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My Favorite Primal Meals

January 31, 2010

OK, for those new to the blog, you may be asking, “Hey, Jeff!  What’s a Primal Meal?”

Good question – a Primal meal is one that adheres to the guidelines set forth in the book, Primal Blueprint and on the site, MarksDailyApple.com.  My original review of the book, which you can view HERE, covered the basics which spanned much more than just the food intake.  But when it comes to food, eating Primal really goes against the grain(pardon the pun), so to speak.  For us Primal folk – everything goes against the grain because eating Primal avoids eating grains period.  Does that have your attention?  Eating Primal means that you are eating specifically to avoid any insulin response.  Grains, whether whole or not, are carbs regardless.  And as we know from studies, the Paleolithic folks never really ate grains and they did just fine, despite the attack here and there of the occasional saber-toothed tiger or wooly mammoth.  My own e-book which you  can download on the right is NOT primal, sadly enough.  But I do keep it up for those new to P90X or other weight loss programs.  It has a few recipes that help people stick their foot into the pool.  Going Primal, however, helps you when you are ready to jump into the deep end!

What we do eat in the Primal way is protein from animal or fish (and its fat), veggies and salads, nuts, seeds, healthy fats and oils, a smidgeon of dairy (organic hopefully) and fruits.  Most health folks are at first taken aback by the consumption of fats.  But as research has shown, many studies on eating fats are flawed and are often in concert with the overconsumption of carbs.  The simple act of eating animal fat is exactly how they did it 10,000 years ago – and it’s what many enjoy these days as well.

In no particular order, these are my favorite Primal Meals:

Primal Jambalaya – whether you’re from New Orleans or not, this recipe is incredible combining chicken, shrimp, Andouille sausage, peppers, onions, chicken stock and spices.  Best of all, you replace the rice normally served with this dish by food processing some cauliflower. The texture and taste are amazing and this dish tops my list.

Primal Meatballs – who doesn’t love meatballs?  With sweet sausage and bison/beef, along with onions, eggs and spices, this recipe is polished off by frying them in bacon fat.  Yep, I said bacon fat.  Primal to the hilt and full of protein.

Smothered Primal Pork Chops with Mushrooms – the great thing about being Primal is the amazing camaraderie and kinship you develop with other tribesmen.  This recipe comes from kettlebell instructor Sandy Sommers and you come away from the table filling full, satisfied and anxious to have this dish again.

Primal Pumpkin Treat – this is an original recipe that I developed.  You can fix this a few different ways, but I usually combine canned pumpkin, whey protein, nutmeg, cinnamon and then you can use either heavy cream or coconut milk or cream.  Either way its a delicious and very filling breakfast or snack.

Coconut Shrimp – my entire life I’ve attempted to boycott coconut until I recently learned how healthy it is in terms of its fat content. Now I can’t get enough!  This recipe has a batter consisting of almond meal/flour and egg.  Almond meal is basically ground almond.  Then you fry the shrimp in coconut oil, a very flavorful and healthy saturated fat that is totally primal and totally awesome.

Bacon and Eggs and Berries – my basic breakfast each morning is the traditional favorite my Grandmother used to make for us when I was little.  Who knew Grandma’s cooking was inherently healthy?   I fry up my bacon, use the bacon fat to saute my veggies and then I throw in some Omega 3 eggs (usually 3 or 4).  Yum!  Then, depending on the day I’ll enjoy some berries (blue, rasp or straw) along with some heavy cream.  Incredibly filling and totally takes out the need for a mid-morning snack.

OK, that’s enough for now, but I hope it goes to show you how liberating eating Primal can be.  Using almond meal, you can even eat pizza and the crust texture is amazing – but that’s another post…

Suffice it to say that eating Primal has definite advantages.  Not only are you eating the way your body was designed to eat, you are eating foods that provide major satiety and satisfaction.  Your taste buds will thank you and your body will thank you since these foods assist in the reduction of body fat.  Since early December I have dropped my bodyfat a few points.  Who doesn’t want that?

And, for other Primal recipes or tidbits, use the #Primal hashtag on Twitter.  Folks like @CastleGrok post their own tried and true recipes that I enjoy taste testing from time to time.  Others include Son of Grok, Girl Gone Primal, and a jillion I don’t have room to list.  Who knew eating so well could do your body a favor?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2010 2:34 am

    Hey! Thanks for the link love 🙂

    Glad somebody enjoys my slop. Ha-ha

    • February 1, 2010 8:30 am

      No problem – I always enjoy reading your blog and checking out the twitpics of your meals.

      • February 1, 2010 10:28 am

        Thanks. I need to get busy and publish the 20 articles I have started!

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