Category: Sides

Primal + Keto Cooking Made Easy: Bacon and Balsamic Brussels Sprouts

When it comes to side dishes, simple is best. A list of ingredients you can count on one hand is the way I like to do it. This dish delivers on ease and offers plenty of solid nutrition and great Primal taste. Cooking up great flavor starts with quality ingredients, for sure, but don’t underestimate the power of a great sauce or seasoning—and the right cooking method. Roasting vegetables is one of the surest ways to bring out a richer, deeper taste. Brussels sprouts work great for this. Add some balsamic and bacon, and you’ve got an amazing side for any meaty main course.

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Primal+Keto Cooking Made Easy: Sesame Ginger Broccoli

Anyone who knows me well has seen how much broccoli I eat. It’s one of my go-to sides with chicken or steak at dinnertime. But that doesn’t mean I eat it the same way every day. While roasting is my favorite prep method for broccoli’s flavor, it’s all about the sauces and seasonings, too. One of my favorite ways to punch up broccoli: a sesame ginger flavor. Check it out.

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Lemon Asparagus

A harbinger of the seasonal shift from snow-dusted branches and abbreviated days to sun-warmed grass and lingering outdoors, asparagus brings with it the promise of new buds in the garden and the traveling scent of meat caramelizing on a hot grill.

Asparagus has a uniquely vegetal, slightly bitter, grassy taste that benefits from the sour, bracing acidity of lemon juice and zest. Lemon asparagus can usher the best spring has to offer: a bridge between bitter cold and temperate breezes. Simply marinate the tender asparagus stalks, roast in the oven until lightly browned crust forms, remove and dress with lemon juice and zest.

With great fiber content and a unique taste, asparagus is a go-to for Primal and keto meals. Another plus: It’s simple to prepare. That said, however, it does take a bit of precision.

Roast in the oven just until it turns light brown, take it out, and toss with lemon juice and zest while still warm. When you zest the lemon, scrape the lemon skin lightly against the microplane. Don’t try to muscle off the whole peel. The white pith underneath that canary skin tastes bitter and can detract from the delicate balance of garden-fresh green vegetable and sun-ripened citrus you want here.

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Primal+Keto Cooking Made Easy: Tex-Mex Fajita Veggies

The last couple weeks I’ve grilled up some great Primal+keto meat dishes: steak and marinated chicken. But I’m a big believer in above ground, non-starchy vegetables for a Primal and keto diet. One of the things I love about this recipe is that it shows how vegetables—even cooked ones—never need to be a bland afterthought. These mixed peppers and onions are flavorful all on their own, but the seasonings and dressings turn this into a great side that will hold its own against any meat dish.

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Cauliflower Steaks With Chimichurri

The first time I had cauliflower and mushrooms together, it was a beautiful moment. (Thank you to that incredible German cook.) It was also a game changer for how I saw cauliflower. There’s no error in calling these steaks here. When you pair cauliflower and mushrooms together, in this case a delicious adaptogen mushroom mix from friends at Four Sigmatic, what you have is a smoky-tasting, umami-rich feast. I could easily put away a few of these all by themselves, but what I love even more is the added kick that paprika and fresh chimichurri (one of my favorite sauces) give these steaks. I can’t think of a better vegetarian- and vegan-friendly dish—one that will bring even meat lovers to the table (and asking for more). Enjoy, everyone.

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A Thanksgiving Menu For Everyone At the Table

Well, folks, I’d say this does it. When I asked the bees to come up with some Primal Thanksgiving fare, I caught the looks exchanged that suggested they saw it as a personal challenge. Now I only regret that I wasn’t there to personally sample and enjoy the results. (They didn’t save me any either.)

This week our very own Dr. Lindsay Taylor offered salient points on making a conscious T-Day plan whether you’re Primal or Primal-keto. Today the question may be answered you for you (and I’ll wager you’ll like the solution) with this full-on Primal (and mostly keto) menu. The bees have outdone themselves this time with a truly Grok-worthy Thanksgiving extravaganza. Check it out, and let us know which recipes are inspiring your holiday planning.

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