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  • Need primal dinner party meal suggestions (main + dessert)

    Hey guys, having some friends around and I'm racking my brain for a primal meal I can knock up without:

    a) them complaining that there's no carbs
    b) that wont break the bank
    c) I can knock up in a couple of hours

    Much appreciated!
    Starting weight: 104.5 kg / 230 lbs (29th July 2011)
    100.5kg / 221 lbs (5th August 2011)
    Currently: 99.2kg / 218.6 lbs (23rd September 2011)

    Twitter: @jon404

  • #2
    Do you have a crock pot? A Pot Roast is a great dinner. Less expensive cut of meat. Pop in the crock in the morning and get home and its ready, leaves you time to do the sides. If you don't have a crock pot, you can do a long slow cook in the oven and let it go all day long-with liquid and maybe 230 degrees-my mom used to do it, but I don't remember the details.

    Have nuts and sliced raw cheese for pre-dinner then I would do a nice big salad. The Pot roast, maybe roasted sweet potatoes. brussel sprouts, cauliflower riced, then cheesecake for dessert (it can be made the day before).

    this site has a recipe for the brussell sprouts, the riced cauliflower, and a lime cheesecake. Recipe index The primal recipe archive

    for roasted sweet potatoes just peel and cut them (about 1 per guest) into 1" inch cubes put them on a greased cookie sheet into a 425 degree oven, till they are browned around all edges. How long sort of depends on how much moisture is in the potato and how big the pieces are, check at 20 and see if you can flip them, then you can judge how much longer to leave them in.

    Lots of sides will distract them from the fact that there are no grains.
    Chris
    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
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    My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

    My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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    • #3
      Here are some meals I've served in the past and had no one notice there were no grains:

      Shishkebobs with various sauces (my favorite is tzakiki)
      Roasted chicken with baked acorn squash
      Moroccan Chicken over cauliflower rice from Mark's cookbook


      For primal dessert, I've done pudding, ice cream, pumpkin pie, cooked berries with a butter/nut meal crisp topping, and baked apples. I haven't done it for company, but cheesecake is always a great idea too

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      • #4
        I've done scallops (make a great app too. Recently I did some in an asparagus sauce and they were great), tagines (lamb with dried apricots is my favorite) and you can never go wrong with a roasted chicken.

        Right now the stone fruit is at it's peak here. I'd probably do roasted peaches in gewurtztraminer (i can send you a recipe if you'd interested).

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        • #5
          Starter: steamed or grilled aspargus spears with some ham and brie-cheesewrapped around it. Delish!
          Main: Cauliflower mash, steamed greens and/or salad, oyster blade steak (slow cooked on low heat for 2-3 hours).

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          • #6
            Great suggestions, much appreciated! Taking inspiration from everyone I'm thinking asparagus and tuna on a bed of roasted sweet potato mash topped by maybe a curry sauce of some kind.

            Glamorama - I don't share my organic brie with anyone :P
            Starting weight: 104.5 kg / 230 lbs (29th July 2011)
            100.5kg / 221 lbs (5th August 2011)
            Currently: 99.2kg / 218.6 lbs (23rd September 2011)

            Twitter: @jon404

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            • #7
              For desert, you can whip some cream and put some berries in it...

              Or, the "honey muffins" from Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations are ridiculously awesome..

              Civilized Caveman Cooking Creations: Honey Muffins

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              • #8
                I just posted a great recipe for spicy burgers with fresh corn salsa that is easy and delicious.
                Sweet corn salsa on spicy burgers The Cavewoman Cafe
                http://cavewomancafe.wordpress.com/sigpic

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by JT_London View Post
                  Great suggestions, much appreciated! Taking inspiration from everyone I'm thinking asparagus and tuna on a bed of roasted sweet potato mash topped by maybe a curry sauce of some kind.

                  Glamorama - I don't share my organic brie with anyone :P
                  Can't blame you!

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                  • #10
                    Struggling for dessert now, need something but will be pretty time limited :S
                    Starting weight: 104.5 kg / 230 lbs (29th July 2011)
                    100.5kg / 221 lbs (5th August 2011)
                    Currently: 99.2kg / 218.6 lbs (23rd September 2011)

                    Twitter: @jon404

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                    • #11
                      I have some suggestions on my site Fusion Princess | A mix of everything "me" They're all pretty primal, any with sweeteners have 1-2tbsp total in 12+ portions. All of the desserts are pretty quick too (less than 30 mins.)

                      ETA, for sweeteners, I use maple syrup and honey, I can't do artificials/stevia, but if you know the conversions, you could use those too
                      Last edited by bionicsamm; 09-07-2011, 07:21 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Here's a banana bread recipe that I took from this forum a while back:
                        2 Eggs
                        1/2 Cup Melted Pature Butter
                        2 Cups of Almond Flour
                        2 ripe/over ripe bananas
                        3/4 cup crushed walnuts
                        2 Tbsp water
                        1 tsp baking soda
                        A few sprinkes of cinnamon
                        A tiny splash of vanilla extract
                        Pinch of Sea Salt

                        Melt butter, beat eggs, mix everything together. Put it in cupcake pan and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes.

                        Alternatively:
                        If you don't mind splenda/dextrose, this cake recipe is so good that nobody will have any idea that they're not eating junk food: The Great Pumpkin Cake

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                        • #13
                          Fresh, in season fruit, whip some cream with a splash of appropriate liqueur. Depending on the fruit, it can be cut ahead with just a hint of raw honey to create its own juices. Sprinkle with chopped nuts. To get really fancy melt a bit of chocolate in a plastic baggie, snip a corner off the end then make swirly designs on a piece of parchment paper-do this ahead of time, make extra they might break. When they cool stand one up in each serving of the whipped cream, do this as you are serving they will melt. Simple, elegant, easy, yummy. Have fun
                          Chris
                          "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass. It is about learning to dance in the rain."
                          Unknown

                          My journal: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread36279.html

                          My "Program": doing my version of a 4:3 - 3 day fast diet with real food every day, with a little twist of anti-inflammatory mixed in.

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                          • #14
                            OMG those sound fantastic! i'm going to be stuffing my face with all of these suggestions, you guys rock!

                            I ended up serving tuna steak and asparagus on a bed of mashed sweet potato covered in a Thai lime and corriander sauce.

                            Dessert was the chocolate mousse I made the other day - 1/2 ripe avocado, 1 raw egg, 1 banana 1 heaped tablespoon of cocoa power (per person) topped with a scoop of mascarpone cheese, amazing!
                            Starting weight: 104.5 kg / 230 lbs (29th July 2011)
                            100.5kg / 221 lbs (5th August 2011)
                            Currently: 99.2kg / 218.6 lbs (23rd September 2011)

                            Twitter: @jon404

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