Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Struggling with cooking page

  1. #1
    AJMo478's Avatar
    AJMo478 is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    1

    Struggling with cooking

    Hi everyone. I am new to the forums and have been primal for a few short months. I am an awful cook and just started cooking for myself in order to find substitute foods for everything that I am accustomed to eating. Our lovely grains. Can anyone offer any simple recipes for a beginner and also, a better substitute for pasta other than spaghetti squash? I have made it twice and the squash is just too "squishy" for me (gee, what do you know).

    I have lost 25 lbs in just under 3 months and i'm only 10 away from where I wanted to be!

    Any suggestions? Thanks everyone!
    Andy

  2. #2
    ryanmercer's Avatar
    ryanmercer is online now Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Speedway, IN
    Posts
    1,007
    There are several cookbooks out there. Plenty of paleo recipies on here and other sites too.

    It's easy to make your own salsa or tomato sauce, that would be a good practice one. Soups and chilis are similarly easy.
    -Ryan Mercer my blog and Genco Peptides my small biz

  3. #3
    yodiewan's Avatar
    yodiewan is online now Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    North Carolina
    Posts
    3,143
    It sounds like you're trying to recreate non-Primal foods. It's ok to do that every now and then, but for the majority of your meals, it's best to just change your mentality and eat real food. Sear some steaks, fry or scramble some eggs, roast some veggies.

    If those things are too "boring" there are tons of great paleo/primal recipes and webiste. I really like the Everyday Paleo cookbooks. Lots of simple fast recipes in those.

  4. #4
    Jesster's Avatar
    Jesster is offline Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Cornwall, UK
    Posts
    47
    Get a slow cooker. Chuck ingredients in, go to work, get back from work and dinner's ready. Job done!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    United States
    Posts
    38
    Eh, ditch the pasta - it's entirely unnecessary. Make the sauces you want anyway and don't bother trying to mimic noodles. I mean, let's look at some of the favorite pastas I used to make pre-primal:

    1) Spaghetti. These days, I make the same, chunky meat sauce I always used to, and I eat it with a fork.
    2) Pesto. I always used to put grilled chicken in my pesto pasta. So now I just have grilled chicken with homemade pesto sauce. Easy, tasty, never miss the noodles. Also pesto = awesome veggie dip.
    3) Carbonara. Lots of people put peas in their carbonara. So make some creamy, baconey carbonara sauce and pour it over a bowl of peas or other veg and have it as a side.

    It's the sauce that's the good stuff. Noodles are merely a vehicle - and not even the best one, at that.

  6. #6
    Earthy Mama's Avatar
    Earthy Mama is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Missouri
    Posts
    220
    I haven't tried this yet, but was thinking about it while going to bed last week.

    Slice zucchini noodles thin, cook (boil maybe, I've not made these lol), and then toss with butter, oil and garlic (and whatever other seasonings). Sounds delicious to me lol
    Earthy Mama's Journal
    First Primal Pregnancy


    9+lbs lost this preg and good body changes from walking each day and eating healthy

    "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" ~ Hippocrates

  7. #7
    Maradevale's Avatar
    Maradevale is offline Junior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    5
    I'd take those recipes from Well Fed and find them a challenge. You say you are normally a good cook. Can you not adjust any recipe or way you have of cooking for this plan? I sure did. Use any spices and double them if you need to to make them be acceptable for you. Riced cauliflower becomes your rice. If you want this, you'll make it work.

    I also would drop the "picky eater" label and see if in reality you have just nurtured that in some way.

  8. #8
    Wulf's Avatar
    Wulf is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    USA
    Posts
    174
    Here is one recipe using zucchini in the long thin slice method as noodles: Health-Bent | Paleo Pad Thai

    good site btw, I like a lot of their recipes and find them inspiring. Just in the last month I bought and cooked my first spaghetti squash myself, and I like it quite a bit, it doesn't have a strong flavor so like traditional pasta, it goes with a lot of things. However, I did notice that it released a lot of water over time, which is unappetizing to be sure. Another way to reduce the squishiness and excess water content of it might be to saute it after cooking to evaporate off some of the water. Another method to remove water from high-water content vegetables is to mix them with salt and let them drain for awhile, then rinse and use after excess water has been pulled out of them by the osmotic pressure of the external salt (this is done in some recipes with cucumbers which are very watery, to help them be more firm, and to not release water later and dilute your sauce).

  9. #9
    Annieh's Avatar
    Annieh is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Location
    New Zealand
    Posts
    2,955
    PrimalCon New York
    Very well done on your progress so far. That you are now developing an interest in cooking is a positive sign.

    Everyone has offered some very good suggestions. As you try them out, I'm sure you will begin to find that food you've prepared yourself tastes far superior to anything else.

    I sometimes find that what I do with my primal ingredients can barely be called cooking. Just take primal ingredients, assemble in different combinations, and eat them. Yum. This works for salads, soups, casseroles, smoothies, icecreams etc. There are lots of examples in my journal.

    Something I have taught my 12yo dd to make, so it's pretty easy, is chocolate waffles. Blend 1/2 banana, 1 egg, 1 T cocoa and 1t vanilla essence. Pour into a buttered, hot waffle maker and cook through. Serve with berries and cream. Or with mushrooms and bacon. Whatever takes your fancy at the time.

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •