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Category: Recipes

Kerala Lamb Curry

Kerala lamb curry forgoes the thick, soup-like sauce often associated with curry. Instead, chunks of meat soak up almost all the sauce, creating a fragrant stew of spices and meat that can be eaten with a fork, no spoon or rice needed.

Recipes for Kerala lamb curry vary slightly in their cooking methods and ingredient lists. What the recipes all share are tender chunks of lamb, plus lots of spices. This recipe uses ingredients you probably have in your kitchen already—coriander, turmeric, onion, garlic, shallot, ginger, coconut milk—and a few you might have to search out, like Kashmiri chili powder and fresh curry leaves.

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Wonton Soup

This Primal recipe for wonton soup will save you time and unnecessary carbs. Just skip the wonton wrappers—it’s as simple as that. Instead, roll the ground pork filling into tiny meatballs and drop them directly into a pot of simmering broth. In a few minutes, the juicy little meatballs flavored with tamari, ginger and sesame oil are done. Ladle the gluten-free won ton soup into a bowl, garnish with scallions, and dinner is served.

The broth for this wonton soup is easy to make and deeply flavorful. Just take chicken stock and simmer briefly with ginger, green onions, and kombu. Kombu is a type of seaweed sold in dried strips. It adds minerals (like iodine, magnesium, manganese and iron) to broth. It also adds very subtle umami flavor. Kombu is a great supplemental food to keep in your panty. It keeps almost indefinitely and can be added to any type of soup without noticeably affecting the flavor. It’s a really easy way to get some of the health benefits of seaweed, without actually eating seaweed.

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Turkish Salad

In this refreshing salad, herbs are treated as a main ingredient, not a garnish. Fill your salad bowl with parsley, mint and dill (thyme and oregano are also good), either finely chopped or roughly snipped with scissors. The bright and fragrant herbs obviously add color and potent aroma, but there’s more hidden in their leaves… namely antioxidants, plus many other health benefits.

Don’t get bogged down by memorizing which herbs offer what benefits. Just make a point of regularly enjoying salads like this one that feed your body a variety of fresh herbs. Every recipe for Turkish shepherd’s salad has a slightly different combination of ingredients, but they all strive for refreshing, lively flavor. This Turkish salad combines loads of fresh herbs, tomatoes, bell pepper, cucumber, and red onion with creamy feta and a tangy dressing made from olive oil and pomegranate molasses.

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Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e Pepe means “cheese and pepper” and that’s all you need to make this gloriously simple pasta dish. Yes, pasta. If you have a favorite brand of gluten-free pasta, go for it. If not, “zoodles” work well for this dish, too. What matters most here is not the noodle, it’s the cacio e pepe.

The type of cheese used for this classic Italian dish matters in a big way. It’s not just any cheese, it’s Pecorino Romano, an aged Italian cheese made from sheep’s milk. Don’t buy cheese labeled only “Romano,” and don’t buy it pre-grated. What you want is the real deal—a wedge of genuine Italian Pecorino Romano.

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Mississippi Roast

If you’ve ever perused Pinterest for recipes, you probably know about Mississippi Roast. A mouth-watering Internet sensation, Mississippi Roast is made by cooking chuck roast in a slow cooker with a stick of butter, powdered ranch dressing, powdered gravy or onion mix, and pepperoncini. Fans write about Mississippi Roast as if it’s the best thing they’ve ever eaten.  If you’ve been salivating over Mississippi Roast, but haven’t tried it due to the long list of artificial ingredients in powdered mixes like ranch dressing, this is your lucky day.

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West African Peanut Stew

West African Peanut Stew has many variations (different spices, different vegetables) but one thing is always the same, the broth is thickened with peanut butter (well, almost always….this delicious version is made with almond butter). Peanut butter adds a rich, creamy texture and a nutty flavor that makes this stew different from all others. West African Peanut Stew is so uniquely delicious that it’s definitely worth trying, peanuts and all.

Don’t fret. Unless you’re allergic to peanuts, a small amount of natural peanut butter every now and then won’t hurt you. And this peanut stew has a lot to offer. Besides tasting great, each bowl is filled with vitamin E from red palm oil, from spices, and vitamin K and folate from the collards.

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