Baked Bacon

I hate cooking bacon in a skillet. It gets bacon grease everywhere and your stove is left a mess. We cook bacon so much in our house that we had to find a different way to cook it, otherwise our stovetop would be a permanent greaseball.

Mmm

After googling other ways to make bacon, the one trend I saw the most was to bake it. Now there’s a bunch of different ways to do this and a million posts on google about how to bake bacon, but I wanted to share my way of how we’ve been doing it for literally the past few years.

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This is the greatest way to cook bacon because you can literally set it and forget it (until the timer goes off). You don’t have to flip it or anything. Sure your oven will get really dirty overtime, but who cares at least it’s not the stovetop!

Load up the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet
Load up the bacon on a foil lined baking sheet

Pull it out after 18 min or so
Pull it out after 18 min or so

Place the bacon on some paper towels to dry, crisp up and drain
Place the bacon on some paper towels to dry, crisp up and drain

Baked Bacon
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Ingredients
  1. 10–12 slices of bacon
Instructions
  1. DO NOT PREHEAT YOUR OVEN. I’m not sure why this works so well but this is the way we do it and this works the best: don’t preheat your oven. You will turn it on when you put the bacon in the oven.
  2. But first line a baking sheet with a big piece of foil so you can keep or dispose of the bacon fat once you’re done very easily. Once the baking sheet is lined, load it up with bacon. We pretty much fit as much as we can on there but 10–12 pieces is a good number to go by.
  3. Then put it in the oven and turn the oven to 400°. Then set a timer for 15 min. After 15 min look at the bacon and see if you need to keep it in there longer. This time will totally depend on your oven because all ovens are different. My oven normally takes about 18–20 minutes. But I suggest checking first at 15 minutes if you’ve never done this before. Then just keep checking on it every 2 min until it’s golden brown or your desired doneness.
  4. Once it’s done to your liking, pull it out of the oven and use some tongs to put the bacon on a couple pieces of paper towels to dry, crisp up and drain.. Give it a couple minutes, then dig in!
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Simplifying Paleo So it Sticks in the New Year

Simplifying Paleo So it Sticks in the New Year

It’s a new year and the internets are rampant with new diets and exercise regimes to jump into in hopes of losing weight and getting healthier. Depending on where you’re at in your health journey you can start a whole30 today, or you can start a 21 day challenge or if you’re already a veteran Paleo check out these 10 lessons learned from Russ Crandall. Whatever you do starting this new year you have to start somewhere and that’s where I think it can be overwhelming for some. There is just so much out there and it can be difficult determining where to start so here is a template for simplifying Paleo so it sticks in the new year.

So I want to propose something easy to swallow. A foundation for eating. Basically providing a template on where you can base your meals for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The reason for this is because so many people start diets and sign up for gyms at the beginning of the new year and end up falling off the wagon shortly after. So my goal is to simplify Paleo so that it sticks. I don’t want to provide specific recipes because if you’re just starting Paleo or already a veteran; recipes can be overwhelming or not needed.

Why start with food and not a template for exercise? Well, while exercise is necessary for health, all health starts first with what you eat. Weight loss and health doesn’t start with exercise. Weight loss and health starts with what we eat and put in your body. So if you’re looking to lose weight or just be overall healthier – start here with what you should eat for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Remember this is just a starting point not an end point. You can start here for your meals and expand on them for what works best for you and your family. Starting out here is great for losing weight and seeing how you do then when you reach your ideal weight you can add in more starches like white potatoes and white rice.

Though it’s already the new year maybe plan your grocery trip before the start of the week and begin this template Monday. Review the basics of Primal here if this is all new to you and you’re trying to figure out what’s Paleo/Primal. But for now let’s check out a simple and easy template for your daily meals:

Breakfast – Bacon & Eggs

 

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Breakfast couldn’t be easier to figure out. It’s dead simple and it’s exactly what we need for the morning – protein. Get yourself some eggs and bacon from the store. Cook the bacon first then use the bacon fat for your eggs and boom – Primal breakfast done. Note: I started out this way on Primal a few years ago but now I normally fast for breakfast throughout the week and just eat lunch around 11:30am. So depending on if you’re hungry in the morning, you can always fast and just go straight to lunch.


Lunch – Salad

 

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Get yourself some organic mixed greens or whatever salad mix you like and throw it in a bowl with olive oil and vinegar or some Tessemae’s dressing. Add in whatever veggies, seeds or nuts you like. Then add in some protein in the form of leftovers from the night before or cans of fish i.e. tuna, sardines or salmon.


Dinner – Meat & Roasted Veggies

 

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Dinner doesn’t have to be hard. Throw some protein on the grill or in a crockpot and use your oven and some baking trays to roast some veggies in the fat of your choice: lard, butter, coconut oil, olive oil, duck fat, tallow, etc… You don’t even need to follow a recipe for this really. Just make sure to use seasonings and fat to make the veggies tasty. This is a good post to check out if you’ve never roasted veggies before or check out my roasted broccoli that has become a staple in our house.

Remember these meals are just a template and a base to start from. Some days may look completely different. Don’t expect perfection. Expect that some days you might eat a doughnut or nachos but know that your foundation for eating 80% of the time should be based around these types of meals listed above. Then leave the 20% of things you eat for times that planning meals may be out of your control: office parties, birthdays, Disneyland or just because you’re craving ice cream. As Michelle from Nom Nom Paleo says think of Paleo as the main highway and expect to take slight detours every so often.

Cricket Noatmeal

Cricket Noatmeal

I’ve already hinted at this Cricket Noatmeal recipe on my post about quick on the go primal breakfast ideas. This recipe was inspired by the chia flax pudding by Kelly from Be Well by Kelly and was something I first saw on Mark’s Daily Apple. Since I first saw this recipe my wife and I have been making it constantly.

Ingredients

It’s a great quick go to meal that is full of fat and protein. But most of all it’s a really easy way to get our daughter to eat more protein. Protein in the form of whey that’s mixed into the pudding. As we’ve been feeding this to her and sending frozen batches of it with her when she stays with the grandparents, we’ve just been referring to it as no-oatmeal, hence the post title Noatmeal. It’s just easier for people to understand instead of saying well I know it kinda looks like oatmeal but we don’t really eat oatmeal, and this pudding is more nutritious than oatmeal and has a much much lower glycemic load than oatmeal… you see the dilemma. It’s easier to just say this is Noatmeal, our daughter loves it, she’ll ask for more. Now since this chia flax pudding is so loved by our daughter, we’ll be feeding it to her until she moves onto something else. But for myself I decided to see if we could switch up the recipe a little bit by playing with the protein source. Like say… Crickets.

Cricket Flour

I have nothing against whey. It works, tastes fine and has many additional benefits. So to change up the protein used in this recipe was basically just for fun. So I reached out to the people who provide the cricket flour to Exo for their protein bars and they were very generous and sent me a bunch of cricket flour and whole roasted crickets to experiment with. (More on the whole roasted crickets in a couple months). So all I had to do was replace the whey in the original recipe with the cricket flour and coconut sugar for sweetener. The only problem is if you try to match the amount of protein from the whey serving (20g) you’ll have to use about 5T of cricket flour. That’s almost too much cricket flour for the portion size so we ended up just using one serving of cricket flour (2T) which is about 8g of protein. Not bad for a quick breakfast that uses a protein that’s highly bio available, sustainable and high in omega 3s.

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So if you’re feeling adventurous head over to Entomo Farms and whip up a batch for yourself. It’ll definitely give you something to talk about with family around the Christmas dinner table.

Cricket Noatmeal
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Ingredients
  1. 1T coconut oil
  2. 1 cup coconut milk
  3. 3T chia seeds
  4. 3T ground flax seed
  5. 2T cricket flour
  6. 1T coconut palm sugar
  7. 1/4t cinnamon
  8. Dash of tumeric
Toppings
  1. Paleonola
  2. Hemp Seeds
  3. Honey if you need it sweeter
Instructions
  1. Heat the coconut oil, coconut milk, chia seeds and ground flax seed in a pan. Continue stirring on medium/high for about 3 minutes until the texture becomes like oatmeal.
  2. Once the noatmeal is done, turn off the heat. Stir in the cricket flour, coconut palm sugar, cinnamon and numeric.
  3. Then put it all into a bowl and add your toppings and extra coconut milk to your preference. Enjoy!
Adapted from Chia Flax Hot Pudding
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10 On The Go Primal Breakfast Ideas

10 On The Go Primal Breakfast Ideas

Getting out the door quickly in the morning is already a challenge. Then if you try to add breakfast in the mix it becomes even more of a challenge. Then if you try to add a healthy breakfast in the morning it becomes even more more of a challenge. I think it’s important to understand what I mean by healthy breakfast. So often people think a muffin or pastry or some other glucose spiking carb fest is what we need for breakfast. Contrary to conventional wisdom, a whole grain muffin isn’t a healthy breakfast option. We need protein and fat to get us going in the morning, but we need something that we can whip up in a couple minutes, otherwise we will be grabbing for the doughnuts when we arrive at the office. Check out some quick on the go breakfast ideas below.

1. Bacon & Eggs

I know you may think that this takes longer than a few minutes but it can actually go pretty quickly. The key is to bake your bacon the night before or on Sunday and save it for using throughout the week. If you do this you can whip this up pretty quickly, especially if you follow Gordon Ramsey’s way of making scrambled eggs. Just throw some butter and eggs in a skillet, scramble for a couple minutes and toss the crumbled bacon in near the end. Once it’s done, throw it in a to go cup and eat it while you’re driving. Maybe not the safest option, but it’s better than getting type 2 diabetes from eating a muffin every morning.

2. Primal Fuel Shake

This is an even faster option. I like this whey protein because it contains fat in it as well as protein. Most whey proteins use some fake fat instead of a real fat like coconut. Toss a couple scoops in a shaker like this and you’re good to go.
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3. Exo or RXBARs

I’ve already written about both of these here, here and here. These are both great options for breakfast on the go because they have a good amount of fat and protein. Pair this with some coffee and you’re ready to go all morning long.
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4. Primal Egg Coffee

I saw this on Mark’s Daily Apple awhile ago around the same time people were doing bullet proof coffee and I think the idea is genius. Basically you mix 3 egg yolks with your coffee and then add a little sweetener like stevia or honey. It’s like bulletproof coffee plus a little protein kick. Remember though if you do this to use pastured egg yolks for less of a risk of food born illness or salmonella.

5. Bulletproof Coffee

Speaking of bulletproof coffee… So you don’t always need protein to get going in the morning. Sometimes all you need is a good dose of fat and caffeine. You can read more about bullet proof coffee here.

6. Hard Boiled Egg

Prepare these Sunday and you’re good to go all week. You’d even be further ahead of the game if you pre peel them so you can eat them in the car.

7. Jerky

This is like the ultimate on the go meal. You can always make your own or pick up some good brands like Krave at your local gas station or Target.
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8. Chia Flax Hot Pudding

My wife and I make this a lot for our daughter, but it’s perfect for you to whip up in less than 5 minutes and head out the door. I do have version of this recipe that I’m gonna post in the near future that has cricket flour as the protein source, but for now you can find the recipe I follow here.

9. Frozen Coconut Macadamia Bar

I’ve made this a few times and man are they good. They have a nice crunch and a good dose of fat. A little messy because they are frozen but I ended up eating these so quickly that it didn’t matter how messy they were. Find the full recipe here.

10. You’re Own Body Fat

Now I’m not talking about cannibalism, I’m suggesting that you practice intermittent fasting from time to time. You don’t always have to eat breakfast. If you’re body is a fat adapted, your body can switch to using stored body fat for energy instead of relying on sugar (carbs). It’s a common misconception that we need breakfast and that it’s the most important meal of the day. It’s not the most important meal of the day.


There it is folks. Hopefully these 10 ideas will help you out in the morning to steer clear of the muffins or doughnuts at the office. If you arrive to work full and energized you’ve already won the battle!