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17 Sep

Contest: Share a Primal Recipe Link

The Prize:

What’s better than ghee? 100% organic ghee. And where do you find 100% organic ghee? Pure Indian Foods. According to PIF, they provide the only 100% organic ghee available in the market that has been made using the milk of pastured cows grazing on rapidly growing green grass in spring and fall only, when their milk is most nutritious. Pure Indian Foods will be sending one case (12 jars) of 7.8 oz. jars of Grassfed Organic Ghee (retail value over $130), and one Assorted Sampler Pack containing one 7.8 oz. jar of each of their six Herbal/Spice infused ghee flavors (retail value $89.95) to the lucky winner of this contest.

Check out Pure Indian Foods on Facebook and take advantage of this special offer: use discount code “ORGANIC-GHEE” when checking out and receive $5 off any order over $25. Valid until 9/30/2011.

The Contest:

Every Saturday I publish a Primal Blueprint recipe, but this Saturday is different. This Saturday I want you to point the Mark’s Daily Apple community to a delicious, must-try recipe you’ve found in the interwebs. In other words, include a link in the comment board below to a Primal meal you recommend. The link needs to be to another site, not MDA, and the recipe needs to be decidedly Primal; no vegetable oil fried wheat cakes topped with sugary sugar. Also, please include the name and/or a brief description of the dish.

Examples: – Paleo Beef Curry

and – How to Make Kombucha from Scratch

Feel free to link to your own blog if you’re a Primal foodie blogger.

By the end of this contest the comment board will be a resource for the community, with (hopefully!) hundreds of links to Primal bloggers around the world that are dishing out healthy meal ideas.

Note: All comments with links have to be manually approved by a moderator before they are published in the comment board. Your patience is appreciated.

The Deadline:

September 19, 10:00 a.m. PST. You’ve got the weekend to find and publish your favorite Primal recipe link in the comment board.

Who is Eligible:

Anyone in the world that knows how to copy and paste a Primal recipe link to a comment board.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants. Check back on Monday to see all the submissions!

To track all the contests visit the 2011 Primal Blueprint 30-Day Challenge Contest Page for daily updates.

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.


    Liver Pudding without the flower or rice you may find in it.

    kepo wrote on September 19th, 2011
  2. Meatballs with Egg inside (Beef-Egg Pakora)

    I think I have a winner.
    I came across this recipe on a tip of my friend who knows how much I LOVE Indian food. One of my favorite snacks/appetizers popular in Indian restaurants is Egg Pakora(Egg Bhajji), but since it has a hefty coating of breading around it, my friend suggested to check out this recipe that substitutes deep-fried graham flour breading with GROUND BEEF.
    Try it out. It’s to die for.

    chocolatechip69 wrote on September 19th, 2011
  3. Melissa wrote on September 19th, 2011
  4. Paul Harper wrote on September 19th, 2011
  5. One of my favorites – Maple sage jerky:

    David Fisher wrote on September 19th, 2011
  6. Justin wrote on September 19th, 2011
  7. Sarah Smith wrote on September 19th, 2011
  8. Sarah Smith wrote on September 19th, 2011
  9. Sarah Smith wrote on September 19th, 2011
  10. Bacon, lettuce, tomato salad. Uses bacon grease as part of the dressing. Yum!

    Sarah Smith wrote on September 19th, 2011
  11. – spiced coconut spinach (yummy with coconut shrimp, as a suggestion)

    Melody wrote on September 19th, 2011
  12. JasonBVT wrote on September 19th, 2011
  13. Pressure Cooker Primal Chicken Curry:

    1/4 cup ghee
    2 small onions, chopped
    2 tomatoes, cubed
    1 green bell pepper, chopped and seeds removed
    1 head cauliflower
    3 cloves garlic, crushed
    1/2″ ginger root, crushed
    1 tbs garam masala
    1 tbs turmeric
    1 tbs hot chili powder
    1 tbs indian mango pickle or relish pickle (hot)
    1/2 tbs salt (or to taste)
    2 cups water
    1 lb chicken legs (or any other chicken cut. I prefer bones and skin because it makes the curry thicker.)

    Chop the cauliflower to the desired size and cook using the desired method (I like using the microwave).

    In the base of a pressure cooker with the lid off, heat 1/4 cup of ghee. Add chopped onions to the ghee and allow them to cook until they are translucent, then add the chopped pepper and allow to soften. Set aside onions and pepper. Brown the chicken in the ghee on all sides, and add back in the pepper and onions. Add in the tomatoes, garlic, ginger, and the rest of the spices. Pour the 2 cups of water over the ingredients and stir. Place the lid on the pressure cooker, and allow to come to pressure. Once at pressure, allow to cook for 12 (firm) to 18 (fall off the bone) minutes. Serve over cauliflower. Enjoy!

    *Note: this recipe, like most fragrant foods, is better the second day!

    Evan wrote on September 19th, 2011
  14. Phil Bear wrote on September 19th, 2011
  15. Paleo Beef Lo Mein

    Gotta love the spaghetti squash and whatever veggies are left in the fridge method of cooking. :)

    Jenn wrote on September 19th, 2011

    This is the recipe that got me started making my own jerky (and adapting the ingredient blend extensively). I usually add 5 different kinds of dried chiles – to much acclaim – when I am willing to part with it.

    Ancho, Cayenne, Chipotle, California, Baja – rehydrate the peppers then puree in the blender with the other marinade ingredients.


    Mark wrote on September 19th, 2011
  17. crazykate wrote on September 19th, 2011
  18. – for yummy brownies!

    Brandon wrote on September 19th, 2011
  19. Paleo Raspberry Crepes from Steve at PaleoZone

    Soooo good!

    Anne wrote on September 19th, 2011
  20. I absolutely love the sausage and egg breakfast bites. Filling and delicious.

    Steve G wrote on September 19th, 2011
  21. Paleo pizza option, for when the cravings hit hard!

    Echo Zard wrote on September 19th, 2011
  22. Bacon weave:

    I don’t know if that qualifies as a recipe, so I will post another as well!

    some nettle soup!!

    Leah wrote on September 19th, 2011
  23. I really like finding recipes from my old diet that are Primal. Here’s the BEST carnitas recipe from Epicurious:

    It does include corn tortillas as an ingredient, but it is amazing without them.

    Valerie wrote on September 19th, 2011

    This is a good one. Pakchoy is Dutch for Bok Choy.

    Cindy wrote on September 19th, 2011
  25. Braided Beef with Anchovies and Olives –

    I backpacked South America for 2 months and Argentina was a gastronomic delight! Patagonian lamb and grass-fed steaks bigger than my head (800g so almost 2 pounds a serving! or all you can eat meat buffet!)

    I also discovered an amazing restaurant (1884) and promptly purchased his book: 7 fires. Not everything in there is primal but the concept certainly is: mastery of fire to cook simple food with a strong focus on meat.

    I highly recommend it.

    Veronique wrote on September 19th, 2011
  26. – Slow Cooker Paprika Chicken. I love recipes that are simple and delicious, and this one is invaluable for the technique specifically. Your chicken doesn’t fall apart and sit in its own juices this way, and you can drain off the liquid to make a tasty primal gravy.

    Jasmine wrote on September 19th, 2011
  27. My personal favourite:

    Primal cheesecake

    It uses 2tbsp of honey for an entire pie, which is well within the 80-20 rule. It’s also really yummy and a good answer when you need to provide a dessert for some event.

    Samantha wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I’ve made this, it’s delicious! I put blueberries in mine. Her cupcake recipe is also amazing!

      Marie B. wrote on September 19th, 2011
  28. Chicken Dive In from Sarah at Everyday Paleo

    Sally wrote on September 19th, 2011

    Whole family loved this pot pie! We made it on Saturday with leftover chicken from chicken leg quarters that we roasted. Also used up leftover veggies we had in the fridge.

    Monique Nesbitt wrote on September 19th, 2011
    • I think I may have to make this for my entry to today’s contest, mmmm!

      Jules wrote on September 20th, 2011
  30. Tonia wrote on September 19th, 2011
  31. Chef Tom Colicchio Braised Short Ribs.

    If you don’t do fremented grapes(wine) just nix it.

    If you are avoiding Canola use a different fat of choice.

    dave wrote on September 19th, 2011
  32. While lots of Chile Rellenos recipes can be paleo, this one looks amazing…

    Devon wrote on September 19th, 2011
  33. I’m a fan of recipes that are primal without knowing it, especially this one:

    It makes primal a non-“sacrificial” and delicious endeavor.

    NS wrote on September 19th, 2011
  34. Spicy-Stuffed Peppers:

    A spicy ground turkey mix with cauliflower rice in place of regular rice. Also inside are sauteed onions, tomato and garlic. These stuffed peppers are versatile enough to be a hearty dinner for two, a kickin’ appetizer, or a buffet style entree. However you present them, they are sure to please and will have your friends begging for the recipe.

    Amanda wrote on September 19th, 2011
  35. Stuffed Peppers with Meat Sauce over Cauliflower Rice

    My own creation, but based on other primal recipes I’ve found online. A little bit time consuming to prepare, but so tasty it’s totally worth it!

    cheri wrote on September 19th, 2011
  36. Lemon Garlic Crockpot Chicken…

    Throw together in 5 min and it’s ready in 6 hours. Lemony garlicy goodness. Yum!

    Abbe K wrote on September 19th, 2011
  37. Seriously delicious and interesting way to prepare an old standby: Primal pork shoulder!
    Check it out!

    Brian wrote on September 19th, 2011
  38. mel wrote on September 19th, 2011
  39. For those chocolate lovers among us, that just can’t have enough. I think it would make a gread birthday cake (not easy to find – just realized):

    Vienna wrote on September 19th, 2011

    My blog is, and almost everything on it is Primal – this is my way of showing others how we eat (and let me tell you, we eat good)! Some of the recipes are based off MDA inspirations, but this one in particular is my own creation. I had coffee spiced lamb at a restaurant once and tried to recreate it primally at home!

    Also…the cupcake recipes are gluten free, do use unrefined sugar, and are as Primal as possible! Enjoy!

    Marie B. wrote on September 19th, 2011

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