Contest Poll: Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos

It’s time for you to decide another winner! At the start of this 30-Day Challenge I put out a call for Primal Blueprint Recipe Videos. MDA readers got right to work. As a result, YouTube has never seen better looking food.

As you might imagine, my crew and I had a tough time narrowing the field. We lost nights of sleep, shed many tears and cursed our duty of having to eliminate so many great videos from the running. And in the end we held a blind vote. To everyone that didn’t make the cut, many thanks from myself and (yes, I’ll take the liberty) the MDA community for your contributions.

Before the vote, a recap of what’s at stake:

The Prize:

A Primal/paleo Cookbook Library consisting of The Primal Blueprint Cookbook, Primal Blueprint Quick & Easy Meals, Eat Well Feel Good, Make it Paleo, Everyday Paleo, Paleo Comfort Foods, and The Garden of Eating

Alaskan Salmon – Courtesy of Wild Pacific Salmon

Beef Jerky – Courtesy of Slant Shack Jerky

Sandbag Thy Coach from

The Primal Blueprint Platinum PackageThe Platinum Package

That’s well over $600 of Primal goodies. Who receives this Primal prize package is up to you. Watch the videos below and then make your vote count. This poll will close and a winner will be announced at 9 am PST, Thursday, October 6.

UPDATE: The poll is now closed. It looks like we have a clear winner. Congratulations to Nacho for his Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho recipe video. Grok on!

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About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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    1. Nacho is the better!!I love Nacho.I wan´t a Nacho in my life!!

  1. I vote for Chocolate Mousse! I have made one before and it turned out pretty damn awesome. I learned a lot from watching the video!

    1. Thanks Toad! “Non-primals” are always amazed when they eat it too. I agree with your other comment too, Nacho is awesome!:)

  2. These all do look amazing, and I’d already bookmarked the Moroccan chicken as a future entree. I would have voted for each of them, but I finally had to choose just one!

  3. Couldn’t go past the Chocolate Mousse, what a great way to use up the excess eggs from my backyard chickens! yumm

    1. I’m so jealous that you can have chickens. I left my profession and went back to school for engineering full time and when I’m finished we are moving somewhere where we can have chickens and hopefully a couple cows. Can’t wait! Thanks for voting!:)

    1. Right?! Desert…it’s not just for after dinner. It’s for breakfast!:)

  4. I tried the Moroccan Chicken…good, but it is amazing with Lamb. And the Mousse…well what can I say…HANDS DOWN the winner, since I am a Chocolate Freak, trying to enjoy it the primal way, now I can…Best Dishes to all..good cooing

    1. Susan, I hope the mousse satisfies the chocolate freak in you. I’m a chocolate freak myself and this definitely does the trick.;)

  5. Hard to pick, you All did a great job! So creative! I have my menu planned out for a week.(or 4) Best of luck to you all!

  6. Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho! Not only does the recipe look beautiful and delicious, but Nacho was really entertaining (and super hot!!). It didn’t even feel like an 11 minute video.

  7. I ran out and got the ingredients for Nacho’s gazpacho. It was pretty good.

  8. And maybe it’s just me, but I don’t find the dessert recipes that impressive. The fig tart was beautiful of course, and the chocolate mousse looked delicious. But I do a lot of cooking and I can tell you that making something delicious that’s NOT sweetened and full of fat requires much more imagination.

  9. Oh my God! That Chocolate Mousse looks like it’ll hit the spot!

  10. I voted for Nacho because not only was he really funny, but the recipe looks nutritious and he used some creative ingredients (watermelon?!). I’ll give up an honorable mention to Kayla for her Moroccan Chicken.

    The fig tart seemed to have too much dairy to really be primal, plus I can’t eat dairy, but really nice quality on the video.

    Everybody loves chocolate, but wow, was that a lot of mousse! While I would love to try that recipe for a treat, I need recipe ideas for everyday primal eating. Plus, the presentation was kinda boring. Cooking should be entertaining! Ole!

  11. I have to give props for teh fig tart. I know personally having a mac that the video was NOT easy to edit and finalize. I love the effort and the tart looks awesome!

    Unfortunately the chicken kept true to the hardcore paleo diet and it looks AMAZINGLY GOOD. I can’t wait to try it.

    Still, kudos to the tart vid and recipe in general, if I was a sweets person my vote would her fer sure 🙂

  12. With all of this excellent Primal food, it is next to impossible to be “good”! I just keep eating and eating and eating… 🙂

  13. Nacho … naturally !
    Despite the fact that I am allergic to tuna and tomatoes, this was the video that not only kept me entertained, but really made me want to try the recipe.

  14. I vote for the Chocolate Mousse. It looks easy to make & love a good tasting health dessert.

  15. I’ve eaten the Chocolate Mousse and it is off the chain. Careful. Can be addictive.

  16. Tuna Tataki with Gazpacho was hands down the most entertaining, creative, and delicious recipe video; Nacho has a winning personality for this kind of thing !

  17. Tuna tataki with Gazpacho, Nacho you are the best, wonderfull, tv machine.

  18. Hi

    I’ve gone for the Chicken recipe. I can’t wait to try it out. Very tempted to vote for the chocolate mousse a very close second for me.



  19. I can’t believe this!
    Thanks for all the votes!!! It’s 10 am here in Spain and I see you like the video!!! And you understand my English! Good for my dad and all the money he spent in teachers and English schools!
    Thank you!!!

  20. Definitly Nacho is superb.I really enjoyed his presentation, so funny and pedagogic, and the recipe looks delicious. He should be in TV. Thank you, Nacho, you have my vote!

  21. Hi guys! Vanessa from the recipe video above. Thanks all for the lovely comments. I did spend ages editing it!

    For all the DAIRY-FREE people, I did include suggestions at the end of the video (4:24) for how to make it dairy-free: Just omit the mascarpone cheese, bake the figs directly in the tart with honey, cinnamon and star anise. Make the base with coconut oil instead of butter. Voila!

    I tried to avoid using expensive ingredients, and having too many steps to make this an easy-to-replicate recipe.

    PLEASE vote for me. I want to win those cookbooks sooo badly! Thanks a lot!

    1. You did an amazing job editing. Looking forward to trying the recipe!

  22. Puesta en escena impecable, Nacho nos ha convencido 100%, bien por los guiños a la cocina española!!Enhorabuena!!!

  23. Nacho, your English is excellent! I love tunna so I’m prepeared to give it a try. Vote for you, good luck!


  24. Congrats to the finalists! We are sad that we didn’t make it into the finals. 🙁 But the videos are amazing!!

  25. Mark, When I seem to send the direct link to the blog post to friends and family they can’t find the space to vote! I think it’s partially broken. The main site shows it consistently though.

  26. I think I will try the Moroccan Chicken with lamb…although I voted for it as is! I am planning to make it soon..

  27. Nacho, I’m from Spain and I loved your trick of watermelon in the gazpacho.My vote is for you!

  28. Voted for Nacho. My girls thought he was very entertaining. I am not a gazpacho fan, but I am willing to give this recipe a try.

  29. They are all amazing!!! WOW!
    I voted for the tuna, because I love Japanese food.
    BUT it sure was a hard decision.
    Thanks to all of you, and I’m looking forward to trying them soon.

  30. They are all great! This is so tough!!

    Vanessa: It was a lovely video! The dish looks perfect. Initially- I said I would never cook with figs and my mind was absolutely changed. Video wise, yours was the smoothest video and I loved the music. I think dairy is fine. Especially in desserts, those of us who can’t crack the sweet tooth are very limited and the dairy is definitely better then the wheat.

    Nacho: I never laughed so hard at a video recipe. It was entertaining and educational. A lot of blogging success has to do with personality, and man, have you got it! I will absolutely be visiting your website with some help from Google Translate. The tuna looks delicious and I’ve been looking for a recipe like this!!!

    Cayla: I think you chose the most Primal recipe. I also enjoy that you showed off how easy, practical and tasty can be found in one dish. I loved the little market snapshots!

    Chris: I watched yours first, and without a doubt, I will make your recipe first. In a much smaller portion – I know myself 😉 I can’t wait to try it out! And thanks for the chicken visit – you’re quite lucky!

    1. Amanda, thanks for the comments. We actually found our “chicken lady” on craigslist. It’s worked out well. It’s really easy to make smaller versions of the mousse and “close” is good enough to make this recipe taste great!. It’s easy AND delicious. Enjoy!

  31. The chocolate mousse looks amazing and I am happy to see how much it makes! I am a mom of three and do a lot of entertaining and get tired of having to double/triple/quadruple primal/paleo recipes that were designed to been one or two to feed my brood. Finding a yummy, decadent treat that hits all the kid approval notes while still being approachable to a non-chef like me is awesome! I will be making this mousse for our Friday Family Movie Night for sure! Thanks for the recipe, tips and tricks!

    1. Eileen, thanks and I hope your kids enjoy it! And thanks to everyone who voted for us. It not looking good for camp chocolate mousse. I’m definitely going to make another video next year if Mark is gracious enough to have this competition again. All of the entries were wonderful and I’m looking forward to making all of them.

  32. Nacho! Not only was he hilarious and but he also did an excellent job walking us through the steps.

  33. Oh dear, I didn’t expect all the votes to go to the most entertaining! Tuna, here, is expensive and from dubious sources but the chicken dish is easily accessible, gives the cauli ‘rice’ idea and tastes great!

  34. I plan to try all of these! they look delicious. I will get cracking on these recipes as soon as i have a chance to “hunt and forage” for the ingredients

  35. I confess, I voted for the most entertaining, IMO NACHO, but! A caveat—I’m not SO shallow I would have voted for it if it hadn’t looked so damn delish. I can’t wait to give the recipe a whirl. His blog is translatable and great fun too—
    I am a new fan obviously. Way to go everyone. So impressed with how talented and organized people are. Poo poo as my mother would say.

  36. So I guess that means I won’t win. Super sad face. Should’ve done a stand-up comedy routine instead 😛 Maybe then…

  37. Congratulations Nacho! Well done.

    When I first saw your video I said, “oh snap”. Except it wasn’t “snap” but it did start with an “s” and had the same amount of letters.

    Your video was great and this whole thing was loads of fun.

    Thank you Mark for putting this on. Good man.

    And Nacho, I look forward to attempting to dethrone you next year.:)

    Grok on!

  38. People… I AM OVERWHELMED!!!!!
    It’s been really exciting making the video and attending to the contest, thanks everyone and every single vote and comment, now I’ll just can’t stop blogging in:
    (yes, everything in Spanish, sorry, but maybe Saint Google will help you to translate…)
    Thank you so much for sharing and congratulations to the rest of the finalists. Honestly, great videos, great primal food. I can’t wait to try your recipes.
    Chris, man, I wish I had your abs! I’ll try with that deliciouse mousse, maybe that’s the trick!
    Vanessa: Amazing, I love figs (they are so mediterranean…). I know how to prepare very few desserts and I love cheese, thanks!
    Ella: I really love the morrocan and arab cuissine and what a great idea the “culirise”.
    So, it’s been a gr8 pleassure!

    1. Great job, everyone. I am jealous of the cookbooks you will get. Chris and I were a little sad about that, but we had a great time in the contest.

      PS I like his abs, too. Somos completamente de acuerdo. 🙂

  39. wow, good race! Great job to ALL the contestants, lots of good entries! And props to Nacho for such a well done and entertaining video. Next time I get my hands on some tuna, I’ll have to try it. And I love sweets so I can’t wait to try Chris and Vanessa’s recipes.

    I also made a video for sesame chicken but decided to enter this one instead, you can find it here:

  40. great job guys! I started primal september, and was looking on the internet what to do after my juicing, juice reboot. I stumbled on Paleo and onto MDA… read “Unconquerable Dave” success story… and now I’ve been primal for 36 days! and counting. I submitted videos for the recipe and fitness… the challenge is fun and kept me accountable… plus the prizes! hahaha. this site is a good thing…

    see you guys in one of Mark’s next great “success story”

    1. oh and lemme know of what you just think of the music behind my Primal Blueprint Fitness… the bros and I had a blast making it! “my blueprint is primal” made for this video. hahha. vote guys!

    1. That’s what I’m sayin’! Tuna tataki with gazpacho then some mousse for desert. What a combo!

  41. I’m afraid of raw eggs and raw meat, so I won’t be trying either the mousse or the tuna.

    They have cool blenders in Spain.

  42. We love tuna, we love gazpacho, we love siesta, we love Nacho!!!

  43. I was equally impressed with all 4 videos!! I personally was compelled to make the mouse first. We have a CF gym and are always having gatherings and this would be a hit!
    But honestly, in the end, I loved them all, will make them all, and REALLY hope you all will produce cookbooks in the near future!!!

    We need more Cookbooks! With pics please! 🙂

  44. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them for my whole family.

  45. Oh man! Nacho you did an AWESOME job of not only showing off an amazing looking recipe (gonna try that the next time I can land a hunk of tuna!) but it was SUPER entertaining!