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September 09, 2010

Contest: Show Your Meal. Win a Le Creuset Pan and a $150 Gift Certificate.

By Mark Sisson
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UPDATE: This contest is closed. Visit the 30 Day Challenge Contest Page to find out which contests are still open, and to view winners.

The Prize:

CSN Stores is offering up a $150 Gift Certificate for Corelle dishware or whatever else you’d like from any of their 200 websites. So, yes, you could technically use this gift certificate to buy something weird like a glow-in-the-dark reindeer Christmas decoration, but I’d suggest sticking with Primal fare like the dishes, cutlery, a barbecue grill, or a Crock Pot from Cookware.com.

But that’s just the half of it. Beyond Pots and Pans is offering up a cherry red Le Creuset Square Skillet Grill Pan for the winner of today’s contest. I’ve featured Le Creuset on MDA before. It’s the stuff I use – the good stuff. As a bonus, for the rest of the month MDA customers can get a 10% discount from BeyondPotsandPans.com by using the promo code “MDA” when ordering.

The Contest:

Send me a picture of your meal. Tonight. Are you eating tonight? Take a pic of that meal. Email it to me. It’s that simple. You’ve only got a day to do this, no time to over think it. Make it as Primal as you can. Snap a photo. Send it in. And make sure the subject line of your email reads “Meal Submission” or it won’t count. Let’s see what everyone out there is eating!

The Deadline:

September 10, 10:00 a.m. PST. Only 24 hours, the clock is ticking!

Who is Eligible:

Anyone in the world with a camera and a meal.

How a Winner is Chosen:

A random drawing will be held among all entrants who submit adequate photos. Check back on Sunday to see all the submissions!

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82 Comments on "Contest: Show Your Meal. Win a Le Creuset Pan and a $150 Gift Certificate."

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Primal Toad
6 years 2 months ago

Perfect. I have a roast from my 100% grass fed cow in the crockpot right now!!!!

Rob
6 years 2 months ago

ditto!

Becca Ne'
Becca Ne'
6 years 2 months ago

That skillet is beautiful! I’m pretty sure that I need it. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Marisa
6 years 2 months ago

I just ate my veggie/egg scramble…darn ๐Ÿ™

BarbeyGirl
6 years 2 months ago

Keema, coming up! ๐Ÿ˜€

Beth Cohen
Beth Cohen
6 years 2 months ago

What do you think of Shakeology by Beachbody?
Is it ok to drink while going primal?

Lauren
Lauren
6 years 2 months ago

If you’re eating out and eating primal, will that still count??

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 2 months ago

I could take a pic of my BAS I’ll be making out of my CSA veggies… as there probably won’t be an evening meal.

Peggy
Peggy
6 years 2 months ago

wahoo! I actually entered a contest! One of my coworkers was looking at my BAS getting “artfully” arranged so I told I was making “photo food” ๐Ÿ™‚
Dang it was yummy! Avos on sale today & Kerrygold cheddar was 2 bucks off. I am full…

Sarah
6 years 2 months ago

Ohhhh man I need that skillet! I hope I win! ๐Ÿ™‚

Ely
Ely
6 years 2 months ago

I am not eating tonight. I can take a pic of my lunch. Do cell phone pics count?

Chuck P
6 years 2 months ago

FYI, the email address that is linked is spelled incorrectly

Jenn
Jenn
6 years 2 months ago

CSA pickup is Wednesdays, so Thursdays are always BAS night! Tonight is southwest shrimp and avocado salad with cilantro viniagrette. Hope it looks as good as it tastes ๐Ÿ™‚

Steven
6 years 2 months ago

Awesome… I love Le Creuset cookware and an extra $150 to boot would be sweet. Meal photo incoming soon.

Vanilla
Vanilla
6 years 2 months ago

Chuck P is right, the link doesn’t work
anyway just submitted my omelet ๐Ÿ™‚

Kris
Kris
6 years 2 months ago

Will you accept multiple pics of different meals or just one?

Jan from the Sushi Bar
6 years 2 months ago

Ah, pastured pork with rosemary braised in a little homemade chicken broth and red cabbage/apples/onions pan-fried in bacon fat tonight – I’ll send you a pic as soon as it’s done!

Annika
6 years 2 months ago

OMG that sounds fabulous! Can I come to your house for dinner tonight?

rebuildingmyself
rebuildingmyself
6 years 2 months ago

amazing that is what we had last night at home.
except the pork tenderloin was slow cooked in a hatch pepper sauce, and also served with cabbage and apples fried in pork fat.
I though how pretty, I should take a picture….darn I didn’t!

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 2 months ago

I made apples/onions/cabbage in bacon grease tonight too! Green cabbage though. And I foraged the apples from an abandoned urban tree. Go me! With the bacon as an appetizer, though sometimes I put the bacon in with the rest. It’s one of my favorite breakfasts.

Malika Duke
6 years 2 months ago

You have got to share that recipe honey!! Thanks in advance ;0).

Bethany Belton
Bethany Belton
6 years 2 months ago

Mark, what’s your point of view on chick peas. I love hummus – and it’s gotten me away from the less fatty mayo – but what do you think??

Bethany Belton
Bethany Belton
6 years 2 months ago

I meant to say – the mayo’s more fatty than the hummus….

Claire
Claire
6 years 2 months ago

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-blueprint-101/

Read. Learn. Ask relevant questions.

Shebeeste
Shebeeste
6 years 2 months ago

I’m not Mark, but beans aren’t considered primal/paleo and (the right kind of) fat is good for you, not bad!

I haven’t tried this, but it looks delicious–Son of Grok’s hummus is Primal Approved!

http://www.sonofgrok.com/2009/06/primally-delicious-hummus/

gilliebean
6 years 2 months ago

Oh golly! I love this one! I’m gonna send in a pic of my breakfast… Hope that will do!

wd
wd
6 years 2 months ago

Indeed sugar-doll, it’s the bees knees!

gilliebean
6 years 2 months ago

It was chicken sausage, mashed sweet potato and homemade kombucha. Yum!

Alex
Alex
6 years 2 months ago

Sounds right up my alley. Just finishing up a 36 hour fast, and I’m looking forward to the grass-fed brisket I have marinating in my fridge today. I’ll be sure to share (the pic only ๐Ÿ˜‰ with you guys tonight.

Side note: I tried starting the 30-Day Challenge on Sept 1st, and now I know why mark chose the day AFTER Labor Day. On my camping trip, they were literally forcing beers and smores into my hands around the fire.. HAHA. Fail!

Echo
Echo
6 years 2 months ago

Are we able to enter more than once? For example lunch and dinner? I plan on both having a lot of primal awesome-ness in them so I am having a hard time choosing which to send!

Emily M
Emily M
6 years 2 months ago

What is the email in the link? I don’t have an auto email that pulls it up.

Claire
Claire
6 years 2 months ago

for future reference:

Right click on the hyperlinked email and select “Copy Email Address.”

StephenF
StephenF
6 years 2 months ago

Doing groceries today… Perfect timing!

Piscator
Piscator
6 years 2 months ago

That grill pan looks great, I’d love to win it. But look at the description they offer:

“With Le Creuset grills, you can cut the fat but retain the flavor. The deep ribs separate the fat from the food, allowing for healthier cooking. ”

Those folks at Beyond Pots and Pans need to spend some time at MDA! I realize that ‘low-fat’ promo probably sells well though.

Victoria
Victoria
6 years 2 months ago

But on the bright side, there are handy little pouring lips on the side, so you can just pour the fatty juices back over your meal once you’ve put stuff on the plate!

Piscator
Piscator
6 years 2 months ago

Now you’re talking!

Jackson
6 years 2 months ago

I’m with Victoria… I use a pan like that. Not to get rid of the fat, but to save it.

Malika Duke
6 years 2 months ago

I totally AGREE!LOLOL

Jackson
6 years 2 months ago

Cast iron? I’m there (grabs camera).

PoisonApple
PoisonApple
6 years 2 months ago

My current pans are terrible!!! I’m def in!

El
6 years 2 months ago

This is going to rock.

Lindsay
Lindsay
6 years 2 months ago

Ooooh, I was just lusting over one of those at the kitchen store the other day. I want a Le Creuset Dutch Oven really bad, too.

Claire
Claire
6 years 2 months ago

Cast Iron! Who wouldn’t want that pan. I got a good laugh from the description on the website of it allowing you to drain away the oil.

No way mang! We’re keeping that!

kerissu
kerissu
6 years 2 months ago

I’ve just put a free range chicken (from a local farmer – I scored the only one he had this week!) into my crockpot! So excited!

clayberg
clayberg
6 years 2 months ago

Sweet, I’m now doing a fasting and was breaking it tonight with one of my favorite dishes!

Chipdogwa
Chipdogwa
6 years 2 months ago

I wouls absolutely love me some new pans. Pic has been sent.

Primal K@
6 years 2 months ago

Think think think . . .

I was originally going to fast, but I’m definitely going to cook tonight! What a great prize!

kepo
kepo
6 years 2 months ago

If you are fasting, why not take a picture of the empty plate?

Primal K@
6 years 2 months ago

I’ll fast tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚ Tonight’s meal was totally worth it!

Liz Joiner
Liz Joiner
6 years 2 months ago

I wish I had taken a picture of last night’s dinner! It was beautiful! Made the “Shanks a lot Bruce” recipe from the Primal cookbook. All topped on cauliflower rice. ๐Ÿ˜€ Tonight is spaghetti squash with meatballs and homemade tomato sauce. ๐Ÿ˜€

Bethany
Bethany
6 years 2 months ago

Darn! Its a “minivan night” here (where I spend too much time carting kids to dance class or the like), which means a crockpot roast and veggies. My crockpot meals are never pretty. Healthy? Yes. Photogenic? No.

Roland
6 years 2 months ago

I’m sure the photo I just sent in is the winner, so no need to submit anything, people. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Malika Duke
6 years 2 months ago

Funny, I felt the same way sending mine! LMAO!

moonablaze
moonablaze
6 years 2 months ago

just sent in my lunch scramble: mushrooms, onions, ham (natural and pastured of course), butter and a little good Parmesan.

Julie Aguiar
Julie Aguiar
6 years 2 months ago

My delicious Br/lunch looked, smelled and tasted fantastic…lol I just read this post and it is 7:27 P.M. eastern. Boo. Leftover garlic and herb (from the garden) rasted pork made into a “hash” with diced zuccini, summer squash, onion with curry and madras seasoning, topped with 2 (soft) poached eggs…pretty, colorful and YUM! Alas, no pics..next time!

Vic
Vic
6 years 2 months ago

My buffalo stuffed peppers are in the oven right now. Pics to follow.

Family Grokumentarian
6 years 2 months ago

Lime juice-coconut oil sauteed mushrooms and onions
Mashed warm boiled eggs w/ salted Kerrygold and fresh ground pepper
Halved strawberries topped with creamed fraiche and cacao nibs ๐Ÿ™‚

Pics to come!!

John
John
6 years 2 months ago

Tonight we made bacon wrapped venison back-strap cutlets rolled and stuffed with onions and red bell peppers and a garlic olive oil spice rub. Complimented with pancetta wrapped asparagus and bacon, almond, and shallot balsamic green beans. It was fabulous.

Victoria
Victoria
6 years 2 months ago

bacon wrapped back-strap is a family favorite! So good!

Carrol
6 years 2 months ago

Love that you had pork wrapped pork!

Victoria
Victoria
6 years 2 months ago

Poached fresh eggs (straight from the coop- never saw the fridge!), sauteed zucchini and avocado, with a healthy dose of Hollandaise sauce… so good!

Paul C
Paul C
6 years 2 months ago

Omelet with spinach, tomato, ham, & mushrooms, with a bit of sharp cheddar. Gluten-free pork sausage. Sauteed zucchini & tomatoes also with a bit of sharp cheddar.

Reading what everyone is eating reminds me this lifestyle is not a sacrifice. I’ve never eaten better, tastier (and guilt-free) food!

Patty
6 years 2 months ago

Wow, so many delicious sounding meal…yum.

We had Salmon Salad made with homemade mustard and homemade mayo on a bed of baby spinach. Olives and avocado slices, with tomatoes, yellow raspberries and figs from the garden.

Podunk Primal
Podunk Primal
6 years 2 months ago

Just submitted our entry to this fantastic contest! We really appreciate all your efforts for keeping the challenge exciting and fresh. We bet the MDA hive is buzzing- thank you Mark and all the worker bees!

Ours was an ecletic mix of our favorites- lots of fat, bacon, seafood (including calamari), pemmican… but it was primal and nourishing. We hope everyone ate well tonight too!

Amarie84
Amarie84
6 years 2 months ago

just submitted mine, can’t wait to see them all this sunday!

Heather
Heather
6 years 2 months ago

We just submitted our dinner photo and are quite pleased! I can’t wait to see what everyone else made.

Karen
Karen
6 years 2 months ago

Meatza with ground turkey and fresh za’atar crust, italian sausage spaghetti sauce, kale, mushrooms, mozzarella, and pepperoni.

Dessert: crustless butternut squash “pie”.

Carrol
6 years 2 months ago

On a business trip but still had a great primal dinner – steak with sauteed mushrooms, green beans with bacon and pan fried zucchini.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
6 years 2 months ago

Just rooted around for what was in the fridge–turkey-egg omelet with spinach, tomato and asparagus baked in olive oil, mixed greens salad with carrots and almonds, and a bowl of full-fat yogurt with frozen berries for dessert. Yum!

Victoria
Victoria
6 years 2 months ago

Turkey-egg? As in ‘egg from a Turkey’… oohhh that’s a new one on me- we raise chicken and have access to Duck Eggs, but I never thought of getting or trying Turkey. I’ll put it on my to-do list.

Uncephalized
Uncephalized
6 years 2 months ago

Yeah, they taste almost the same as chicken eggs, but maybe a little… heavier? Not sure if that’s the right word to describe it. They’re good though. Substantially larger than chicken eggs as well. The shells are tough though; they’re a pain in the butt to open without getting little shell bits everywhere.

I haven’t tried duck eggs, but I want to.

Brittany
Brittany
6 years 2 months ago

Almost forgot to send in the pic!

Taco Salad: Grass Fed Beef, Taco Seasoning, Cherry Tomatoes, Avocado! So simple and so delicious.

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