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The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

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This week I had the pleasure of reviewing The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook written by Arsy Vartanian of Rubies and Radishes. This book is a collection of Arsy's own recipes and recipe contributions of other paleo authors. For my review, I picked a recipe created by Vivica Menegaz. As you may know, Vivica is the author of a well-known food blog, of The Nourished Caveman and also runs a popular Facebook page. Today I'm sharing one of the 900 amazing paleo recipes which also happens to be keto-friendly: 5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté.

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What You'll Find in The Book

  • 900 healthy paleo friendly recipes spread over 500 pages. Some recipes are accompanied by photos that are included in two sections in the book. It's only reasonable that most recipes don't include any photos considering the number of recipes.
  • Recipes are divided into 9 chapters: Main dishes, Slow cooker, Easy, fast, few ingredients (my favourite chapter), Appetisers, snacks & sides, Soups & salads, Desserts, Breakfasts, smoothies & drinks, Paleo essentials, Breads & crackers.
  • The book also includes a quick guide to the paleo diet and useful cooking tips.

What I Like About The Book

What's not to love about 900 recipes? :-) With so many recipes, you will never run out of ideas! Arsy Vartanian, Vivica Menegaz and all the talented contributors have included a great variety of recipes to suit any dietary requirements. You'l find recipes that are egg-free, nut-free, dairy-free, and even AIP-friendly.

Who Is This Book For

Although strictly speaking this is not a ketogenic book, many recipes are suitable for the ketogenic diet: Italian Meatballs, Easy Persian Oven Kebabs, Spaghetti Squash with Cilantro-Macadamia Pesto, Paprika Butter Fried Almonds or Chocolate Chip Coconut Balls,... you name it.

Some recipes use ingredients that can easily be substituted. As an example, I'm planning to make the French Pâté Meatloaf wrapped in bacon (page 62) and I'll use almond flour instead of cassava flour. To make recipes in the Desserts chapter, like the 4-Ingredient Cookies, I'll simply use stevia or Erythritol instead of the listed paleo sweeteners.

Keep in mind that if you are new to the ketogenic diet, substituting ingredients will be more difficult for you. I've been following a low-carb diet for over 5 years, so it's easy for me to make most of the recipes in this book keto-friendly.

Perhaps the only two minor comments for this cookbook would be:

  • I'd like to have a table of contents to quickly find recipes. Having said that, there is an index that lists common ingredients which is really useful when you want to cook with ingredients you have on hand.

  • I'd also like to have a nutrition breakdown for each recipe. To be fair, this is a paleo cookbook and knowing nutrition facts is not as important as in a ketogenic cookbook.

You can buy The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook on Amazon.

Book Review: The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook (5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté)

900 Paleo Recipes

For my review, I picked a recipe from the "Easy, Fast, Few Ingredients" chapter: 5-Minute Chicken Liver Pâté by Vivica Menegaz. The reasons I picked this recipe is that firstly, I think we all need to eat more offal - and secondly, I realised that although there is over 390 recipes on my blog, none of them include offal!

Why eat liver?

It's one of the most nutritious foods and perfect for a keto diet. It's a common myth that liver retains toxins - it doesn't. It's one of the oldest traditionally eaten foods in human history. Just take a look at your grandmother's cookbook and you'll find loads of recipes with offal!

If you are new to liver, chicken is your best choice. Unlike pork or beef liver, it has a milder taste and takes less time to cook. Liver in an excellent source of protein, and is high in micronutrients such as folic acid, vitamin A, B (especially B12), iron and CoQ10.

Disclaimer: I was given this book free of charge. I use Amazon Affiliate links but I'm not affiliated with the author of the book. The opinions expressed and photos in this post are my own.

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Hands-on Overall

Nutritional values (per serving)

0.9 grams 0.2 grams 17.2 grams 39.4 grams 23.4 grams 425 calories
Total Carbs1.1grams
Net Carbs0.9grams
of which Saturated23.4grams
Magnesium23mg (6% RDA)
Potassium296mg (15% EMR)

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (1%), protein (16%), fat (83%)

Ingredients (makes 1 serving)

  • 100 g sautéed chicken livers, preferably leftover, cooled (3.5 oz)
  • 3 tbsp butter, softened (45 g/ 1.6 oz) - you could also use ghee
  • 1 tsp fresh herbs, chopped (thyme, oregano, sage,)
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • Optional for serving: sliced radishes, cucumber or crackers (I'd serve it with vegetables, my keto bread, breadsticks or crackers)
  • Optional: duck fat, tallow, schmaltz, ghee or coconut oil on to to seal the pâté
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  1. Take all the ingredients and place them in the blender.
  2. Blend everything until a smooth paste has formed, then serve with sliced radishes or crackers. Store in the fridge for up to 2 days. This recipe can be found on page 150.

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I made 4 servings (batches). To keep it fresh for longer, I used leftover tallow from making keto bone broth and poured it on top of the chilled pâté. Pâté that is sealed with a fat layer on top will last up to 3 months in the fridge. If you don't plan to eat it all in the next few days, it's be better if you use single-serving containers.

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I changed the way I ate in 2011, when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, an autoimmune disease that affects the thyroid. I had no energy, and I found it more and more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

That’s when I decided to quit sugar, grains, and processed foods, and to start following a whole-foods-based ketogenic approach to food.

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Comments (105)

Love reading your easy and lovely recipes Thankyou


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I'm not sure if I'll be able to get over my uneasiness about organ meats lol! But I follow a low-carb diet because it's the first thing that's helped me get to a happy, healthy weight! Woo hoo!


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Thank You Martina for making going into ketosis beautifully delicious and scientifically simple.


My health has never been better than on the keto lifestyle.
The Ultimate Paleo Cookbook looks fabulous, just love the idea of 900 recipes!!


I love anything liver! Not many do. Thanks for the recipe and the opportunity to win.


I feel so much better when I eat KETO.  I also lose weight, but that is gravy.


I am using a ketogenic diet along with exercise and treatment in my fight against cancer. It's working!


I am ready to get STARTED !!!


I see the nutritional benefits of this recipe,must have to be honest, I don't think I can make myself eat any liver pate ;)


I begin following a low carb diet to lose weight but found it helps me with energy issues. I feel this will be my forever diet.


Looking forward to starting a Paleo lifestyle!


I am 65 years old and disabled. I was very sick with sepsis for 4 years and lost 80 pounds the unhealthy way because I could not eat.  When I got well, I loved to eat so much that I gained 80+ pounds back.  I am a short person and I cannot breathe well when I way too much.  Low carb is the only way I can lose weight.  Now I am on the right track.


Hello Martina.
Thank for the opportunity to win one of books mentioned.
I'm very familiar with your website and enjoy your emails for new information. As I'm new to Keto I'm still trying to understand the  concept of low carbs. Not sure about if nuts fit into keto, are they considered carbs?
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Keep up the good work as look forward in viewing each day.


Thank you for your kind words, Annette! You can find all about the keto diet in this post (including links to must-read posts such as my keto food list): How To Keto


I love eating this way, and so does my body!


Great thank you


looks gorgeous!


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I was introduced to the keto diet 6 weeks ago and have already lost 15 pounds! I'm eager to learn more of the principles and inspiring recipe ideas to keep moving forward with my health and weight goals.


LCHF is a way of eating that helped me get rid some of my healthy problems, I feel amazing and the most important I eat real food! love it


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