Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go by Diana Rodgers

paleolunchestogoPrior to Chowstalker, I blogged at following my nose and recently saw that Paleo Hacks had listed me as one of the top 25 paleo bloggers and specifically mentioned the book reviews I did.   Ignoring the fact that there are many far more deserving blogs and that mine hasn’t been updated in over a year, it was much appreciated and was the nudge I needed to get back in the book review groove.   Over the summer, while we were working on the re-launch of this site, paleo books seemed to be arriving in the mail weekly and started piling up while their release dates came and went.   If your summer was crazy busy too, you might have missed some of the great new Paleo releases so we’re going to do our part to help correct that.  And since Diana Rodgers, author of  Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go has graciously offered to give one of you a copy, we’re starting with it.

Who’s Diana?


If you do much paleo web-surfing, you probably already know Diana Rodgers.   She is the founder of Radiance Nutritional Therapy and a nutritional consultant for several Crossfit gyms, runs the blog Sustainable Dish where she shares recipes and explores “the optimal foods for nutrition, ethical, political and environmental implications”.  Ron and I were fortunate to meet Diana at AHS this year where she and Robb Wolf made a presentation called “Liberation from the Industrial Food System” and announced that Robb is sending Diana to Zimbabwe next summer to study the works of the Savory Institute!  On top of that, Diana is working on becoming a registered dietitian and lives on an organic farm with her husband and their two children in Carlisle, Massachusetts.  She was diagnosed with celiac disease in her mid-twenties so eating gluten-free is a must.  She starting feeling like she was cured after she took her diet to the next level by adding healthy fats and focusing on nutrient dense foods.

And now she’s a cookbook author too.

Diana’s cookbook, Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go, has 100 recipes for portable meals with chapters devoted to wraps, salads, soups and stews, breakfast, sides and dressings.  There’s also an “entry-level essentials” chapter where Diana shares some basic cooking tips and a few basic recipes including teriyaki jerky, sundried tomato rosemary biscuits and sweet potato crepes.  If you have not yet started your own paleo journey, Diana’s introduction will help you get going where she includes tips for dining out, traveling, making it work with kids and dealing with some common pitfalls.

You’re probably going to love this book if…

  • you feel that acquiring quality ingredients is a very important part of paleo cooking.
  • you love trying exotic flavors and new ingredients.
  • you’re not afraid of an ingredient list with more than 5 items.
  • you want your food to be just as nutritious as it is delicious.
  • you want to make your own creamy salad dressings.
  • you’re looking for recipes that are Whole30 compliant or easily modified to be so.
  • you wish any of the below was in your lunch box.


But it may not be right for you if…

  • you’re looking for boneless chicken and crock-pots recipes.  Diana isn’t a fan of either.
  • you think the mention of white potatoes or raw dairy is paleo sacrilege.
  • you’re expecting all of the “on-the-go” recipes to be super quick to prepare. Many are, but some take a little advanced prepping.
  • you don’t like trying new ingredients and flavor combos.

Diana’s version of paleo is very similar to ours and like Diana, we rarely eat out so I cook most of our meals.  While I’ve made some meals that are similar to ones in Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go, I’m surprised at the number of recipes that are new to me, especially considering the fact that I review dozens of recipes on a daily basis!  Spicy Crab, Avocado and Grapefruit Nori Rolls, Pastrami and Pickles Radiccio Wraps, Lemony Paprika Aioli and Creamy Cashew Gado Gado Sauce are just a few of them.  Diana provides plenty of inspiration for anyone that truly wants to eat nutrient dense food without spending all day in the kitchen.

Win a copy

What’s your biggest obstacle to eating paleo inspired meals when you’re on the go?  Tell us in the comments below by midnight EST on Sunday October 20, 2013  for a chance to win a free copy. Or just say you want the book! :) We’ll choose a random winner and let you know who it is on our Facebook page on Monday.  Or if you need it now, Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On The Go is available on Amazon.


Thanks to everyone who left a comment.  ewatrmln is the winner of the book.  But because we know how useful Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go is, we’d like to pass our copy along to someone as well.  So using the same random number generator, the 2nd winner is jackieaustin.  Please send us your mailing address so that we can get your copy on it’s way.

17 Responses to Paleo Lunches and Breakfasts On the Go by Diana Rodgers

  1. sarahlynnsmile October 18, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    My biggest obstacle the planning of it and always wanting to be creative but running out of ideas! I would love this book!!

  2. jackieaustin October 18, 2013 at 9:32 am #

    My biggest challenge is planning! Having some ideas of quick & healthy lunches is a great thing so I am Paleo-prepared! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I’ve seen the book in person and it’s on my wish list!

    • Patty Strilaeff October 18, 2013 at 9:38 am #

      You’re so welcome! And that’s a glowing endorsement because a lot of books fall off the wish list after seeing them in person! :)

  3. veronicamagyar October 18, 2013 at 10:51 am #

    I find it all fitting in a neat package is tough, I wind up being uber wasteful with a million sandwich bags. And making it yummy for a toddler is forever a part of the equation. Oh, and I’m pregnant so there’s that. Ha! The book sounds awesome!

    • Patty Strilaeff October 18, 2013 at 11:06 am #

      It is tough some days…even for us and we have it easy compared to moms trying to pack lunches and deal with pregnancy induced food-cravings and all that goes with it! :)

  4. cmessex October 18, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

    This year, I went back to work part time and sent my daughter off to kindergarten. It has been crazy adjusting to our new schedules and we are definitely “on the go”! I would love to win this cookbook to have some fresh ideas to keep us eating Paleo out of the house and to optimize our health so we can keep up with these new adventures! Thanks for the giveaway!!! : )

    • Patty Strilaeff October 18, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      That’s some big changes, right? Thanks for checking out the book and entering the give-away!

  5. Bethani October 18, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

    The hardest part for me is lunches. Having 4 kids and a hubby, that’s usually the busiest part of the day and when we would eat out. I just want something quick and easy but also super nourishing and healthy to whip up and have ready for that time of day!!

  6. stephanie October 18, 2013 at 9:23 pm #

    Hi Patty! This year I switched to a paleo diet after developing gluten, lactose and soy intolerances. I’m sad that it took such extreme bodily reactions to convince me to take better care of my eating, but am grateful now that I have no excuse to not pay attention to what I eat. As a full time student and part time worker in mental health, I find my biggest challenge is making meals to go that stay fresh and delicious when I am away from home for 12/13 hours in a day. When I’m at school, I don’t have a fridge for storing!

  7. ewatrmln October 19, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    The hard thing for me, like others, is planning for good food when I’m out. I am so disorganized! I do most of my cookups on the weekend, and devote a whole afternoon to it…so it’s easier to concentrate and think about inventory. I would LOVE to get some new ideas and planning tips from this book! Thanks.

  8. Patty Strilaeff October 19, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    Hey Stephanie, a relative that has some health issues recently said “If you live long enough, you’ll eventually start eating healthy”. So I think you’re lucky to have started now. That’s a long time to be away from home everyday!

  9. Eating 4 Balance October 19, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    I don’t have much problem coming up with food ideas for paleo… but this would be perfect for my parents! Especially being teachers the breakfasts and to-go lunches would be so useful. Thanks for doing this giveaway :)

  10. mandy.forslund October 20, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    My biggest problem is finding meals and recipes that take 30 minutes or less to put a whole meal on the table. This book looks amazing!

  11. cristina.favreau October 20, 2013 at 9:11 pm #

    I want to try new recipes and new ingredient combos. Sounds like this book would really help me out in that department.

  12. Kumu October 21, 2013 at 6:31 am #

    An obstacle with Paleo foods on the go are the shelf life! While fruits , vegetables and nuts are a good option , it may be ideal to have some pre-cooked Paleo food that would avoid the urge to eat non-paleo food.

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