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  • Are There Any 'NORMAL' Paleo Recipes?

    Hi,

    I have just registered and am interested in the paleo diet due to the fact that I'm a freak of nature who is still covered head to foot in acne after 25 years of enduring it. According to Cordain this is the way to go and so its the last ditch effort before putting a gun to my head.

    Anyway, now that I've happily introduced myself, I'd like to say that I have looked at many paleo recipes on the net and how shall I put this delicately.... they all sound disgusting, ridiculous, incredibly time consuming and/or expensive. So, are there any meals (lunch or dinner) which are:

    1. Easy to prepare.
    2. Do not require you to be related to Bill Gates in order to afford.
    3. Still resemble something approximate to what we all used to eat before going down this route?

    Carrying on from the last question, I'll give you some examples of what I normally see when looking for meals:

    Steamed king crab with spicy tomato relish and shallot cream sauce.
    Catfish pesto bake.
    Buffalo roast with lemon and steamed beets.

    Those are just a few of the TITLES. I have not even got into the actual recipes which require a thousand different herbs and meat that's been farmed in specific ways. Seriously, are you all millionaire chefs with nothing better to do than spend your whole lives in the kitchen?

    Sorry if this seems antagonistic. I seriously would like some NORMAL suggestions - you know, things which involve chicken, beef, pork, lamb, haddock, etc. And normal vegetables such as carrots, peas, cabbage, etc. No swordfish or Peruvian hoohoberries which sprout from the McCuckoo tree on Mount Olympus, every 72 years at 6am during a solar eclipse.

    Thank you in advance and nice to be here.

  • #2
    Creating a Healthy, Happy, Down to Earth Family

    There's quite a few on my blog. Nothing fancy, but my kids love it. We do a lot of baked/grilled chicken with whatever spices are on hand. We do a lot of frozen veggies - plain or in butter.

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    • #3
      Just keep it simple: eat meat, veggies and fruit. If you can't afford pasture raised meat eat lean conventionally raised meats.

      Breakfast: eggs and bacon and maybe some fruit. Lunch: salad with avocado and meat. Dinner steak, broccoli and sweet potato with butter.

      To keep it interesting switch around the proteins and veggies and use seasoning that you like.

      What do you normally eat? If you let us know we may be able to help you figure out how to make your meals paleo.
      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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      • #4
        Grilled meat with a marinade. Vegetables cooked with spices and some sort of healthy fat/oil.
        Soup made with vegetables and meat.
        Scrambled eggs with veggies

        Where have you been looking at paleo recipes???? They are seriously quite basic and tasty and only expensive if you buy the top shelf quality of meat and organic produce.
        Teacher and Homeschooler
        One husband of 9 years,
        Two kids (6 & 3)
        Pregnant with #3, due this summer

        Going primal resolved my anxiety symptoms!!!

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        • #5
          Step one: get some meat and some paleo-friendly vegetables.

          Step two: cook in manner that is pleasing to you and uses paleo-friendly seasonings.

          Step three: eat.

          Seriously, you don't need to look only for paleo recipes. Put the main ingredients you have into the search box along with the word "recipe" and see what comes up. If it calls for non-paleo ingredients, then you can either substitute (e.g. tapioca starch for cornstarch) or look for another recipe.

          I'm not a millionaire. I'm a grad student. We buy our meats in bulk from farmers and generally eat what's in season for fruit and veg. A meal might look something like this:

          -steaks with a homemade rub (can be as simple as salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder) cooked in the cast iron skillet with some butter

          -spinach cooked in conserved bacon fat with a little garlic, served with a bit of lemon juice, salt, and pepper

          -baked sweet potato with butter

          That's simple, quick, and fairly affordable. You can do similar things swapping out the meats (so salmon filets, or chicken thighs, or whatever) and the veggies (steam some broccoli, saute some zucchini in butter, or even just cut up some fresh tomato and sprinkle with a little sea salt) and so on. Or use a slow cooker and put a roast on to cook all day so it's ready to eat when you get home.

          The reason bloggers put up the fancy recipes is because the easy stuff is, well, easy, and most of it is pretty well covered by the basic cooking websites or a general purpose cookbook like The Joy of Cooking. There are also sites like Everyday Paleo that have lots of easy, tasty day-to-day recipes if you look. You can also put something like "easy" into the search bar and find lots of options.
          “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

          Owly's Journal

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          • #6
            Like someone else said, just keep it simple. Any type of meat you enjoy with vegetables, and fruit that's in season. Nuts and seeds to snack on if need be. I can guarantee the diet will improve your acne.

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            • #7
              If you're not eating very low carb and can eat dairy, white rice and white potatoes, then most French and South-East Asian recipes are viable, with a tweak or two.
              F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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              • #8
                I'd stay away from rice, potatoes, and dairy if I were you.

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                • #9
                  ^ We don't have enough personal info on the OP to know whether that advice is relevant to them.
                  F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                  • #10
                    I treat recipes as either inspiration or occasional things. Most of my meals are a grilled meat and a salad. I turn to recipes if I have extra time and am bored with the meat and salad situation.

                    Aside: I thought Cordain's cookbook was pretty uninspiring. Cookbooks I recommend are "Well-Fed", "Paleo Comfort Food", and the following websites:

                    The Food Lovers Kitchen
                    Nom Nom Paleo

                    Oh! And Mark's books. They're great!
                    Steph
                    My Primal Meanderings

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                    • #11
                      As above, keep it simple. Meat with veg, perhaps jazz it up with some spices, have a different selection of meat each day. I made one of those recipes on my first day, and whilst it was delicious, i don't have the time to cook like that every day. Cooking a piece of meat and some veggies doesn't take long. Enjoy a nice salad with chicken / tuna / egg for lunch.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by hulahoop View Post
                        As above, keep it simple. Meat with veg, perhaps jazz it up with some spices, have a different selection of meat each day. I made one of those recipes on my first day, and whilst it was delicious, i don't have the time to cook like that every day. Cooking a piece of meat and some veggies doesn't take long. Enjoy a nice salad with chicken / tuna / egg for lunch.
                        The lunch salad thing is especially easy if you have some pre-cooked protein on hand. Keep some leftover roasted chicken, steak, roast beef, hardboiled eggs, or canned tuna on hand, that way you can easily toss some of it in a salad with a simple homemade dressing (as basic as oil, vinegar, and some herbs of your choice) and have a tasty lunch. Or mash up canned tuna with an avocado, some hot sauce, and a bit of lemon juice. Easy and fairly cheap.
                        “If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde

                        Owly's Journal

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                        • #13
                          I agree with hula-hoop - keep it simple, and go for rustic-style dishes.

                          You can't go wrong with meat/fish and veggies fried in butter or coconut oil.

                          Also, the big ass salad and everything omelette are sufficiently flexible to be easily affordable and easy to source for ingredients. You'll need to have some confidence in putting the right flavour combinations together and not following a recipe to the letter. This really depends on your culinary background.

                          I'd focus on perfecting the techniques for making these, including finding nice dressing recipes for the salad that work well with particular ingredients. Then you will gain the ability to cook flexibly with a basic range of standard ingredients plus whatever is available. That's the key to affordable, nutritionally balanced, stress-free cooking.
                          F 5 ft 3. HW: 196 lbs. Primal SW (May 2011): 182 lbs (42% BF)... W June '12: 160 lbs (29% BF) (UK size 12, US size 8). GW: ~24% BF - have ditched the scales til I fit into a pair of UK size 10 bootcut jeans. Currently aligning towards 'The Perfect Health Diet' having swapped some fat for potatoes.

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                          • #14
                            I should mention: when I STARTED, I leaned on the recipes because my brain was still going haywire over the idea that a filling dinner could be as simple as a piece of protein and a nice salad. There had to be more! Years of cooking that way said so!

                            We're over a year in, though, and nowadays the elaborate recipes are fewer and farther between, and mostly reserved for weekends when I have time to putter about. I love cooking, don't get me wrong, but on weeknights I just want to get in, get done, and sit down with my honey to a meal and discussion.
                            Steph
                            My Primal Meanderings

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                            • #15
                              Pasteurized dairy, rice, potatoes = acne

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