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Archive for the ‘ Recipes ’ Category

1 Jun

Perfect Roasted Chicken

Every home cook should have a no-fail recipe for roasted chicken, one you can count on to always deliver golden skin and well cooked, moist, flavorful meat. So what’s the secret? Well, there are several: Buy Smaller Chickens Smaller chickens – those weighing 4 1/2 pounds (2 kg) or less – cook fast and evenly, […]

25 May

Primal Beef Enchiladas

Enchiladas are often a mess of ingredients in a casserole pan, the two main ingredients being tortillas and a heavy blanket of cheese. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this Primal enchilada recipe, it’s all about the meat. Chuck roast is slow-cooked with fresh tomatoes and dried chiles. The result is tender, […]

18 May

Gyro Taco Salad & Tzatziki Guacamole

This is a recipe from the brand new Primal Blueprint Publishing book Primal Cravings: Your Favorite Foods Made Paleo. Order your copy today and claim a bunch of free gifts while the limited-time offer lasts. See all the details here. A theme we like to play with a lot is taking flavors you know and […]

11 May

Hazelnut Coffee Pancakes

This is a recipe from the brand new Primal Blueprint Publishing book Primal Cravings: Your Favorite Foods Made Paleo. Order your copy today and claim a bunch of free gifts while the limited-time offer lasts. See all the details here. Hazelnut, coffee, and maple together in a harmonious breakfast package. Take a traditional pancake, jack […]

4 May

Mushroom and Bacon “Risotto”

The rich flavors of bacon and mushrooms dominate this dish, turning riced cauliflower into a super-flavorful side. Cauliflower risotto is fantastic served with a main course of roasted chicken, salmon, or thick, juicy pork chops. The recipe below is great without any additional ingredients, but if you’re really craving comfort food then fatten the risotto […]

27 Apr

Philly Cheesesteak (with Optional Primal Cheddar Cheese Sauce)

As it turns out, Philly Cheesesteak is an amazing meal even if it’s just Philly Steak. Meaning, no cheese sauce or bread included. Not authentic, but delicious none-the-less. You really can’t go wrong with thinly sliced rib eye topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms and peppers. Philly Cheesesteak isn’t about fancy seasonings and preparation methods. […]

20 Apr

Tomato Soup with Spicy Mini-Meatballs

A bowl of tomato soup is delicious any time of year, for lunch or for dinner, for kids and adults. If fresh, super-ripe tomatoes aren’t available then this recipe for tomato soup made from canned tomatoes is the best one to follow. This homemade tomato soup has a rich, pure tomato flavor and silky texture. […]

13 Apr

10 Tips for Making the Best Coconut Butter Ever

Servings: 1 to 2 cups Time in the Kitchen: 10 to 20 minutes You don’t need a recipe for coconut butter. After all, coconut butter only contains one ingredient: coconut. And to make coconut butter, you only do one thing: blend. What you do need, are these 10 no-fail tips for making the best coconut […]

6 Apr

Head Cheese

Head cheese is not cheese at all, and these days it’s not always made from meat simmered off the head of a pig. A more accurate and appetizing way to think of head cheese is simply that it’s a cold cut made from tender, fatty pork. Head cheese isn’t hard to make at home, especially […]

30 Mar

Chinese Five Spice Pork Chops with Sautéed Escarole

Escarole is mostly thought of as a salad green, but like most greens, it’s capable of so much more than that. In this recipe, a hint of vinegar, a pat of butter and a scant drizzle of maple syrup turn escarole into a warm side dish that’s perfect with pork. It’s a bold medley of […]

23 Mar

Smoked Bacon Oysters

Smoked Bacon Oysters are crispy little morsels of pure pleasure, an addictive snack and appetizer, or a tasty breakfast side for scrambled eggs. The flavor of bacon dominates (never a bad thing). Smoked oysters add a sweet and smoky flavor that pairs perfectly with the salty bacon. The texture is also perfect: crispy bacon and […]

19 Mar

How to Make Turkey Jerky (That’s Super Easy and Tastes Like Thanksgiving)

I’m pleased to have our friend David Maren of Tendergrass Farms pen today’s guest post. He’s written this great how-to for making your own delicious pastured turkey jerky. Most folks who make turkey jerky just make beef jerky out of turkey. They tend to use lots of teriyaki sauce, sugar, and Worcestershire sauce to mask the […]

16 Mar

Chicken in Buttery Caper Sauce

The star of this recipe is a simple sauce with bold, memorable flavor. Three easy ingredients – capers, parsley, butter – plus one secret ingredient (the brine from the caper jar) come together into a rich and piquant sauce that will have you licking the plate. The caper sauce pairs really well with chicken; in […]

9 Mar

Coconut Lime Mussels

Mussels are incredibly easy to cook and this recipe capitalizes on that fact. Using a handful of simple ingredients and a few straightforward cooking steps, you’ll have a light but really satisfying meal on the table in 30 minutes. The mussels swim in a creamy coconut broth spiked with shallot, garlic, ginger and lime juice. […]

23 Feb

Turnip & Bison Scramble

The sweet flavor of turnips adds mild but fantastic flavor to this hearty bison & egg scramble. Garnish with green onions for a simple but super-flavorful breakfast. Or, use almost the same combination of ingredients to bake a Primal Breakfast Casserole. Turnips taste a bit like a cross between a radish and a potato. When […]

16 Feb

Pork Chops in Creamy Turmeric Sauce

Pork Chops in Creamy Turmeric Sauce is a spicy (but not overly hot), sweet, tangy dish. It has complex flavor but very simple preparation. The sauce is also really versatile and likely to taste just as good over chicken, beef, or seafood. This is the type of recipe you’ll make again and again. Turmeric lends […]

9 Feb

5 Primal Meals in Just 35 Minutes

Preparing a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week while living a busy life isn’t easy. Even when you know how to cook and what to eat (meat, fish, fowl, eggs, veggies, fruits, nuts and seeds) it’s still a challenge to come up with a variety of tasty meals. The best approach is […]

2 Feb

Beef Stroganoff

Once thought of as an impressive gourmet dish for dinner parties, Beef Stroganoff is actually easy enough to make any night of the week. It’s essentially nothing more than thin strips of beef simmered in a creamy sauce. But what a delicious sauce it is, meaty and rich, and still guaranteed to impress. There are […]

26 Jan

Roasted Salmon and Vegetables with Coconut Aminos

Roasted salmon and vegetables gently seasoned with coconut aminos, garlic and green onion is a delicious, nutritious meal that’s on the table in thirty minutes flat. The salmon will be moist and tender, the beans and bell peppers crisp and fresh and the mushrooms soaked with the sweet-salty umami flavor of coconut aminos. What makes […]

19 Jan

Minestrone-Inspired Soup with Quick Chicken Stock

Minestrone is Italian vegetable soup, a one-pot meal that provides the perfect opportunity to clean out the fridge. This hearty version is made with homemade chicken stock (and cooked chicken) that’s ready in about 30 minutes, to which you can add any vegetables you have on hand. This chicken stock isn’t quite as nutrient rich […]

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