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13 Holiday Side Dishes (That Aren’t Potatoes)

While there’s nothing particularly wrong with potatoes (in fact, we happen to love this recipe for scalloped potatoes), not everyone in the Primal—let alone keto—camp wants to serve potatoes at the holiday. They’re a technically Primal choice, but they’re decidedly high in carbs and not as high in nutrients as other options. Primal and Primal-keto eating shouldn’t be about deprivation—just thoughtful decision-making on what’s a good choice for you when it comes to holiday eating. Today we’ve got 13 delicious side dish recipes that stay true to the richness and flavors of traditional holiday cooking. Which ones will you be serving?

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Celery Root Soup

Beauty isn’t everything and celery root is living proof. There’s nothing about its knobby, gnarled, beige appearance that would entice you to put it in your shopping cart. You’ve probably passed by it a hundred times nestled between the turnips and rutabagas, not even realizing what an amazing root vegetable you’re missing in your life.

The flavor of celery root strongly resembles celery, but there’s also something potato-like about it in both taste and texture. It’s often eaten as a salad, grated then left raw or quickly blanched and mixed with mayonnaise, lemon and mustard. This time of year we prefer to cook celery root a little longer before serving. Peeled and cut into pieces, this vegetable can be braised, boiled, baked or sautéed. If you’re tired of using cauliflower as a mashed potato stand-in, give mashed celery root a try.  Even better, gently simmer celery root, then puree it into a creamy soup.

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90-Minute Low-Carb, Keto Meal Prep

Spend 90 minutes in the kitchen on a Sunday and you’ll be thanking yourself all week long. This low-carb, keto-friendly meal prep stocks your refrigerator with five ready-to-eat meals.

Combining home-cooked ingredients (like pot roast) with convenient store-bought ingredients (like rotisserie chicken) keeps the prep work manageable. Herbs, spices, sauces, and keto-friendly condiments keep the flavors fresh and new each night.

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10 Autumn Breakfasts To Warm Your Morning

Whether you’re a big breakfast person or not, everyone enjoys something warm and comforting in the morning, right?

From Primal pancakes to frittatas, we’ve got 10 delicious ideas for those who crave the savory or the sweet—as well as some filling coffees for those who prefer to keep the routine simple and the fare light in the a.m.

Enjoy any of these great dishes and drinks anytime of the day….

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Campfire Cooking: A Primal Guide

For hundreds of thousands of years, humans had an unbroken tradition of evening firesides. It’s where we told stories, recounted the happenings of the day, sang, danced, and just sat in comfortable silence staring into the flames. It’s also where we graduated from desperate scavengers scooping half-eaten marrow and gnawing bone scraps for gristly morsels into legitimate cooks.

Now that line is broken. Now we sit around the television. We sit under the perma-glow of the LED, gazing into our phones. If we even cook, we do it under perfectly controlled settings. Which is fine, but it’s missing something: the wildness of fire.

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Dear Mark: Collagen or Glycine, Keto and Gallstones, Raw Liver, Stevia Itching, and Gaining Muscle, Losing Fat

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering five questions taken from this Twitter thread. First, does collagen offer anything special above and beyond glycine? Second, what’s the relationship between keto and gallstones? Third, do I recommend eating raw liver, and why or why not? Fourth, why does one reader’s scalp itch when eating stevia? And finally, what’s the best way to lose fat and gain muscle at the same time?

Let’s go:

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23 Fall Salad Recipes

A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today’s Whole30® recipe roundup.

Autumn is abundant with hearty and savory foods, but that doesn’t mean salad season has to be over.

The best thing about autumn salads? You can get a bowlful of plentiful veggies in hearty mixes that often work better as the main dish, rather than a skimpy side!

These 23 Paleo recipes for fall salads are filled with seasonal flavors like pumpkin, apples, pecans, and warm herbs and spices like ginger and nutmeg. Then, you’ll drizzle everything in warm dressings with autumn ingredients like sweet maple syrup and tangy apple cider vinegar!

These naturally one-pot salads come together quickly and easily, so you can enjoy them for quick weeknight dinners or prep them for lunches the night before work or school.

Warning: You’re going to want to try every single one of these bountiful salads!

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17 Vegetarian Whole30® Recipes

A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today’s Whole30® recipe roundup.

Yup, you can be a vegetarian and still do a Whole30 challenge. Find out how to plan a simple menu with veggie-friendly recipes that include breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

What is Whole30 anyway?

Whole30 is a 30-day challenge that’s similar to the Paleo diet, but with a few more restrictions. It excludes Paleo-friendly sweeteners (like honey and maple syrup), baked goods, alcohol, and most desserts.

Although the Paleo lifestyle incorporates gluten-free desserts, Whole30 believes you should hold off on them for the 30 days. The purpose is to reset how your mind thinks about sweets in the first place, so you no longer get the urges or cravings.

While the challenge is primarily short-term, some people opt to do it for longer periods of time. The benefit of this challenge is to evaluate how your body reacts to a more wholesome, cleaner-eating lifestyle (without inflammatory triggers).

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Autumn Recipe Inspiration: 14 Comfort Dishes

Goodbye summer, hello fall. The weather is shifting, and so is the mood. When it comes to eating, autumn means all kinds of comfort food as well as the fall flavors we welcome back every year—apple, pumpkin, squash and more. Does autumn inspire you in the kitchen?

We hope these 14 Primal and keto recipes—everything from breakfast to dinner, salads to treats—get you excited for the season. Enjoy!

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17 Easy Whole30® Recipes

A special thanks to Aimee McNew at Paleohacks.com for today’s Whole30® recipe roundup.

Trying a Whole30® can be a great way to refresh your diet or routine. If you’re already busy or overloaded with life, you might wonder how you have enough time to do even more prepping or cooking.

The Whole30 diet means doing 30 days (or longer) of a restricted version of Paleo. Any added sweeteners, even those that are Paleo, are not allowed, and neither are Paleo baked goods or alcohol. Foods like soy, dairy, grains, and other non-Paleo foods are definitely off the table. While it can feel restrictive, it’s only for a month—and it’s a great way to give yourself a dietary reset.

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