A couple of weeks ago I wrote a review for Go Raw’s Flax Snax, and I loved them. However, last year I wrote a review for their Go Raw Bars, and the review wasn’t so positive.
So Go Raw caught wind of my reviews, and asked me to re-try their bars, and review a bunch of their other products too! Yesterday I received a giant box of paleo goodies from them! I really respect a company that sends me things to try despite knowing I might post a negative review of their products to 40,000 some odd readers. It shows they have nothing to hide. And from their list of ingredients in almost everything in the box, they’re pretty much the only ones out there selling pure paleo products (as far as my lofty standards go anyway). Everything is organic (my first rule of paleo), and only a few of them contain sea salt (which I consider a mini-cheat), and even fewer contain agave syrup (I feel only raw honey is an acceptable sugar, but once it’s in your body, sugar is sugar, so if you eat sweets, moderation is definitely key no matter how it’s sweetened, and this goes for fruit too).
I don’t anticipate my review of everything in the box is going to be positive, I might rip the cave-shit out of some items. However, this first review is definitely a RAVE!
Carrot Cake Super Cookies! Ugga-Yumma-Bugga! Really addictive! At this toddler stage of the paleo movement, more and more products are coming out calling themselves paleo, but this one really is (I find 99% of paleo products are not, they’re just marketed that way to the uneducated buyer). Go Raw even sprouts their seeds, which make them much healthier! These cookies are sweetened only by coconut and dates, so there’s not much sugar in them either. However, if you rarely eat sugar like me, these have the perfect amount of sweetness! I’m guessing someone who eats a traditional cookie wouldn’t find these sweet at all, but I really loved them! I was literally licking the crumbs out of the bag! Lol. I mean, if you eat cookies all the time (and if you do, why are you reading my blog?), then maybe these don’t taste so great. But if you’ve gone 3 years missing them, like me, then this satisfies every cookie craving you have. They’re crispy, like a ginger snap (which I also saw a version of in the box, and can’t wait to try). Next time maybe I’ll dunk them in my green tea! And if I crushed them up, they would make for a great crust for my paleo cheesecake!
It’s a good time to be paleo folks, it’s getting easier and easier. When I find I have to make from scratch every single meal and snack so I can control the ingredients, it is such a RELIEF that I can buy a bag of processed food and yet still eat clean. When I started the caveman diet, the word “convenience” left my vocabulary. But with emerging companies like Go Raw, it’s making a big comeback. To just rip open a bag of something and chomp on the couch in front of the TV, I thought those days were over for me. This proves that there’s still hope for the lazy bastards of the world yet!
P.S.- I’m not being paid a dime from Go Raw, they are just sending me products to try. They’re not even asking I review anything. I’m doing it to let fellow paleo’ers know what’s available to them and Caveman Approved.
made the cooking caveman’s mint chocolate chip ice cream and it was DELICIOUS!!!!!
my boyfriend all but freaked out when he saw how it was made. i think he told about 10 of his friends and even called his mom (who’s a health freak) to tell her about it because she loves ice cream.
SO GLAD it tastes so good! thank you tons, cooking caveman!!!
here’s a link to the recipe:
Paleo Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream
Another satisfied customer! Glad it worked out for you! Check out the video to see how I make healthy ice cream from frozen bananas! CLICK HERE!
Paleo Thai Fried Rice! Super delicious, and not that long to make considering all the ingredients (which are all organic, all the time).
Ground Beef (you can use any meat, or none, this was the only kind I had in the house)
2 eggs (scrambled in at the end)
Coconut or Olive Oil
Coconut Aminos (a bit of a mini cheat due to the salt content, but nowhere near as bad a cheat as soy sauce)
I steam the cauliflower rice first, while I do my cutting, and stir frying. Put the items in first that need the most cooking, like the broccoli and carrots, and then keep adding in terms of items that need the shortest cooking time. Then, add in the “rice” and coconut aminos. Finally, scramble a couple of eggs into the middle, and then mix it all up.
You can make this with any combination of items, all you need is the cauliflower rice, and coconut aminos, and the rest can be up to you! Ugga-Bugga!
Shrimp and Broccoli in garlic, lemon juice, and olive oil. Made in a case iron skillet to get that nice char I love so much. With black pepper, onion powder, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes. All ingredients, all organic, all the time.
Ugga-Bugga! Caveman like! Grass-fed brisket. Sometimes I go to great lengths to add flavor to my brisket, but this time I went so simple, and it still came out great!
I browned the brisket in a cast iron skillet, then while it was warm I liberally sprinkled black pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder on both sides (all ingredients all organic, all the time), and then put it in a dutch oven over a bed of celery and carrots (I was out of onions). Cooked for 3 hours at 350F degrees. No onions, no sauce, no stock, no water. And the meat still came out super tender and juicy. No, it wasn’t as good as when I make it with my apricot sauce, or other preparations, but it was still amazing! Sometimes you don’t need to go through a whole production to cook great food. It’s the simplest things that make me the happiest. :-)
One small step for Caveman… NY is a big one though, and their vote is coming up in June, so if you’re a New Yorker, get involved by visiting http://gmofreeny.net. And if you’re not a New Yorker, chances are you can find your state’s GMO labeling organization there as well!
Cooking Caveman with Jeff Nimoy - Almond Butter Bread (by TheCookingCaveman)
For those who missed it earlier, my new video!
I definitely think I will have to try this very soon. And it’s Whole30 compliant. Woot!
Jeff, would this keep well in the freezer? I feel like I may fall in love with this and want to make a lot of it, and I love making extra to freeze for easy use later.
Yes Gab, the bread freezes GREAT! I make a loaf, use what I want, and freeze the rest for when I need it again. It only takes a few minutes to defrost! And sometimes I save the ends in the freezer for when I want to make my paleo stuffing!
You may remember my review of Go Raw Bars from last June. This is a great company that makes pretty pure paleo ingredients. I’m not a fan of the bars, but I’m addicted to their Flax Snax!
Once you go paleo, one of the things you long for are snacky things like crackers or chips. Especially with guacamole, which I eat all year round (California rules!). Kale Chips just aren’t sturdy enough, and even though I love my chips made from root veggies like rutabaga and beets, it’s just takes so friggin’ long to make, and when you want to crunch on something, you want it now!
These flax crackers are 100% paleo, but the only drawback is they’re tiny. Still, I manage to scoop up some guac with them, and when their tininess gets too frustrating, I just throw some in a bowl with the guac and eat it all with a spoon.
I wrote the company and asked if they were planning on making bigger ones, and they wrote me back (always a sign of a quality food company with nothing to hide) explaining that they tried, but they would break while shipping. Bummer. Still, these are a quality paleo product (there aren’t that many out there), that provides really good crunch satisfaction.
They taste pretty plain, but I like that when dipping them into something, so I don’t mind. But my friend who turned me on to them claim the pizza flavored Flax Snax are outrageously good. I checked out their ingredients, and if you don’t mind some sea salt in your diet, it’s 100% paleo (you know me folks, it’s got to be 100% organic for me to consider it paleo, and this company really holds itself to my high standard), so those could be the go-to paleo snack for when I want something crunchy. I can’t wait to try them. They also make a sunflower flavor that has coconut amino, which also contains sea salt. I’m not big on salt, but if I eat it, it HAS to be sea salt, and a little in your diet won’t kill you.
Let me know if any other cavemen out there have tried it and what do you think!
The one on top is the end piece from my paleo almond butter bread (not toasted), with some arugula salad on top, and paleo chopped liver on top of that. Bottom piece is toasted, with the chopped liver on first, and then topped with arugula salad. Click the links to see recipes.
I fried the liver and onions in duck fat! So this is an ultra rich meal! It doesn’t take many of these to fill you up. And believe it or not, all that luxurious organic fat is REALLY good for you!
By the way, if you’ve ever had pate, or foie gras, but you say you hate chopped liver, that means you’ve never had chopped liver, because the taste is near identical. Don’t judge it by the name and look, this tastes AMAZING! Ugga-Bugga!