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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 […]

12 Jan

Edible Veggie Tops

It can be easy to forget that the green tops of many vegetables are not only edible, but truly delicious. Beets, carrots, radishes and turnips often show up in supermarkets with no greens attached at all, and that’s a shame. When cooked and served with their greens, these veggies become side dishes with an amazing […]

5 Jan

Crispy Carnitas

As if slow-cooked, tender, succulent pork wasn’t tempting enough, carnitas takes it one step further by caramelizing the pork in its own fat until the outside is perfectly browned and crisp. The crispy, tender morsels of pork that come out of the oven are hard to resist; it’s not unusual to eat so much meat […]

29 Dec

Primal Cassoulet

Cassoulet is often thought of as a massive undertaking that requires days to cook. It’s also often assumed that cassoulet can’t be made without beans. In this Primal version, neither is true. In a few hours you’ll have one of the meatiest meals imaginable. Incredibly rich and hearty with layers of different flavors, this is […]

22 Dec

Lamb Rib Chops with Parsley and Mint Sauce

These little lamb chops are incredibly easy to cook but always seem so fancy, especially when dressed up with a vibrant herb sauce. Whether served for a holiday feast or mid-week meal, you’re in for a real treat when you serve lamb rib chops with parsley and mint sauce. Lamb rib chops are tender morsels […]

15 Dec

Homemade Gravlax

Gravlax is a satisfying snack, a delicious breakfast, and an elegant appetizer. It’s different from lox which is cold smoked, and it’s made by curing fresh salmon in a mixture of salt, sugar, and seasonings. Traditionally, dill is the main seasoning but it’s not required. You can use any herb you like and/or add a wide […]

8 Dec

Healthy Sauces, Dressings and Toppings

A personal arsenal of go-to Primal meals that can be cooked with little thought, time, or effort is an easy way to keep healthy eating on track. Dinner can be as basic as seasoning a steak with salt and pepper and sautéing veggies in butter. The next day that same leftover steak can show up […]

1 Dec

Bacon Brussels Sprouts with Brown Butter Vinaigrette

Brown-butter vinaigrette and a generous garnish of bacon make this veggie side dish almost as satisfying as a main course. Even so, the overall flavor is surprisingly light refreshing, thanks to the crisp, tender texture of the Brussels sprouts and a generous squirt of lemon. This recipe uses a quick and efficient cooking method that […]

24 Nov

Creamy Hot Cocoa and Egg-Less Nog

When the weather turns chilly and you’re craving a festive beverage, bypass all the stores selling over-sugared Venti drinks and head home to make your own Primal Hot Cocoa and Eggnog (or in this case, Egg-Less Nog). Sinfully rich with just the right amount of sweetness, these beverages are all pleasure and no guilt. The […]

17 Nov

Succulent Roast Goose

Roasting a goose makes any holiday feast merrier. Not only because it’s not the same old turkey or beef roast, but because goose meat is intensely meaty and flavorful and cloaked in a layer of unbelievably rich, crispy skin. As an extra bonus, a goose also leaves behind a gift: lots of delicious goose fat. […]

10 Nov

Homemade Turkey Stock

It happens every Thanksgiving. In a shockingly short amount of time, the beautiful bird you spent hours roasting to perfection is ravaged and picked clean down to the bone. What remains of your holiday centerpiece is nothing more than an unappetizing carcass. But don’t be so quick to throw that turkey carcass out. Instead of […]

3 Nov

Raw Butternut Squash Slaw

Raw Butternut Squash Slaw is a refreshing and bold slaw with a nod to autumn. Raw squash is mild and slightly sweet with a heavier texture that mixes well with light, crunchy cabbage and a blend of spicy, tangy flavors. Instead of having to wait for it to slowly roast in an oven, this recipe […]

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