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  • Looking for a primal "Flavor Sponge"

    Hi everyone, first post
    I'm young and in good health but have decided to go primal after doing the research and am slowly easing myself into the diet. I'm still probably eating way too many grains, but I have cut back significantly.

    Anyway, I've looked through Mark's Daily Apple to try and find this and had no luck; but one of my favorite uses for bread that I've been unable to find a good substitute for is the role of 'flavor sponge'. For example, I make a vegetable-and-meat pot roast that is absolutely to die for, and one of the most delicious parts is the broth/soup that comes out of it. Before I went primal I'd use a roll of bread to soak it all up. I recently tried just drinking it and it doesn't have the same appeal.

    Does anyone have a good suggestion for a replacement in this case?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    pour it over raw on lightly steamed (as in nuked for 30s) spinach. Yes, I'm serious. It wilts the spinach and hides in all the little nooks and crannies. Works well as a rice and bread substitute in soups, curries and stews.
    Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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    • #3
      Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
      pour it over raw on lightly steamed (as in nuked for 30s) spinach. Yes, I'm serious. It wilts the spinach and hides in all the little nooks and crannies. Works well as a rice and bread substitute in soups, curries and stews.
      +1 on that - I now put a bed of spinach in my bowl under soup, shredded pork, chicken fajita, etc. before microwaving - so good. In fact, I just finished eating last night's roast beef (with all the juices) over top my spinach.
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      • #4
        Dang, I unfortunately have a minor allergy to spinach so I generally avoid it I'll give it a shot and maybe this will finally force me to eat it enough to stop having a reaction -- but any other ideas?

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        • #5
          use another green, like mustard greens or kale or something. SAme idea should apply.
          Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, steak in one hand, chocolate in the other, yelling "Holy F***, What a Ride!"
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          • #6
            I mourned the same thing when I started on primal, but replaced it with the glee of lifting up the plate, drinking the sauce, and then licking the plate clean. Which rather shocked me.
            Liz.

            Zone diet on and off for several years....worked, but too much focus on exact meal composition
            Primal since July 2010...skinniest I've ever been and the least stressed about food

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            • #7
              Welcome!

              Last night I roasted small pumpkins while making hamburger; then stirfried sliced fennel & eggplant in the juices while steaming cauliflower & carrots. Put everything in a big stew pot with spices, mashed it up a bit and let it bubble for about 10min. Very similar to mashed potatoes with veggies, and absorbed all the flavour juice. Maybe that's an idea?

              edit: sorry, I kept the meat out until my plate, just bumbled up all the veggies in the pot.
              Last edited by bUMbLeB; 11-12-2010, 03:48 PM. Reason: clarity

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              • #8
                bUMbLeB: That sounds delicious! I'll give it a shot!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by lizch View Post
                  I mourned the same thing when I started on primal, but replaced it with the glee of lifting up the plate, drinking the sauce, and then licking the plate clean. Which rather shocked me.
                  I know that one. I also love the look on Dad's face when he caught me with the lamb leg bone in my mouth ripping off the remains of the meat!

                  Well - Grok wouldn't have carved it, would he...?!
                  La tristesse durera toujours...

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                  • #10
                    It was! Easy, too. You already know how to make meat, but just to help with the rest a bit:

                    * pumpkins (or squash): halve & scoop, smear with olive oil, bake for 45min @375F.
                    *fennel & eggplant: thin slice, stirfry low-med for ~15min (onions & mushrooms went in the meat, otherwise they'd go here).
                    *cauli/carrots: steamed about 10-15min on low heat.
                    *spices: turmeric, pepper, celery salt, oregano.

                    Once I combined them in the pot, I also added a small can of tomato paste, and it was pleasantly subtle & not too boyardee. I do similar combos pretty often, and the core take-away is that cauliflower & eggplant are total flavour absorbers - I'm sure you'll want to experiment! Also, good on you starting this when you're young & awesome, you're miles ahead of the game.

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                    • #11
                      Eggplant is a good one.

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                      • #12
                        mashed cauliflower
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                        • #13
                          Check out TAWFunGuy's Primal Journal. He has recently posted a recipe for a Primal 'bread' made of almond meal and flaxseed that looks delish - might be the flavor sponge you are looking for.
                          ~ Ex-Herbivore Goes Carnivore: Jazmin's PB Journal ~

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by junebu8 View Post
                            mashed cauliflower
                            Super +1 to that! We had it last night and it's soooo much better than mashed potatoes. Steam cauli lightly, throw in food processor w heavy cream, butter, and s&p to taste - whir until fluffy, dig in! Mmmmm...
                            ~ Ex-Herbivore Goes Carnivore: Jazmin's PB Journal ~

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Shrinking_Violet View Post

                              Well - Grok wouldn't have carved it, would he...?!

                              Absolutely not! I love doing that makes me feel all primal.

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