Jerky

Jerky

I really love crunchy things and salty things and this jerky recipe really hits that sweet spot for me. It’s super easy to make jerky at home if you have the proper tools and the patience. So for this recipe you’ll need a food processor and a dehydrator.

Jerky

Making jerky at home is great because you really get to control the ingredients, the thickness and doneness. Another great thing is that you typically use a lean cut of beef for making jerky which means that it’s more ok to use non grass fed meat (in my not so scientific opinion) because all the bad stuff found in corn fed beef (higher omega 6) is typically found in the fat. That’s why paleo normally says to eat high quality grass fed meat is so that you get all those great benefits (higher omega 3) found in the fat of grass fed meat. But if you’re making jerky with grass fed London broil you really won’t be getting too much of the great benefits about grass fed meat, because that’s normally found in the fat.

Jerky

Does that make sense? If tl;dr then know it’s ok to use regular London broil in this recipe, not grass fed.

There are so many great jerky recipes out there but the spices used in this recipe are inspired from here because I really don’t like my jerky to be soy sauce based and I love the techniques Russ uses here.

Here’s your visual guide:

SpicesMix up all your spices

London broil
Your London broil should look something like this

Slice
Slice with the grain into chunks that can fit into the food processor

Process
Process the chunks against the grain

Let it rip
Let it rip

All processed
It should look something like this once it’s all processed

Put in ziplock
Place all the meat in a ziplock

Add spices
Add the spices

Marinate
Toss the meat and then marinate overnight

Load up the dehydrator
Load up the dehydrator the next morning and evenly space the beef

Set on the Jerky setting
Set the dehydrator to the jerky setting

Rotate every 2 hours
Rotate the bottom trays to the top every 2 hours

Check to see if it's done to your liking
Around 5 hours check the jerky and chew it to see if you like it

Place in ziplock
Once it’s done to your liking place in a ziplock with a paper towel. Do not close until the beef is fully cooled. Enjoy!

Jerky
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Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 1 T black pepper
  3. 1 1/2T coconut sugar
  4. 1 1/2T salt
  5. 2T paprika
  6. 2t fennel
  7. 2t coriander
  8. 2lb London Broil
  9. Tools
  10. Dehydrator
  11. Food Processor
Instructions
  1. You can totally slice the London broil against the grain in thin strips, but the way I like to do it is from a tip I read here where he uses a food processor. Just cut thick chunks with the grain and let it go in the food processor so it chops against the grain with the mandolin blade.

  2. Process the whole 2lb in the food processor. Remove the chopped up meat and put in a ziplock bag with all the ingredients and let it marinate overnight. This is a dry cure so it may release some liquid in the bag the next day.

  3. Then when you’re ready to put in the dehydrator the next day, place all the meat pieces on the trays of your dehydrator evenly spaced out. Know that the processor probably chopped some pieces weird, don’t worry just mush them with the other pieces and as they dehydrate they will fuse with the other pieces.

  4. Rotate trays every 2 hours from top to bottom. After about 5 or 6 hours it should be done. I consider mine done when it has a little crunch to it but with some squish to some of the thicker pieces still. It’s up to you so play around with it until you get it to your liking.

  5. Place it all in a ziplock bag with a paper towel. Don’t close the bag for a few hours until it fully cools. This should stay good for a couple weeks but we eat it all up in a few days pretty quick.

  6. Enjoy!

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Gluten Free Turmeric Sugar Cookies

Turmeric Cookie

These are not so primal.

Ok glad that’s out of the way. But for real these cookies are not paleo or primal but they are delicious and gluten free! I came across this recipe on this blog and thought the idea was crazy – turmeric in cookies? Now I don’t really cook with turmeric a ton but I’ve used it to make golden milk when I feel like I’m getting sick and when we happen to have milk on hand, which is rare.

Turmeric Cookie Bite

So I decided to try to make the above recipe but by swapping out a few things. I didn’t want to make it complicated by trying to substitute a paleo flour for the regular flour as it would be hard to replicate without making too many tweaks. So I kept it simple and used this Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour. Along with the flour change I used brown sugar instead of white sugar. Why? Because I wanted to. You can also use coconut palm sugar if you are concerned about the glycemic index and insulin response of brown sugar as coconut sugar has a lower GI and insulin response. At the end of the day though a carb is a carb and brown sugar and coconut sugar is still sugar. So take that as it is (not to mention brown sugar is a lot cheaper).

doTerra Turmeric Essential Oil

The turmeric in the cookies was added with ground turmeric to get the flavor and yellow color but to really enhance the flavor I used some doTerra turmeric essential oil drops. I don’t suggest you use just any turmeric essential oil in the recipe as doTerra is certified pure therapeutic grade essential oils. Other essential oils specifically say on the bottle to not consume internally, doTerra on the other hand can be taken internally. We are working to eliminate toxins in our home, so cooking with essential oils isn’t the main use. We are using them for so many things in our home as natural solutions to replace toxins. My wife sells CPTG doTerra oils here if you want to buy some for yourself.

The whole family loves these cookies so much that when I came home from work the next day there was only three left for me… so I ate them of course. I don’t always eat cookies or sweets but once in awhile it’s good to indulge and one or two cookies won’t throw you off your health goals.

Enjoy!

Gluten Free Turmeric Sugar Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 pound (2 sticks) salted butter, at room temperature
  2. 1 2/3 cups (333 grams) dark brown sugar (or coconut sugar)
  3. 2 large eggs
  4. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  5. 2 teaspoons ground turmeric
  6. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 2 drops doTerra turmeric essential oil
  8. 2 1/3 cups (299 grams) Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 375.

  2. Add the butter and brown sugar to a bowl and beat until mixed and light and fluffy.

  3. Add the eggs and vanilla. Mix together thoroughly until fluffy again.

  4. Add the ground turmeric, baking powder and the drops of doTerra turmeric essential oil and mix on low again until all is thoroughly combined.

  5. Add the flour and mix on low again until everything is completely combined

  6. After everything is mixed well enough place the bowl in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.

  7. After the dough is chilled, roll the dough into balls and place onto cookie sheets with parchment paper or nonstick sheets (whichever you prefer). I fit about 6 balls on each sheet. Do not smash these down, they will fall naturally.

  8. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes until slightly brown around the edges and slightly cracking on top. If they look puffy that’s ok, they will fall when you take them out.

  9. Let them cool on the tray for a bit then transfer to a cooling rack.

  10. Enjoy!
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Locusts and Honey Bars

Locusts and Honey Bars

I really do have a thing for insects. I’ve reviewed a handful of protein bars that are made with cricket flour, I’ve even made some cricket tacos, I’ve made some cricket noatmeal and I was even in an insect recipe competition with this spaghetti squash recipe. Everyone seems to be talking about crickets though, recently they’ve been in the news for how great they are for your gut health.

Grasshopper

So I started wondering why are crickets getting all the attention? Then I remembered that crickets have a sort of big brother: grasshoppers. After doing some research I found out that grasshoppers are eaten all over the world like a bunch of other insects, but more specifically grasshoppers (chapulines) are very popular in Mexico. So I decided to reach out to one main supplier for grasshoppers in Mexico called Merci Mercado. They were more than willing to help me out with this recipe and sent me some ground grasshoppers and whole grasshoppers.

Grasshoppers

Now I was thinking about what would be a good recipe to make with grasshoppers and what came to mind was how in the Bible, John the Baptist, was known for eating a diet of “locusts and honey”. My kids, and even myself, have always found this idea intriguing that this nomad dude lived off of such a strange diet. So I thought why not try to build off this idea and make some Locusts (Grasshopper) and Honey bars. Now I know I’m not using actual locusts for this recipe, but according to wikipedia “Locusts are certain species of short-horned grasshoppers in the family Acrididae that have a swarming phase”. So nevertheless, locusts can be considered a type of grasshopper, therefore these bars shall be called locusts and honey bars!

Looking around

I looked around for a few recipes that were similar to Larabars and RXBARs and I came across this recipe. I used this recipe as a guide but made some tweaks with the nuts and protein source. I believe this came out as a great protein bar and hopefully you’ll feel the same. My kids sure do have no problem eating them! Enjoy!

 

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Ingredients
Get all your ingredients together

Nuts
Throw in the almonds and macadamia nuts

Ground Nuts
Grind them up to a french press coffee ground consistency like in the photo

Dates
Throw in the dates

Raw Honey
Raw honey

Grasshopper Flour
Ground Grasshoppers

Cacao Powder
Cacao powder

Water for moisture
After it’s all ground up add a little water to give it some moisture

Pour the mixture
Pour the mixture into the pyrex dish and then press in the whole grasshoppers

Press them in
It should look something like this

After the fridge cut them up
Place them in the fridge for at least an hour, then after an hour take them out and cut them into however many bars you want

Plate em
Get em on a plate

Enjoy!
Enjoy!

Locusts and Honey Bars
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw or toasted almonds

  2. 1 cup raw or roasted macadamia nuts

  3. 1/2 cup ground grasshoppers

  4. 1 1/2 cups dates

  5. 2 tablespoons raw honey

  6. 1/2 cup cacao powder

  7. 2–4 tablespoons water

  8. Handful of whole roasted grasshoppers for topping

Instructions
  1. Pour the almonds and macadamia nuts in a food processor. Pulse until they’re ground up pretty good.

  2. After the nuts are ground up, add the dates, honey, ground grasshopper and cacao powder. Pulse until they’re all mixed well together.

  3. Add in some tablespoons of water until the texture seems moist enough to press into a pyrex dish.

  4. After the texture is good line a square pyrex dish with parchment paper and press the mixture into the dish until distributed evenly. Then take the whole grasshoppers and evenly spread them out on top and slightly press them into the mixture.

  5. Refrigerate for about an hour then when you’re ready to eat take them out and cut into as many squares as you like. Keep refrigerated and enjoy!

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10 No Brainer Primal Dinner Ideas

10 No Brainer Primal Dinner Ideas

Awhile ago I wrote a post about 10 on the go primal breakfast ideas. It’s one of my more popular posts which hopefully means it was helpful to you all, so I thought I should do a similar post about 10 No Brainer Primal Dinner Ideas.

The reality is meals can be hard and as you get busier, more tired and add kids in the mix – dinner can often feel like a chore. If you absolutely don’t feel like cooking you should check out my Freshly review which is as easy as it comes, with only a few downsides it’s a great option for the tired and overworked. But if you can muster up some energy to put dinner together but you’re pressed for time or ideas, check out some of my go to options for dinner that not only feeds me but also feeds my family of 5 – myself, my wife and 3 kids.

1. Rotisserie chicken and roasted veggies

This is a staple in our home. Normally I do this the days I go grocery shopping because I can grab a chicken that’s all ready to go. Leaving me with just having to roast some veggies when I get home from the store. Get your oven up to 425. Toss a tray or two full of frozen or fresh veggies (broccoli is my favorite) mixed with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast until brown – 25–45 minutes. Then while that’s roasting and gettin near the end, 10 min or so, cut up your chicken. Don’t be intimidated by the whole bird. Once you figure out how to cut it up, it’s no big deal. My dad showed me how to cut up a whole chicken but this video can help too.

2. Spaghetti squash and meat sauce

This sounds more complicated than it really is. All you need is a couple jars of spaghetti sauce, ground beef and a spaghetti squash. Look for a spaghetti sauce with olive oil and no industrial seed oils (ie canola oil, soybean oil, etc…) and no added sugar. This post runs through this idea a little more. Roast the spaghetti squash cut in half on a baking tray with a few tablespoons of water at 375 for 35 minutes. While it’s roasting cook the ground beef and break it up. In another pot warm up the sauce on low heat and mix the two together once the meat’s brown and done cooking. When the spaghetti squash is done just shred the inside with a fork and serve with the meat sauce.

3. Eggs and bacon

Dead simple. Bake your bacon. Cook up some eggs. Scrambled, fried, hardboiled – however you like. Just because it’s dinner doesn’t mean you can’t have a “breakfast” food. It’s all just food.

4. Kalua pork on a potato

I follow Nom Nom Paleo’s recipe for this kalua pork. All you do is slow cook the pork shoulder overnight and during the next day. When it’s ready and you’re ready to eat just microwave a couple potatoes (or steam cauliflower if you keto’ers so wish) and top the potatoes (or cauliflower) with the pork. If you do dairy, throw on some cheese and sour cream – but don’t leave out chopped chives!

5. Pork chop and a salad

Get a couple pork chops. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper and then grill over high heat for 5 min on each side, or until the internal temp is 145. While these are grilling toss some mixed greens with blue cheese, walnuts, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. In 10 minutes you’ll have a deliciously primal dinner.

6. Big bag salad

Don’t make this more complicated than it needs to be. Grad a bag of salad. This one is my favorite. Toss the salad with your own salad dressing since the included dressing has some bad seed oils. I just toss my salad with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add meat if you like or go without. Then enjoy!

7. Taco bowl

This one sounds intimidating too, but I promise it’s not. All you really need is ground beef, chopped romaine and precut cauliflower rice. The Domestic Man’s recipe is what I follow for the taco seasoning and everything else. Then you can follow my recipe for cilantro cauliflower rice. Once everything is cooked, assemble your bowl and add your toppings. My favorite are avocado, black olives, cheese and chipotle salad dressing.

8. Burger and fries

Buy premade burger patties or use frozen burger patties. Now I know I’m normally down on seed oils but this Alexia brand tastes great and comes in handy. One batch of fries cooked in this oil won’t kill you. Just toss the fries on a tray for 25 min in a 425 oven. While they’re cooking, grill your burgers. When they’re done assemble your burgers with some romaine, tomatoes, onions and avocados. As an added treat I like to eat my fries with this mayonnaise!

9. Pick up a pizza

Some days you just have to do it. One unhealthy meal won’t make you unhealthy just as one healthy meal won’t make you healthy. And if you must – most places have gluten free options too, making this unhealthy meal slightly more healthy.

10. Your own body fat

I’m echoing my breakfast post with this one: 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 dinner. 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 to eat 3 meals a day. Eat when you’re hungry, and if you’re not hungry at dinner – don’t eat!


That’s it guys. I hope some of these ideas will work for you and your family – or in the very least maybe sparked some no brainer primal dinner ideas of your own. If you have some no brainer primal dinners that you and your family love to eat, please leave a note in the comments. Take care!

Simple Sesame Seed Butter Cookies

Simple Sesame Seed Butter Cookies

When I’m at work the first meal I eat during the day is around 11:30 am and normally it’s a pretty huge salad with some side of meat like canned sardines or canned tuna. Then I’ll eat dinner with my family around 6:00 pm. So somewhere in between there I snack on jerky, macadamia nuts or my favorite – some sort of nut/coconut butter. I prefer coconut butter or my own macadamia coconut butter where I just enjoy it by the spoonful. Nut butters or coconut butter is a good high fat snack to eat and will fill you up quick. I do like almond butter but it’s not my favorite.

Simple Sesame Seed Butter Cookies

So one day I was at this new grocery store by my work and I saw some sesame seed butter. I bought it thinking I would switch up the kind of butter I would snack on in the afternoon. Well when I took my first spoonful of it, it tasted absolutely terrible by itself. I’ve used Tahini (sesame seed butter) before on a faux hummus recipe with eggplant, but never by itself. So I had to do something with this huge jar of sesame seed butter I was left with. So what better thing to make than cookies. I turned to my favorite cookie recipe and just took out the chocolate and added the sesame seed butter instead of the almond butter. I think they turned out great and my kids thought so as well.

Simple Sesame Seed Butter Cookies

Simple Sesame Seed Butter Cookies
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sesame seed butter
  2. ¾ cup coconut sugar
  3. 1 egg
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. ¼ teaspoon salt
  8. 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  9. additional sesame seeds for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl mix the sesame seed butter with the coconut sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, salt and sesame seeds.
  3. In a separate bowl whisk the egg and egg yolk. After the eggs are whisked, mix them together with the other ingredients until thoroughly mixed together.
  4. Line a couple baking sheets with parchment paper and form about 6 balls of dough per baking sheet (12 total cookies). Smash down slightly with a fork. Then bake 6 at a time for about 10–12 minutes. When they’re done sprinkle some additional sesame seeds on top and let cool. Try not to eat them all in one sitting.
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