I pretty much eat primal. I actually eat SCD – but its very similar. I don’t eat grains, starches, prosessed sugars, or most preservatives.
Many people who try to adopt this sort of dietary plan to improve their health fail because they get carried away with making elaborate recipes from cookbooks or blogs.
It’s not necessary. I stick to four meals and vary the ingredients greatly according to whats fresh at the farmers market or grocery store. Here’s all I basically eat:
1. Pick two veggies that saute well and saute them with a ground meat
Field Notes: Most veggies saute well, though you may have to add a little water to soften them up. Aim for using lots of greens because they are super healthy. I go with coconut or olive oil for sauteing – sometimes adding butter towards the end. Boast flavor with hot sauces, herbs and spices, and fresh salsa.
Ground meat seems to cook more evenly and not dry out as much, it distributes it’s fat over the other saute items and improves flavor, and its easier to portion out. If you get your pastured meats from a butcher – they’ll probably be happy to grind everything. If you get them elsewhere, you can grind at home or just chop everything finely.
When you make a saute, consider cooking extra meat at the end for salads. And consider cooking extra saute in general for microwaving later.
2. Make a big ass salad (BAS) and throw meat on it.
Field Notes: Use whatever you’ve got and throw some leftover cooked meat on top. Excellent dressings I use include oil and vinegar, oil and vinegar + Dijon mustard, yogurt + hot sauce, yogurt + spicy mustard, mayo + mustard, mayo + hot sauce, or lemon + oil.
Make your mayo and yogurt at home, you won’t be sorry.
3. Make a fritatta
Field Notes: Easy to prepare and you can load tons of veggies into it. General process is: saute a bunch of veggies, add scrambled eggs and spices, let eggs cook from the bottom while you grate some cheese, add cheese and throw under broiler for 5 minutes or so.
Again, use plenty of greens. Great with hot sauce or salsa. Make extra to freeze and reheat later.
4. Make a curry
Field Notes: This all revolves around finding good curry paste which is pretty easy to get at a natural foods store or easiest of all – an Asian market. My favorite brand of curry paste is Mae Ploy – I use the red, green, and yellow – with green being my favorite. Also find a coconut milk without guar gum in the ingredients.
Directions: Saute a bunch of stuff: meat and veggies, add coconut milk and some water, add some fruit if you want: pineapple, papaya, and raisins are good, then add the curry paste to taste and saute until the veggies are at a consistency of your liking. Make sure to make plenty of extra because it’ll taste awesome.
I honestly hardly ever get bored eating these same things again and again. They are so delicious and so easy.
Thanks for reading. Happy cooking!
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