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Keto Sandwich Roll-ups with Dipping Sauce – Two Ways!

Searching for a good keto sandwich option, no bread required? Well look no further than these low-carb, grain-free meat and cheese roll-ups. Who needs bread or a tortilla when you have all this deliciousness? After all, the best part of sandwiches isn’t the bread. It’s what’s inside that really matters.

And these keto roll-ups aren’t your average lettuce wrap! Nope, these feature crispy cheese on the outside with savory fillings, perfectly paired with some of our favorite dipping sauces. Enjoy them warm for an easy work-from-home lunch or after-school snack. Chilled, they’re great for lunchboxes or hitting the trail. A sandwich roll-up is a nice break from trail mix when you’re on a long hike. Throw them in an insulated lunch bag with a lightweight ice pack, and you’re good to go.

This recipe suggests making them in an oven, but a toaster oven will also work. Use the ideas below as inspiration to come up with your own meat, cheese, and sauce creations.

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Creamed Spinach Recipe

Creamed spinach gets a bad rap because the version many of us grew up with was too often overdone and underwhelming. It’s a shame because cooked spinach can and should be bright and delicious!

This recipe will show you how to make creamed spinach that retains its appealing taste and texture in the final dish. Sautéed mushrooms and shallots add nuance, and since this creamed spinach is made without cream cheese, it’s not too heavy. If you omit the parmesan, the recipe is even dairy-free!

We love this spinach served with a juicy beef roast. Cheese lovers should try adding some Parmigiano Reggiano or pecorino at the end for a nice finish.

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Chinese Five Spice Baked Pork Chops with Sautéed Escarole

This recipe for baked pork chops seasoned with Chinese five spice powder and served with sautéed escarole is a fantastic way to add some flavor to your usual dinnertime meal while still keeping it quick and easy!

If you’re not familiar with these ingredients, Chinese five spice powder is a blend of—you guessed it—five different spices: star anise, fennel seeds, peppercorns (traditionally Szechuan peppercorns), cloves, and cinnamon. It really punches up these pork chops, giving them both a little heat and a sweet aromatic flavor.

You might know escarole as a salad green, but like most greens, it’s capable of so much more than that. In this recipe, a hint of vinegar, a pat of butter, and a scant drizzle of maple syrup turn escarole into a warm side dish that’s perfect with pork. It’s a bold medley of sweet, salty, and pleasantly bitter flavors. The bitter flavor of escarole can be a “love it” or “hate it” thing. This recipe is meant to woo the haters and please those who enjoy escarole’s natural bitterness.

A very large head of escarole wilts down to four small servings when cooked. Plan to serve another side with the meal, or, if you really love escarole, cook two heads instead of one.

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How to Make Coconut Better: 10 Tips for the Best Coconut Butter Ever

You probably already cook with coconut oil. Maybe you enjoy big flakes of toasted coconut in your trail mix or shredded coconut in your grain-free Primal “oatmeal.” But have you tried the richest, most decadent coconut product of them all: coconut butter?

What is coconut butter, you ask? It’s simply dried coconut blended until it forms a smooth, creamy paste. Since the only ingredient is coconut, it’s naturally dairy-free and gluten-free.

Our favorite way to enjoy it is making the world’s easiest two-ingredient keto treat: dark chocolate with a schmear of coconut butter. Or just eat it with a spoon. We’ll never tell.
How to Make Coconut Butter

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Macadamia Nut Cookie Bars (Keto and Paleo!)

These macadamia nut cookie bars are our take on a classic blondie recipe. Blondies have more fun, right?

Blondie bars are similar to brownies, but instead of cocoa they feature vanilla and, usually, brown sugar. We wanted ours to be a Primal, paleo, and keto-friendly dessert recipe, so these bars get their signature flavor from monk fruit sweetener and something cool and unexpected: macadamia nut butter!

Macadamia nuts are a good source of monounsaturated fats, and a quarter-cup of macadamias provides 77 percent of your daily manganese requirement and 28 percent of your copper. And don’t even get us started on their creamy texture, which makes these blondie cookie bars all the more decadent.

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How to Make Butter, Yogurt, and Kefir at Home

While it’s easy enough to pop down to the grocery store and buy butter, yogurt, or kefir, it can be very rewarding—and easier than you think—to make your own products at home. Making staple dairy foods at home allows you to control what goes into them, control the process, and reconnect to the traditional way of doing things.

Yogurt and kefir are also fermented foods that deliver those oh-so-important probiotics to feed the beneficial microbes in your gut. Rather than rely on store-bought products, which often contain sugar and other additives you wish to avoid, why not make your own at home? Being able to make your own butter, yogurt, and kefir gives you flexibility. It gives you power. Most importantly, it gives you agency: the ability to control what you feed yourself or your family.

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Warm Spinach Salad Recipe

“Warm” and “salad” might not be two words you’d normally associate, but we promise you that this warm spinach salad recipe has the goods!

This high-protein salad boasts colorful, nutrient-dense veggies and healthy fats. Roughly chopping the greens ensures that you get bite-sized greens in every delicious bite, and the crispy bacon, crunchy apples, and perfectly roasted butternut squash are downright delightful together.

It’s is also very versatile and customizable. Spinach salad is a classic, but any greens—baby kale, Swiss chard, beet greens, or a combination—will work here. Instead of butternut squash, substitute delicata squash or kabocha. Swap out the walnuts for pecans or pine nuts and the goat cheese for feta. Try it with ranch dressing instead of honey mustard. You can’t go wrong. Once you get the warm spinach salad experience, you’ll want to try loads of different variations.

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Philly Cheesesteak (with Optional Primal Cheddar Cheese Sauce)

Savory, smokey, and dripping with creamy cheese, the Philly cheesesteak is an iconic loaded sandwich made traditionally with beefsteak, a hoagie roll, and oodles of melted cheese. We skipped the roll and redid the cheese sauce recipe for a Primal take on this Pennsylvania local favorite! Not totally authentic, granted, but delicious nonetheless.

You really can’t go wrong with thinly sliced steak topped with caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and peppers. Sear the thinly sliced steak for only a minute, sauté the mushrooms and peppers until tender, and cook the onions until brown and sweet.

Pile it all high on plate—Philly cheesesteak isn’t about dainty serving sizes—and enjoy!

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How to Roast Garlic (Plus a Bonus Recipe!)

Oven-roasted garlic is the new latest and greatest Internet culinary craze. Everything old is new again, huh? Seemingly simple, this take on a savory topper to vegetables and Italian-inspired dishes has foodies in a frenzy. It’s unclear what made this classic technique so trendy again, but roasted garlic cloves have a delicious aroma and a mellow, rich taste. Like other alliums, garlic is a good source of prebiotic fiber to feed your gut microbiota, and it boasts some other impressive health benefits as well. Even if you usually find garlic a bit too pungent for your taste, I’d strongly encourage you to give this recipe a try. Making Roasted Garlic Makes: Recipe is for one head of garlic, but you can make as many as you want at one time! Ingredients One head of garlic 1-2 Tbsp Primal Kitchen Olive Oil or Avocado Oil Directions The smell and taste of roasted garlic is delicious in SO many recipes, and it’s very simple to make. To make roasted garlic, first cut off the top quarter or third of your head of garlic horizontally so you can see all of the little cloves inside. Next, you have three options depending on what you have on hand: Place the head of garlic cut side up in the center of a small piece of parchment. Drizzle a teaspoon or two of olive oil or avocado oil on top of the exposed cloves. Wrap the parchment up over the garlic and tie with a piece of butcher twine. Place the head of garlic cut side up in the center of a small piece of parchment. Drizzle a teaspoon or two of olive or avocado oil on top. Wrap up the parchment over the garlic like a little package. Then place the covered garlic in the center of a small piece of foil and wrap the foil up over the top of the garlic. Place the garlic in a small ramekin cut side up and drizzle it with oil. Any of the above options will work! Once you’ve prepped your garlic, place it on a small sheet pan and put it in a 375 degree Fahrenheit (190 degree Celsius) oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the garlic cloves are soft. When finished, allow the garlic to cool for a few minutes, then remove it from whatever paper or container it is in. Squeeze the garlic from the bottom so the cloves squeeze out of the top. Squeeze the roasted cloves into a small ramekin and then use in your favorite recipe. How to Store Roasted Garlic I find that I use roasted garlic right away, so I personally never need to store it. There are concerns about botulism from storing garlic in oil at room temperature, so store garlic covered in oil in the fridge for short-term storage. However, I recommend if you make extra garlic and want to store it, keeping it in the freezer works best. Simply squeeze out the cloves and place … Continue reading “How to Roast Garlic (Plus a Bonus Recipe!)”

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Collagen Coffee Chocolate Bomb Recipe

Coffee, collagen, and chocolate? That’s three of our favorite things in one recipe!

While this chocolate bomb recipe might sound too good to be true, you can make this decadent coffee upgrade at home using your collagen coffee creamer from Primal Kitchen. Delight brunch guests or add a little elegance to a weekday brew with Collagen Coffee Chocolate Bombs. All you need is a few ingredients and a hot chocolate bomb mold.

Made with tempered chocolate, these “bombs” melt into hot coffee and infuse your cup with velvety, rich flavor… plus, all the collagen protein benefits from a scoop of Collagen Fuel®. Add a little elegance to your caffeine fix with this crave-worthy coffee bomb recipe!

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