Kitchen Tips for Primal Holiday Entertaining

people clinking glasses with wineThere’s no ancestral tradition more meaningful than sharing a meal together. Holiday parties and dinners are when we come together to celebrate the bonds we have and the promise of a new year. Whether planned or impromptu, the effort doesn’t have to compromise the enjoyment. The best gatherings are simple and casual, and your menu can reflect that. Today we’re offering a holiday party rundown of favorite recipes that allow you to offer the best in Primal hospitality for all your entertaining events this season.

No-Stress Primal Appetizers

If you’re planning to cook a huge holiday meal, then give yourself a break when it comes to appetizers. Don’t go overboard. Instead, serve easy-to-make crowd pleasers for your guests to nibble on like Bacon Trail Mix.

Or Marinated Olives & Nuts.


Slightly more sophisticated, but still easy to whip up, are appetizers like mini smoked salmon hand rolls.

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Or shrimp with kimchi mayo.


Make-Ahead Main Courses

Instead of being trapped in the kitchen when guests arrive, cook your main course a day (or two) ahead of time. Large cuts of cooked meat like brisket  actually taste better when they rest in the refrigerator 24 to 48 hours.

Lemon-Parsley Brisket


Bone-in beef short ribs are another delicious make-ahead main course. Both brisket and short ribs can be reheated in a covered dish at 350 ºF/176 ºC.

For casual holiday get-togethers, cook up a big pot of stew or Texas chili  the day before a party, or better yet, make the dishes weeks before, and stash ‘em in the freezer.

Primal AviaryPeanut Stew

Easy Primal Desserts

There’s no need to expend undue time and effort making elaborate Primal desserts when there are plenty of perfectly Primal, easy-to-make desserts that will satisfy a holiday sweet tooth.

Squares of high-quality dark chocolate and a bowl of Clementine oranges are always a hit. Or, try these simple but unbelievably delicious homemade Dark Chocolate Citrus Macadamia Balls.

Mac Choc Citrus Balls

Or Dark Chocolate Brazil Nut Bars.

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Or Coconut Macadamia Bars.

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All three desserts can be made ahead and kept in the freezer.

Festive Holiday Drinks (That Won’t Leave You Hung Over)

The festive drink in your hand doesn’t have to be an alcoholic one. Offer guests (and yourself) a fancy mocktail instead.

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Enjoy the season with a warm mug of creamy cocoa or Primal Egg Nog.

Or any of Seven Healthy Coffee Ideas or some soothing Turmeric Tea.

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Which ideas will you try, or do you have more to add? Happy Holidays, everyone!

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  1. I entertain quite a bit and appreciate any new ideas. Christmas is my specialty, I really go all out. I going to incorporate all of these recipes to this years event. What a great addition to my menu. Thank you. Happy Holidays. Cheers.

  2. I am not hosting, but love contributing to holiday gatherings. This year I’m bringing an imported cheese tray (buying one already prepared to save time), brussels sprouts roasted with the Primal Kitchen Balsamic Dressing (I probably make these once a week!) and my grain free chocolate chip cashew butter cookies that everyone always goes crazy for. And I plan to skip the mocktails and have a drink or two!

  3. Additional ideas… Guacamole makes a great dip for just about anything, including shrimp or a platter of raw veggies. Put out some rice crackers or corn chips for guests who aren’t particularly Primal. Swedish meatballs can be made Paleo quite easily. Same with mini stuffed cabbage rolls. Deviled eggs dolled up with finely chopped shrimp and herbs are usually a hit. So are chicken wings. I generally have wine on hand for those who want an adult beverage but we skip the hard stuff. In lieu of sweets you can always put out a bowl of fruit salad and some mixed nuts.

  4. I always do creamed spinach. It goes with any beef or lamb dish that is not Asian or TexMex inspired. Basically two bags of frozen chopped organic spinach. A little cream to coat the bottom of the pan half a brick of cream cheese and heat on low mixing occasionally until all the cheese is melted. The add additional flavorings to complement the main course. With a holiday beef roast, salt, pepper, and a hint of nutmeg. With lamb l like minced dill and a package of Feta cheese. With poultry, add a 1/4 cup of fat and drippings from the pan. It scales up nicely, reheats in the microwave and cheap to make.