The “As If” Challenge: Starter Recipes

So, you’ve decided to accept the Primal challenge. No time like the present, we say! To get you started we thought we’d share a few recipes in keeping with the “as if” challenge. No compromises or indulgences. It’s the PB diet straight up!

Mixed Greens Salad

Salad Greens

Assemble mixed greens of choice in large bowl (dandelion, watercress, baby spinach, arugula, baby Romaine, mache, and edible flowers for garnish). (Can also add very thin slivers of carrot or beet instead of flowers if desired.) Add 1 Tbsp. chopped chives and 2 Tbsp. chopped green onion. Drizzle with juice of half a medium lime, 2 Tbsp. olive oil, and salt and pepper.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Chop one ripe medium avocado, 1 Tbsp. mild green chilis, 2 strips cooked bacon, and 2 Tbsp. white onion. Blend and slightly mash but leave slightly chunky. Add ½ tsp. of minced garlic, ¼ tsp. cumin and salt and pepper to taste.

Cut out tops of one container cherry tomatoes and take out centers for filling. Spoon in avocado mixture, and top with squeeze of fresh lime and a cilantro leaf.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin

Mix 2 Tbsp coconut oil, ½ cup unsweetened coconut milk, ½ tsp minced ginger, 1 Tbsp minced garlic, 1 minced hot pepper (such as jalapeno). Use as marinade for tenderloin and let sit for 2 hours. Cook tenderloin on grill for 10-15 minutes turning frequently. Let rest under tented foil for 10 minutes. Drizzle with juice of ½ medium lime, garnish with cilantro and serve.

Do you have recipes or other tips to share for the challenge?

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  1. “Cerk Chicken” My version of Jerk chicken.

    1 tsp red curry paste, 4 tbsps coconut oil, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 cup chopped cilantro, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tbsp fresh lime juice. 1 pound skinless chicken thighs. Marinate overnight. Grill and enjoy.

    Good luck with the challenge everyone!!!

  2. Here’s a good curried vegetable dish to go along with those pork loins (or the cerk chicken).

    Curry spices: cumin seed, cardamom seed, coriander seed, yellow mustard seed (I buy an ounce of each and mix them together, then serve by the tablespoon). For individual measurements, I’d say tbsp of of coriander seed, tsp each of cumin, mustard, and cardamom seeds. Ground turmeric, tbsp should be good, but you can add more; a teaspoon of cayenne pepper wouldn’t hurt either, if you like it a little more spicy. (I don’t really measure any of my spices, I just add until it tastes right.)

    Chopped broccoli, cauliflower, carrot, onion, celery. Can of coconut milk.

    Put tbsp of coconut oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, add seed spices and cover until they start to pop. Once the popping slows, add all of the vegetables and the turmeric (maybe salt and pepper to taste), lower to medium. Cook for five minutes or so, stirring occasionally. Pour coconut milk in large bowl. When veggies are done, pour into the bowl with coconut milk and stir. Add some unsweetened grated coconut for garnish (or just stir it in for extra coconut flavor).

  3. Thanks mark for the menu you sent me i will stick to it.There is 31 days in july iam going to try to atleast lose 20 LBS i will do my walking everyday and lift weights three days a week.This is a whole new beggining for me and im really super charged because i just watched 10.000 BC.

  4. I’d say tbsp of of coriander seed, tsp each of cumin, mustard, and cardamom seeds. Ground turmeric, tbsp should be good, but you can add more; a teaspoon of cayenne pepper wouldn’t hurt either,