Today’s guest recipe is served up by a good friend to Mark’s Daily Apple—Maria Emmerich, well-known author and health blogger.
I grew up overweight and unhealthy. I love food and I will always love food. I have just decided to make keto my lifestyle, not only for me but my whole family.
Planning ahead has helped me stick to this lifestyle and keep the weight off for over a decade. One downfall I suffered from in the past was dinner parties and family gatherings where I had nothing healthy to eat so I would fall off the wagon, which often derailed me from my lifestyle for too long. Too many times I have gone to a family gathering or dinner party to be dissapointed at the keto options served at the table. To keep me prepared, I always love to bring an appetizer and a dessert to share. As a hostess, I am always grateful when a guest offers to bring a dish to pass, and I find that every time I offer to bring something the host is more than happy that I help out.
Salisbury steak, it’s been said, was named after Dr. J. H. Salisbury, a 19th-century physician and lover of ground and minced beef. Dr. Salisbury was convinced that meat, especially when ground up, could cure a wide variety of ailments. While some of Dr. Salisbury’s medical claims are a bit dubious, he was spot on with one: Food plays a huge role in a person’s health.
Salisbury steak is not usually considered health food. Blame it on T.V. dinners that pre-package Salisbury steak with mashed potatoes, corn, a brownie and lots of processed ingredients. But homemade Salisbury steak is comfort food you can feel good about—especially if you buy ground beef from a trusted butcher (or grind it yourself) to make sure you’re getting high-quality meat. If possible, buy grass-fed.
Go ahead and get rid of all those other gluten-free, Paleo-friendly chocolate cake recipes. This is the only one you need. Why? The intense dark chocolate flavor, the smooth, rich texture, and the simple list of ingredients make this cake a winner. This chocolate cake is dense in the middle, and has a brownie-like chewiness around the edges. The “flour” is made from unsweetened cocoa powder and raw almonds blended together. The moist, dense texture comes from melted dark chocolate, coconut oil, and a secret ingredient…PRIMAL KITCHEN™ Mayo.
I’m Melissa Joulwan, but you can call me Mel. I have a killer recipe for you today. But first, I’ll tell you a little about myself. I’m the author of the paleo cookbooks Well Fed, Well Fed 2, and the soon-to-be-released Well Fed Weeknights: Complete Paleo Meals in 45 Minutes or Less (pre-order now!). I also write a blog called MelJoulwan.com (formerly The Clothes Make The Girl), where I write about my triumphs and failures in the kitchen, in the gym, and in life. I’m also a former rollergirl known as Melicious, but I’ve mostly stopped knocking people down for fun. Mostly.
Is it a crepe? A wrap? A tortilla? You can call them anything you want and wrap them around whatever you’d like. The result is always the same: delicious.
Zucchini and thyme flavor these light but durable wrappers that can hold an array of savory fillings. In this version, a combination of fluffy scrambled eggs, lox, and chives make a winning breakfast crepe.
Other tasty fillings include sautéed mushrooms, grilled shrimp, bacon, and ground meat. Or, skip the fillings and stack up a few zucchini crepes on your plate, top with crème fraiche, and think of them as savory pancakes.
This is not your typical breakfast of eggs, potatoes and bacon. Instead, we’re talking about braised pork belly (the same cut that bacon comes from), sweet potatoes roasted with smoked paprika butter, and the runny yolk from a fried egg drenching the whole thing.
First, the pork belly. This is a cut of pork with a huge amount of flavor for a relatively low cost. Succulent and fatty, it’s one of the easiest cuts of pork to cook into mouth-watering tenderness. It takes several hours to braise pork belly, so plan to start this recipe the day before (and if you want more leftovers, plan to buy 3 pounds of pork belly, instead of 2).