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5 Oct

Contest Poll: Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

It’s time for you to decide another winner! At the start of this 30-Day Challenge I put out a call for Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos. MDA readers got right to work. As a result, YouTube has never seen better looking food.

As you might imagine, my crew and I had a tough time narrowing the field. We lost nights of sleep, shed many tears and cursed our duty of having to eliminate so many great videos from the running. And in the end we held a blind vote. To everyone that didn’t make the cut, many thanks from myself and (yes, I’ll take the liberty) the MDA community for your contributions.

Before the vote, a recap of what’s at stake:

The Prize:

A Primal/paleo Cookbook Library consisting of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals, Eat Well Feel Good, Make it Paleo, Everyday Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, and The Garden of Eating

Alaskan Salmon – Courtesy of Wild Pacific Salmon

Beef Jerky – Courtesy of Slant Shack Jerky

Sandbag Thy Coach from

The Primal Blueprint Platinum PackageThe Platinum Package

That’s well over $600 of Primal goodies. Who receives this Primal prize package is up to you. Watch the videos below and then make your vote count. This poll will close and a winner will be announced at 9 am PST, Thursday, October 6.

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. It looks like we have a clear winner. Congratulations to Nacho for his Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho recipe video. Grok on!

Vote for the Winner of the 2011 Primal Blueprint Recipe Video Contest

  • Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho (40%, 434 Votes)
  • Chocolate Mousse (22%, 233 Votes)
  • Moroccan Chicken Casserole (20%, 214 Votes)
  • Fig Tart in a Hazelnut Crust (19%, 207 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,072

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  1. These are all amazing. :)

    barefoot paul wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Nacho is the better!!I love Nacho.I wan´t a Nacho in my life!!

      RUTH DIAZ wrote on October 6th, 2011
      • I’m with you Ruth! I loved his video. Glad he won!

        Lori wrote on October 6th, 2011
  2. I vote for Chocolate Mousse! I have made one before and it turned out pretty damn awesome. I learned a lot from watching the video!

    Primal Toad wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Rubio is one hilarious dude! Do you want to be my chef?!

      Primal Toad wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Thanks Toad! “Non-primals” are always amazed when they eat it too. I agree with your other comment too, Nacho is awesome!:)

      Chris wrote on October 5th, 2011
  3. These all do look amazing, and I’d already bookmarked the Moroccan chicken as a future entree. I would have voted for each of them, but I finally had to choose just one!

    Harmony wrote on October 5th, 2011
  4. Couldn’t go past the Chocolate Mousse, what a great way to use up the excess eggs from my backyard chickens! yumm

    Amy wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • I’m so jealous that you can have chickens. I left my profession and went back to school for engineering full time and when I’m finished we are moving somewhere where we can have chickens and hopefully a couple cows. Can’t wait! Thanks for voting!:)

      Chris wrote on October 6th, 2011
  5. Come on Dessert!!!!

    Joanne - The Real Food Mama wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Right?! Desert…it’s not just for after dinner. It’s for breakfast!:)

      Chris wrote on October 6th, 2011
  6. I tried the Moroccan Chicken…good, but it is amazing with Lamb. And the Mousse…well what can I say…HANDS DOWN the winner, since I am a Chocolate Freak, trying to enjoy it the primal way, now I can…Best Dishes to all..good cooing

    Susan wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Susan, I hope the mousse satisfies the chocolate freak in you. I’m a chocolate freak myself and this definitely does the trick.;)

      Chris wrote on October 6th, 2011
  7. Hard to pick, you All did a great job! So creative! I have my menu planned out for a week.(or 4) Best of luck to you all!

    Kari wrote on October 5th, 2011
  8. Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho! Not only does the recipe look beautiful and delicious, but Nacho was really entertaining (and super hot!!). It didn’t even feel like an 11 minute video.

    Reiko wrote on October 5th, 2011
  9. I ran out and got the ingredients for Nacho’s gazpacho. It was pretty good.

    Michelle wrote on October 5th, 2011
  10. And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find the dessert recipes that impressive. The fig tart was beautiful of course, and the chocolate mousse looked delicious. But I do a lot of cooking and I can tell you that making something delicious that’s NOT sweetened and full of fat requires much more imagination.

    Reiko wrote on October 5th, 2011
  11. Oh my God! That Chocolate Mousse looks like it’ll hit the spot!

    MumtazG38 wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Thanks, it TOTALLY does.

      Chris wrote on October 6th, 2011
  12. I voted for Nacho because not only was he really funny, but the recipe looks nutritious and he used some creative ingredients (watermelon?!). I’ll give up an honorable mention to Kayla for her Moroccan Chicken.

    The fig tart seemed to have too much dairy to really be primal, plus I can’t eat dairy, but really nice quality on the video.

    Everybody loves chocolate, but wow, was that a lot of mousse! While I would love to try that recipe for a treat, I need recipe ideas for everyday primal eating. Plus, the presentation was kinda boring. Cooking should be entertaining! Ole!

    Phoebe wrote on October 5th, 2011
  13. I have to give props for teh fig tart. I know personally having a mac that the video was NOT easy to edit and finalize. I love the effort and the tart looks awesome!

    Unfortunately the chicken kept true to the hardcore paleo diet and it looks AMAZINGLY GOOD. I can’t wait to try it.

    Still, kudos to the tart vid and recipe in general, if I was a sweets person my vote would her fer sure :)

    steffo wrote on October 5th, 2011
  14. ahh typos *the *be

    steffo wrote on October 5th, 2011
  15. They all sound amazing…such a hard choice!

    Ryan wrote on October 5th, 2011
  16. With all of this excellent Primal food, it is next to impossible to be “good”! I just keep eating and eating and eating… :)

    Lisa wrote on October 5th, 2011
  17. Nacho … naturally !
    Despite the fact that I am allergic to tuna and tomatoes, this was the video that not only kept me entertained, but really made me want to try the recipe.

    Orannhawk wrote on October 5th, 2011
  18. I vote for the Chocolate Mousse. It looks easy to make & love a good tasting health dessert.

    Sherri Brown wrote on October 5th, 2011
  19. I’ve eaten the Chocolate Mousse and it is off the chain. Careful. Can be addictive.

    Bryan wrote on October 5th, 2011
    • Bryan, I heard you licked the bowl. I’m so proud.:)

      Chris wrote on October 6th, 2011
  20. I vote for Chocolate Mousse.

    Carrie wrote on October 5th, 2011
  21. Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho was hands down the most entertaining, creative, and delicious recipe video; Nacho has a winning personality for this kind of thing !

    Melissa wrote on October 5th, 2011
  22. I love figs! Oh, how to choose?? All the recipes look great!

    Tara45 wrote on October 5th, 2011
  23. Tuna tataki with Gazpacho, Nacho you are the best, wonderfull, tv machine.

    Mr.Ibar wrote on October 5th, 2011
  24. Hi

    I’ve gone for the Chicken recipe. I can’t wait to try it out. Very tempted to vote for the chocolate mousse a very close second for me.



    kim wrote on October 6th, 2011
  25. I can’t believe this!
    Thanks for all the votes!!! It’s 10 am here in Spain and I see you like the video!!! And you understand my English! Good for my dad and all the money he spent in teachers and English schools!
    Thank you!!!

    El Gourmet Espartano wrote on October 6th, 2011
  26. Definitly Nacho is superb.I really enjoyed his presentation, so funny and pedagogic, and the recipe looks delicious. He should be in TV. Thank you, Nacho, you have my vote!

    Javier L Sedo wrote on October 6th, 2011
    • Actually, he is.
      In a spanish channel :)

      Lerelaa wrote on October 16th, 2011
  27. Nacho and the tuna tataki. I love tuna and I love the way he makes me smile. Simply greatttttt

    Gracia Lacal wrote on October 6th, 2011
  28. Hi guys! Vanessa from the recipe video above. Thanks all for the lovely comments. I did spend ages editing it!

    For all the DAIRY-FREE people, I did include suggestions at the end of the video (4:24) for how to make it dairy-free: Just omit the mascarpone cheese, bake the figs directly in the tart with honey, cinnamon and star anise. Make the base with coconut oil instead of butter. Voila!

    I tried to avoid using expensive ingredients, and having too many steps to make this an easy-to-replicate recipe.

    PLEASE vote for me. I want to win those cookbooks sooo badly! Thanks a lot!

    Vanessa wrote on October 6th, 2011
    • You did an amazing job editing. Looking forward to trying the recipe!

      Ben wrote on October 6th, 2011
  29. Puesta en escena impecable, Nacho nos ha convencido 100%, bien por los guiños a la cocina española!!Enhorabuena!!!

    La Rana wrote on October 6th, 2011
  30. Nacho, your English is excellent! I love tunna so I’m prepeared to give it a try. Vote for you, good luck!


    Raquel Juan wrote on October 6th, 2011
  31. This gets my vote – Fig Tart in a Hazelnut Crust. It sounds delicious and will be very good for anybody who suffers with hypoglycemia.

    Noel from Hypoglycemia-Dieting wrote on October 6th, 2011
  32. Congrats to the finalists! We are sad that we didn’t make it into the finals. :( But the videos are amazing!!

    Tara wrote on October 6th, 2011
  33. Mark, When I seem to send the direct link to the blog post to friends and family they can’t find the space to vote! I think it’s partially broken. The main site shows it consistently though.

    Vanessa wrote on October 6th, 2011
  34. I vote for Nacho, gazpacho is a complete world of recipes

    Gómez, Pedro wrote on October 6th, 2011
  35. I think I will try the Moroccan Chicken with lamb…although I voted for it as is! I am planning to make it soon..

    Hopeless Dreamer wrote on October 6th, 2011
  36. He had me at “sashimiiiii!” Great job, everyone!

    Suzanne wrote on October 6th, 2011
  37. Nacho, I’m from Spain and I loved your trick of watermelon in the gazpacho.My vote is for you!

    Mariano wrote on October 6th, 2011
  38. Voted for Nacho. My girls thought he was very entertaining. I am not a gazpacho fan, but I am willing to give this recipe a try.

    sheree wrote on October 6th, 2011
  39. Vote for the Moroccan Chicken! BOOMSHAKALAKA!!!

    Matt wrote on October 6th, 2011

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