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15 Apr

The Allure of Crock Pots

I recently received an email from a reader:

Mark,

First of all, I have enjoyed getting to know more about the Primal Blueprint and I have found it to be very useful. Perhaps you have addressed this before, but do you have any primal recipes for crock pots? I am on the go quite a bit and would love to have a few healthy options.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

John

Great suggestion. Slow cooking is more relevant than ever, with free time evaporating and the need for easy Primal fare made with minimal effort only increasing. When the novelty wears off and the prospect of coming up with home cooked Primal meals every day begins to loom, I think a lot of people will turn to the crock pot.

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14 Apr

The Low-Carb Wonders of Jicama

Jicama is that white, crispy tuberous root that the fruit cart guys always douse in chile power and lime and serve on a stick. The naturally-occurring oligofructose inulin lends it a slightly sweet flavor. It’s tasty, refreshing, and seemingly innocuous – but is it loaded with carbs? It seems a little carby, and I’ve mostly avoided it (a difficult task in Southern California where fruit carts beckon from every other street corner) for that very reason, but a couple reader comments have prompted an investigation.

If my informed, Primal readership was supporting jicama consumption, surely there was more to it.

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13 Apr

Dear Mark: Considering Cookware

Hi Mark,

I couldn’t find any MDA posts that tackled the matter of cookware possibly leaching heavy metals and/or toxic chemicals into food. I’ve read that a porcelain/ceramic inside surface is the way to go, (thereby avoiding Teflon and metals), but good-quality examples like Le Creuset are darn expensive, and lesser-quality ones like Heuck look like camping gear to me.  Have you researched or concluded anything on this matter?  Is this a non-issue?

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12 Apr

Weekend Link Love – Edition 45

Happy Easter! Before you pop a peep, check out FitSugar’s Easter candy breakdown.

It’s a little late for April Fools’ Day jokes, but Fitness Spotlight’s charming review of wonderful, foolproof, ab machines was too funny not to mention.

Pay Now Live Later put together a fantastic video montage of the Primal eating plan in a nutshell. Everyone that reads Mark’s Daily Apple should take a look.

Whole Health Source has a spot-on post about reversing tooth decay.

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11 Apr

Slow-Cooked Cabbage, Tomatoes and Meatballs

Last week we discussed the merits of canning your own foods. So you canned a bunch of tomatoes and now you need a good reason to use ‘em! Enter the following unstuffed cabbage recipe:

Ingredients:
1 large head of cabbage
1 pound of ground meat (turkey, chicken, beef…you decide)
½ pound of spicy sausage, casing removed
½ cup minced onion
1 tsp caraway seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 16 oz can tomatoes – including the juice
3 tbsp vinegar
1 carrot – unpeeled, ends chopped off
Salt and pepper to taste

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