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January 04 2018

10 Freezer-Friendly Meals (and a Giveaway)

By Worker Bee
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Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Meals for Slow CookingHealth is about action. If your resolution doesn’t transfer to your routine, it will be dead in the water. Now’s the time to think about what in your routine needs to change to accommodate new choices. Healthy eating, for one, can be simple, but it requires some forethought. Strategic preparation helps, too. In that spirit, we’ve got a practical guide you can apply right away to your Primal diet—not to mention this weekend’s shopping list. Enjoy, everyone.

Stocking your freezer with homemade food is a winning strategy for eating well, especially when life gets really busy. There’s no better feeling than knowing that dinner is already cooked and just needs to be reheated. The easiest way to fill your freezer with meals is to regularly double, or triple, recipes so you regularly have leftovers to freeze. Of course, some meals freeze better than others. Here’s a handy guide for freezing cooked food, plus 10 recipes you should definitely have in your freezer.

How to Freeze & Defrost Cooked Food

Containers

Tupperware (or freezer-friendly Pyrex containers) and freezer bags are the most convenient containers for freezing food. Freezer bags are especially easy to label and space efficient. Fill a bag with food, smooth it out into an even layer and press out all the air (the less air in the bag, the less chance of freezer burn). Flat freezer bags filled with food stack up conveniently in the freezer.

Food Safety

Don’t put hot food in the freezer; always cool it completely first. As a general rule, frozen, cooked food will taste best if eaten within 3 months. If it helps, keep an inventory of frozen meals taped to your freezer door so you don’t forget what’s in there.

Portions

Consider freezing individual portions rather than freezing a big portion of food in one bag. This allows you to defrost a little bit at a time. This is an especially good idea if you want to use frozen meals for lunches, or if you’re not cooking for a big family.

Defrosting

The best and safest way to defrost frozen food is in the refrigerator overnight. Large cuts of cooked meat (like a roast) can take 48 hours to defrost. Defrosting in the refrigerator discourages bacteria (as opposed to defrosting at room temperature, which puts food in the bacteria “danger zone”). Defrosting in the refrigerator also helps maintain the texture of food, so it doesn’t get mushy or grainy.

When defrosting soup or other liquids, there’s also a faster option—immerse the plastic freezer bag filled with soup in cool water just long enough so you can break up the soup, then immediately dump in a pot and reheat.

Reheating

Once defrosted, most frozen meals can be reheated by simmering gently in a pot over medium-low heat. Often, it helps to add ¼ to ½ cup liquid to the pot, such as water, broth or coconut milk. For smaller portions, a microwave can be used, which is especially handy at work. Meals can also be reheated in the oven. Usually, reheating at 350 ºF/176 ºC with a lid or foil cover works well. Some cooked foods need extra seasoning after being reheated, and fresh herbs can help liven up leftovers.

Foods That Don’t Freeze Well

Cooked potatoes tend not to freeze well in any form, whether mashed, roasted, or in soups and stews. When reheated, cooked potatoes usually have a grainy or dry texture. (cooked sweet potatoes, however, usually freeze and reheat well.)

Frozen dairy products like milk, cream, sour cream and cheese tend to lose their smooth, creamy texture when reheated and can turn grainy and watery in recipes. Nut milks can also separate and become grainy when frozen. However, if reheated very gently over low heat and whisked vigorously, texture is less of a problem.

Coconut milk used in recipes generally reheats well, but again, do it over low heat.

Vinaigrettes, mayonnaise and mayonnaise-based sauces and salad dressings usually don’t freeze well.

10 Freezer-Friendly Meals

Sausage and Eggs to Go

Sausage and EggLet’s start with a long-time Primal favorite…. For breakfast, a healthy snack, or a quick lunch, you won’t find a recipe much better than these gems. Lots of flavor and a wallop of protein will keep you fully satisfied until you have time to sit down to a larger meal.

Freeze a bunch of these sausage and eggs on the go wrapped individually in foil and thrown into a freezer bag.

For the best texture when reheated, defrost overnight in the fridge first, then reheat briefly in the microwave.

Primal Pancakes

pancakes1For breakfast on busy weekday mornings, pull a pancake out of the freezer and pop it in the microwave. No need to defrost first! Pancakes can also be wrapped in foil and reheated in the oven.

To freeze, stack pancakes with parchment paper in between so they don’t stick together, and put a bunch in a freezer bag. Hint: these work well for kids’ lunches. What child will turn down a “breakfast” meal after all?

Slow Cooked Pork

CoconutGingerPork1A great strategy for freezer-friendly meals is simply freezing portions of cooked meat. The meat can be defrosted and used to make a variety of different meals.

Shredded pork is a great example. Cook a whole pork shoulder, cool and shred it, then freeze in smaller portions. The defrosted pork can be used in salads, tacos, stir-fries, or as the main course with steamed veggies on the side. Korean short ribs also freeze well and can be turned into a quick meal.

Green Goddess Chicken Breasts

Green-Goddess-Chix-2-612x443Cook a big sheet pan of Green Goddess chicken breasts, then shred the cooled meat and freeze.

Like shredded pork, shredded chicken can be stored in smaller portions and defrosted for a wide variety of quick meals (stir-fries, tacos, salads, soups and stews). Add additional Green Goddess for flavor if desired.

Chili & “Cornbread

lamb-chili-1Any type of chili freezes well, but this lamb chili is especially delicious. For a complete meal (and delicious pairing), freeze a loaf of  Primal cornbread, too.

When freezing the cornbread, wrap tightly in plastic wrap or parchment paper, then put in a freezer bag.

Moroccan Meatball and Egg Tagine

Tagine2-1All types of meatballs freeze well. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator, then pop meatballs into lunchboxes, or reheat meatballs for dinner in a sauce like this one.

For Moroccan Meatball and Egg Tagine, freeze the meatballs and sauce together, then reheat slowly on the stove with ¼ cup water. Don’t freeze the eggs and fresh herbs—add them once the sauce and meatballs are reheated.

Lamb and Prune Tagine

LambTagine2The complex flavors in this lamb and prune tagine are worth savoring over and over again, so make a double or triple batch to freeze.

Defrost overnight in the refrigerator then gently reheat on the stove or in the oven (350 ºF) with a lid. Add ¼ to ½ cup liquid as the tagine reheats.

Picadillo

Picadillo1

Picadillo is home cooked comfort food, the type of easy weeknight meal that both kids and adults love. Traditionally served over rice and beans (and sometimes, plantains) Primal Picadillo can be served over cauliflower rice or simply heaped in a bowl with nothing else. It’s also pretty great next to eggs for breakfast.

Picadillo is an easy recipe to double or triple. It reheats quickly on the stove or in the microwave.

Brisket

brisket1Brisket often tastes better when it’s been cooked and then reheated, so don’t worry about freezing this big piece of meat. Transfer a cooked and completely cooled brisket to a plastic freezer bag. Be extra diligent about squeezing out all the air out—getting out the air is really important to avoid freezer burn.

To defrost, put the cooked brisket in the fridge two days before you want to serve, then reheat, covered, in a 300 ºF degree oven.  The meat will probably need additional salt before serving.

Beef Rendang

Rendang-1-639x443Fragrant and richly flavored beef Rendang requires two ingredients you might have to search for—galangal and kaffir lime leaves. This dish is well worth the effort, but you can make it doubly so by cooking a big batch so you can freeze an extra meal or two.

Reheat defrosted Rendang on the stove in a pot with an extra ½ cup coconut milk.

And Now for Today’s Giveaway…

Keto_Advanced_1_600xToday to spur your healthy eating goals (not to mention kitchen inspiration), I’m giving away two sets of our Advanced Keto Kit. These are some of our most popular Primal Kitchen® products, and for pursuing a keto lifestyle, they’ll offer flavorful options that don’t undermine your eating objectives.

I’ll choose 2 random comments below as winners. Just tell me what recipes and cooking tips you’d like to see the Bees and I offer this year on Mark’s Daily Apple. Submit your comments by midnight tonight (1/4/18 PST).

Thanks for reading, everyone. Do you have further questions on freezing tips? Let us know!

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  1. I love the idea of cooking once and eating two or three times. Y’all do so well, it’s hard to make a suggestion but perhaps light and fresh ideas. Sometimes I feel like primal is a bit “heavy” Thanks!
    Lori

    1. I agree that Primal can be on the heavy side. I like to “lighten” it up with a side salad full of fresh ingredients. Fast and easy to throw together.

    2. if you follow Fed &Fit she just started putting out “cook once, eat all week” content.

    1. Me too. I am always on the go and love that idea. Awesome article Worker Bee.

    1. I too would like to see some more dairy-free recipes that make a large amount. And if they are keto-friendly, even better!

  2. Got a pressure cooker for Festivus this year, so I’m hoping to see more pressure cooker (Instant Pot) recipes and tips.

  3. I am new to the keto world. I actually just joined a group based off of your books. We are starting the keto 21 on monday the 8th. I am very interested in your instant pot recipes. Well any recipes I guess. I am enjoying your emails and can’t wait to learn more and start this journey.

  4. Hey Mark,

    My fabulous wife got me a sous vide for a Christmas present this year and I would love a few Primal options to get started with. What is your favorite cut of meat to cook this way?

    Also how about a few options for cooking burgers for the kids that do not involve the grill? Can you do them like a steak in the cast iron; sear first then transfer to oven?

    Thanks,

    1. A butcher in our family cooked the Christmas turkey breast in a sous vide, the dark meat in a crock pot. I can attest to the deliciousness of both cooking applications.

  5. Love the recipes, keep them coming! Now, for those of us doing a Keto Reset, can you also add nutritional info such as net carbs to recipes?

  6. I love this idea of freezer foods, as I often find myself grazing for something quick and easy – which can turn into my husband’s stash of crackers and breads (the struggle is real in my house). I’m making the sausage and eggs this weekend! Thanks!!!

    1. You can do these with “mostly cooked” bacon. If you like sweet and savory you can cut up a date and sprinkle the little pieces in the bottom of the silicon cupcake pan, line the sides with the pliable bacon, drop in the egg, bake!!! Snap, you are ready for good breakfast or a bedtime snack…..

  7. We freeze a lot of smoked meats: brisket, pulled pork, lamb, ribs, fish, chilis and soups. We allow the cooked foods to cool to room temperature and vacuum seal serving size portions in Foodsaver vacuum bags (with date labels) before freezing.

    To thaw we boil water on the stove top with and put the frozen bags in the water. It takes 10-15 minutes for the frozen food from the freezer to come to serving temperature. Tastes as good as fresh!

    1. I second the FoodSaver. I’ve vacuum packed meat and meals for many years (I’m on my 3rd, that’s how much I use it). If you vacuum pack, no worries on freezer burn, you can size portions to individual or family size. Best of all, I’ve frozen items for at least a year, if not longer, and no changes to taste/texture.

  8. I’d like to see more freezer friendly soups and stews that are not so boring! There are so many recipes that have the same ingredients (carrots, beef, etc). Thank you for all you do!

    1. Oh my goodness, Jean, there is infinite variety to be had with soups and stews! All you need to do is vary the ingredients. Almost anything in the produce aisle can be made into a soup or a stew–asparagus, string beans, cabbage, spinach, kale, sweet potatoes, squash, beets (either red or yellow)–you name it. The same is true of the meat/poultry. If you like seafood, try a tomato-based cioppino with a variety of fish, shrimp, etc. (There are plenty of recipes online.) You can easily replace the potatoes in any recipe with diced turnips and parsnips stand in well for carrots. Put your imagination to work.

  9. I’d love to see some adaptations of various ethnic recipes through a more primal lens — maybe some Indian flavors. I’m also curious about the best types of knives for different purposes — can you get away with just a chef’s knife for almost everything or does it make a difference if you have knives suited to each task?

  10. I have a smoker I don’t use as often as I’d like. Maybe some smoker recipes for brisket, wings, pulled pork, ribs, etc.

  11. Would love to see more quick keto/primal dessert recipes – especially frozen treats. In particular, as a mac-nut FANATIC who cannot really pay the the exorbitant price for them very often, would love to see any dessert or other recipes that use another low-carb nut like pecans

  12. As an outdoor enthusiast, I’d love to see recipes designed around wild fish and game. I’m always looking for twists to get my little Groks to take down duck, dove and venison heart & liver! Love me some venison heart tacos

  13. Would love more breakfast items, especially casseroles that are make ahead and more instant pot tips and tricks, feel like I learn something new every time I use it but want more.

  14. I would love to see recipes for sardines. I know they are great. I can eat a can of of the marinade sardines, but my kids refuse. I would like them to eat it too if I had an appealing recipe to try out.

  15. During this time of year I do a lot of crock pot recipes, so your favorite crock pot recipes. Also, I have a sweet tooth, so some desserts that are healthy would be nice..

  16. I tend not to freeze extras as much as I would like to because I hate the mountain of trash it creates. Between freezer bags and squares of parchment, it’s almost as bad as prepared food from the store. I’d love some more tips for avoiding the excess waste. Pyrex bowls are a start, obviously, but what can I do to avoid foil and parchment for egg muffins, pancakes, etc.?

    As a mother of four, I really need to get better at this!

    1. Wash the freezer bags! Works great. I’ve reused at least 3 times.

    2. I use the plastic tubs with lids that you wash. If your food is cool and isn’t cooked in the plastic it works great. About 5 muffin eggs fit in the ones I get. I bet some wax paper squares would do well for the pancakes to stack in one of them as well. You could just save the wax paper and reuse if you want.
      For soups I have little canning jars with lids, there’s pints and smaller if you want a smaller portion, again reuse after washing.
      Hope that helps.

  17. I’d love to see more creative, hearty/main-dish salads. I’m always looking for new recipes!

  18. I just got a dutch oven for cooking on my wood stove. Dutch oven recipes (besides chili, mine is pretty amazing) would be awesome!

  19. I would like to see more keto geared to those of us with type 1 diabetes and celiac disease. Quick and easy grab ‘n go meals and tips on using a pressure cooker. Thanks Mark and Happy New Year!

  20. I usually make big pots of soups/stews for work lunch to use through the week, but I’m always looking for recipes (including soup recipes) that are a little lighter and cooler for summer lunches! Bonus points if they are budget friendly!

  21. I would love to see more crockpot recipes; I’m in need of things I can prep for on the weekend, put in the crockpot in the morning, and come home to after a busy evening. And huge bonus if those recipes can be made in larger batches and frozen. Thanks for all you do!

  22. My wife is pescatarian. I’d like to see more seafood recipes or maybe some vegetarian recipes that aren’t loaded with soy or grains.

  23. More recipes with low prep time.

    I like these freezer friendly meals as well. Spending a lot time in the kitchen after going primal.

  24. All of your recipes are usually amazing, but they tend to be on the more complicated side. Of course, with that they have complex and amazing flavors, but I’d love to see more simple recipes. Things that can be done quickly on a weeknight.

    Thanks!

  25. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! I would love to see more recipes for one or two people. I don’t have kids and don’t always have room in my freezer for the leftovers that inevitably come from recipes meant for multiple people.

  26. Love it, Mark! Thanks as always for the generous posts. Can’t wait to freeze some chili:D

  27. I love the recipes I find here, but my biggest struggle is getting my kiddos to try them (2 and 5 yrs old) they’re very suspicious of anything they haven’t seen before, I’d love to see more tips on living primal (and awesome!) with small children, thanks!

  28. I’ve got grass-fed beef that’s been frozen for 6 1/2 years…still as good as when I got it. The key is being sure it’s well wrapped and protected.

  29. I would love to see more unique cuts of meat recipes! Organ meat, pig trotters, etc!

  30. More Keto recipes! Eating the same thing over and over gets boring

  31. Vegetables! I prefer my plate to be loaded with veggies and then about 4 oz-ish protein plus fat source. My votes is for variety with the veggies. Thanks for the give away!

  32. I would like to see more recipes that use the Sous Vide technique. It is such a versatile, useful appliance for creating great, healthy meals.

  33. I would love to see more recipes for small bites, appetizers and party foods. Some tips, tricks and hacks on using Instantpots (or pressure cookers in general) and slow cookers should be great too. Thanks

  34. Agree with the breakfast items! We could eat breakfast for any meal so it works all day.

  35. I would love to see some Instant Pot recipes, specifically poultry.

  36. I meal prep so I’m always looking for new recipes that I can make large amounts and that freeze/refrigerate well. These all look great!

  37. As the father of 3 picky eaters (ages 4/4/3), dinner nights can be a challenge (to say the least). Would love some kid-friendly ideas for young children.

    Cheers!

  38. I am working on introducing Primal cooking to my family. I would like to see more recipes that are family friendly. Both easy to make recipes and larger number of servings would be helpful. I also struggle to find some of the ingredients commonly used in recipes on this site. More information for finding these ingredients or their alternatives would be helpful.

    Thanks for being so helpful!

  39. Picadillo with eggs for breakfast (when I have breakfast) – check!

  40. Thanks for this – love cooking ahead!! Also, could you add more instant pot recipes? An awful lot of folks looking for more primal/paleo ready recipes on various facebook groups. Thank you!

  41. Quick/easy breakfast recipes kids would love & cooking tips to help engage kids maybe?

  42. I’d like to see some sous-vide or prepare ahead meals that can have sauces/sides made while the main is cooked! With a new baby and a toddler that’s been a life saver to me!

  43. I really enjoy sweets, but I just don’t like the taste of stevia. I’d love to find some new ideas for ways to satisfy my sweet tooth once in a while without breaking ketosis and without using stevia.

  44. I love to see recipes that have an exotic or “international” flair. Things I would want to eat when I go to a restaurant or when traveling in another country

  45. I’d love to see some of the typical american kids’ favorites dishes turned paleo/primal. I have 4 stepsons, 2 of which are overweight and I would love to be able to influence their health and healthier eating. Also, I just received a pressure cooker recently as a gift so any pressure cooker meals are very welcomed! Thank you Mark!

  46. I’d like to see some recipes using macadamia nut oil/macadamia nut butter in new/creative ways! I love macadamia nuts as a keto snack, and would love to see new ways to incorporate their nutty flavor into dishes or snacks!!

  47. I got an Instant Pot a few months ago and still haven’t gotten into the groove of using it, so I’d like to see some Instant Pot recipes. Also more seafood and offal recipes!

  48. I personally am a sucker for anything with lime, cilontro and onion. With the cold weather maybe some more stews. Thanks for everything you do!

  49. I’d like to see more meat-free recipes (not because I don’t like meat, but it’s just too heavy to eat for more than 1 meal a day or so, for some reason!). I personally do well with dairy, although I know many people who visit this site don’t.

  50. A whole section of how to make offal tasty for adults and indistinguishable from other foods for kids!
    That and some keto snacks! Thanks.

  51. Always been intimidated to try and make brisket. Wil definitively be giving this one a try

  52. I would really appreciate seeing more quick Keto options. If you’re trying to squeeze in the right macros in a tight eating window every little bit helps. 🙂

  53. These freezer meals look so good! Would love to see some kid friendly recipes to make with my tween. Thanks for the give away!

  54. Hand-held anything – whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner. Primal type tacos and such. Would work great for kids meals and for lunch at work.

  55. I typically dont enjoy frozen vegetables. Do you have any recommendations for cooking and freezing vegetable? What would you recommend for reheating?

  56. I am just now starting the primal lifestyle after stalking it and this web site for a couple of years. I guess the biggest thing I would be interested in is quick, easy meals. I work in Emergency Services for a hospital system and don’t really have a lot time to cook most of the time. Either that or I am exhausted after 12 -15 hour days to cook anything.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated and I am also currently reading your book as well.

  57. Keto things to throw in kids’ lunches that don’t need to be heated and don’t get gross by noon (and don’t need a thermos because it’s not “cool” to bring a thermos).

  58. Just got your Keto Reset Diet book today, and j can’t wait to dive in. I’d love more dairy free and one pot or crockpot style meals that can be easily eaten as leftovers. Loving the info so far!

  59. Freezer meals that are kid friendly. Breakfast, lunch, or dinner. I’ll freeze everything in the fridge if it makes cooking easier. I am so happy about the ones listed above.

  60. I love the paleo pancakes idea because I am a working mom who has a long commute to work every morning. The easy healthy choices for the family are always what I am looking for while I am starting my Keto Reset diet.

  61. I would like more dairy free options in recipes. Also I’m using my crock pot a lot more lately so some more recipes for slow cooker friendly meals would be great! Thanks!

  62. I’d like to see more recipes that explore easy to prepare grain alternatives. For those of us who do eat carbs in addition to healthy fat, I’d like yo know what is as convenient, but healthier than bread.

  63. I am a relatively poor fella but 9/10 times I take the option to fast over conventionally raised meat for health and ethical reasons. I can’t afford grass fed cuts so most of the time I eat offal or canned fish.

    Getting grass fed offal isn’t always an option and it’s extra important health wise when dealing with offal so I eat canned fish (Salmon, Mackerel, Sardines, Oysters) almost every day. It’s a cheap healthy source of protein, fat and micros but it gets repetitive. I’ve done salads, omelettes, eaten them straight from the can (sometimes plain, sometimes with butter or mayo) though most of the time I just pan fry them and savor the crisped skins and spines. Though I’m sure I sound like a brute, the water soaked, crunchy but easily chewed and pulverized, spines are my favorite part.

    I have bought fish bones before and they were delicious and cheap, but unfortunately I didn’t have the money to live in the area anymore and now have no access to a decent fishmonger or grass fed offal. I’d be curious to hear any suggestions you might have on spicing up canned fish.

    1. Probably a faux pas to respond to your own post and I wasn’t going to but it was bugging me and now it’s worse because I have to explain my original trepidation and the time discrepancy but you can’t edit these things so apologies but…

      there should be a comma after crunchy in the second paragraph of the above post.

  64. I am excited to make the brisket and pancakes! I would love to see the quick grab and go breakfast item recipes. Busy schedules for my husband and I don’t always make it easy to have a nutritious and filling breakfast. Thank you!

  65. I would enjoy more breakfast ideas and maybe some Primal versions of comfort food!

  66. Instant pot freezer meals would be amazing! Single mom here trying to help myself and kiddo make good choices, and quick dinners are key!

  67. Stuff to do with ground beef,also more soup esp bone stock recipe, I have beeef pork and goose bones in my freezer

  68. Salad ideas. Salad ideas. Recipes other than my go to high quality balsamic vinegar glaze and extra virgin olive oil. Also cooking tips with cast iron cookware and medium / high-heat cooking for sauteing vegetables.

  69. It’s great to have some main dish meals ready in the freezer, then just add a salad or some other fresh veg. A couple times a month I stew a whole chicken, make broth, then freeze it in jars for a quick soup. I don’t season it too much, so you can make it asian or indian, whatever you are in the mood for.

  70. Another little tip for defrosting/reheating if you work somewhere with no microwave or oven; stick the ziploc bag in very hot water about 15-20 min before you want to eat. I’m a flight attendant with no way to heat meals in the air, so into a coffee pot the ziploc goes with a bunch of hot water and in 15 min I have a steamy primal meal with no airplane peanut in sight!

  71. Buy bulk frozen organic peas, freeze them in baggies with one or two scoops. Ditto for corn. They are great for a single meal or two for a soup. I buy venison pepperoni, cut them in half and freeze the halves – just pull one out for a snack. I buy organic chicken thighs (with bone & skin) and freeze 8 – 10 in medium/large freezer bags. You bring the bag out, quick bash against a cutting board and you can pull out as many pieces as you need. Similar with sausages. I freeze bacon in large freezer bags – 2 or 4 slices high, 4 slices wide.

  72. I’d like to see some instant pot recipes for quick meals on busy weeknights. Another recipe set I’d like to see is seasonal based dishes; seasonal ingredients and seasonal meals, winter on the east coast and need some additional stews and soups to add to the old standbys, some hearty items.

    Thanks so much!

  73. One-pot meals.

    OR recipes for organ meats… we all know we’re supposed to eat more of them, but what are simple ways to prepare with ingredients we already have in the pantry?

  74. how to do things without a slow cooker / crockpot / Instant Pot. I don’t have one of those, and I’m not proficient enough to know how to convert the recipes to regular old pots.

    1. Go old, old school. Use a covered casserole dish and your oven at 165-200ºF. Prep the night before and pop into the oven when you leave for work. Have done it all my life. Even when I was a teen my mom made me make meals this way on weekends. “It’s your turn for Saturday dinner. Put it in the oven and go play.”

  75. These are great…but some different fish recipes would be great! Appreciate all you do!

  76. I am loving all of these ethnic recipes and time-saving recipes! Help them coming! I’d love some portable, non-nut snack ideas. I struggle here!

  77. I’d like to see the best ways to prepare Brussels sprouts. I love them when I order them in a restaurant, but when I make them they never turn out quite right.

  78. Recipes using collagen powder, savory LCHF muffins for quick snacks, instant pot recipes that include meat AND veggies.

  79. Recipes that incorporate offal either mixed into more traditionally eaten meats or simply best ways to cook things like beef hearts, etc.

    Also, home fermentation recipes for kefir waters, sauerkraut, and kimchi.

  80. I’d love to see Instant pot and vegan dishes – if that is keto possible! 🙂

  81. Kids school lunch ideas. More cookbooks/main entree recipes , I love mine and use it often.

  82. I’d love recipes and storage for bacon-wrapped items (pork or turkey bacon) as well as keto hors’dourves for entertaining.

  83. I can’t believe I’ve never tried the sausage eggs to go! Giving it a try this weekend.

  84. My wife would like to see more tips and recipes with offal. Spefically, dishes that taste only subtly of offal or, as she puts it, “recipes with hidden offal.”

  85. I would love to see more one pot dishes and more breakfast foods!

  86. I’m new to Keto and would be interested in breakfasts and pressure cooker meals. Anything really! I appreciated this collection of meals to freeze.

  87. I love the suggestions for more offal recipes (especially kid friendly ones). I’d also like to see more recipes for fermenting things, as well as ways to make use of resistant starches in cooking. Thanks!

  88. I would love to see more on-the-go breakfast recipes… especially some eggless options! Also, it would be great to see some tips/cost effective options for people cooking for themselves only, and not a family.

  89. I’ve made the beef rendang and it froze great!! Keep the keto recipes coming. Thank you for all your wisdom. I have learned a lot from your blog and I am healthier for it!! Thank you Mark.

  90. More pressure cooker or one-pot recipes as well as tips for creating a variety of flavorful smoothies on the go.

  91. I’d like to see recipes for athletes who have dietary restrictions. 😉

  92. I am always looking for great one dish crockpot recipes that are Keto – friendly. Larger dishes that can be frozen and/or used for lunches throughout the week!

  93. Keto Kake? Are there veggies other than cauliflower to use for a rice substitute? Recipes for cooking collards and other greens would be great. I love a straight forward bacon-onion-broth recipe for greens, but could use some variety.

  94. Hi Mark! As a Primal teenager, it would be lovely to have some new packed lunch recipes. Thanks so much!

  95. Hi Mark,

    This article was great! I love freezer ideas and quick primal ideas for BUSY weeknights! As a teacher at a nut-free school without access to a microwave or fridge ( I know, right??), I would love some lunchbox-able ideas to throw together! Nuts are my love so it really stumps me sometimes but I am loving the chipotle lime mayo in my chicken salad enjoyed with flackers! I’d also like to learn more about non-toxic cookware options and the best oils and fats to use when cooking specific types of dishes. Thanks for all you and bees do to save us time, motivate us, and educate us about healthy living.

  96. It seems that most folks are asking for specific types of recipes. I don’t know that we need any more recipes for anything based on what we can find on-line now days. Good grief people, if you can’t find a recipe for what ever you’re looking for on-line, then I don’t think anything posted here is gonna help you—————

    What I think might help most is a way to implement all those wonderful recipes into a practical real-life lifestyle and make them work in our day to day situation – what ever that might be: getting out of the house in the morning with 3 young kids, giving them a decent lunch while at school and how to pack it up, etc. etc.

    It’s been a long time since I packed lunches, but as memory serves me, it wasn’t so much as what to pack as how to keep it safe, palatable and edible.

    1. +1. I learned to cook without relying on recipes or measuring devices. You quickly develop a pretty good idea of what will work through experience and experimentation. My mom and grandmother never measured anything. It was always a handful of this or a pinch of that. Anyone who has ever watched her show has seen Rachael Ray cook that way too.

  97. Hi Mark! As a Primal teen, it would be fantastic to see some new packed lunch ideas. To be honest, my creativity in the kitchen when it comes to such meals it being tested. Thanks so much, and happy new year!

  98. Organization of food makes it so much easier to eat Primal when life gets in the way. I can’t tell you how many times a frozen 1/2 batch of a meal I had two weeks earlier has saved me from eating something I’d regret. #11 of this post could be hearty bone broth based soups–I’ve been on a kick for the last few days and those couple of pounds that I gained from holiday eating have gone away–because I’m so full from the large bowl of soup I had at lunch.

  99. I’d like to see recipes that use an instant pot. Also, I’d love a primal recipe for bang bang shrimp!

  100. Thanks for the great frozen dinner ideas and tips of safe and healthy freezing/thawing. Also, just recently finished reading “Keto Reset DIet” and found it very informative about the diet and the science behind it.

  101. I’d love to see more Instant Pot ideas and more keto recipes on the blog!

  102. I’d like to see more authentic and exotic meal ideas such as tropical Asian Or Indian recipes. Also some meal planning tips that are simple and not overly complicated would be great ?!

  103. Anything that’s made only with whole foods. I don’t want to buy have to buy a product to make a recipe. I’m interested in breakfast foods to go.

  104. I would love to see more easy and healthy snacks for busy college students like me!

  105. I’d like to see some recipes for veggie sides to go with the main that can be frozen. Thanks

  106. I’d love so pressure cooker recipes, preferably dairy free. Also which meats are best for pressure cooker, I’ve followed a few recipes online and ended up with very dry meat. Maybe a list of meats and all the different methods of cooking them and which are best depending on the cut?

  107. more ways to eat hearts, brains and other tasty bits non-primals throw out.

  108. I’d love more breakfast variety (sausage and egg looks great!), maybe some creative casseroles that can be portioned out. Also snack bar options, we recently made an apple pie LB substitute that was awesome, froze them to keep stiff.

    I still need to learn how to incorporate freezing into the family schedule, we cook almost every night and all the cleanup gets tiring. It’s kind of genius to triple it up and save some for a week or two from now.

  109. This is excellent! I’m so spent by the end of the day I just want to be able to grab something healthy without investing he time in cooking an entire meal. Thanks for these recos!

  110. Starting a full time job has made eating healthy meals a real challenge. I’m looking forward to preparing these recipes together with my husband on weekends as time well spent cooking together ?

  111. More takes on comfort food style recipes, like the chili and cornbread, would be amazing!

  112. I’m new to the primal world and would love to see carb substitutes. I’ve started reading your book to begin my journey and hopefully become a more healthy person!

  113. I definitely would like to see more recipes that are easily frozen and/or reheated. My husband and I are on different schedules which can be a challenge when what one of us cooks isn’t so tasty reheated for the other.

  114. I’ve found freezing pre-cut peppers and cooked chicken in foil works really well for popping in the oven and reheating to have a meal in a packet. Great for when returning from travel!

  115. These feezer-friendly meals tips are great. i want to try to make barbacoa and carnitas for the first time in my instant pot.

    I would like to see more Mexican recipes that uses the guajillo chile, Mexican paleo side dishes, and Mexican recipes made in the instant pot.

    Oh and a roasted chicken recipe with stuff chorizo and a Chichen Tinga recipe.

  116. I’d love to see some more Instant Pot recipes on here (especially from frozen or complete meals).

  117. Great post. I would love to see more crock pot recipes, or cooking/kitchen tips to help busy moms and families eat responsibly.

  118. Could you do some Keto-type recipes that are meat free, please? Also, it would be great if you could list net carbs for recipes. Cheers, Leah.

  119. I’m sure others have mentioned it, but we have a vacuum sealer for frozen food, and it virtually prevents freezer burn. Things tast much better!

    Also, where do we find the recipes for some of that yummy stuff??

  120. Love the freezer meals, more please. Just starting my Keto diet week 2!

  121. I would love to see a few dairy free recipes! I am new to keto and I noticed most meals use cheese…my body can’t digest so much dairy.

  122. I received a spiralizer for Christmas this year – would love to see more recipe ideas with spiralizer veggies.

  123. I’m new to the keto diet. I’m surprised that I’m having a difficult time eating the appropriate amount of fat. Do you have any suggestions? (Due to financial reasons I’ve been avoiding buying any books, or cookbooks)

  124. Would like more resources on budget shopping for sustainable meats, etc.

  125. It’s been said in the comments before, but I would also like to see more keto-friendly sweet treats, if possible, without dairy. The coconut fat balls I made are keeping me sane during my 21 Day Keto Reset! (Almost done the first week.) Because I have polycistic ovarian syndrome and am also somewhat lactose intolerant, I don’t eat dairy, and finding yummy keto recipes without it isn’t proving somewhat of a challenge.

    I’d also love to see more lamb, curry, and heavily-spices recipes.

  126. Would love to see more keto/paleo/W30 approved recipes like this for the Instant Pot from you guys! The IP has made it much easier for me to eat healthier. Also, a IP meal plan menu would be awesome too!

  127. I would like a primal cookie recipe made with green banana flour. And most importantly I want to know if when the cookie is baked and completely cooled, does it have significant resistant starch? If not, then I would love some raw recipe ideas of how to consume green banana flour!

  128. I received one of those all in one slow cooker/pressure cookers that are gaining in popularity. I’ve always liked slow cooking meals in a Crock-Pot to get the fall off the bone (and the bone broth goodness that comes with it).

    I like using the pressure cooker as you can get the meat to fall off the bone much quicker. It would be awesome if you could do some pressure cooker recipes.

    I was also wondering what the difference is between pressure cooked meals and slow cooked meals. I’m assuming slow cooked meals are better, as the bone and cartilage has more time to break down?

  129. Love recipes. Always looking for quick and easy recipes. Now recipes that are easy to fix, freeze and reheat is like striking gold. I have frozen vegetable soup and eaten in later. The potatoes weren’t as good as they were freshly made. I’m really liking the idea of shredded pork in the freezer. Thanks for some fresh ideas.

  130. Lamb chili is the bomb! Now I’m going to fiddle around with the spices a little and see if I can turn it into equally good curry!

  131. How about recipes using general items that people purchase on a regular basis? Not items that require special trips to specialty stores.

  132. I would like to see more slow cooker recipes and how to cook different cuts of beef.

  133. I’d love to see nutritional information in the recipes posted, more keto recipes, Indian food keto, and Instant Pot recipes!

  134. Hi Mark! I’m interested in primal low fodmap cooking. I’ve been dealing with severe GI distress and trying to stick to a low fodmap diet, which is quite challenging, while also maintainig primal and low carb eating.

  135. Do yourself a favor and BUY A VACUUM SEALER!! I was only sorta into sealers, but one night I cooked steaks and ran out of bags between portions. The vacuumed one was night-and-day better!! Foodavers are good for starters, but the commercial ones are SOOOO much nicer, the bags are cheaper, they don’t overheat, are quieter, and so on. Vacmaster or equal..

  136. I would like to see recipes using the Instant pot pressure cooker and ideas for work lunches.

  137. I”d like to see recipes with lower sugar. Am starting to understand it could be the source of my ails.

  138. I’d like to see some freezer/ under 30 minute Sides recipes. I am great about making a huge batch of protein, but I get into a rut about sides and get really uninspired. When that happens I’m left feeling unsatisfied and end up snacking. It’s really a snowball effect!