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26 Jan

Contest Poll: 2016 Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

contestpollA couple weeks back I asked you to film and share your favorite Primal Blueprint recipes for a chance to win $1500 in gift certificates to US Wellness Meats. This particular contest has always been a 21-Day Challenge staple, but this year, I upped the ante by moving the contest over to Instagram, thus limiting videos to just 15 seconds each. The response was nothing short of amazing, as you guys came through with 35 top-notch entries!

Picking a short list of favorites was challenging, so the Worker Bees and I threw our favorites into a pot and chose the first five. I’m telling you, all of this year’s submissions were pretty amazing.

While there can only be one winner, I want to give a huge thanks to everyone that took the time to submit a video. I hope you had as much fun making them as we had watching them!

Watch all the videos in the playlist below, then vote for your favorite in the poll at the bottom of the page.

Voting will close and a winner will be announced at 6 pm PST, Wednesday, January 27.

Tuna Patty Wraps Ingredients: 2 cans of tuna fish (sustainably sourced, of course), drained 1 TBS fresh, chopped parsley 1 TBS lemon juice 1 TBS coconut flour 2 tsp tapioca flour/starch 1 egg, beaten ½ tsp paprika Finely chopped red onion (about ¼ c. depending on preference) Salt & Pepper, to taste Directions: In a large skillet or cast iron, heat ghee over med/ med-high heat. You want about a half inch of ghee (or fat of choice) in pan. Meanwhile, mix all ingredients thoroughly. If your ghee is still not hot enough, put the tuna mix in the fridge while the pan heats up. Once pan is ready, form small tuna cakes that are about 2 or 3 inches in diameter. Cook for 2-3 min on each side, being sure not to overcrowd the pan, until they are nicely browned on both sides. In my large cast iron, I can cook 5 at a time. The fat should be hot enough that the tuna patties sizzle/bubble immediately. Once cooked, allow to cool slightly on a paper towel. Serve on lettuce with desired toppings (avocado, mayo, hot mustard, pickles, etc.). Makes about 6-8 patties, depending on size #15SecPrimal @MarksDailyApple

A video posted by Joanna Noel (@joannanoel3051) on

#jonasblizzard2016 got me thinking about tropical foods! Like this #15secprimal Spicy Shrimp Avocado & Mango Ceviche for Two 💑👩‍❤️‍👩👨‍❤️‍👨💏👩‍❤️‍💋‍👩🙌🌴☀️🌴☀️🍤🍤🍤🍤It’s really too easy to make, loaded with healthy fats, packed with protein & has all the colors of the 🌈: For the ceviche: ✔️10 small shrimp (uncooked, peeled & deveined) ✔️1/3 cup lime juice ✔️2/3 avocado, cubed & divided (halve avocado when cutting & be sure to keep avocado skin halves intact) ✔1/2 small mango, cubed & divided ✔️1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped (about 5 cherry tomatoes) ✔️2 tbsp red onion, chopped ✔️1 Tbsp cilantro, chopped ✔️1/2 jalapeño pepper, chopped ✔️Himalayan pink salt to taste For the sauce: ✔️1/3 avocado ✔️1 Tbsp full-fat canned coconut milk ✔️Juice of a lime wedge ✔️Himalayan pink salt to taste ✔️1/8 tsp crushed red pepper (optional) ✔️Water to thin if necessary Combine shrimp & lime juice, allow shrimp to marinate 10-15 minutes, until pink & opaque. Add avocado, mango, tomato, red onion, cilantro, jalapeño & salt, stir to combine. In a food processor or blender, combine remaining third of avocado, coconut milk, lime juice, salt & crushed red pepper, process until smooth. Scoop ceviche mixture into empty avocado skin shells & top with avocado sauce, serve immediately! 🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤🍤 @marksdailyapple @primalkitchenfoods @primalpublish #primalblueprint #15secprimal #paleo #paleodiet #paleodiet #marksisson #rdchat #registereddietitian #dietitian #healthy #healthyeats #healthyfood #eatclean #eathealthy #cleaneats #cleaneating #food #foodie #foodporn #foodstagram #primal #yummy #mmm #nomnom #nutrition #nutritionist #pb21day

A video posted by Charlotte Martin, RDN 🙋 (@charlottemartinrdn) on

Who hash! This is a wonderful recipe because of how versatile it can be! You can take anything you find in your fridge and throw it in. Put coconut oil in your pan on medium heat. Once warm, put in half of a red onion, garlic, and a chopped (medium sized) sweet potato. Cook these until the sweet potatoes are well done. In the meantime, put coconut oil in another pan for your choice of meat. Cook thoroughly. Add the meat into the who hash. Mix in whatever other ingredients you would like to use (carrots, celery, spinach, peppers, other veggies or meats) and stir. In the same pan you cooked the meat, scramble up anywhere from 2-8 eggs. Add these in when they are done. Mix the whole combination once again, add spices, and serve. I put mine on a rainbow chard leaf for a lunch wrap. Enjoy!! #15secprimal @marksdailyapple #paleo

A video posted by Reb (@rockclimbinlady) on

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas Delicious, versatile and simple. Like 3 ingredients kind of simple. That’s right. Ingredients: 5 lb. (2.26 kg) bone-in pork shoulder 5 garlic cloves 1 tbsp. (approx. 18 g) salt or more if you like Directions: Slice 5 cloves of garlic into halves or thirds. Puncture the pork and insert the sliced garlic into the slots. Place the pork shoulder into the slow cooker and cover with salt. No need to add extra liquid. Cover and slow cook on high for 6 hours or until the pork shreds easily with a fork. Pan fry shredded pork with juice from the slow cooker – add more fat of choice if needed. Fry until brown on one side. Eat it with eggs, salsa, guac or anything else you want to make awesome. Variations: Also tastes great cooked with any combination of cumin, onion, oregano, cilantro, orange juice/zest or jalapenos. #15SecPrimal #slowcookedpork #carnitas @marksdailyapple

A video posted by Gilly (@undertheprimalsun) on

To check out the complete playlist on Instagram (and I HIGHLY suggest you do), click here.

Vote for the Winner of the 2016 Primal Blueprint Recipe Video Contest

  • Carnitas by @undertheprimalsun (42%, 252 Votes)
  • Simple Sausage and Apple Salad by @sarantakic (33%, 198 Votes)
  • Tuna Patty Wraps by @joannanoel3051 (12%, 74 Votes)
  • Who Hash by @rockclimbinlady (6%, 37 Votes)
  • Spicy Shrimp, Avocado & Mango Ceviche by @charlottemartinrdn (6%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 596

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  1. These all look amazing! I voted for the avocado because that combo of flavors is just so appealing to me. But they all look like winners to me!

    Elizabeth wrote on January 26th, 2016
  2. I voted for carnitas ’cause slow-cooked meat is the best thing in the world… And it seemed the most primal to me. Meat, garlic, and salt? Primal heaven.

    TF wrote on January 26th, 2016
    • I voted for the carnitas also, because as soon as I started reading my mouth started watering…..

      Angel wrote on January 26th, 2016
    • I voted for the carnitas as well… I liked the look of the avocado but the noise in the background made me think of aliens. 😀 I also considered the tuna, I loved the music and the recipe looked good but the carnitas won with HUNGER TERMINATED!

      Wildrose wrote on January 27th, 2016
  3. I cried a little when the link to all the entries didn’t show mine. I hope it wasn’t passes up because of an Instagram technicality.

    Matt N wrote on January 26th, 2016
    • Oh no! What’s your Instagram handle?

      Liz Mostaedi wrote on January 26th, 2016
      • Docneuman

        Matt N wrote on January 26th, 2016
        • Looks like your account is private, so the video is not showing up in the public feed when #grokinthewild is searched.

          You should see a follow request from Mark’s Daily Apple now.

          Liz Mostaedi wrote on January 26th, 2016
        • Ohh noes! I accepted your request. I’ll make my account public for a while so others can see the clip.

          Well, it was fun making the video anyway. Better luck next year!

          Matt N wrote on January 26th, 2016
  4. I vote for simple sausage and apple salad!!

    hattie wrote on January 26th, 2016
  5. love the sausage salad!

    Hattie Kutzley wrote on January 26th, 2016
  6. Spicy Shrimp Avocado & Mango Ceviche for Two please. :)

    HealthyGuy wrote on January 26th, 2016
  7. These look great but I really hope next year you drop use of Instagram. I think you lose a lot of the detail and the love of cooking and passion for healthy eating with such a short video. I had to read the recipe to figure out what is going into the recipe (which I really didn’t take the time to read the small print on my phone). Maybe limit the video time next year (2 to 3 minutes) but make it longer than 15 seconds so we can watch a video that actually explains the recipe without having to read to make sense. I really LOVE seeing what and how everyone cooks primally but I didn’t get enough detail watching the screen moving so fast to really absorb the info. Just my two cents, I’m sure others liked the quick hit videos.

    Primal Pam wrote on January 26th, 2016
    • +1

      TF wrote on January 26th, 2016
    • +1

      Susan wrote on January 27th, 2016
  8. Mark,

    This isn’t the place for this, I know, but I’m out of other options.

    I’ve been trying to register on the forum for 6 days now to no avail. It keeps telling me that I can’t register multiple accounts. I don’t even have a FIRST account. I’ve sent two messages to the admins about the registration problem, none have been responded to. Kind of hard to participate in the forum, if I can’t post or ask questions.

    PLEASE, can I get someone to email me and/or actually respond to the registration issues on the forum? I’ve even tried to register on my darn iPhone from a completely different network, and it still gives me the same error. So I don’t know what gives, whether it’s just with my IP or is affecting everyone, but if it’s more than a single problem, you may have a serious site registration issue on your hands that needs looked at. Thank You!

    John Winters wrote on January 26th, 2016
  9. I’m not sure how the contest rules run, but copyrights should always be taken seriously. It is doubtful that the Terminator was contacted to give consent for his image to be used.

    john wrote on January 27th, 2016
  10. I vote for the sausage salad.

    Kim Kelly wrote on January 27th, 2016
  11. I voted for the avocado ceviche because it looks yummy. But also it seems to me the most creative, and the most complete in terms of a primal meal. I don’t go with giving too much weight to meat in a primal diet. This has unprocessed seafood, vegs and fruit, and is bursting with color and flavour. I’ll try it.

    Don wrote on January 27th, 2016
  12. Hands down the shrimp ceviche! It’s the most original and creative!

    Sarah wrote on January 27th, 2016
  13. I vote for that sausage and apple salad

    Chris Rowe wrote on January 27th, 2016
  14. Tuna patties for me.simple and yummy.

    Fos wrote on January 27th, 2016
  15. I liked the Carnitas. Not only is it supper easy, but adding herbs, spices, and eggs sounded great.

    Debbie Sabadin wrote on January 27th, 2016
  16. I vote for sausage salad

    Emilly wrote on January 27th, 2016
  17. I vote for simple sausage salad

    John wrote on January 27th, 2016
  18. sausage apple salad

    Rebecca wrote on January 27th, 2016
  19. Tuna Patties, easy peasy and the best video by far.

    Lisa wrote on January 27th, 2016
  20. I vote for simple sausage and apple salad.

    Olga wrote on January 28th, 2016
  21. I vote for Carnitas.

    James Calhoun wrote on January 28th, 2016
  22. Holy cow! We didn’t realize there was a contest page that officially announced the results. Hopefully better late than never we’d like to thank everyone who voted for the carnitas. The contest was great and we look forward to working our way through the playlist making and enjoying each delicious recipe.


    Gilly wrote on February 1st, 2016
  23. Thank you Mark Sisson and MDA for the 21 day challenge, this contest and everything you do!

    Gilly wrote on February 1st, 2016

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