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Primal Substitutes for Non-Primal Foods

It’s perhaps the most commonly asked question, both here in the forums and around the Primal/paleo blogosphere: what about bread/rice/grains/mashed potatoes/fish-and-chips/sweets? That is, what Primal foods can I eat that will satisfy my nascent urges for conventional “comfort foods [7]”? In a perfect fat-adapted world, these urges would be non-existent. We would all be sated on nothing but meat, fat, vegetables, and a bit of fruit, and on a normal day I would stress the importance of desiring truly Primal foods rather than Primal approximations of high-carb, conventional fare.

Today isn’t a normal day, though. We’re in the middle of a particularly intensive Health Challenge [8], one that centers around making small (but doable) positive changes. For all our new members, finding alternate low-carb versions of the classic high-carb foods can be just the ticket to maintaining their personal health commitments under duress – and for that reason, I rounded up every low-carb food alternative source I could find. Strict PB pros and Primal stalwarts, forgive me, but I’m doing it for everyone’s collective good. Consider this my 80/20 moment. (wink)

Breads/Muffins/Cakes

Primal Spinach Bread [9]

Carrot Walnut Bread [10]

Coconut Flour Rolls [11] (Thanks, Tim!)

Medicine Woman’s Roots: Golden Flax Bread [12]

Gluten-Free Bread [13]

Focaccia-Style Flax Bread [14]

Oopsie Rolls [15] (Gluten-Free Buns)

Low-Carb Meatloaf [16] (Hey, it’s technically in loaf form. Thanks, Richard!)

Chips and Crackers

Primal Nut Crackers [17]

Grain Free Almond Crackers [18]

Primal Sweet Potato Chips [19]

Sweet Potato Chips with Cinnamon [20]

Pizza

Cauliflower Pizza Crust [21]

Son of Grok’s Famous Pizza Crust [22]

Eggplant Pizza [23] (scroll down a bit)

Paleo Pizza [24] (Thanks, Scott!)

Sunflower Seed Pizza Crust [25]

Zucchini Pizza Crust [26]

Rice

Cauliflower Rice Pilaf [27] (Thanks, maba!)

Cauliflower Fried Rice [28]

Cauliflower Pesto Rice [29] (Thanks, Elizabeth!)

Pasta

Summer Squash Noodles [30]

Spaghetti Squash and Meat Sauce [31]

Low-Carb “Lasagna” [32]

Noodleless Lasagna [33]

“Spaghetti” with Meat Sauce [34]

Eggplant Lasagna [35]

Mashed Potatoes

Broccoli-Carrot Mash [36]

Mashed Cauliflower (Steam, then into the food processor with salt, butter, and pepper – super easy)

Mashed Butternut Squash [37]

Dairy

Coconut milk (Smoothie [38])

Almond milk [39]

Flours

Almond Meal [40]

Coconut Flour [41]

Breaded Fried Stuff

Coconut Chicken Fingers with Spicy Fruit Chutney [42]

Coconut Encrusted Chicken Salad [43]

Almond and Parmesan Baked Tilapia [44]

Thickeners

Low-Carb Thickener [45]

Pancakes

Almond Pancakes [40]

Coconut Pancakes [46]

Rick’s Primal Pancakes [47]

Paleo Pancakes [48]

Low-Carb Almond Meal Pancakes [49]

New Almond Meal Pancake Variant [50]

Snacks

Primal Alternatives to Non-Primal Snacks [51]

Primal Energy Bar [52]

Make Your Own Jerky [53]

Make Your Own Dried Fruit [54]

Spicy Almonds [17]

SoG’s Primal Poppers [55]

SoG’s Dinosaur Droppings [56]

Desserts

Low-Carb Dessert Recipes [57] (Almond Macaroons, Fruit and Nut Crumble etc.)

Primal Pie Filling [58]

Flourless Pie Crust [17]

SoG’s Gorilla Cake [59]

Raw Walnut Cupcakes [60]

Dairy-Free Custard [61]

Whew. That should about do it. Thanks to everyone who graciously made their recipes available online, and thanks to the entire Primal community. We’re well over half way through the challenge – no more faltering! If you need it, consider this low-carb roundup an instant support system for those times of weakness. Oh, and let me know if I missed anything.

Grok on!