I’ve known Josh Weissman for a few years now, and I can’t brag on him enough. He has a thirst for knowledge on photography and cooking that really comes through in everything that he makes. He’s the mind behind the blog Slim Palate, which has always floored me with the crazy talent he has. He even wrote a guest post for me a while back for Crispy Skin Salmon which is amazing. Oh, and Josh has lost 100 POUNDS on Paleo. You want to know what makes this all the more impressive?? HE’S 18! Yes, 18. In fact, he’s about to graduate high school this fall. I don’t know about you, but I was definitely not writing cookbooks when I was in high school.
Josh’s story is so relatable, and I love him for that – he’s opened his world to us and brought us in on his journey. Aside from taking control of his health so early in life, Josh has shown us that there are no excuses. Sure, most of us have full-time jobs, kids, other stuff that keeps us busy, but we don’t have to write papers, study for tests, etc etc. Yes, it’s all relative. But, seriously – I wasn’t this dedicated in high school at all.
Now for the recipes. What kills me is Josh’s natural photography skills. Most of us in the food blogger world have practiced for years to hone our photo abilities. I mean, go look back at some of my early recipes…actually, don’t. Well, look at the recipes but skip over the photos :D Back to Josh – I’m floored by his photographs. He’s working so hard to bring you all something that looks amazing and tastes just as it looks.
If you’re not sold by the photos alone, then the recipes will get you on board. There’s something about his recipes that are so easy to follow and leave you with delicious results. I just flipped opened the book to page 104: “Rosemary and Coriander-Crusted Rack of Lamb” – the photo makes my mouth water and my stomach growl…this recipe like Josh’s others is straightforward and easy to follow. Let’s pick out a few more choice ones at random: Braised Moroccan Chicken with Stuffed Olives, Fragrant Indian Cauliflower ‘Couscous’ and Salted Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge – SAY WHAT??? All of those sound AMAZING.
Josh has allowed me to share one of his recipes with you – aren’t you excited?! I am! The Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook is available now on Amazon, please go check it out. You won’t regret it. Ok enough of my gum bumping…here’s the paleo pancakes recipe!!
- In a blender; puree the blackberries until completely smooth. Pour through a mesh sieve, pushing against the sieve until most of the liquid has strained through, then discard the seeds. Stir the stevia or honey into the blackberry puree.
- In a medium-sized bowl, combine the coconut flour, baking soda, and salt and stir with a fork to incorporate. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla, almond or coconut milk, and honey. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until thoroughly incorporated and no lumps remain.
- Heat about a tablespoon of ghee in a large pan over medium heat then lade in the batter to make 2-3 inch pancakes, making sure to space them far enough apart that they don’t connect. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes or until they begin to bubble, then flip them and cook for another 2 minutes. Place the pancakes on a warmed tray lined with paper towels, and repeat the process with the remaining batter.
- Serve the pancakes with almond butter and blackberry sauce spooned on top.
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