Archive for the ‘Primal Cooking’ Category


We had one turkey, sweet potato casserole, mashed cauliflower, green bean casserole and carrots. There were six people at the table. Three of us were already primal and three were not but all of us enjoyed each dish without guilt or bloating. Cleanup didn’t take long and I managed 5 perfect portions of leftovers for my lunches at work next week!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving!

We had an awesome, primal pumpkin pie to finish off our day!


This recipe comes from Mark’s Daily Apple and takes almost no time to prep.

The Bird is the Word

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Primal Cooking, Quick Photos


Dad smoked a turkey all day and it came out beautifully! We really enjoyed this today!


Our mashed potatoes are not potatoes at all. They’re cauliflower and they taste great! This recipe comes from she cooks…he cleans

Green Bean Casserole

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Primal Cooking, Quick Photos


Our green bean casserole comes from Wellness Mama too!

Sweet Potato Casserole

Posted: November 24, 2011 in Primal Cooking, Quick Photos


This one comes from Wellness Mama

Set It and Forget It

Posted: October 27, 2011 in Primal Cooking, Quick Photos


Who doesn’t love having dinner ready when they walk in the door from work?! Can’t wait to eat the surprise in my Crock-Pot at 5:30!!!

Oh, MAN!!! I’ve already told you how cool Jenn is but after my friend, Alicia, sent me a Facebook message saying she made some “dorito” kale chips with various powdered spices, the wheels in Jenn’s brain started turning!

The next thing I knew we were at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market buying onions, jalapenos and roma tomatoes. My sister and brother-in-law grow culantro (yes, CU. Not CI) in their backyard so we got a few leaves of that and set it all up in my Nesco Food Dehydrator!


Several hours later and I was using my mortar, pestle and new found muscles to grind all of it into powder. I made fresh tomato powder, onion powder and jalapeno powder. Let’s see if you can guess which one I was grinding in this picture.


The jalapeno powder was getting in past the mask and I was in a vulnerable position since my rib still hurt pretty bad and sneezing sucked! The powder went airborne and got around the edge of the mask. I didn’t realize this until I tried taking the mask off and it snapped into my eye leaving dust in it and burning the bejeezus out of me! After flushing my eye out in the sink for a bit, we were back to work. Here’s a little photo of the finished product.


While I was grinding the dried vegetables, Jenn made a paste out of some “secret” ingredients in my Hamilton Beach Personal Blender.


I cut the Kale into bite size pieces and tossed them with the ingredients in a bowl.


After that they were put back into the dehydrator to dry and crisp up.


A few hours later and we were sampling our work. These kale chips were so great. They were incredibly fresh and flavorful. The tomato powder gave them a false cheesy taste and the jalapenos made them spicy. Actually these were a little TOO spicy. As soon as a chip made contact with the tongue, it created an instant tingle and after four or five chips, our mouths were on fire. Here’s a picture of the finished product.


We had enough spice left over that we were able to make one more batch of kale chips and also used some for making beef jerky. I’m in love with the fresh taste this spice blend creates. I won’t ever crave a dorito again. Our “faux-rito” kale chips taste way better and are better for you! Look for this recipe in the upcoming cookbook we’re working on for 2012!

If you could duplicate your favorite junk food in a healthier form, what kind of ideas would you come up with? Leave a comment!


3 oz. grilled chicken
1/2 cup creamed kale
1 oz cashews/almonds
1 oz dried fruit

I win!

Don’t Call Me Fruity

Posted: October 12, 2011 in Primal Cooking, Quick Photos


I’m drying peaches, kiwi and apples with cinnamon for office snacks when I start my job next week. I’ll portion them into bags and add some raw almonds for a substantial, natural, primal snack.

Have you ever dried your own fruit? What’s your favorite?