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Thread: Primal for a meat-hater?

  1. #1
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    Feb 2012
    Tokyo, Japan

    Primal for a meat-hater?

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    Well, I've finally done it.

    I've finally convinced my wheat-bellied, gout-ed, pre-diabetic, and heart diseased father to give up grains.

    The catch is, I have to cook for him while I'm home from university over the summer. And he is not a big meat eater. At all.

    I want to start him off with high-protein breakfasts to carry him through the work day, and he'll be getting a nice big-ass salad for lunch, but aside from throwing six to seven eggs at him, I'm at a loss as to how to get a good 30+ grams of protein in him every morning. He does like morning shakes, which I am monopolizing as a way to get some good SFAs into the mix, but does anyone have any ideas? I have a feeling that the 'no meat' factor is going to pop up here and there, and I want to have some decent ideas of what to do to head off the problem before it starts.

    I looked in the forum for 'meatless' and 'meat replacement', but I didn't come up with much at all. Thanks in advance, anything will help at this point.

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    Jan 2012
    Is he a dairy guy? Aged cheese is debatably includable, as is full-fat Greek yogurt, which is delicious with a FEW walnuts, blueberries, and unsweetened coconut flakes.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2011
    Manhattan, NY
    Give him a lot of what he does like but vary the preparation methods. If he does dairy, cottage cheese and Greek yogurt are very high in protein. If eggs become boring, consider fermented tempeh and properly soaked lentils and black beans. I don't think 30g of protein is necessary every single morning, but don't forget plants have a good amount of protein, too. Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green beans, etc. Oh, and nutritional yeast is very high in protein(16g for 160 calories worth) and tastes nutty/cheesy. I love it.
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    Ft. Bliss TX

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    Per serving, asparagus delivers over 3g of protein. This lanky, green vegetable is extremely versatile, as it can be boiled, grilled, steamed or fried.


    Excellent in curries and soups and equally appealing eaten mashed or as a steamed side dish; not only is cauliflower versatile and healthy but it contains 3g of protein per serving.

    Broccoli and Brussels Sprouts

    Tying for fourth place are two more examples of healthy, green vegetables: broccoli and brussels sprouts. Both of these vegetables are protein-rich, low in fat and easily prepared; making them ideal side-dishes.


    Artichoke is another vegetable that is high on the list when it comes to protein content. Serving up just under 3g of protein per serving, artichokes are an excellent addition to pasta, salads and soups and provide an earthy, intense flavor.


    Tiny yet surprisingly rich in protein, watercress is next on the list. Per 100g serving, watercress delivers almost 3g of protein, which, for its size, renders it an excellent source of the nutrient. Perfect for salads, soups and sandwiches, watercress can easily find its way into your diet.

    Nuts and Seeds

    Almonds, Ό cup – 8 grams
    Cashews, Ό cup – 5 grams
    Pecans, Ό cup – 2.5 grams
    Sunflower seeds, Ό cup – 6 grams
    Pumpkin seeds, Ό cup – 8 grams
    Flax seeds – Ό cup – 8 grams

    Hemp Protein Powder

    With 11grams of protein per 4T, you can mix this into his breakfast shakes. 14g carbs with 14g (!!!) fiber, it's the perfect food!

    Also, how about seafood? Tilapia or any other VERY mild flavoured fish can be seasoned up to not taste like anything but the seasonings. Grilled shrimp and scallops are the same way.

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  5. #5
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    Jan 2011
    Orem, UT
    if he does dairy, try hooking him up with some Fage Total full fat Greek yogurt. 20g protein per serving. Cottage cheese is a good source of protein, too. Does he consider chicken & sea food meat? Some people don't view that as meat.

    I don't understand how any man can turn down beef. It boggles my mind. I hope he warms up to critter for you.
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  6. #6
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    Dec 2011
    Dallas/Fort Worth Texas
    Crustless quiche makes a great meal or snack. With some of the higher protein vegetables mentioned above (don't forget mushrooms!).

  7. #7
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    Jan 2012
    Suburbs of Toronto
    I'm going to caution against going ape with nuts. They're tasty as heck, but not particularly filling, nor THAT nutritious.

    Unless you're going to soak/dry them, nuts should only be used SPARINGLY. Hemp seed is particularly high on O6.

    I second eggs/cottage cheese/greek yogurt, but what about fish? Will dad eat some wild caught salmon? Canned tuna? Sardines?
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  8. #8
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    May 2009
    San Diego, CA
    Is he one of those people who does not consider fish to be meat?
    You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

  9. #9
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    Jul 2011
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    Don't force breakfast on him. Make soup or chili. He probably won't eat sardines, maybe try grilled salmon with lemon & butter. Make sure to put the lemon garnish on, might make him feel like he is at Luby's.

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    Nov 2010
    New Zealand
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    Eggs and dairy fit into primal, so you can go that route, and if he'll consume fish or seafood, then you can do that as well.

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