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Category: Recipes

Kimchi Pancakes

Kimchi is great as a side dish, but it’s also really delicious as a main ingredient. Take kimchi soup, for example. Or, these savory egg pancakes laced with kimchi, scallions and garlic, and served with sesame dipping sauce.

It’s important to supplement your diet with fermented foods and these savory pancakes are a tasty way to do it. Kimchi is just one of many fermented foods that can help build up an army of gut flora for you. These pancakes also use potato starch as an ingredient, a resistant starch that can feed gut bacteria. However, the starch is heated, which can negate its RS function. So in this case, the potato starch is mainly there to give the pancakes a crispy and chewy texture without using regular all-purpose flour.

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Vietnamese Short Rib Stew

There are many variations of Vietnamese beef stew, but what they all have in common are intensely aromatic herbs and spices. Star anise, cinnamon, lemongrass, cilantro, mint, basil…these ingredients turn beef stew into a vibrant meal, rather than a bland, beige bowl of meat.

Those herbs and spices don’t just smell good, though. There’s a reason herbs and spices have a spot at the top of the Primal Blueprint food pyramid.

Herbs and spices are full of antioxidants, health benefits and medicinal qualities.

Throw in some gelatin-rich short ribs, and this stew is about as nourishing as a meal can get.

Adding even more flavor and aroma, the ingredient list continues with ginger, garlic, fish sauce, and in this Primal version, coconut aminos. When this stew is simmering on your stove, even your neighbors across the street are going to smell it cooking. And they’re going to be jealous.

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Primal Furikake

Furikake is a Japanese seasoning made from dried fish (bonito), sesame seeds, dried seaweed, salt, sugar, and often msg. A Primal version is easy to make–simply drop the sugar and msg–and you have a versatile seasoning for just about everything.

The ratio of ingredients can be tailored to your own taste, so simply use this furikake recipe as a guide. This particular recipe adds plenty of nori, since you can’t go wrong with a lot of nori.

Lightly toasted sesame seeds add crunch and the bonito flakes add an irreplaceable salty, umami flavor. Most grocery stores these days sell bonito flakes, or it can be ordered online. Bonito is air-dried, aged, and shaved tuna.

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Duck Carnitas Tacos

Mexican carnitas are made from meat that’s been slow-cooked in fat. Usually, this means pork braised in lard. But duck legs covered in a thick layer of fatty skin are ideal for this sort of cooking. Not only do you end up with easy, really delicious duck carnitas, you’ll have a little extra rendered duck fat in the pot to use for future cooking.

The tender, shredded duck meat is fried briefly to crisp up the edges, then it’s tossed with a cabbage slaw made from red cabbage, radishes, jalapeno peppers and cilantro. This combination of ingredients makes the slaw a brightly colored, sulfur rich, Vitamin C packed powerhouse…but you don’t have to think about that while you’re eating it. Just focus on how delicious the cool, crunchy, spicy slaw tastes with rich, crispy morsels of duck.

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Cashew Turmeric Chicken Salad (Plus a Contest)

Cashew cream is a vegan obsession that can certainly have a place in a Primal kitchen. To make cashew cream, simply blend cashew nuts with water. A little bit of water makes thick, spreadable cream—and a lot of water turns cashew cream into cashew milk. Either way, the texture is smooth and creamy while the flavor is mild and slightly sweet.

The natural sweetness makes cashew cream an instant dessert. Try a spoonful right out of the blender—it’s like nutty whipped cream. It’s good. A little too good. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Surprisingly, though, all it takes is a little salt, acidity, and spices to take cashew cream in a completely different direction. With those slight modifications, you’ll have yourself a savory dressing. Cashew cream is an obvious replacement for dairy, or, in this recipe, a stand-in for mayonnaise. Believe it or not, this mayonnaise-free chicken salad can easily compete against traditional chicken salad with mayo. The creamy, slightly tangy dressing coats the chicken nicely, and some celery and shallot add a little crunch.

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Artichoke Deviled Eggs with Capers

Today’s guest post is an original recipe from my eldest, Devyn Sisson! Devyn is hard at work writing her first cookbook, Kitchen Intuition. In the meantime, check her out on Instagram for more recipes and kitchen tips.

I’m Devyn, aka, The Intuitive Chef, aka, Ms. Kitchen Intuition. Whatever alias I go by, “Dev” is always a good fallback. I just received my Masters in Spiritual Psychology, started writing a cookbook called Kitchen Intuition, and recently completed an integrative nutrition program.

Although I’ve learned from cookbooks, the trusty Food Network, and amazing chefs along my journey, I’ve always trusted my intuition when it comes to cooking, paying close attention to my body and taste buds to create strange, delicious, new, exciting recipes that I get to test out on my brave friends and family. And I’d like to share one of those intuitive variations with you today.

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