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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.

  1. – Paleo Granola recipe

    Just made this (though a bit differently) for a food swap today! And GUESS WHAT?! Instead of coconut oil, I actually used GHEE – how perfect! It was really, really delicious and I think the ghee gave it a richer taste than the coconut oil actually. Here are the ingredients I ended up using:

    -dried unsweetened coconut
    -sliced almonds (they give a really great cereal texture)
    -sesame seeds
    -TINY bit of honey
    -vanilla extract

    Sooooooo good – and now I get to share it with people who aren’t Paleo but this granola tastes 10x better than the oat crap anyway!

    Enjoy :)

    KS wrote on September 17th, 2011
  2. Paul Halliday wrote on September 17th, 2011
  3. Sarah Redmon wrote on September 17th, 2011
    • Holy crap, lady! Wow. :)

      Ginger wrote on September 17th, 2011
    • I’ve been drinking my coffee black since we started the paleo lifestyle. Maybe it’s time to switch things up?! Thanks for posting this!

      Angie@BiPolarPaleo wrote on September 18th, 2011
    • I’ve been coffee free since starting the ‘challenge’ ’cause I don’t want to do dairy. No dairy, nasty coffee. But I miss my coffee. I’ll try your recipe and see if I can tolerate coffee without sugar and cream. Thank you!!

      WJ Purifoy wrote on September 20th, 2011
      • I didn’t have any dates on hand to make date syrup so I made an unsweetened version of this. Since I’ve been drinking my coffee black, I didn’t mind the missing sweetness. It was super spicy and delicious.

        Angie@BiPolarPaleo wrote on September 25th, 2011
  4. Mark wrote on September 17th, 2011
  5. We’ve been making our own sauerkraut. It’s easy to do and is awesome because it’s always there if you haven’t planned a veggie to go with your protein for a given meal. If you’re at all dubious about making this, I recommend checking out the book Wild Fermentation from the library – the one with the DVD. The DVD is a workshop of him making sauerkraut and answered a lot of the questions I had.

    Nicole wrote on September 17th, 2011
  6. I have always been a big fan of Alton Brown, and even though his recipes aren’t usually primal, most are easily converted.

    Here is his recipe for chicken stock that is Primal –
    And once I get a little more adventurous, I will be trying his chicken liver mousse –

    Josh wrote on September 17th, 2011
  7. I8Kathryn wrote on September 17th, 2011
  8. Pumpkin bars: perfect for fall!

    I replaced the agave with local maple syrup. Delicious!

    Kristen wrote on September 17th, 2011
    Liver, Mango and green onion salad (maybe the best summer salad ever).

    Well, this is from my blog, which is in Hebrew, but for you, all non-Hebrew speakers, here’s a quick link to Google’s auto translate service (not perfect but you’ll get the idea)

    Mr. Flintstones wrote on September 17th, 2011
  10. My absolute favorite recipe since embracing a Primal diet is Paleo Pad Thai from Health-Bent:

    I’ve made the “noodles” out of zucchini as recommended, out of spaghetti squash, out of cabbage, carrots, bell peppers, and all kinds of summer squashes. The more, the merrier! I usually make the recipe with shrimp instead of duck (because I alway have a big supply of frozen shrimp). It is SO good.

    Virginia wrote on September 17th, 2011
  11. Joy wrote on September 17th, 2011
  12. Here is a healthy, elegant dessert – Chocolate, Coconut, Avocado Mousse.

    Harry Mossman wrote on September 17th, 2011
  13. Kevin wrote on September 17th, 2011
  14. I love venison backstrap. This is a great recipe for preparing it. I like it lightly seasoned with Cumin, and black pepper fried in bacon grease too! Yum!

    Coree wrote on September 17th, 2011
  15. Here’s a super quick & easy breakfast, and it’s healthy & portable too. My all-time favorite way to start the day:

    Bob Ewing wrote on September 17th, 2011

    Grain free artichoke sun-dried tomato stuffing. This uses a grain-free bread to make the “croutons” the stuffing is then made from. I LOVE this stuffing, which my mother-in-law makes with sourdough bread, but took it and primal-ized it.

    My husband said he might even like the grain-free version better than the one he grew up with, so I count that as a win.

    Totally craving this right now…

    Emily wrote on September 17th, 2011
  17. I’m submitting my own…curry chicken and sweet potato stew!

    Tara wrote on September 17th, 2011
  18. Nothing say Primal like Dulse. Its a seaweed that grows where I grew up – Atlantic Canada. I look forward to going home during the right tides to snag myself as much of this treat as I can fit in my suitcase. I don’t care if all my clothes smell like the ocean.

    Good dulse is purple when dried and has a slightly sweet taste that you really appreciate when living a no sugar added lifestyle. Those not brought up with it are best to introduce it as flakes and work up to munching on the leaves but primal people I think are more adventerous and might go right for the full leaf.

    Taken from

    Avocado Dulse Dip

    1 large avocado, mashed
    2 tsp dulse flakes
    1-2 tbsp finely chopped red onion
    4 cloves garlic
    2 tbsp lemon juice
    salt and cayenne pepper to taste

    Combine ingredients and mix well. Let sit refrigerated for at least an hour to let the taste of the seasonings fully emerge.

    Garden Salad with Dulse and Walnuts
    2 large handfuls arugula or other salad greens
    1/2 cup dulse fronds, picked over and torn into bite-size pieces, or 1/4 cup dulse flakes
    Sea salt to taste
    2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    Freshly ground black pepper to taste
    1/4 cup roasted walnut halves
    Arugula blossoms for garnish (optional)

    Place the arugula and dulse in a salad bowl and toss with salt. Drizzle on the oil and toss again. Add the lemon juice and pepper and give a final toss. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Garnish with walnuts and arugula blossoms if using. Serve immediately.

    minerva wrote on September 17th, 2011
  19. Nom Nom Paleo’s Slow Cooker Thai Yellow Curry with Grass Fed Beef Brisket:

    I used pork instead and it was a huge hit with my family.

    Maia wrote on September 17th, 2011
  20. – Primal Crockpot BBQ Pulled Pork.

    This dish is amazing – the end.

    Ryan wrote on September 17th, 2011
    • I second this! This is soooo tasty! It’s a regular in my house now.

      Launie wrote on September 21st, 2011
  21. This Easy Rosemary Chicken from EverydayPaleo is a go-to dish at our house; we don’t even both with the pesto, and it’s still delicious!

    Brian wrote on September 17th, 2011
    • Sorry, this was supposed to say that we don’t even BOTHER with the pesto…

      Brian wrote on September 17th, 2011
  22. Andrew G wrote on September 17th, 2011
    • Oh, thanks for that one! Getting a quick breakfast for my husband has been a challenge and these can be made in advance and zapped. Getting him to fully accept primal has been a challenge, but now I can use his love of chorizo to tempt him into my cave a little further. ;o)

      I’ve spent all afternoon bookmarking exceptional recipes! Good job, guys!

      Deannacat wrote on September 17th, 2011
  23. Kara wrote on September 17th, 2011
  24. I love eggs, I love bacon, so when I was sent this link to Bacon-Wrapped Eggs, I instantly wanted to stuff the video in my mouth.

    Use better ingredients, of course, and I’d skip the cheese. Love this idea!

    Kyle wrote on September 17th, 2011
  25. Dave wrote on September 17th, 2011
  26. Kim wrote on September 17th, 2011
  27. I love Sarah’s blog, everydaypaleo, so helpful for raising a family and trying to eat primal! Here’s a recipe that goes a long way:

    spincycle wrote on September 17th, 2011
  28. Mmmm–Paleo/primal sushi!!

    And just to be clear, ghee is my favorite fat in the world! I can’t do butter (dairy intolerance) but can handle the joys of ghee with no problems. What an awesome prize!! :)

    Lauren wrote on September 17th, 2011

    Love these meatballs! Quick and easy (but be warned, the smell lingers around the house for a few days… Well worth it though!)

    Monica wrote on September 17th, 2011
  30. Allison wrote on September 17th, 2011
  31. EmilyM wrote on September 17th, 2011
  32. – Hungarian Beef Goulash

    Great dish for your Primal Feasts

    Kevin wrote on September 17th, 2011
  33. Primal Newfie wrote on September 17th, 2011

    I made it up myself, it’s basically a savory steak, cut up and swimming in a creamy tomato sauce with your choice of soft or crunchy veggies topped with delicious Greek Feta cheese…
    Hope you try it, in my opinion, it is the best!

    Ashana J wrote on September 17th, 2011

    A carrot cake smoothie that my toddler LOVES in the mornings! Gives you the sweet taste of carrot cake without excess sugar (and for the sweetener I simply use 2tsp local honey for this recipe.

    Dawn wrote on September 17th, 2011
  36. I am a fan of The Pioneer Woman Cooks, and this chipotle steak salad is one of my faves. I adore steak salads, and this one is just. so. good.

    I love finding Primal recipes on non-Primal sites.

    me jane wrote on September 17th, 2011
  37. GROKSEAL wrote on September 17th, 2011
  38. kimberly wrote on September 17th, 2011
  39. I’m always looking for great sides for our grilled and broiled meats. This recipe for Butternut Squash with Walnuts, Ginger and Vanilla is scrumptious – and a great dish for fall. I would almost serve it as a dessert – if you roast the squash the effect is very sweet. Great for people making the transition to paleo!

    Sara Grace wrote on September 17th, 2011

    an excellent beef jerky recipe from my friend Angelo of Latest in Paleo

    Bryan Barksdale wrote on September 17th, 2011

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