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  • Need a Primal/Paleo cookbook that does not include exotic foods.

    I told my wife recently I have to stop eating like this. As she takes out Stouffer's chicken pasta dinner. She likes it because all she has to do is put holes in the shrink wrap and heat it up in the oven. That's actually what I had tonight for dinner. The pasta, green peas and garlic bread with water to drink. She bought a few of those "dinners" from the local grocery store.

    I have told her in the past. It's not healthy for me. She counters with it's healthier than eating at McDonald's, Taco Bell, etc. If you eat like this you will still lose weight. I'm not sure about that. I tried to bring her on board with this but she refuses. Then tells me the cookbook features "too many exotic foods" and "it looks expensive".

    That's why I want to find a Primal/Paleo cookbook that has simple ingredients at my local grocery store than at Whole Foods grocery stores. I want us both to cook healthy meals from this cookbook.

    Please help. Thank you.

  • #2
    Just look around on the internet; cookbooks usually display the outlandish and most fantastic looking meals. There are thousands upon thousands of simple paleo recipes all over the internet.
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    • #3
      mark posts recipes often..

      have you thought of taking over the cooking a few nights a week? if she's recalcitrant, offer to pitch in and make some good stuff. jeebus, how exotic is roast chicken or a grilled steak?
      As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

      – Ernest Hemingway

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      • #4
        Where are you? What is exotic for one area is the norm for others.

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        • #5
          We don't use a cookbook much. Dinners are often grilled/baked meat with some frozen or fresh veggies and sometimes potatoes.

          One of my favorite "recipes" is sausage and peppers... slice up onion and sautee in coconut oil/olive oil, add sausage and whatever color peppers you like. We decide what peppers based on sale prices but generally include green since the kids love those. Add whatever spices you like, we typically use italian seasoning, salt, and maybe some extra basil or oregano.

          We also love meatloaf... 1/2 ground beef, 1/2 ground pork, 1 egg per pound of meat, celery salt, ground mustard, salt, garlic powder, 1/4c onion. Mix it up and cover with ketchup, bake @350 for 1 hour. Serve with a side of veggies.

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          • #6
            chicken is not that expensive. (unless you keep kosher - then your meats cost more!) Look for sales on foods, or buy bulk items in places like Costco, apparently they sell good animal foods. Also, Trader Joes sells meats and chickens. And the best thing is, you can learn to cook, so your wife wont have to do it all. Offer to wash the dishes, and she has no grounds for complaint!! (I wish someone would cook for me - and I got a dishwasher, since no one likes doing the dishes here) Another easy meal is stew - put meat and veg and broth/water in a crock pot, set it, and go to work, come home to dinner all hot and good. Since its summer here, I tend to make lighter foods that can be served cold - fish patties from canned salmon, cold leftover chicken or meat, gazpacho soup. And mostly my cookbooks gather dust, since I modify things based on what I have and like. Good Luck, and dont give up on the Mrs. Even if she doesnt come around fully, at least some of her meals will be healthy.

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            • #7
              You want to buy a cookbook for your wife? Why don't you buy one for yourself and do the cooking?
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              • #8
                I have to agree on this one. Most of the Primal and Paleo cookbooks have beautiful pictures and incredble recipes, but at the end of a workday or even on a weekend when I'm supposed to be relaxing a bit, I just don't want fancy. Iwant something fairly simple that takes 20 minutes to fix and I'm reasonably sure won't taste weird.

                I have started my own personal cookbook which is really just a 3 ring binder with a bunch of those clear pocket pages. When I find an interesting recipe on the internet, I'll sometimes print it out and put it in the binder. Honestly, the best recipes I've found have been the result of a Google search, not a $30 cookbook, though I do still buy them every once in a while.

                I'd list all of the Paleo/Primal recipe sites, but there's just a ton of them, and you'll find them with an easy search.
                Durp.

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                • #9
                  I really don't see why foods being exotic is a problem? Anyone can try some different stuff without having to learn 500 different cooking techniques. Cooking butternut squash is not so different than cooking a potato... Buffalo steak takes the same cooking time as the same amount of beef...

                  I personally don't use recipes at all, I just pick whatever looks nice at the fresh produce bit of the supermarket and use general cooking principles to heat it up. I save time by doing things in the simplest way, i.e. having certain types of veg that don't need peeling or chopping, such as asparagus, sugarsnap peas, ready-chopped frozen veg... have a side salad sometimes instead of cooking veg... get nice thin steaks that will cook fast on the grill... The way I do Primal cooking is just as fast as chucking a box in the microwave!

                  I think to do Primal successfully, you have to fall in love with cooking, and become the main cook in the household if your partner is reluctant. After a while she'll get used to the delicious healthy meals and see how easy they are, and might join in.
                  Last edited by CaveWeirdo; 06-17-2012, 07:15 AM.
                  Start weight: 238 lbs (March 2012)
                  Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
                  Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
                  WOE: Primal + IF
                  Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
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                  • #10
                    You can start with Costco rotisserie chicken, $5, large size, and primal. Next, I'd say hit the grill 2 times a week. If you cook on sun and wednesday you can have enough meat for the week.

                    I'd avoid the precooked pasta like the plague.

                    I have cookbooks, and I don't recommend starting with them. They are all a bit more work. Just google some basic meat recipies and have frozen veggies on hand.

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                    • #11
                      if the op is used to taco bell and frozen dinners then cooking skills of even the most basic sort may be an issue.

                      i don't use recipes either, but am a culinary school grad and have worked in fine dining all my life. i can make stuff in my sleep that most would never attempt.

                      keep it super simple, like a bunch of chicken legs roasted. you can roast or steam just about any veggie. salads. scrambled eggs and quiches. i've been making crustless quiche for awhile now with coconut milk instead of cream, some veggies mixed in, and wow is that good.
                      As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                      – Ernest Hemingway

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                      • #12
                        Every meal is some combination of meat + vegetables + starchy vegetables + fruit + dairy + appropriate fat (add and subtract according to your needs). It's not hard.

                        Meatballs & marinara + salad
                        Vegetable curry + chicken
                        Pork loin + sweet potato
                        Pork shoulder + cabbage slaw
                        Steak + peppers & onions
                        Steak + mashed sweet potato

                        Robb Wolf even has a food matrix for this sort of dilemma. I've found paleo has gotten easier to stick to the more I simplify my meals and get away from saucy & gourmet affairs. These days, most of them are a basic formula of meat + vegetable, like ground beef and carrots. And there's no reason you can't keep white rice and tapioca flour on hand as substitutes for things bread & pasta. Just make smarter choices within the context of your pre-existing diet.

                        But bear in mind, if you're not helping her out with grocery runs, food prep, and cooking, you kinda forfeit the right to complain.
                        Last edited by Chaohinon; 06-17-2012, 06:01 PM.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Chaohinon View Post
                          Every meal is some combination of meat + vegetables + starchy vegetables + fruit + dairy + appropriate fat (add and subtract according to your needs). It's not hard.

                          Meatballs + salad
                          Vegetable curry + chicken
                          Pork loin + sweet potato
                          Pork shoulder + cabbage slaw
                          Steak + peppers & onions
                          Steak + mashed sweet potato

                          Robb Wolf even has a food matrix for this sort of dilemma. I've found paleo has gotten easier to stick to the more I simplify my meals and get away from saucy & gourmet affairs. These days, most of them are a basic formula of meat + vegetable, like ground beef and carrots. And there's no reason you can't keep white rice and tapioca flour on hand as substitutes for things bread & pasta. Just make smarter choices within the context of your pre-existing diet.

                          But bear in mind, if you're not helping her out with grocery runs, food prep, and cooking, you kinda forfeit the right to complain.
                          +1.

                          To add, I wouldn't try stressing over cookbooks, and just get cooking oil (coconut oil, butter, rendered duck/pig fat) and throw it in a pan, until slightly brown, to cook a slab of meat. I won't even go so far as to season it. As you get comfortable cooking, try your hand at seasoning with a simple spices (sea salt, pepper), then move to other ones you'll feel comfortable in trying for the future.
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                          • #14
                            Make It Paleo is my favorite, followed by Paleo Comfort Foods, and Everyday Paleo. EP has a 30 day meal plan and shopping guide. If you've got kids, Eat Like A Dinosaur is nice to have on hand for them.
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                            • #15
                              I would say primal cooking can be very easy. I will throw out a few recipes i have been using:
                              Breakfast-scrambled eggs and bacon, scrambled eggs and grass fed ground beef(i cook of grass fed ground beef in taco seasoning to use through out the week)
                              Lunch- bag of spinach with cucumbers, cooked chicken(boil a whole chicken, save stock),olive oil, fresh lime juice fresh cracked pepper
                              Snack-nuts, sliced smoked salmon, fruit
                              Dinner-grass fed ribeyes with steamed cauliflower and grass fed butter, any meat and steamed veggies and butter

                              It is so easy. None of this takes much time. Grill or bake meat in advance. Add cooked veggies and fat. Just get a routine going.

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