cookbook for hundreds more recipes! Use the coupon code VALENTINE15 on my website (www.intersectioncoaching.com) to get 15% off my cookbook for Valentine’s Day!!
- 2 medium onions, sliced
- 4 carrots, peeled & chopped
- 2 lb. lamb shoulder (can also use lamb shank or leg of lamb)
- Sea salt & pepper
- 2 Tbsp. lamb spice mix (combo of rosemary, rose petals, cumin, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, mint) – you can also buy pre-mixed lamb or Moroccan seasoning if you don't have all of these spices
- 2 Tbsp. garlic, chopped
- 1 Tbsp. fresh rosemary
- 8 matchstick slices ginger, 1-inch each
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 1 1/2 cups prunes
- Lay onions and carrots at the bottom of the crockpot.
- Cover with water (just enough to barely cover).
- Lightly season the lamb with sea salt and pepper.
- Spice both sides of the lamb with the spice mixture, and then lay it on top of the onions and carrots.
- Make a few slits in the lamb, and stuff with chopped garlic and rosemary.
- Add the ginger, apricots, and prunes to the crockpot.
- Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.
- Remove the ginger, shred the lamb, and serve!
Ali Rakowski is a health coach and author based in Stamford, Connecticut. She formed her company, Intersection Coaching (http://www.