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27 Sep

Contest: Primal Iron Chef

The Prize:

A Vitamix! That’s right, a $500 blender.  I’ve had one of these for over ten years now, and the things hold up. Want to make your own salsa? Almond butter? Puree some veggies? Or maybe you just like to drink your steak. The Vitamix will liquefy pretty much anything. It’s the Bugatti of the blending world. Courtesy of Gail Goodwin from Inspire Me Today, the winner will receive a Vitamix Blender.

In addition to the blender, the winning entry will also be featured as Saturday’s blog post right here on MDA.

The Contest:

Cue the dramatic music, take a bite of your favorite vegetable, steel your fiery gaze at the audience, because it’s time to play Iron Chef: Primal Edition!!! (hold for applause). Reader Nate came up with the idea for this one. For anyone not familiar with the popular Japanese import cooking show, chefs are tasked with creating an assortment of dishes that all include one secret ingredient. For the MDA version…

  1. Create a recipe using the secret ingredient.
  2. Write a step-by-step walk-through describing how to make the recipe in 1000 words or less.
  3. Include pictures of the finished recipe as well as pictures showing the process.

SECRET INGREDIENT: COCONUT. In whatever form you choose.


  • A cookbook style list of ingredients followed by a handful of “chop this, bake at such-and-such degrees” instructions probably won’t cut the mustard. Make it entertaining!
  • Tips on variations or how to make the recipe as Primal as possible are always appreciated.
  • Bonus points for clever uses of coconut (i.e. An egg and bacon quiche that happens to use a tablespoon of coconut oil may have slightly less chance of winning than a dish that is clearly coconut based or coconut influenced).
  • Doesn’t have to be a main dish. Can be an appetizer, a dessert, just as long as it’s tasty and Primal.

For examples of how to do it, look at any recipe on my site. Here they all are: Primal Blueprint Recipes.

Another feature of Iron Chef is the short time limit. You do have more than a hour to complete this one, but it’s still a time crunch as all entries need to be emailed to me by midnight this Thursday. Due to the short time limit, I’m not anticipating many entries for this competition, which means if you do enter, you may be competing against only a handful of people for one of the better prizes. If you’re a blogger, this is a great opportunity to get a little exposure (and, of course, a blender). Once your submission is ready, email it to me with the subject heading “Iron Chef Submission.” IMPORTANT: Only original material created for the purposes of this contest will be counted. No previously published blog posts, folks.

Winner will be decided by me. The winning recipe will be featured on MDA this coming Saturday.

The Deadline:

September 30th, midnight PST. Only four days!

Who is Eligible:


Fine Print:

MDA reserves the right to publish and/or edit any submission.

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. What a fun contest!!! I agree that it would be fun to see what others have entered, as I really had fun myself creating the recipe for this! Love this website as well, feeling more “Primal” and loving it! :)

    Katherine wrote on October 1st, 2010

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