Category: Ingredients

Cioppino

A substantial, acidic, briny, bright one-pot meal with a heady dry white wine broth, cioppino originated in San Francisco from the fishermen’s daily catch and the Italian-American influences around the wharf and surrounding areas. The warm, comforting, aromatic stew chases away any chill from the thick fog that can blanket the area.

This seafood stew can work with a variety of seafood and fish. We like shrimp, scallops and clams because they’re widely available and cook quickly. Steaming the clams in the sauce gives the sauce great flavor. Halibut is a wonderful fish choice, but can be substituted for other firm, white-fleshed fish. If you notice the stew is becoming too dry, you can add additional wine or broth until it reaches the consistency of your liking.

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Mini Keto and Primal Crab Cakes

Crab cakes may remind you of cocktail parties, weddings, or sun-soaked getaways to the seashore where you seek refuge from the sun at a fish shack that serves only the freshest local seafood. Most traditional crab cake recipes include breadcrumbs or flour (or both) and are deep fried in vegetable oil so the end result is a greasy, bready puck that disrespects the naturally sweet, succulent essence of lump crabmeat. We remade the classic crab cake to make it Primal and keto-friendly. Don’t be put off by the long list of ingredients; we like the way the vegetables and seasonings accentuate the crab, but if you prefer a pared-down version, the crab, almond flour, herbs, mayo, egg, lemon juice, salt and pepper would make a perfectly lovely crab cake, too.

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Rosemary Holiday Ham

‘Tis the season for impressive meats, and ham is certainly one of the classics. Tender, savory and salty, it’s easy to love—and, thankfully, easy to prepare.

Store-bought hams are typically cured either with nitrites or celery powder and smoked. Since the ham is already cooked, you’re essentially adding flavors you’d like and warming it before serving. Look for a ham without glazes, and with minimal ingredients or added sugar. Ask your local butcher or farmer what they’d recommend. Brands like Pederson’s or Niman Ranch can be found in stores and are part of the Certified Humane Raised & Handled program. Pederson’s also sells a sugar-free ham that is Whole30® approved.

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Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts

The best appetizers should be a surprising, satisfying confluence of flavor and texture—in a single mouthful. Yes, it’s a bit of a tall order, isn’t it? Nevertheless, we think the salty, crisp bite of these bacon-wrapped water chestnuts deliver exactly that. Did we mention the sweet-savory tang of teriyaki is there, too?

But maybe we had you at the word bacon….

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Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Dates

Can a party spread ever have enough bacon-wrapped delicacies? We didn’t think so….

While many bacon appetizers go full-on savory, we like the natural sweetness of this one. The contrasts of tastes is enough to inspire, but this one’s a symphony of texture, too. The softness of date with the cream of blue cheese and crunch of pecan all wrapped in chewy bacon can feel like a full meal in one mouthful. All is right with the world in that moment.

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Easy Spinach Dip

There are certain dishes that have near universal appeal. Something about the taste and texture satisfy the senses. People get excited when they see them in the spread. These are the ones destined to become traditions. Spinach dip is one, and this recipe offers what we all want from it—classic taste, healthier ingredients and simple convenience. Can it get any better than three Primal ingredients and five easy minutes of prep? Dig in….

 

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