Primalgirl Reads: Primal Cravings

I’ve had Primal Cravings by Megan McCullough Keatley and Brandon Keatley at my house for nearly two months now and have been holding off writing a review because I wasn’t sure exactly what to say. I still have really mixed feelings. I was really excited to receive the book. My kids are always clamoring for foods that their peers eat and I’m not always able to make them. However, over the four and a half years that I’ve been Primal, I’ve come up with substitutions for almost everything they want, including pizza crust, crackers and rolls. I already make my own cake, ice cream, soda, beef jerky, cookies, mayonnaise, salad dressings, waffles, popsicles, tomato-free pizza and spaghetti sauce, and pasta. To be fair, there really aren’t a lot of recipes out there that can impress me. (Here’s one for waffles from the Paleo Parents that did.) That being said, I’m always on the look out for recipes that use new and different seasonings, or that combine different gluten-free flours to come up with amazing new combinations. When baking ingredients are given in ounces or grams, I’m able to substitute different flours for things I have on-hand or to avoid things we’re … Continue reading

Magical Multipurpose Paleo & Primal Dough Recipe

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I’ve been working pretty hard on this recipe and I think it’s a winner. So much, in fact, that I’ve decided to sell it instead of giving it away for free. “Sell it?!” you ask incredulously. “Why not give it away like everyone else?” The short answer is: I’m broke. My book is still in its editing phase and until it hits the shelves and becomes a New York Times Bestseller, I have absolutely no income. The long answer is: my husband told me this recipe was too good to give away. He wanted me to sell the recipe to a corporation so they could make it and sell it to you. I don’t want you to have to spend $6 for a 10 oz. box of crackers, so I’ve decided to sell you the recipe instead. What is the recipe for? Pizza crust, crackers, rolls and (to a lesser extent cause they’re harder to make) tortillas. That’s right, Primalgirl’s Magical Multipurpose Paleo and Primal Dough Recipe will make ALL those things — and probably more if you’re super creative. I’m happier with the results of this recipe than I have been with any other recipe I’ve found in a … Continue reading

Homemade Coconut Milk, Coconut Cream and Coconut Butter

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Coconut is amazing. You can turn it into flour, milk, oil or butter. You can drink the water. You can simply eat the coconut. You can buy it shredded or in cans. Most of us don’t think about how simple it is to make things ourselves and so we pay $14 for a jar of coconut butter or $2.50 for a can of coconut milk and resign ourselves to shelling out for it because it’s awesome. My kids have to take milk to school to fulfill some bullshit calcium requirement and since they’re dairy free, we’ve been sending them off with coconut milk. I’ve tried watering down canned coconut milk but it tastes…canned. I had started buying coconut milk “drink” in tetra paks, but at $2 each, it was getting expensive. Plus, one look at the “vitamins” on the side revealed that all the additives were artificial – even in the Trader Joe’s brand. I read a post on The Primal Parent about the damage that those artificial vitamins can do and how to make your own almond milk (which I did, and it was amazing but I can’t send the kids off to school with any type of nut … Continue reading

Primalgirl Cooks: Paleo Holiday Brussel Sprouts

Complete with protein and fat, this dish is a meal in itself.

Let me start by saying, I don’t think there is anyone on this planet who hated brussel sprouts more than I did. I have tried them at various times throughout my life, prepared by different people and never had one I liked. Until I added bacon to them. I don’t know what made me experiment with brussel sprouts, perhaps it was one last ditch effort to enjoy a vegetable that my whole family loves and insists on having at every holiday. I came up with the perfect recipe for the holidays – the combination of the cranberries, bacon and walnuts is truly epic and compliments (while masking) the taste of the sprouts. Adding the balsamic vinegar reduction was the coup de grâce, though, it completely changes the entire flavor. This recipe can be a main dish in itself or makes the perfect accompaniment to any dinner. If it’s any testament as to how freakin’ delicious this is, I would willingly eat this a couple times a week. The leftovers are even better the next day, reheat beautifully and make a great lunch. This can be made up in advance and gently reheated in the microwave or oven. The measurements are subjective; … Continue reading

Dairy / Recipes

Quite a few of you have been asking me for recipes. You might be considering going Primal or Paleo, but are afraid that your choices will be too limited. I’m going to be including some recipes that contain dairy to get you started. You may be considering ditching the grains and sugar, but giving up dairy is just too much to bear. That’s how I felt, and I still eat (organic) dairy. However, my weight loss has plateaued, so I have to try something different. My mission is to lose 10 pounds over the next couple of months and I think that cutting out dairy and adding in a little Intermittent Fasting is the way to go. I’ll let you know how that goes. O_o Notice my plan does not include killing myself at the gym. You’ll be happy to know that primal fitness doesn’t include long, back breaking hours on the treadmill. I guess it’s good to publicly state a goal. I am giving myself 3 months (to the end of June) to lose 10 pounds. I know it can be done, but since it’s the final, stubborn last 10 pounds, it will be an experiment. So back to Dairy. Can you … Continue reading