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Category: Recipes

Roasted Persian Chicken and Cauliflower

In this Persian-inspired recipe, chicken and cauliflower are perfumed with saffron, cinnamon, cardamom, turmeric, black pepper and other spices, then roasted until crisp. The cauliflower is dotted with goji berries, pistachios and slivered almonds, and the chicken is finished with a dusting of parsley and mint. Combined, this is a fragrant, deeply flavorful meal.

This richly spiced dish isn’t just flavorful though. The spices also contribute antioxidants and protection against microbes. This recipe gives measurements for both whole and ground spices – you can choose which to use. Buying whole spices and grinding them (a coffee grinder works well) often means more potent flavor and health benefits. Pre-ground spices are more convenient. Just make sure they’re organic and less than a year old.

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Coconut Milk Oyster Stew

Oysters are most often served raw, or smoked in a can, so it’s easy to forget about good ‘ol oyster stew. Not exactly chowder or bisque, oyster stew is an uncomplicated meal. It’s little more than oysters and milk (or cream) warmed in a pot. It’s perfect in its simplicity.

So why mess with perfection? Milk, that’s why. It’s not for everyone. If you’re one of those people, then you’ll be happy to know that oysters and coconut milk is not such a bad combination. In fact, it’s delicious.

This coconut milk oyster stew is briny, savory, buttery and slightly sweet from the coconut milk. Fresh chives and chunks of melting butter (or ghee) finish the dish, elevating it from good to amazing.

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Rosemary and Garlic Pork Loin in Caul Fat

Pork tenderloin cooks quickly and can be an easy weeknight meal, but the fear of ending up with a dry and flavorless dinner is real. Pork tenderloin is a lean cut, and the lack of fat makes it an unforgiving cut of meat. But when pork tenderloin is cooked right, it’s a succulent, mouthwatering meal that can be on the table in no time.

This recipe takes a three-pronged approach to cooking perfect pork tenderloin. One, rub it down with a flavorful marinade. Two, wrap it in fat. Three, sear it in the same hot skillet that it roasts in.

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Unstuffed Cabbage Bowl

If you love stuffed cabbage but want to do away with white rice and the time consuming task of stuffing and rolling cabbage leaves, this recipe is for you. The dish is slightly lighter, and the flavors are brighter than in traditional stuffed cabbage, but this unstuffed cabbage bowl is still full-blown comfort food.

To make the bowl, shredded cabbage is sautéed just until soft, without losing its bright green color and soft crunch. The meat is simmered in onion, garlic, tomato sauce and a pinch of cinnamon. Layered in a bowl, the meat and cabbage are topped with a dollop of sauerkraut and an abundance of fresh parsley.

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Korean Tacos

Korean tacos are a culinary twist that’s been around for a while now, using a tortilla as the delivery system for the bold flavors of Korean cuisine. This Primal recipe for Korean tacos is intensely delicious and hits all the right notes: sweet, spicy, fresh, crunchy, meaty.

Let’s start with the ribs. They’re simmered in a sweet umami sauce made from tenderizing fruit (kiwi and pear) plus ginger, garlic, scallions, and coconut aminos. The meat is scooped onto a small tortilla and topped with refreshing daikon radish and carrot slaw. It only takes a few bites to devour these Korean tacos, and you’ll definitely want more than one, so put several on your plate.

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Cassava Flour Crepes

These are the real deal—crepes that are almost identical to regular crepes, with one simple difference: they’re made from gluten-free cassava flour. Stuff these buttery crepes with either sweet or savory fillings, and they’re a delicious treat for breakfast or brunch.

The great thing about cassava flour is that it’s a whole food that can be used to make gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free baked goods. Although cassava flour isn’t a perfect replacement for all-purpose flour, it’s pretty darn close. It’s fun to experiment in the kitchen with cassava flour, but also expensive. A 2-pound bag can set you back around $20.

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