Primal and Paleo Recipes

My Primal and Paleo recipes focus on animal protein (including fermented dairy), vegetables, good fats and good carbs (such as root vegetables and fruit), while avoiding grains, beans, legumes and refined sugar.

Paleo Chocolate Muffins

I’ve been on a chocolate kick lately, and these Paleo chocolate muffins are the perfect answer to “what can I have that’s rich, chocolaty, gooey and awesome, but doesn’t contain wheat and won’t send my blood sugar sky-high?”

These Paleo chocolate muffins are good enough to serve as dessert, but they are also wholesome enough that I allow myself and the kids a couple of them for breakfast on weekends. An added bonus: unlike refined-flour-and-sugar-muffins, these muffins are very filling, probably thanks to using almond butter in lieu of flour. Click for the recipe

Barbecue Beef Stew

Beef stew is such a classic comfort food, and the same goes for pulled pork and pulled chicken. I was curious to see what would happen if I combine the two, making slow cooker beef stew with barbecue sauce. The resulting barbecue beef stew is amazing – rich, flavorful, and comforting. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice or shirataki rice, with a side of steamed veggies. Click for the recipe

Buffalo Chicken

In this delicious buffalo chicken recipe, juicy chicken drumsticks are coated in a flavorful, spicy mixture of butter and hot sauce. Serve with extra napkins! Click for the recipe

Coconut Clusters

The idea for these delicious coconut clusters comes from a recipe I used to make in the past, before lowering my carb intake became a priority. These chocolate corn flakes clusters are amazing in their simplicity, and I wanted to make something similar without using corn flakes. The answer: use large, unsweetened coconut flakes and mix those in the melted chocolate to form pretty, sweet clusters. Using unsweetened coconut and 70% chocolate make this dessert not just tasty and decadent, but also very healthy. Click for the recipe

Almond Flour Pizza Crust

Almond flour pizza crust is delicious. It’s nothing like regular crust, of course, but the almond flour, egg and seasonings bake into a crisp, flavorful crust that’s very good on its own, even without any toppings. I add the yeast for flavor only – it won’t make the gluten-free dough rise, but it adds a hint of a yeasty flavor which is very nice. Click for the recipe

Tuna Patties

These tuna patties are excellent as a quick, easy weeknight dinner. I prefer to use water-packed tuna and add a tablespoon of olive oil to the mixture – this prevents dry patties, but gives me more control over how much oil I use plus makes sure I use a healthy oil – supermarket tuna in oil is often packed in yucky soybean oil. In addition, some of the oil-packed tuna’s natural omega 3 fatty acids leach into the added oil and are lost when you drain the tuna. But since oil and water don’t mix, water-packed tuna won’t lose its omega-3 fat when drained. Click for the recipe

Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

These homemade peanut butter cups are amazing. Intensely chocolaty, smooth and creamy, they also boast a clean ingredients list (compare with the ingredients for commercial peanut butter cups in the notes below).

Don’t expect homemade peanut butter cups to taste like the commercial ones – they taste different, but in a good way. They are richer, more satisfying, and one is absolutely enough – the first time I made them we each had two, and agreed that it was too much.

If you’re primal/paleo and object to the use of peanut butter, I’m confident that natural almond butter would work well in this recipe. Click for the recipe